Brunch Hanoi: 12 Of The Best For Every Budget​

Brunch Hanoi: 12 Of The Best For Every Budget

Hanoi is a wonderful place to indulge in food, be it local or international cuisine. The influx of expats and tourists as well as the modernization and opening up of the country has led to a huge appetite for the nation, and brunch is one of the favourite meals of the day.

Imagine, just a decade or two ago, you can hardly find foreign businesses here, and in fact McDonald’s only got their first branch here in 2017! Starbucks was just 3 years earlier than them, but a look at the dining scene in Hanoi today will show you something much different. 

Whether you are crazing for a bowl of piping hot pho or an intricate new creation of a Western master chef, we have got you covered. 

Read on as we Zip Up & Eat Brunch in Hanoi! 

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Map of Brunch places in Hanoi Vietnam

Here is a Google Map that contains all the recommended brunch places in Hanoi.

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Expert tip: Be sure to download offline maps in Google Maps when you have an internet connection. You might not have data or access to WiFi, and the offline version will come in super handy.

1. Saint Honore

saint honore hanoi brunch

It should come as no surprise that a French bakery is doing so well in Vietnam, considering the impact and influence the French had on Vietnamese culture. 

Saint Honore is one such example as it has established itself firmly in the capital city. You can consider visiting it as part of your Hanoi itinerary.  

The bread here is baked fresh daily, and there is a wide variety you can choose from, such as multigrain bread, French tarts and pastries. These are mostly for takeout, so find yourself a seat and dive into the brunch menu instead. 

Highly recommend to try the Saint Honore Cheese Burger, a massive sandwich made with New Zealand beef and raclette cheese. Or pick up a Salmon and Cream Cheese crepe. Whichever you choose, the food is fresh and. ingredients are of high quality.

Of course, do expect the price to be higher than the regular local bistros too. Prices start from 75,000 VND.

Address: 5 Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam

2. La Badiane

La Badiane is an upscale restaurant in the heart of the city, yet the location offers a sense of privacy and feels like an escape from the busy streets. 

Located in an old colonial villa, the restaurant is decorated in traditional tones and the furniture blends in seamlessly, creating a very cozy ambience for an intimate meal. 

It has an interesting fusion menu, and you can tell the creativity of the chef helming the kitchen here. In fact, La Badiane has been named as one of the top 500 restaurants in Asia, no small feat for a humble unit as them. 

You can expect to dine on the best ingredients available and we recommend you to book a sit in the breezy courtyard. Try out the set menu for the best value, as you get a starter, a main, and end off with a dessert for just 485,000 VND.

Address: 10 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

3. Bancong Deli and Cafe

There is nothing French or Vietnamese about this cafe, as the owner hails from New Zealand and has brought along his version of NZ deli food. The vibe is modern and casual, while the food is simple yet delicious. 

If you are into home cooked food, this is the best place to enjoy a brunch with a group of friends. Try out their sandwiches that are stuffed with bacon and ham that has been smoked right their own kitchen. 

While many might think that such food will demand a high price tag, quite the opposite is true. The prices are friendly just like the staff running the place. 

Located in the Old Quarter, you will not miss this cafe when you walk past thanks to its beautiful exteriors and as you walk in, you will be transported back to 1930s Hanoi. The interior design is outstanding, and worth visiting for it alone. 

Coffee is great, but the star of the show is their interpretation of Banh Mi, a meat stuffed baguette that everyone loves. Starts at 65,000 VND.

Address: 2 Đinh Liệt, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

4. Cong Caphe

Do you know why Starbucks is struggling to do business in Hanoi? If you have tried Vietnamese coffee, it is pretty likely you will not be looking for a Starbucks anytime soon. 

Cong Caphe is a small chain of coffee shops and there is one in Old Quarter. The military green that it uses heavily might make you think of communism, but we assure you there is nothing like that here. 

If you want to try some of the best coconut coffee (cafe cot dua) in Hanoi, this is the place to visit. If you didn’t know what’s that, it is basically Vietnamese coffee made with coconut milk. The taste and texture is really unique thanks to the richness from the coconut milk, and you can have it either hot or cold.

All their outlets are equipped with free WiFi, and the atmosphere is relaxed, which means you can spend an afternoon here people watching or simply do nothing. 

Unfortunately, they don’t serve full meals here, so you will have to make do with croissant and fruit plates, or you can get full trying out their special smoothies too. 

Coffee from 25,000 VND.

Address: 54 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam. Check other locations on their website

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5. Home38

home38 hanoi

This tiny cafe is situated along the shores of West Lake, serving up classic North American food with nice views across the water. 

The fare here is simple and hearty, and comes with a very reasonable price tag. Think crispy bacon, fluffy pancakes, hash browns, scrambled and deviled eggs, paired with a hot coffee. The proportions are very generous, so make sure to bring an appetite! 

While there is nothing fancy or special about the food, the atmosphere is what attracts the fans. Tucked away in a popular street, Home38 looks somewhat like a little shack, furnished with retro looking chairs that will make just about anyone feel at home. 

The open air concept allows you to soak in the surrounds, and with the great views outside, makes for an excellent place to while away the afternoon.

Full English Breakfast 120,000 VND.

Address: 38 Quang Ba, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam

6. La Place

la place hanoi

Did you know that there is a cathedral in the middle of the French Quarter that resembles Notre Dame in Paris? The St Joseph Cathedral is a beautiful piece of architecture that was inspired by the masterpiece in France, and is a must see when in Hanoi.

