Where to Eat in Hanoi

I fell so in love with Vietnam when we visited earlier this year. The food, the people, the atmosphere, the shopping, and of course the Vietnamese coffee – I just loved everything about it.

Hanoi was our last stop in Vietnam after holidaying in Hoi An for over a week. Although we were sad to leave the beautiful town of Hoi An, we were excited to be in a big city again, and Hanoi is certainly that.

We of course visited all the touristy sites and explored the city while we were in Hanoi, but the amazing restaurants and cafes were what really stood out to me. While we found a mix of traditional and very cheap Vietnamese restaurants, we also came across many modern and contemporary places too. I honestly felt I had been transported back to Melbourne while dining in a few!

There are so many eating spots Hanoi, but to make it a little bit easier for you I’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. I hope you enjoy!

PS. and yes, the coffee above was as good as it looks!


Hanoi, Vietnam


Cong Caphe

I had heard lots about Cong Caphe before heading to Hanoi so it was on top of my list of coffee spots to check out. From the incredible kitsch decor to the most delicious coconut coffee you’ll ever taste, Cong Caphe is certainly unique. Once you step into the cafe’s khaki militaristic space you understand it takes it’s inspiration from the Vietnam War. You’ll see propaganda posters, vintage furnishings and staff dressed head-to-toe in army green. A coffee fiend and sweet tooth heaven, the cafe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or just a quick snack. We devoured a croissant with condensed milk and a coffee with coconut frozen yoghurt, and I highly recommend you try both! Known as one of the best places for coffee in Hanoi, you must check out at least one of the six Cong Caphe cafes.


Cong Caphe, Hanoi Cong Caphe, Hanoi Cong Caphe, Hanoi Cong Caphe, Hanoi


La Place

A cute French/Vietnamese cafe located in the heart of the French area of Hanoi, La Place is a hidden gem. With prime views of St Joseph’s Cathedral, the cafe is the perfect spot to sit outside on the French-styled balcony to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. We went for breakfast and the menu was packed with delicious dishes, such as waffles, granola and fancy juices. Yum, yum, yum!


La Place, Hanoi La Place, Hanoi La Place, Hanoi


Cafe RuNam

The decor, furnishings and the big gold coffee maker were the things that first attracted me to this cafe, and as soon as we sat down the appreciation didn’t stop there.  At a higher price point, Cafe RuNam is the place you want to go to for a luxurious cafe experience. We also found it to be great spot to chill out and work on our laptops while enjoying good coffee. The menu is mostly skewed to Vietnamese food, but you can get a fruit salad or cake if you’d rather something a little lighter.


Cafe Runam, Hanoi Cafe Runam, Hanoi Cafe Runam, Hanoi


Cau Go

We decided to splash out a little on our last night of our Asian adventures, so we came to the highly regarded Cau Go restaurant. Sitting on the balcony, the setting was incredibly romantic, with views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi city. The food was absolutely delicious, but I must say for veggies/non-meat eaters like me there wasn’t too much to choose from. However, this didn’t bother me too much once I tasted the amazingly flavoursome salad I ordered! The dessert and wine was also first class!


Cau Go, Hanoi Cau Go, Hanoi


Have you been to Hanoi before? If so, where’s your favourite spot to eat?

E. Xx



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  • Nice post. But Roots Organic cold pressed juice is close now 🙂

  • Ooohh I just came back from Vietnam this week. I actually stayed two weeks in Hanoi, at An Bang Beach, but I haven’t been in any of these places. Shame on me! Wish I’d seen your post earlier.

    Vietnamese coffee is the best! And Banh Mi. Soooo good!

    x Sophia

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  • This looks amazing! I have never been to Asia at all before and I am aching to go! This post gives me major wanderlust! Great pictures!

  • Beautiful post Emma, I have been meaning to go to Vietnam for so long. Hopefully next year xx


  • I always wanted to go to Vietnam! It looks like a whole new world.. And these wonderful pictures make me want coffee EVEN MORE than I normally do haha! xx


  • Such lovely pictures!! Vietnam (Hanoi especially) looks like such a lovely place, and I’d love to have the opportunity to visit some day. Bet the pho was ammmmaaazing haha


  • Oh these photos are so amazing!

    I’ve never been to that part of Asia but I’d just love to go there… The food is such a big part of the culture there. I love all these quaint eating spots in your photos!

    Bold Bliss

  • What a wonderful photo diary! Thanks for sharing!

  • These photos are amazing! I love the look of the coffee especially. Sounds like you had a great time!
    xo Kiki

  • Such a fab travel photo diary and experience, Emma! Thanks so much for sharing <3
    5 of our friends are on a cruise now and at the moment they are in Vietnam! 🙂 Loving it, I'm guessing. I definitely want to visit this country. BTW, I love travel recaps, keep 'em coming whenever you travel, girlie. P.S. Thanks so much for your support on my blog & social platforms. You are a star 😉
    xox Nadia

  • Wow, looks like you had a wonderful time, girlie! I love all the colors, rustic vibes and prints I see in these pics; definitely a source of inspiration! Thanks for sharing your time with us and I hope you have an amazing day, beautiful!



  • Great post! Looks amazing there. Gemma xx

  • Very interesting! That coffee looks amazing…I have not been to Vietnam yet but I think I want to now 🙂
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

  • I have never been to Vietnam before but I love eating Pho haha! These pictures make me wanna go there right now! 🙂
    Yours Truly, NY