You can enjoy street dishes on every street or corner in Hanoi. However, for your best experience, you shouldn’t miss these popular street food markets.
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Dong Xuan market
This is the most perennial, famous, and crowded market in Hanoi. It’s the favorite place to enjoy street food of not only Hanoians but also overseas tourists. Dong Xuan alley is quite small but it has many eateries and great dishes.
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Snail rice noodle soup is the most popular with light sour broth and crispy fat snails.
Bun cha (kebab rice noodles) here is prepared in a meticulous progress. Meatballs are tightly clamped by 2 bamboo sticks before being grilled. The dipping sauce is mixed from dragontomelon fruits instead of using vinegar so it has a special light sour taste.
Moreover, this market also has many delicious dishes such as pork rib porridge, shrimp noodle soup, Xuka sweet gruel, etc.
Eateries here mainly serve small traders in this market so you should come here during the daytime to enjoy the food.
Nghia Tan market
Cau Giay Street has many universities and colleges. Nghia Tan market is called “paradise of street food” for students here with various cheap and tasty dishes. This market is quite large with many eateries.
Tofu is the most popular treat for youngsters. A bowl full of tofu, coconut milk, peanuts, green jelly, and dried coconut costs only 6,000 VND.
Grilled meat stick and grilled bread with butter are so undeniable.
Even when you just have a near-empty wallet, you can always find something delicious to eat here, such as clam rice porridge, pyramidal rice dumpling, etc.
Thanh Cong market
It’s such a big mistake if Thanh Cong market is not listed as a best Hanoi street food market.
You don’t need to ride around Hanoi to find your favorite street dishes anymore. They are all available here. From noodle, rice porridge, sweet gruel to cake, they are all tasty and cheap.
There are many types of salads such as dried beef salad, banana blossom salad, etc.
In chilly days, don’t forget to come here and enjoy hot dishes like banh goi, fried dumpling, clam rice porridge, etc.