Ha Noi was our second destination after Ho Chi Minh. Although we were new to Hanoi we had lived in Vietnam for a month by then.
So… what can you eat in Ha Noi as a vegan?
The answer to that, many things as long as you go to a specific eatery, restaurant and are willing to ask and double-check and ask again. If the item on the menu says “vegan” in English then you can be 99.9% sure that it’s vegan.
I mentioned in my post already that most high-end vegan restaurants are geared for tourists and are charging a western price for the meal. But not all of them do.
After spending some time doing research and visiting several places, we found a few places that are worth sharing.
One of them is a hidden gem in Ha Noi, Veggie Castle.
Address: Veggie Castle – 7 Phố Yên Ninh, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
The restaurant offers a great buffet of the most delicious vegan food we had tried in Vietnam up to that point.
We were pleasantly surprised that we paid only 70,000 VND ($3) for the varieties of vegan dishes we had. It was crazy cheap and amazingly delicious!
I should also mention about a small family-owned buffet restaurant called Sesame based in Tây Hồ in Hanoi.
Address: Sesame 2b Ngõ 12 Đặng Thai Mai, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội
It is a small place with a few vegan dishes on offer as a buffet. The restaurant is usually opened for lunch and dinner hours with a break in between and particularly caters for expats.
The owner is very passionate about her vegan food. She makes very tasty Vietnamese fresh rolls cost 40,000 VND ($1.70) for two.
They were amazingly delicious so we ended up coming back for more.
Address: Hoa Sen Vegan Restaurant – số 2 ngõ 209 Đội Cấn, Ngọc Hồ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
Once we had lunch at Hoa Sen after we ended up being on Doi Can street. And after reading so many positive reviews about this place we decided to have lunch over there.
It is a fast-food restaurant that offers a buffet and you can also order from the menu.
We ordered Lotus Mushroom Sauce Rice Noodle and Sauteed Mushroom with Lemongrass and Chili.
Both portions were plentiful and tasted good. It cost 60,000 VND ($2.60) for each dish. This is not a restaurant that I would go out of my way for. It was perfectly adequate, unremarkable and not cheap either.
Address: 147b Âu Cơ, Tứ Liên, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Loving Hut is part of International Chain of Vegan restaurants and offers a large selection of tasty vegan food.
We tasted their food in Malaysia and Singapore and absolutely loved it. When we saw them in Hanoi it was definitely on top of our list to visit them. This time we enjoyed freshly made delicious traditional Vietnamese vegan dishes. The portions were good and incredibly fulfilling. Cost – 45,000 VND ($2) per dish.
Vegan Ice-cream By Gioia Gelati
If you are visiting the night market in the Old Quarter you can taste delicious vegan ice-cream offered by Gelato. Not all their ice-cream is vegan however, they do have a selection of 3-4 flavours which are vegan and made from soy milk with various flavours.
There are a few branches of Gelato in the Old Quarter that are offering ice-cream including the one that you can walk in and have ice-cream inside.
On a side note, I have to warn you that coconut Ice-cream sold on the street contains milk as one of the main ingredients.
Market During The Day
The best thing about the day-market that you can get not only fruits and vegetables but freshly-made tofu as well. The tofu is very popular and sold by many vendors. They prepare and make it on the spot. While I was purchasing some tofu I was able to see buckets of unpressed soy and the stages of tofu being made. The tofu was still warm, fresh and very cheap. It cost 20,000 VND ( $0.85) for five pieces.
Fruits are available for eating later or you can buy already peeled and ready to be eaten. They mainly sold on bicycles, pushed carts and you won’t find any stall vendors. So if you like some fruit better to buy straight away or else the bicycle will be gone! It happened to me before but not this time 🙂
So, we were lucky in Hanoi as we had a Vietnamese friend of ours, Sandy who many times helped us with our food selection. Otherwise, we were relying on our phones to translate and our instincts at all times. However, if you are patient and careful, you can find some amazing Vietnamese food in Ha Noi.
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