Our Vegan Guide to Hanoi was put together during a trip to the Vietnamese capital in September 2017.
Despite having spent many months in Vietnam over the last few years this was our first visit to Hanoi since 2010 and we were blown away by the amount of vegan options in town and the obvious explosion in vegan culture and lifestyle.
Below are the vegan spots we visited during the trip and at the end of our Vegan Guide to Hanoi you will find links to other useful vegan information online.
We spent our time predominantly in two locations, the old town and West Lake, and we’ve included a section highlighting the luxury hotels we stayed at during our trip. You’ll also find a final section about Ninh Binh, a great destination for nature lovers which is a couple of hours from Hanoi (and well worth a visit in our opinion).
Vegan Guide to Hanoi – Old Town
Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant
56B Hang Gai
The first thing you should do when you arrive in Hanoi is head to Minh Chay and eat the other-worldly-divine vegan creme caramel, it’s one of the tastiest vegan desserts we’ve had for some time and we loved it. We also enjoyed some delicious traditional steamed rice rolls and loved that the staff were super friendly. Go here and make vegan friends.
Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant
9 Au Trieu
This is the original location of Minh Chay Vegan restaurant (watch this space for expansion with a new branch opening soon). When we visited we were lucky enough to meet the owner, Mr Minh and his lovely wife and share an amazing lunch full of local vegan cuisine.
Lovely people, great food and we enjoyed talking all things vegan.
You will not be disappointed with the food here…
Jalus Vegan Kitchen
46 Hang Trong
We tried an interesting vegan ‘omelette’ which was made with tofu (more like a scrambley type creation than an omelette) and a piece of chocolate cake (sadly a little too dry) but both were decent on the whole. The rest of the menu did look interesting, so it’s worth a visit if you’re nearby. There’s a small balcony where you can watch the world go past whilst enjoying your food.
Quan Chay Bo De
65 Quan Su
There is a small vegan supermarket downstairs with a variety of noodles, mock meat and vegan sauces, we were excited to find this but to be honest the selection was limited and lots of it included MSG, which might be a problem for some travellers.
Upstairs, the restaurant has an extensive menu of vegan food with lots of mock meat and tofu dishes, we chose a couple of the set menus which were decent and well priced but as we expected they were heavy on the MSG.
We also picked up some snacks for our train journey including tofu in tomato sauce and vegan spare ribs (both were delicious).
Uu Dam Chay
34 Hang Bai
This is more up market than the other places we visited and has an extensive menu with all an vegetarian and mainly vegan selection.
We didn’t eat here as had just eaten elsewhere but would check it out for sure next time we’re in Hanoi as it looks good and we’ve heard good reports from others.
Chay An Lac
109 Tran Hung Dao
This would be the perfect ‘before or after a train journey’ meal as is literally in the building opposite Hanoi Railway Station. It’s an all you can eat buffet with a big selection of different foods to fill up on.
Chay Snack Cart
66B Tran Hung Dao
Argh! This place is closed at the weekend meaning which meant we didn’t get to try their legendary Banh Mi Chay. This was a real shame for us as our friends Tom and Amy from Seeking Skies highly recommended them; they have excellent taste in food so we’re happy to pass on their recommendations.
Vegan Guide to Hanoi – West Lake
Bo De Quan
164 Ao Co
This was our favourite option in West Lake for sure. Simple, cheap and all served with a smile by the lovely family that run the place.
Our 45,000VND (around $2) plateful of vegan delights included mock meat, tofu, rice, all sorts of veg including okra, carrot, green beans, cauliflower and a delicious pumpkin curry. This was served with a clear soup which rounded off a very enjoyable meal for not much money at all.
12 Dang Thai Mai
Serving Vietnamese food with a Japanese influence, Sesame comes highly recommended by us. We sampled quite a few dishes of the menu; the Vegan Food Quest favourite was the mushroom rolls which were amazing!
Ven Ho Moi
A super popular spot right on the corner of the lake with seating both inside and outside next to the lake.
We went here to check out the fruit salad which we had been told about and we were not disappointed at all. Not only was it HUGE and packed with juicy and fresh tropical fruits but it also included one of our all time favourite ingredients, avocado.
This was a next level fruit salad and well worth visiting to eat this alone…
Maison De Tet
156 Tu Hoa
One word – coffee, this was our ‘go to’ coffee spot during our time in West Lake, if you love coffee you will love their selection of interesting blends for sure.
It’s set in a converted villa overlooking the lake and is a cool spot indeed, the food looked decent with a few vegan options but we were only there for the vegan friendly coffee, which we loved! (Note: not all Vietnamese coffee is vegan; read all about it in our post Is Vietnamese Coffee Vegan?!?)
147b Ao Co
Sadly an uninspiring menu that didn’t really catch our interest; we chose a simple rice noodles, bean sprouts, salad and mock meat dish which was served with a dipping sauce which included vegan fish sauce.
We don’t know about you but the smell of (vegan) fish sauce is off putting and we never want to eat it. This combined with a dish that was far from exciting means that this place would not be on our lists of places to return to…
Red River Tea Room and Junis
Ngo So 1 Ao Co
This bar overlooks the lake and is where to go for craft beers, wine and cider in cool surroundings; a great place to spend the evening with friends.
They not only serve some interesting drinks but they’ve teamed up with ‘Junis Kitchen’ meaning you can enjoy authentic Indonesian cuisine with your craft beer of choice.
There are plenty of vegan options so we ordered a selection of small dishes which were all very tasty. Go here if you get the chance.
Vegan Guide to Hanoi – Luxury Hotels
This hotel is a legend in every sense of the word and has a remarkable history; read a full review of our stay at Sofitel Metropole Legend Hanoi.
The breakfast buffet had plenty of plant based options and the chef happily prepared other dishes for us.
However, the highlight was a vegan tasting menu in ‘Le Beaulieu’ which was sensational, most of the dishes were on the à la carte menu and our meal was a simple adaptation to their vegetarian set menu.
The food was fresh, creative, delicious and served with panache; every dish used local and seasonal vegetable wherever possible.
This would certainly be a place to treat yourself on a special occasion, you don’t need to be a resident, just call and make a reservation requesting the vegetation set menu asking for it to be prepared vegan!
Slightly out of town, this is a modern and contemporary hotel with ‘all mod cons’. It’s where President Obama stayed on his visit to Hanoi in 2016 and is the favoured addresss in town for conferences and events.
They excelled themselves with our vegan food, we were very well catered for in the club lounge and also at breakfast; read the full review of our stay at JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi.
We also dined in Crystal Jade Palace and loved our vegan Cantonese dining experience, we would highly recommend a meal here if you want first rate service and delicious vegan Chinese food in a stylish setting.
With an enviable position overlooking West Lake this hotel combines business hotel and leisure resort in a seemless fashion. The vegan breakfast here was plentiful and there were plenty of things for us to choose from.
We checked out the menus at Milan and Saigon, the 2 on site restaurants and both had multiple vegetarian options that could easily be adapted.
Please read our detailed hotel review of InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.
Vegan Guide to Hanoi – Ninh Binh
This is the number 1 luxury option when visiting Ninh Binh and if you’re budget allows it is very nice indeed.
The multiple vegan options for breakfast, dinner and room service meant we certainly didn’t go hungry when we stayed. The ‘Caramel Tofu’ hotpot was particularly tasty.
It was the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding natural beauty, here is the full review of our stay at Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh.
This place deserves a mention because it was so amazingly beautiful!
We would highly recommend a boat trip here instead of Trang An which was so busy and over crowded it kind of ruined the vibe for us.
It’s all about Van Long which is conveniently located next to Emeralda Resort.
Com Chay An Lac
Duong Quang Trung
The only all vegan restaurant in Ninh Binh; the staff were really friendly and the restaurant was very clean. The food was OK (there was a bit too much MSG) and perhaps we didn’t choose the best options our meal was a bit too oily. We’d go back and persevere with the menu to support fellow vegans though.
Vegan Guide to Hanoi – Vegan Links
We hope you’ve enjoyed our vegan guide to Hanoi and have as much fun visiting all of our favourite vegan spots when you’re next in town, happy vegan eating!
Or why don’t you come and stay with us in our very own Vegan Villa in Siem Reap where we can treat you to the best of vegan hospitality and share with you our favourite vegan spots in Temple Town; check out our listing on Airbnb and come and stay if you’re in the area!