The Beer Club

When the beer house Vuvuzela opened up in April with its Hooters-style uniform for the female staff, it sparked a change in the city’s drinking culture. With a growing urge for professional workers to forge a scene of their own, a scene that falls somewhere in between top-end bars and street-side quan nhau, they spotted their opportunity.

White Cloud, one of the best known vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi

Enjoying Vietnamese food while avoiding meat can be a challenge. Especially in the meat-loving north where admitting you’re vegetarian often spurs a similar response to announcing you’ve caught a deadly disease: a mixture of pity and confusion as to how this could have happened. The following is a list of street food and small restaurants where a vegetarian can somewhat integrate one’s self into the wonderful culture and atmosphere that is Vietnamese food.

Hanoi Late Night Eats

When the clock ticks over to the wrong side of midnight, the culinary options in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City begin to dwindle. But don’t worry about starving: the dark city alleys hide a plethora of choices for the hungry night owl, whether you’re craving a warm plate of banh cuon, creamy vodka penne or a banh mi stuffed with chili-egg goodness. We dug up all our favourite late-night haunts.

Bun Thit Nuong

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Cao Lau

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Banh Cuon

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Street Food Map of Vietnam

Street food is an obsession. Rich or poor, old or young, all like to get their fix. In an environment where status no longer takes precedence, the only important thing is the quality of the food. In Vietnam, street food is the great equaliser.

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