During my travels on the junk to Halong Bay and hiking terrace rice fields in Sapa, I had the chance to explore some vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Here’s the top 3 restaurants I like in Hanoi:
1. Tamarind Cafe
Tamarind is conveniently located in the heart of Old Quarters and listed in Lonely Planet too. This glass noodle salad is refreshing especially after a bit of shopping in the tropical heat.
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You can’t go to Vietnam without eating spring rolls and unlike the Chinese versions, I like the thin crispy skin. These ones came out sizzling hot and I gobbled every single one of them.
It’s hard to find delicious vegetarian pho around Hanoi but this one at Tamarind is one that’s worth trying. After all, you can’t be in Vietnam and not go pho…
Address: 80 Ma May Street (at Hang Bac)
Serves Western cuisine too. Good ambience for lounging around with a book.
2. Diamond II Vegetarian Restaurant
Quite hard to find the restaurant as it’s hidden inside an alleyway. And while the restaurant displayed lots of delicious looking food on its walls, it doesn’t always have what I want available.
A salad spring roll with delicious chilli sauce, great starter.
There’s no banana in this salad but it’s served on a banana leaf. Lots of crunchy nuts, basil, carrot, cucumber and yes edible flowers. Crunchy and filling.
If this is what authentic Viet soup is then maybe I’m going to give it a pass. It’s basically tomato, tofu and mushrooms.
Address: 19 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem District (at between Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung)
3. Com Chay Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant
Lots of choices and in the end, I chose this set meal that comes with a bowl of rice. Love the stuffed tomatoes but not really the vegetarian beef on the left top hand corner of the plate. Vietnamese vegetarian meats in Hanoi is still quite old school and mostly made of gluten. So if you’re not really into them, stick to vegetables.
Address: 79 A Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem (at Quang Trung, centre of city)
Baguette & Chocolat Cafe @ Sapa
This cafe is run by the Hao Sua Group for disadvantaged youth and serves French pastry and cuisines. A cosy place to chill and I had Sapa flower tea but prefer the lemongrass and Sapa honey drink better. This vegetarian baguette is stuffed with aubergines, cucumber, tomatoes and ricotta cheese. A treat just before I hopped on the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Still want more baguettes? Get them off the streets of Hanoi.
Check out the rest of my Hanoi food gallery on Flickr.