where: Hoàn Kiếm (67 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông)
price range: 60K VND+
setting: bustling spot with quick turn-around at mealtimes
group friendly: be ready to squeeze into communal tables
take-away: takeout available, delivery available on Grab Food and NowVN
stand-out plates: the signature Bún Bò Nam Bộ
hot tip: order at least two bánh bao to soak up the delicious broth at the bottom of the bowl
This spot is a feature on many Hanoi food tours, and for good reason. You'll be sharing a table with locals and tourists alike, all going after the phenomenal title dish. Be prepared with your order; the servers don't wait for indecisiveness. Contrasting textures and flavors from fish sauce, peanuts, herbs, and perfectly cooked beef make this meal exciting from the first bite to the last.
verdict: You'll walk out of this bustling spot full but already craving more.