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What to Have for Breakfast in Hanoi

Hanoi is a dynamic travel destination, with various exciting things to do and see. That is why it’s never a bad idea to fully charge your battery with a tasty yet filling breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, here are our picks for top things to have for breakfast in Hanoi!


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A bowl of authentic Hanoi Pho

Your Hanoi experience won’t be completed without a bowl of authentic pho. It is a staple food that can be found just about anywhere in the city. Pho is a Vietnamese noodles soup, normally made with rice noodles, a bone-beef broth, and thinly sliced beef, and topped with fresh herbs. If you are not a fan of beef, there are multiple variations of pho to choose from. The most common ones are pho ga (chicken pho) and pho chay (vegetarian pho). 

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Pho Thin has been dishing out incredible Pho for decades

Recommended locations

Pho Thin

Address: 13 Lo Duc, Hanoi
Opening hours: 5:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Price: VND 40,000

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su

Address: 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 50,000 – VND 70,000

Read on about: Best Pho in Hanoi

Pork Rib Rice Porridge

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A bowl of Chao Suon will warm you right up in a cold day

Pork rib porridge is made by combining two main ingredients – stewed deboned pork ribs and slow-cooked white rice. When trying the porridge, add seasonings such as sliced ginger and white pepper to enhance the porky flavor. Also, getting a side of crispy fried dough will create another texture for the dish.

Recommended locations

Chao Suon Hang Bo

Address: 32 Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem
Opening hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 20,000

Chao Suon Doi Can

Address: 101 Doi Can, Ba Dinh
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 30,000

Banh Mi

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Despite its seeming simplicity, Hanoi banh mi is nowhere near being boring

Banh mi’s the best option for those seeking a tasty breakfast on the go. It combines a variety of ingredients, from traditional egg and pâté to modern sausage and skewered pork to create an international sensation. Grab a banh mi and a bottle of soy milk, and you’re set for the morning.

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Grilled Pork Banh Mi is very popular in Hanoi

Recommended locations

Banh Mi Minh Nhat

Address: 40 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh
Opening hours: 7 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 40,000

Banh Mi Pho Hue

Address: 118 Hue, Hai Ba Trung
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 7 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000

Read on about Banh Mi in Vietnam

Banh Cuon

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Start your day with a steaming hot serving of Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon is another Hanoi’s staple breakfast item. It’s a commoners’ dish made from steamed rice batter and a porky filling. Banh Cuon is served with Vietnamese roasted cinnamon sausage (Cha Que) and dipped in mixed fish sauce. 

Recommended locations

Banh Cuon Thanh Van

Address: 12-14 Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem
Opening hours: 6 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM – 10 PM
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 28,000

Banh Cuon Ba Nam

Address: 113 D1 Thanh Xuan Bac, Thanh Xuan
Opening hours: 7 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 40,000

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Banh Gio

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The smell of Banh Gio is captivating

When it comes to Hanoi breakfast, these pyramid rice dumplings are simply not to be missed out on. It’s made by steaming stuffed rice cakes, wrapped in banana leaves, which gives the dumpling a greenish color. Banh Gio is often served with pickled cucumber, chili sauce, and soy sauce.

Recommended Locations

Banh Gio Miss Beo

Address: 3 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho
Opening hours: 6 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 25,000

Banh Gio Dao Duy Tu

Address: 16 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 5 PM
Price: VN 12,000 – VND 30,000

Bun Rieu

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Very complex dish loved by Vietnamese and foreigners

Bun Rieu is a crab-based Vietnamese noodle soup, often cooked with tomatoes. The soup is prepared with various broths, together with crab paste and served with vermicelli noodles, then topped with crab meat, pork slices, tofu, blood jelly, and a selection of fresh greens.

Recommended Locations

Bun Rieu Hong Phuc

Address: 22 Hong Phuc, Hoan Kiem
Opening hours: 8 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 35,000

Bun Rieu Trieu Viet Vuong

Address: 159 Trieu Viet Vuong, Hai Ba Trung
Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
Price: VND 35,000

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Xoi Xeo

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Kick off a day in Hanoi with the hearty Xoi Xeo

When it comes to an affordable yet filling breakfast in Hanoi, nothing a serving of Xoi Xeo, with mong beans, pork floss, pork sausages and a dash of chicken fat. You can easily find this lovely morning treats in front of schools or universities since it’s loved by the local students.


Treat yourself this local favorite

Recommended Locations

Xoi Xeo May

Address: 37 Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 AM – 12 PM
Price: VND 15,000 – 40,000

Xoi Tam

Address: 352 Bach Mai, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 10,000 – 40,000

Start Your Journey Strong with the Best Breakfasts In Hanoi

Hanoi is honored to present to international friends its vibrant culinary scene. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or breakfast, there are always so many dishes to choose from. Please comment down below your thought, and stay tuned for more of our local guides into Vietnam travel.

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