This restaurant was near our hotel and we decided to try it after reading the experience of another traveler. We loved it. The décor is French colonial with lots of plants and very pleasant filtered light. It’s an oasis of quiet in the middle of the chaos that is Hanoi. The food is Vietnamese but with a European touch. It’s more oriented toward tourists since, while inexpensive for us, it would be expensive for the average Vietnamese person. Three of us ate there and our bill was around $25, wine included. Very recommended.
Pacharán is a meeting place for Spanish people in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). This restaurant and wine bar is at its peak on Wednesday, when it has concerts. The first floor fills up with expats (many of them Spanish) who want to drink and dance. Drinks are cheaper on Wednesdays. too. On Sunday afternoon it's time for the most Spanish moment, Pacharán. Domino games keep going one after the other, while the pacharán flows. Try some good wines and great cocktails, and the sangria in Pacharán is pretty good too. The restaurant offers many Spanish dishes. Pacharán is managed by Andrew, a Hispanic-Brazilian Barcelona fan.
This restaurant is about 70km. from Ho Chi Minh City and is at one of the rest stops you’ll see during your return from the Mekong Delta. It's quite large and has a beautiful garden full of ponds and water lilies. They even have different environments, simulating the longhouses of different ethnic groups. There's also a large souvenir shop for you to browse through. Although it is a tourist site, the food is fine. We ate the elephant ear fish (typical of the Mekong) which looks scary but was very good.
New Day is a small restaurant on Mã Mãy street. As you pass by, all you see is a small ground floor and the terrace which extends to the middle of the street. As it fills up, you can go to dining rooms on the upper floors or even eat in the kitchen with the chef.
The waiters are very friendly and joke with you when you try to order in Vietnamese and not in English. The food is delicious and the price is great. You can eat some hearty portions of rice and noodles for only 45,000 VND.
I’d recommend the menu. For 99,000 VND (about $7) you get a Pho, two Nem Ha Noi rolls, a plate of rice with some meat or fish in sauce, and dessert. The “Ga Om Noi Dat” was exquisite!
This French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant is set in a large two-floor colonial building with a really amazing entryway. The food is prepared fresh in front of you and there are mist jets to help beat the Ho Chi Minh City heat. I ordered the Bun Cha, a rice noodle dish with grilled pork, veggies, and spices. Some dishes are complicated, so it is a good idea to ask the staff for their advice. They’ll usually be happy to help you. The food is a bit “soft” for what I had expected of Vietnamese cuisine, but it’s popular among Vietnamese families ve come with friends to celebrate special occasions.
Over the past 10 years, this restaurant in Old Saigon has become synonymous with good food and good taste. It’s easy to miss this nostalgic restaurant since the narrow entry way is illuminated by a single bulb.
As soon as you enter, the French heritage is palpable and you feel like you've stepped into a Graham Greene novel. It’s a place of mysteries, intrigues, and of course, tasty food.
The menu is mainly Vietnamese food there’s a French and Chinese influence. The dishes are presented beautifully and are very, very good. It’s a mixture of tradition and innovation and one of the most romantic restaurants in Old Saigon.
In Hanoi, there are many food stalls on the street. Some food stalls are fixed and have a room at street level where business owners keep their possessions and goods, and sometimes put some tables and chairs. Normally the tables and chairs are placed on the sidewalk which is why it's impossible to walk down the sidewalk and you end up in the road along with all the cars, bicycles and motorbikes, honking incessantly. You can enjoy breakfast typical of Hanoi, which is Noodles soup, usually with chicken. It's a strong plate that ensures enough sufficient energy for the rest of the morning. The price is normally 15 VND (0.66 €), although it's not surprising to see locals pay only 10 dongs, and some want to charge you 20 dongs. There are food stalls specializing in one dish (which is typical), and others that offer a variety. Some are buffets. You can fill a bowl with rice and ingredients and pay a fixed price, which can be between 20 and 35,000 VND.
Thu Bon River borders the southern ancient city (Old Town). At the far west of the river, beyond the Japanese Bridge and near a Christian church, there are a few places to have a few beers or eat dinner overlooking the river itself. Tourists aren´t usually in this part of town since it´s a pretty local spot. The food isn´t very varied but we ate some snacks that consisted of rice wrapped in banana leaf, fresh rolls and fried duck. The experience was definitely very calm and relaxing and you can eat dinner for about 50,000 Dongs, which is a little more than 2 €.
