Part of what makes travel so alluring is experiencing different cultures – and this often includes sampling the local cuisine. Luckily, wherever you wander, a tasty, healthy and affordable vegan meal is never far away. If you’re planning to visit Hanoi, you’re in luck – we’ve compiled a handy guide to the city’s best vegan eats!
- Truc Lam Trai Vegetarian Restaurant
39 Lê Ngọc Hân St, Hai Bà Trưng District
Price range: $1–5/person
This pure vegetarian restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese dishes – from fresh rolls and vegetable salads to noodle soups and hotpot – all at a very reasonable price. For a traditional Vietnamese-style meal, order some rice, a main dish (we recommend the fried tofu with lemongrass and chilli), green vegetables and a bowl of soup. Treat yourself to a fresh-fruit shake, too – just be sure to ask for no milk.
- Thien Phat Chay Vegetarian Restaurant
16 Hàng Hành St, Hoàn Kiếm District
91 Lý Thường Kiệt St, Hoàn Kiếm District
Price range: $2–8/person
With two locations in Hanoi, Thien Phat Chay offers a fine dining experience with a tranquil ambiance. The set menu, which features small portions of four to five dishes, is perfect if you want to sample a little bit of everything. Or if you’re with a group of friends, order some rolls and a hotpot to share. We highly recommend the faux-meat dishes – try any of them, and you will be delighted.
- Hanoi Social Club
6 Hội Vũ St, Hoàn Kiếm District
Price range: $4–10/person
If you want to try something different from the normal Buddhist-style vegetarian restaurants commonly found in Vietnam, this is the place. Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, in a tiny alley far from the noise of the busy streets, Hanoi Social Club offers an extensive vegan-friendly menu with labels on each dish indicating vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Start off with a plate of leafy green salad, grab a veggie burger and take home some tofu chips as snacks for later.
- Rainbow Café
37 Hàng Hành St, Hoàn Kiếm District
Price range: $2–6/person
One thing to keep in mind about restaurants in Hanoi is that most of them close very early. If you want to grab a bite after 9 p.m., this small café has everything that you need. Its vegetarian menu is very vegan-friendly, and the staff is always helpful if you want to clarify any specific dietary requirement. The crispy fried noodles with vegetables on top are particularly outstanding.
One thing is certain: You won’t go hungry while you’re visiting Hanoi. So grab your bag, get a map and discover the 1,000-year-old city of rich culture, friendly people and delicious food!