Best Pho in Hanoi | Pho Restaurants in Hanoi – Vietnam

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Hanoians often have Pho for breakfast. Pho is such a delighting dish, a balance combination of complicated aromas and ingredients. It can easily be found everywhere in Hanoi, but to get the authentic taste of traditional Pho, you should consider following restaurants – The best pho in Hanoi.

Best Pho in Hanoi – Vietnam

1. Pho Tu Lun – Au Trieu street

On Au Trieu Street, next to Hanoi Cathedral, there is a pho restaurant that has been bustling with people coming and going for decades. Here, it is not difficult to see the image of customers lining up or arranging plastic chairs themselves, carrying pho and sitting on the sidewalk to enjoy. The restaurant does not display a signboard, but regular customers call it Pho Au Trieu or Pho Tu Lun – Au Trieu.

Pho Tu Lun - Au Trieu street

Pho Michelin in Hanoi: Customers line up, carry their own chairs and sit on the sidewalk to enjoy.

Here, it is not difficult to see the image of customers lining up and waiting or arranging plastic chairs themselves, carrying pho and sitting on the sidewalk to enjoy.

Pho Tu Lun - Au Trieu street

Recently, Pho Au Trieu was awarded the Bib Gourmand (good food at reasonable prices) by Michelin. Although the restaurant is quite luxurious, when passing by, we can still see Western and Vietnamese customers sitting in a row on plastic chairs, savoring hot bowls of pho.

However, due to its popularity and crowdedness, customers often have to wait for 5-15 minutes, especially during the hours of 7-9am. Because there are so many customers, sometimes staff members and the owner also confuse orders from different guests.

Currently, the price for well-done pho at this restaurant is 55.000 VND while rare beef pho costs 65.000 VND. Customers who order special bowls according to their preferences will have different prices.

2. Pho Bat Dan (Phở Bát Đàn)

Pho Bat Dan, a traditional dish, has been around for over 50 years. During this long period of time, the chefs may have changed, but thanks to the inherited recipe from many generations, the taste of pho still retains its traditional flavor. The restaurant is often crowded, and sometimes people who want to eat pho here have to wait in line.

Pho Bat Dan (Phở Bát Đàn)

Pho Bat Dan attracts customers because it maintains the traditional broth flavor. The broth is the soul of pho, simmered carefully from beef bones so it has a sweeter and clearer taste. The rice noodles are chewy and not mushy, while the beef is tender and flavorful with crispy beef fat. A small tip that wants to share with you: when going to Pho Bat Dan restaurant, it’s better to go with at least 2 people. One person can hold a table while others queue up for their bowls of pho.

Pho Bat Dan is one of most famous Pho restaurants of Hanoi. To get a bowl of pho, you have to queue and wait rather long. That alone tells you how yummy it is to local people. The restaurant is always very crowded, especially on Sat and Sun mornings. Hanoi people get there to enjoy “real pho” of Hanoi cooked by artisans following a hundred-year-old family recipe.

Here is a tip for couple diners. One of you queue to order 2 bowls of Pho and the other go find 2 seats and keep the place. It’s super crowded, you know why right? Find those delicious seats at Pho Bat Dan, 49 – Bat Dan street. Every local knows it!

  • Address: 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 06:00 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 20:30

3. Pho Thin (Phở Thìn) – Lo Duc Street

For three decades, the restaurant at 13 Lò Đúc Street only served rolled beef pho, but customers still flocked in every day.

In Hanoi, there are families who have maintained the habit of going to Pho Thin Lò Đúc for breakfast every weekend for many years. On the other hand, there are also diners who firmly boycott this address after trying it once. The restaurant may not retain customers, but no one can deny that it is one of the busiest pho restaurants in Hanoi.

Pho Thin has been famous since 1970s. It’s pretty far from the Old Quarter but certainly worth a try because like everything else, you can let yourself be surprised with endless Pho flavor with a little twist because each family has their own secrets.

Indeed, the recipe of Pho Thin has almost not changed for over 30 years (from the 1970s) and it keeps the traditional flavor of Hanoi Pho from hundreds of years ago.

Pho Thin opens from 5am to 9pm and be crowed all day. 

4. Pho 10 – Ly Quoc Su (Phở 10 – Lý Quốc Sư)

If you have been in Hanoi for a long time, you will not be unfamiliar with the pho restaurant Ly Quoc Su. This is one of the delicious pho restaurants that has been registered for protection. From a small and longstanding restaurant located at 10 Ly Quoc Su Street in Hoan Kiem District, now Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su has expanded and developed into a chain of pho stores present throughout Hanoi. However, the best tasting restaurant is still located at the original address at 10 Ly Quoc Su Street.