Dac San is a restaurant located in the center of Hội An. It is a simple place but their specialties (bánh bao, bánh vac, cao lầu, fried wontons and spring rolls, are all very well-prepared. They have a very interesting tasting menu to give you an overview of Hội An cuisine. The tasting menu goes for about 75,000 dongs or $5.
Staying in Hanoi’s Old District (“36 Streets”) might mean giving up the comforts of the city’s large international hotels. In exchange, though, you’re immersed in the authentic life of the city. You can walk night after night through the neighborhood’s narrow streets and discover places that haven’t changed in years and some surprisingly good food.
The 96 Restaurant is still not in any of the guides. The staff is young and, of course, try to attract the attention of the small numbers of foreigners in the area. The restaurant is spread out across two floors and decorated in a nice but not overwrought manner. The music is almost imperceptible and the food, while traditional, is among the best I had in Vietnam. In fact, the Cha Ca was the best I've ever had.
On one of the main streets of Hoian, you can eat quickly in this Vietnamese restaurant and still have good service. On the outside it seems quite small, but it has a big courtyard and it's nicely and cozily decorated. The bathroom is worth seeing the bathroom - very original.
This restaurant is located in the center of the ancient town of Hoi An, which is in the commercial zone close to the Intercity Bridge. It is nice for having a juice (they´re really good) or soft drink and for eating. They have the traditional dishes of Hoi An including Cao Lau (a kind of soup with noodles, pork and vegetables) and Wontom (similar to ravioli). They also have tasting menus for 2, 5, or 7 people.
I highly recommended this small restaurant and bar. It only has four or five tables and the decor is made up entirely of paintings and quotes from its guests. The food is super cheap, and the quality is also good. The restaurant's owner is an excellent person, of easygoing and charming smile, is a place where some travelers are concentrated Very cheap recommended if you go into town, recommended by Rough Guides and Lonely Planet Guides
The city of Hue is one of the best in Vietnam, not only for its tourist attractions, but also because it has one of the most charming restaurants in the country, coffee Mandarin. Its owner, Mr CU is an extraordinary man, a world-class photographer who if he was born in the West would be working for National Geographic. In his cafe, he displays his photos on the walls, made with an old reflex, of daily life in Vietnam. For a high price you can buy postcards with his photos. You can eat well and cheap.
If you want 100% authentic Vietnamese food, then Quan Phu is the place to go! It's a local restaurant, where the staff don't speak English, though they do have an English menu available. The clients are mostly Vietnamese, coming here to enjoy some beer in the evenings. It's a lively place where you'll find nonstop singing, and the customers are very welcoming and friendly. In terms of food, you can order different types or rice, noodles, etc. The fish, and especially the shellfish, are delicious. The prawns are a signature dish, but if you want something really out there, snake is also on offer - and you can witness the whole procedure from taking the animal from its tank to killing and serving it.
One of the most interesting and active NGOs in Hanoi, the restaurant Koto serves to collect street children, ve are then trained in hospitality and practices, before starting work in international hotels and restaurants, as their training is first rate. The restaurant is opposite the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, and is a must-see as well as a place to eat well. The restaurant is one of the many activities that the NGO KOTO (Know One Teach One-Knowing One, Teach One) participates in.
Near the Cathedral, Nha Tho Street is a mecca for foreigns in Hanoi. It has dozens of restaurants of all price ranges and qualities. The Moca Café is aimed at tourists rather than backpackers, because the bill will probably be around 10-15 euros. It's international food, specializing in Italian and Indian. It's not worth eating Vietnamese food here as it's expensive and there are hundreds of bars around where you eat better.
If I had to choose a place to live in Vietnam´s "mainland," a Shampá in Halong Bay would be my first option. But, I also wouldn´t hesitate to choose the charming city of Hoi An in the middle of the country. It´s one of the most frequented places to make a stop and rest a bit before continuing your tour or trip through the country and most people who go want to return. It´s full of souvenir shops, tailor shops, flea markets, boats, restaurants, and terraces where you can sit and enjoy a fresh juice or a cold beer while watching life in Hoi An. It´s priceless. One of the most charming places is the Tam-Tam Café. Its owner is a Frenchman who fell in love while traveling through Hoi-An and in 1996, he returned to open up this cafe and stay for good. The building of the cafe has an interesting story, as it was built by the French in 1932 and served as a colonial residence. Later, it became a tea store run by some Chinese traders, and the sign from the original tea company still hangs from the front of the cafe (the owner found it an restored it). Having a delicious fresh juice on a sunny day with the Beatles playing in the background made me thing that paradise really does exist.