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Food-Lover's Vietnam Getaway

A bowl of beef pho from Hanoi’s Pho Gia Truyen.

Photo: Brown W. Cannon III

Food is at the very heart of Vietnamese culture. Almost every aspect of social, devotional, and family life revolves around the procurement, preparation, and shared pleasure of nourishment. Even commercial life: more than half of Vietnam’s population makes a living in agriculture or the food trade. Markets are on every corner; cooks on every curb. Read the article

Destinations: Hanoi · Hoi An · Hollywood · Hue · District 1 · District 3

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: Ultimate Food Guide to Vietnam — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Jun. 2010

Hotels (4)

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    Nam Hai

    This high-design property arrived on the South China Sea in 2006, and its sleek style is a testament to the impressive talent behind its inception.... More
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    Park Hyatt Saigon

    With an enviable location on Lam Son, Saigon’s central square, this gleaming upscale hotel with colonial accents delivers splendidly assured servic

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    La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa

    Formerly the residence of the French colonial governor, this 1930s manse opened its doors as a hotel in 2005 after a painstaking restoration. Its A

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    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    The city's grande dame. All 364 rooms include modern amenities, but those in the original wing have a traditional feel.

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Restaurants (14)

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    Pho Hoa

    This tour group–friendly institution really does serve the tastiest pho in town. To get the full experience you need to come early for breakfast, w

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    Nguyen Thi Thanh (The Lunch Lady)

    For 13 years, Monday through Saturday, the Lunch Lady has set up shop on a patch of pavement on Hoang Sa Street near the zoo—working from 11 a.m. u

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    Cuc Gach Quan

    Owned by architect Tran Binh and his French-Vietnamese wife, Thai Tu-Tho, Binh acquired a derelict colonial mansion and reimagined it as an indoor-

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    Banh Xeo An La Ghien

    Into an outsize wok the chef tosses a fistful of bean sprouts, pork, shrimp, and/or mushrooms, then pours in a slick of marigold-yellow batter, ric

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    Phuong Banh Mi

    Come in the early morning or late afternoon (after the second baking) and the bread is still warm. Phuong wraps her creations in newspaper if you w

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    Morning Glory

    Morning Glory is a tourist haunt, and proudly so. It’s also the best place in town to sample Hoi An cuisine. While you can get a very good cao lau

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    Hon

    Order the  muc nuong (grilled squid) and ngheu hap (clams with ginger, lemongrass, and fresh mint).

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    You & Me

    Tuck into a stellar bun bo Hue, the city’s signature dish: a fiery broth of long-simmered beef bones, suffused with lemongrass and stained red from

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    Huyen Anh

    In the leafy enclave of Kim Long, lunch at this open-air canteen, which serves two dishes only: banh uot thit nuong and bun thit nuong. The former,

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    Hoang Vien

    Have a three-hour dinner at Hoang Vien (“royal garden”), opened in March 2010 by the painter and chef Boi Tran in a restored French-colonial house.

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    Pho Gia Truyen (a.k.a. Pho 49 Bat Dan)

    Pho Gia Truyen, on Bat Dan Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, doesn’t look like much from the outside—or from the inside, for that matter. The room has

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    Chà Cá Thăng Long

    Northern Vietnam’s signature seafood dish takes a star turn at this Old Quarter canteen. Firm white snakehead fish is marinated in galangal, shrimp... More
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    Café Nang

    The bohemian soul of Hanoi’s café scene is Nang, a 1956 landmark on Hang Bac Street whose 74-year-old owner, Ms. Thai, still brews nearly every cup

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    Quan An Ngon

    A Ho Chi Minh City institution, Quan An Ngon employs ex-street vendors, who prepare a selection of traditional, regional fare. Among the most popul

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Activities (4)

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    Hanoi Cooking Centre

    Chef and cookbook author Tracey Lister and partner Linh Dinh Phung helm the Hanoi Cooking Centre, near the city’s Old Quarter. They offer hands-on,

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    Chau Long Market

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    Ben Thanh Market

    Saigon’s main public market sells everything from dried spices and live chickens to cheap clothing and plasticware. And while it may be chaotic and

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    Opera

    This addition to L.A. nightlife impresario David Judaken’s empire (he also owns Mood and Garden of Eden) is a modern, two-room club outfitted in re

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