The best local restaurants in Hanoi are budget-friendly options within the Old Quarter where you dine on low stools and tables that often spill out onto the pavement. Hanoi’s dining scene is undoubtedly diverse, with fine-dining eateries and hipster cafes mushrooming all over Hanoi, but these humble-looking restaurants have been serving the local population for decades.
Despite the roadside setting and lack of air-conditioning, these establishments are frequented by locals and expats looking to enjoy affordable yet authentic local delicacies such as xoi yen, bun thang, banh mi, and not forgetting, spring rolls. If you’re all about eating like the locals while on holiday here, read on to discover Hanoi’s top restaurants for local dishes.
Xoi Yen serves xoi xeo, which is a sweet or savoury sticky rice that’s topped with a variety of different meats, shallots, and shaved bean curd. Located in Old Quarter, the restaurant occupies a three-storey corner lot along Nguyen Huu Huan Street with very low stools and tables (which may be uncomfortable at times, but that’s when you know it’s a local establishment). Xoi Yen gets very packed at night, but service is quick as most locals usually opt for takeaways instead. A basic bowl of xoi xeo is priced at VND 15,000, with additional ingredients between VND 15,000 and VND 30,000.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi