Celebrating Lunar New Year Like a Local in Hanoi: 5 Restaurants to Try

Hanoi captivates visitors from all over the world with popular foods like pho, bun cha, etc. If you have a chance to visit the city during the Lunar New Year, try dining at restaurants serving traditional Hanoi dishes to immerse yourself in the culture of Tet in the North of Vietnam.


As the temperature drops, Hanoi becomes adorned with the beauty of peach blossoms during the Lunar New Year. The Tet foods are a hallmark of Vietnamese cuisine, offering a rich and diverse culinary experience that captures the essence of tradition.

During Tet, Vietnam’s most important holiday, there are five exceptional restaurants where you can savor the delights of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Make sure to visit these establishments and experience the rich flavors and cultural significance of this festive period.

Restaurants to Celebrate Lunar New Year Like a Local in Hanoi

Tam Vi Sets New Personal Records in Race

Tam Vi

Experience the traditional home-cooked flavors of Northern Vietnam, with a focus on the charming cuisine of old Hanoi.

Our menu showcases a delightful selection of traditional Vietnamese home-style dishes, thoughtfully curated to offer a taste of our vibrant culinary heritage. While modest in size, our menu captures the essence of Vietnamese cuisine, bringing you the flavors and dishes commonly enjoyed in Vietnamese households.

Visit our Facebook page to discover the delightful offering from Tam Vi: our set menu showcasing the essential dishes for the festive Tet celebration in Northern Vietnam. Indulge in the exquisite flavors of banh chung, bamboo shoot soup, fried spring rolls, and more. Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of Tet by savoring these delectable dishes at our restaurant.

Photo: Tam Vi/Facebook
Photo: Tam Vi/ Facebook

Tam Vi – A Captivating Space in Hanoi

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Hanoi at Tam Vi, a charming space perfect for capturing breathtaking photos. The second floor transports you back to the colonial era with its elegant electric brass fans and exquisite glass ceiling lamps, while still embracing the unique Vietnamese culture. Visitors are captivated by the intricate ceramic murals adorning the walls and a stunning vase of peach blossoms displayed in a corner. Experience the essence of Hanoi at Tam Vi.

Photo: Tam Vi/ Facebook
Photo: Tam Vi/ Facebook

“The Tam Vi concept brings about a comforting and cozy feeling. @yourtastemate, a popular food influencer with 14.6k followers, recently shared on her Instagram some delightful dishes that she highly recommends, such as fried eggs, sweet and sour ribs, braised pork, and hot soups.”

To ensure a smooth dining experience, we kindly request our valued guests to make their reservations at least one day in advance, given the high demand for tables at our restaurant. Please note that our establishment boasts an intimate setting, making it less suitable for accommodating large groups. Thank you for your understanding.

Address: 4 Yen The Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi

Price Range: Starting from VND95,000 (US$4.05) up to VND380,000 (US$16.21)

Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Vietnamese Restaurant Cau Go Now Open

Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant is conveniently situated in the charming Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi. Offering a breathtaking view of Hoan Kiem Lake, this restaurant occupies the fifth and sixth floors of a building.

Photo: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine/ Facebook
Photo: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine/ Facebook

Our restaurant offers a exquisite selection of traditional dishes, meticulously prepared and beautifully presented. Indulge in the delightful flavors of our tofu with lemon grass and chili, our mouthwatering pork and shrimp spring rolls, and our tantalizing clams with chili. For the ultimate culinary experience, we highly recommend our excellent soft shell crabs, highly praised by TripAdvisor reviewers. Additionally, we offer a selection of beer and red wine to enhance your dining experience.

At Cau Go Restaurant, we strive to offer our customers a culinary experience that showcases the finest of Hanoi cuisine, while also incorporating flavors from across Vietnam. Our menu is carefully curated to highlight the best dishes from various regions, resulting in a unique fusion of flavors. Indulge in traditional Vietnamese delicacies such as our delectable fresh shrimp and pork spring rolls, tantalizing chicken with ginger, and flavorful bun cha. Visit Cau Go Restaurant today and embark on a gastronomic journey through Vietnam’s rich culinary heritage.

Photo: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine/ Facebook
Photo: Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine/ Facebook

The cost of the meal for two, inclusive of two sodas, is approximately $25, which is reasonably priced considering the quality of the food.

The wait staff is highly courteous and knowledgeable when providing recommendations.

Based on customer reviews on TripAdvisor, Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant is currently ranked 132 out of 2,457 restaurants in Hanoi, with an impressive rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on over 2000 reviews.

Address: No 1/3/5/7 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Price Range

Price Range

The price range for this product starts from VND95,000 (US$4.05) and goes up to VND300,000 (US$12.8).

