As mentioned in my previous post, I am flattered to have received so many emails asking for recommendations on where to stay and where to eat in Vietnam. As a follow up on where to stay in Hoi An, I'd like to recommend a few places to eat in both Hanoi and Hoi An.
The wonderful thing about eating in Hanoi and Hoi An is that you can pretty much wander into any cafe, restaurant, or even by the street food vendors and eat something delicious. That was at least the case for us; and we ate a lot while we were in Vietnam...a lot! Though we didn't experience one bad, or even mediocre meal during our stay, I have highlighted my absolute favorite spots. All are highly recommended.
Cha Ca Thang Long: As the name suggests, this restaurant serves up the Vietnamese iconic fish dish of Cha Ca Head to this spot, filled with locals, for a fish dish that is cooked at your table. Great for: dinner
Pho 10: Our favorite spot for Pho; the broth is so delicious and flavorful that we ended up going back twice for breakfast. Ask for the fried dough (not on the menu) to dip into the soup as the locals do. Great for: breakfast
Quan An Ngon: This ourdoor market-style restaurant is worth the walk from the Old Quarter. Though there is table service, one can walk around the perimeter to visit all of the food stalls where the meals are being prepared. Try the stir-fried chayote leaves (Ngon su su xao toi), the rice paper rolls with sauteed beef and vegetables (pho cuon) and the fried tofu with rice noodle (bun dau ran mam tom). Great for: lunch
Cafe Pho Co: This hidden coffee shop is a little sanctuary amongst the bustle of the city. Enter through a silk shop, order coffee on the first floor and then walk up to the third and forth floors to snag a spot on one of the terraces (both have great views of Hanoi). Browse around the several levels of this cafe, which are lined with plants and statues. A great place for an afternoon break. Great for: Vietnamese coffee
Hoi An had a bit less-of-a local feel to the food scene, as the restaurants are primarily targeting tourists; nonetheless, we still experienced some great food and these recommendations are surely worth trying if visiting Hoi An.
Vy's Market: This was our favorite spot in Hoi An. It was so good that we went once for lunch and then back again for our last meal in Vietnam (where we ordered probably over half of the menu). It has a similar feel to Quan An Ngon in Hanoi: a market-style restaurant with food being prepared in different stalls along the periphery. An enjoyable spot to have a Vietnamese sandwich for lunch or a place to go all out for dinner. Great for: lunch and dinner
Morning Glory: Another yummy spot we happened upon for lunch. It is the same owner as Vy's Market and also Maison Vy hotel (where we stayed). Great spot for lunch in the center of Hoi An. Be sure to go at an off hour before the crowds start lining up. Great for: lunch and dinner
Cha Ca Thang Long: 31 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
Pho 10: 10 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi
Cafe Pho Co: 11 Hang Gai (4th floor), Hanoi
Vy's Market: 3 Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An
Morning Glory: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An