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.
Located along Hang Dieu Street, Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon specializes in eel-based dishes, particularly mien xao luon. Despite its simple setting of barely-decorated walls, fans, and plastic stools, Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon attracts plenty of locals and expats looking to enjoy an affordable yet filling dinner. Dishes are priced between VND 35,000 and VND 50,000, with fresh herbs, shaved banana blossoms, and bean sprouts served on the side. Its signature dish comprises stir-fried glass noodles in an eel-based broth with generous toppings of crunchy eels, bean sprouts, egg, cucumber slices, fried shallots, and purple perilla.
Opening Hours: Daily 17:00 – 23:00
Address: 87 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi