Vegan Guide to Hanoi

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Published March 2018

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).

Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant 1

Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant
56B Hang Gai

Opening Hours: 8am-10pm daily

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.

Incredible vegan creme caramel at Minh Chay
Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant in Hanoi
vegan steamed rice pancake rolls at Minh Chay in Hanoi

Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant 2

Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant
9 Au Trieu

Opening Times: 9am-10pm daily

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…

Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant in Hanoi
delicious fresh rice paper rolls in Hanoi

Jalus Vegan Kitchen

Jalus Vegan Kitchen
46 Hang Trong

Opening Times: 10am-10pm closed Monday

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.

Vegan chocolate cake at Jalus in Hanoi
Jalus vegan restaurant in Hanoi.
Tofu scramble omelette at Jalus in Hanoi

Quan Chay Bo De

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).

Vegan sate sauce at Bo De Vegan Market in Hanoi
Quan Chay Bo De vegan restaurant and vegan market in Hanoi
Vegan spare ribs at Bo De in Hanoi

Uu Dam Chay

Uu Dam Chay
34 Hang Bai

Opening Times: 7.30am-10pm

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.

Uu Dam Chay in Hanoi

Chay An Lac

Chay An Lac
109 Tran Hung Dao

Opening Times: 9am-2pm and 5.30pm-9pm every day

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 vegan foods to fill up on.

Chay an Lac in Hanoi

Maison De Tet

Maison De Tet
156 Tu Hoa
West Lake

Opening Times: 7am-10pm every day

One word – coffee, this was our ‘go to’ cfee 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!

Did you know that not all Vietnamese coffee is vegan, read all about it in our post Is Vietnamese Coffee Vegan?

vegan coffee at Maison de Tet in Hanoi

Bo De Quan

Bo De Quan
164 Ao Co
West Lake

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.

Service with a smile at Bo De Quan in Hanoi
Bo De Quan at Hanoi West Lake
selection of vegan food at Bo De Quan in Hanoi


12 Dang Thai Mai
West Lake

Opening Times: 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm every day

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 were the mushroom rolls which were amazing!

Amazing mushroom rolls at Sesame in Hanoi
Sesame in Hanoi, West Lake
Healthy fresh rolls at Sesame in Hanoi

Cafe Thom

Cafe Thom
Ven Ho Moi
West Lake

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…

Cafe Thom in Hanoi at West Lake
Immense fruit salad with avocado at Cafe Thom in Hanoi

Loving Hut

Loving Hut
147b Ao Co
West Lake

Opening Times: 7.30am-9.30pm every day

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…

Loving Hut in Hanoi at West Lake
vegan food at Loving Hut in Hanoi

Red River Tea Room and Junis

Red River Tea Room and Junis
Ngo So 1 Ao Co
West Lake

Opening Times: 11am-12pm every day

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 (including lots of tempeh) 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.

Eggplant at Junis Indonesian in Hanoi
Green Bean Curry at Junis in Hanoi
Tempeh Curry at Junis in Hanoi

Van Long Nature Reserve

Just a couple of hours from Hanoi is Ninh Binh which is well worth a visit to explore the surrounding natural beauty of Van Long nature reserve. 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.

The surrounding area of Van Long nature reserve is picture postcard perfect
Van Long nature reserve in Vietnam

Com Chay An Lac

Com Chay An Lac
30 Thang 6
Ninh Binh

Opening Times: 8am-8pm every day

This was 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 as our meal was a bit too oily, we’d go back and persevere with the menu to support fellow vegans though.

Fried ‘chicken’ bites at Com Chay An Lac in Ninh Binh
Com Chay An Lac in Ninh Binh
stuffed tofu at Com Chay An Lac in Ninh Binh

Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Hanoi

Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Hanoi that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.

Vegan Food Quest in Vietnam


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