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

New Vietnamese Street Food Chain, Xoi Com, Opens its Third Location

Xoi Com is situated along a quaint alleyway on Lang Ha Street, boasting a surprisingly spacious interior. A distinguishing feature of this establishment lies in its ever-changing menu, which necessitates checking their Facebook page for the day’s offerings prior to your visit.

During your visit to Xoi Com, indulge in the rich flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with our traditional rice trays. Savor the wholesome combination of boiled vegetables, succulent roasted meat, and tender braised fish expertly prepared to delight your taste buds. In addition, we offer a selection of classic dishes such as fried spring rolls, Vietnamese braised pork with eggs, and flavorful pickles, showcasing the rustic charm of Hanoi’s culinary traditions. Join us for a memorable dining experience and immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Vietnam.

During Tet days, Xoi Com offers diners the opportunity to enjoy Chung cake for VND80,000 (US$3.14).

Photo: Xoi Com/ Facebook
Photo: Xoi Com/ Facebook

To ensure seating availability, we recommend arriving early or making a reservation if you intend to visit the eatery at noon. Please note that the establishment tends to get crowded during this time.

The room is tastefully decorated with a rustic, yet bold countryside aesthetic. The restaurant’s furniture exudes a charming warmth, with tables and chairs crafted from fine wood.

Photo: Xoi Com/ Facebook
Photo: Xoi Com/ Facebook

One drawback of the eatery is its challenging accessibility as it is situated in an alley. Additionally, if you opt to drive to the establishment, you will need to park your vehicle outside the premises and incur a parking fee.

No. 107, Lane 36 Lang Ha Street,

Price range: VND15,000 (US$0.64) – VND150,000 (US$6.4)

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Closed on Sunday

11 am-2 pm



Mở cửa hàng mẫu dịch số 37

“The restaurant’s name, ‘Cua hang mau dich’, pays homage to a significant period in Vietnam’s history, specifically the era of subsidy from 1975-1986. During this time, locals could only buy and sell goods in designated stores or ‘mau dich’. The state controlled the distribution of goods through a stamp system, prohibiting the free trading of goods in the market. Additionally, transporting goods from one location to another was strictly prohibited.”

The restaurant is thoughtfully designed and draws inspiration from the historic subsidy period. Our guests can immerse themselves in the nostalgic atmosphere of old Hanoi.

In order to offer patrons an unparalleled authentic dining experience, the owner of our establishment has meticulously curated a collection of 40-50-year-old artifacts for display. These items harken back to the subsidy period and include unique treasures such as soup ladles crafted from bullet casings, traditional earthen pots, and porcelain bowls of yesteryear.

Photo: Cua hang mau dich so 37/ Facebook
Photo: Cua hang mau dich so 37/ Facebook

Our menu features a variety of dishes that reflect the culinary traditions of 1940s Vietnam. From burnt rice to molded rice cakes, stuffed rice to tubers and pickled cucumbers, our offerings are presented in enameled iron bowls and plates, just like they were back in the day. To cater to our international guests, our menus are also available in English, complete with vibrant pictures to aid in their selection process.

Photo: Cua hang mau dich so 37/ Facebook
Photo: Cua hang mau dich so 37/ Facebook

The interior of the restaurant is tastefully designed with an ancient theme, featuring a private dining area. While the space is limited, it offers an intimate setting perfect for small groups.

Experience the local Tet tradition in Vietnam during wartime by visiting our restaurant.

Store of Paint Number 37

Address: 158 Tran Vu Street,

Truc Bach, Hanoi

The price range for our products ranges from VND50,000 (US$2.13) to VND250,000 (US$10.67).

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sample Home-Cooked Uyen Claypot Rice in 5 Steps

Founded in the 2000s, Uyen Claypot Rice is a renowned establishment that has been an integral part of Hanoi Capital’s rich history for over a decade.

The restaurant offers a delectable selection of claypot rice paired with traditional Vietnamese family dishes. Our menu features popular options such as braised fish, ram ribs, fried shrimp, and spring rolls, among others. With a commitment to quality, discerning palates are sure to appreciate our exquisite offerings. Should you find yourself seeking a memorable gathering with loved ones, our establishment is an address not to be overlooked.

Photo: Do Thu/ Riviu
Photo: Do Thu/ Riviu

Uyen Claypot Rice, situated on the bustling Pham Ngoc Thach street, has become a sought-after dining venue for many patrons. With its ample capacity to accommodate over 200 individuals, it offers a delightful dining experience for enjoying delectable family dishes and culinary masterpieces throughout the week.

Prices range from VND30,000 (equivalent to US$1.28) to VND150,000 (equivalent to US$6.4).

Opening hours: 6 am – 10 pm

Phuong Nguyen