Pho 10 – Ly Quoc Su (Phở 10 – Lý Quốc Sư)

Also a famous brand of Pho Hanoi, Pho Ly Quoc Su is now offering their wonderful food at 3 locations:

  • – 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • – N2A Hoang Minh Giam, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi
  • – 26 lot 6 To Huu, Van Phuc, Ha Dong, Hanoi

But the first place (the original address of the brand) is the best. Pho here is very delicious and has many flavors and options to choose from. The soup is amazing!

Pho Ly Quoc Su is delicious because of the quality of its broth and beef. The beef tendon slices are plentiful and thinly sliced ​​and are skillfully and beautifully decorated. Here you can enjoy various flavors of pho such as rare steak, well-done steak, flank meat, tendon,… Enjoying a hot bowl of pho every morning when waking up will give you lots of energy to explore this beautiful ancient city of Hanoi.

The restaurants open from 6am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 10pm. 

5. Pho Vui (Phở Vui – Happy Pho)

Pho Vui, just hearing the name is enough to make you feel full of life and enjoy a delicious hot bowl of pho on a beautiful morning. Pho Vui offers various cooking styles such as rare beef, well-done beef, rare beef with flank, red wine sauce, rare beef with corn and tendon, tenderized beef tendon combined with chewy rice noodles, a little bit of green onions, garlic chili sauce, sour lime… You can choose according to your daily preferences.

Pho Vui (Phở Vui – Happy Pho)

Pho Vui is located at no. 25 – Hang Giay street (phố Hàng Giầy), in Old Quarter area – the center of Hanoi city, which is also a good choice for those without much time. The restaurant offer various kinds of pho. Many of my friends, including Vietnamese and foreigners, enjoyed this choice of Pho and said it’s very tasty.

Look out for the big red sign saying “Phở Vui” and you’re one step away from a hot bowl of good Pho!

6. Phở Sướng Phố Cổ – Address for delicious beef pho

Phở Sướng is a long-standing brand of pho that has been around since the 1930s. It is also recommended by The Culture Trip as a must-visit restaurant in Hanoi.

Phở Sướng Phố Cổ - Address for delicious beef pho

Phở Sướng Phố Cổ - Address for delicious beef pho

The standout feature of Phở Sướng is its flavorful broth and tender beef. The broth is simmered with bones for many hours, resulting in a fragrant aroma and a light sweetness. The beef in Phở Sướng is soft and not chewy, as it has been carefully marinated. This is considered an advantage of Phở Sướng that many people love.

  • Address: 24B Trung Yen Alley – Hoan Kiem District – Hanoi
  • Price range: From 50,000 VND to 70,000 VND
  • Opening hours: 5:30 AM – 11:00 AM; 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

7. Chicken Phở / Phở Gà Nguyệt

Phở Gà Nguyệt is located at 5B Phủ Doãn, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi with a simple interior like any other pho stall in the capital. In front is a pot of broth, surrounded by large baskets containing noodles, vegetables, and shelves stacked with various types of meat and fried breadsticks. The most impressive are the trays of golden chicken meat, from whole chickens to pre-cut pieces neatly arranged. Standing behind the counter is Ms. Nguyệt Lê Thị Minh Nguyệt (born in 1967), wearing an apron and skillfully preparing food while occasionally chatting with regular customers.

Chicken Phở / Phở Gà Nguyệt

Chicken Phở / Phở Gà Nguyệt

Previously, her “shop” was just a street vendor on Phủ Doãn Street (Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi). Each time she set up for business, she only had a few chairs placed around the pho pot. Despite this, customers would often visit, some even coming every day because they were addicted to the taste of Nguyệt’s pho.

8. Beef Pho on the sidewalk of Hang Trong street

If you want to enjoy Pho Hanoi and “sidewalk culture” of Hanoi people at the same time, let’s get to Hang Trong street, just a few streets away from Hoan Kiem lake. You are advised to try out Pho Bung (Phở Bưng) at the front of 1 – Hang Trong street. The food here is cheaper of course, about $1 – $1.5/bowl. You’ll sit on a little plastic (or hopefully wooden) low stool and look at people passing by, knowing your’re so in Vietnam. It opens from 4pm – 8pm.

Hope you will enjoy the traditional taste of Hanoi to the fullest!

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