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5 Best Choices for Breakfast in Hanoi Old Quarter

Breakfast in Hanoi, Old Quarter? You don’t know what to have yet, and You don’t know where to eat? Don’t worry, get dressed and head to the best places for a local breakfast around the Old Quarter to enjoy a peaceful morning like a real Hanoian

1, Breakfast in Hanoi with Banh mi (Vietnamese bread)

The first highly recommended food is Banh mi. Since tourists and foreigners have praised about Vietnamese bread recently. It seems that the bread has become the most popular Vietnamese street food. As a local, Banh mi is my preference for breakfast among other food because it is not a picky-eater food but a convenient food which can be easily found and eaten at anytime, anywhere.

Banh mi can be best described as a Vietnamese sandwiches with familiar ingredients such as ham, paté, marinated meat,..The spirit of Banh mi is the sauce which is made from generation secret recipe. It is sure that with just one taste, you will hardly forget this food.

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Where to eat?

  • 38 Dinh Liet Street. Among all the “modern” Banh mi, this shop is best known for the traditional taste of the food.

– Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

– Price: 20,000 – 25,000 Dong

– Rated: 5 .0/5.0


✓ If you prefer rich flavor, ask the owner for more sauce. A secret recipe for sauce has been made and kept through generations.

✓ The shop also has other kinds of Banh mi, but the original one (“Banh mi kep”) is still the best.

  • 34 Lo Su Street. The shop is considered as the oldest Banh mi shop in Hanoi, which was first opened in 1979. The owner gets a new batch of bread each 3 hours to make sure that the breads are always warm and crispy.

– Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

– Price: 20,000- 30,000 Dong

– Rated: 4.5/5.0


✓ The “best-seller” here is Banh mi with paté (A rich, savoury paste made from finely minced or mashed ingredients, typically seasoned meat and liver) so if you are so confused to choose, get this one.

2, Breakfast in Hanoi with Pho (Noodle soup)

If you have a chance, please try Pho. This dish is one of the most popular traditional food in Vietnam. The steaming hot broth made from meat bones simmered for hours is severed with rice noodles (banh pho) and slices of tender juicy beef or chicken.  A perfect bowl of Pho would be some green onions and herbs on top with 2-3 lime drops for a taste of harmony in the morning.

Where to eat?

  • Pho 10 (Address: 10 Ly Quoc Su street).

– Time: 6:30 AM –10:30AM

– Price: 50,000 – 70,000 Dong

– Rated: 4.0/5.0


✓ The place is always crowded and small so there is no service here. Just eat, pay then leave.

✓ Be ready for a surprise conversation because you may have to share table with strangers.

  • Pho Bat Dan (Address: 49 Bat Dan Street) Once you come to this place, you will have to stand in a queue and have self-served instead of waiting for waiters to order.

– Time: 6:00 AM-10:00 AM

– Price: 40,000-50,000 Dong

– Rated: 5.0/5.0


✓ This stall is not recommended during high time if you don’t want to wait for too long

3, Breakfast in Hanoi with Bun moc (Vietnamese pork and mushroom rice vermicelli soup)

Another Vietnamese traditional breakfast is Bun moc. The meats commonly include pork paste balls made from “gio song” (raw pork sausauge), “cha lua” (pork sausage). Combine all, this kind of noodle soup has an unforgettable taste with an unique flavor from the light broth.

Where to eat?

  • 57 Hang Luoc Street. The shop has been opened for nearly 30 years with a traditional taste. Bun Moc here has the rich flavor of “wood ears” (one kind of fungus) and fragrant aromatic mushrooms.

– Time: ~ 9:00 AM

– Price: 25,000 – 50,000 Dong

– Rated:  4.0/5.0


✓ The shop is in a small alley, so the sitting place is quite limited. You may have to stand waiting for around 10-15 minutes before ordering. But don’t worry, you will have your Bun Moc after 5-7 minutes.

  • 14 Ta Hien Street. Bun Moc here is simple but full flavored with the broth and bamboo shoots and the unique “moc”.

– Time: ~ 9:00 AM

– Price: 20,000 – 40,000 Dong

– Rated: 4.0/5.0


✓ You can ask for more bamboo shoots.

✓ Soya bean milk or Green tea is not a bad choice to drink when you are having this food.

4, Breakfast in Hanoi with Chao suon (Ribs porridge)

Porridge is made of rice flour stirred till the mixture becomes creamy and consistent. The taste of pork ribs is in harmony with the sweet taste of rice and the spicy taste from a pinch of pepper. The congee is served when it is still hot with chopped scallion and cilantro.

Where to eat?

  • 32 Hang Bo Street. This place is owned by a street vendor who has been selling Chao suon for over 20 years. The place is always crowded, and a lot of people are into this food. (normally in 2 hours after opened)

– Time: 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM

– Price: 10,000 – 20,000 Dong

Rated: 5.0/5.0


✓ To have a perfect taste, please try one bowl of Chao suon with “ruoc” (dried pork) and “quay” (one kind of bread)

✓ If you order when the owner is about to cook one more pot of porridge, don’t hesitate to ask for some last spoon of the former pot. Trust me, that’s the best part of this food.

5, Breakfast in Hanoi with Xoi Xeo (Hanoi yellow sticky rice with fried onion)

Although Pho is well-known all over the world, people can’t tell whether Pho or Xoi is more popular for breakfast in Vietnam, especially for students and laborers because it doesn’t take time to prepare and it is cheap, too. Convenient, right? There are so many kinds sticky rice in Hanoi, but standing out among all distinct types is Xoi Xeo. People are attracted by its bright yellow color made from turmeric powder with mung bean and the crunchy brown color of fried chopped onion on top.

Where to eat?

Xoi Xeo Hang Bai. A street vendor named May, she sells Xoi Xeo on the pavement at the crossroads of Hang Bai and Ly Thuong Kiet streets.

– Time: 6:45 AM – 8:30 AM

– Price: 5,000-7,000-10,000 Dong

– Rated: 5.0/5.0


✓ If you don’t want to wait for quite long, you should avoid going here from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM.

After having breakfast which are the local food, you can treat yourself better with a cup of coffee or hot tea around the Old Quarter to get the full taste of best breakfast in Hanoi.

Here are some beautiful street coffee shops we highly recommend to you:

1, Cộng Café (35A Nguyen Huu Huan Street)

2, Giảng Café (39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street). This place is really famous for “egg coffee”

3, Lâm Café (60 Nguyen Huu Huan Street)

4, Cộng Café (27 Nha Tho Street)

5, Tạ Hiện Café (39 Ta Hien Street).

New experiences, new perspectives! Enjoy your days in Hanoi!


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