It is nice to admire a building on ground level, but what if you can get to higher ground for an even better view? 

Make your way to La Place to do just that. 

You get front row seats to the best view of the cathedral on the second floor, all while feasting on those yummy Belgian waffles they dish out. 

The cafe is simply decorated, and the European style floor tiles stand out amidst all the propaganda wall art. Run by an impeccable staff who values great service above all, free WiFi, and great food, you can hardly put a foot wrong by coming here.

Coffee from 39,000 VND, Mains from 69,000 VND. 

Tip: Get there before lunch to grab the balcony seats for the best views!

Address: 6 Ấu Triệu, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

7. May Taste

may taste hanoi

Yet another gem found in the West Lake area is May Taste, a family style cafe which serves food made from recipes handed down for generations. 

If you are into Vietnamese food, this is an awesome place to visit as many of the ingredients and sauces are homemade, as well as having their organic vegetables sourced from local farmers. 

From the outside, the restaurant may not seem like much, being basic and unpretentious looking, but step inside and your sense of smell might easily get overwhelmed by the aroma in the air. 

Must tries here include the ultra fresh spring rolls made with fish, the spicy tofu with pork and the roast chicken with special sauce. Don’t leave without trying the kumquat juice, something that is not easily available in other parts of the world. 

During brunch, you can consider ordering the set menu too at a super friendly price of only 65,000 VND. Behind a family with over 50 years of experience running restaurants, May Taste cannot be missed! 

Address: 18C Đặng Thai Mai, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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8. Puku Cafe

puku sports cafe and bar hanoi

This might be one of the very few, if not the only cafe that is open 24 hours a day in Hanoi, and as it is located near the popular train street, it gets crowded fast. 

Puku is a western style bar and bistro of sorts that lets off a backpacker vibe. People come here in the evenings to watch live sports and down a few beers, but in the day time, it is relatively peaceful. 

The food selection here is not huge, but it does offer variety. Choose between Vietnamese snacks like the Bo La Lot (beef rolled in betel nut leaves) or Western style dishes such as beef fajitas served on sizzling hot plates, and wash it down with an ice cold beer. 

The atmosphere is lively and friendly, and there are no lack of challengers at the pool table, perfect for taking a break before exploring the alleyways that snake out from here. 

Prices from 75,000 VND.

Address: 16-18 Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

9. Lifted Coffee and Brunch

lifted coffee and brunch

A small cafe with a spunky attitude and a reputation as the Best Place for your Tinder Dates, Lifted has all the makings of a great brunch place. 

Operated by an Aussie owner, the food here is typical western fare, sausages, sandwiches and burgers are the order of the day. They do have a wide variety though, catering for healthy eaters as well as having options for people with allergies.

The drinks menu is pretty interesting, making you want to try out almost everything, as well as the donuts which comes with a ton of flavors. Check with the counter staff if they have something that is not within the menu as they do make specials from time to time. 

Food choices are great too, and you should definitely try the pulled pork with egg benedicts. Prices start from 125,000 VND for mains. 

Address: 101 Hàng Gà, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

10. Ming Restaurant

Located within the luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel, Ming is the place to sink your teeth into classic Chinese Dim Sum, buffet style! 

The restaurant is beautifully set up, as the moment you walk in you can see the details and the elegance in its settings. You can expect to receive top class service here, with a nice view of West Lake to boot. 

What you are really here for is the food, and the dim sum buffet promises a huge spread of the most delicious Cantonese delights you can find in Hanoi. Be it traditional Peking Duck, prawn dumplings or wonton soup,  the taste is excellent, thanks to the high quality ingredients and masterful chefs. 

Service is top notch the moment you walk in, and you can tell quickly that hygiene is highly valued here, something that most have taken for granted but nonetheless extremely important in this strange times of Covid. 

All this is great, as is the price tag of 550,000 ++ VND per person. 

Address: 1 Đ. Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

11. Kok Coffee Roasting House

This one’s for the serious coffee lover who wants to experiment and experience artisanal and gourmet coffee. 

While we are easily satisfied with egg coffee or coconut coffee, Kok’s take it a step higher by introducing Hanoi’s only roastery dedicated to the art. 

Expect to try out both locally and internationally sourced fair trade coffee in the small cafe, and you can buy the roasted beans home as gifts or for your own consumption. Prices are fairly steep, but hey, there’s a price to pay for these premium coffee.

Food selection is limited to snacks and cakes, so you might want to fill up a bit on breakfast before heading here. 

Address: 150 P. Từ Hoa, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam

12. French Grill Restaurant

The last on the list is a treat. A buffet that has everything, from fresh caught seafood like oysters, giant scallops, and shrimps to the famous grill where you can feast of lobsters and a variety of meats. 

Once you are seated, you are presented with the amuse bouche. You might be surprised to see just bread, but the secret is in the 4 types of butter. This might change from time to time though, but the introduction to the restaurant is certainly top class.

All the foods are prepared exquisitely, and the setting of the restaurant is classy and spacious. Whichever table you are assigned to seems to convey a sense of privacy, so you and your entourage can dine without distractions. 

Consider getting wine to pair with your food? There is an in-house expert who can guide you to the right selection. 

At the end of the meal, you will be thoroughly satisfied, although you might regret the amount of food you ingested. But all worth the time and price as it is without a doubt one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi. 

Price for buffet is 1,500,000 ++ per person.

Address: 8 Do Duc Duc, Me Tri, South Tu Liem, Hanoi, Hanoi City 100000, Vietnam

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Logistics before visiting Hanoi Vietnam

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