03.10.2022, 08:52

3 restaurants up to 100 years old in Hanoi, not only famous at home but also famous internationally

The restaurants with age of nearly a century on Ha Thanh land are loved by many diners because of their old taste.

In Hanoi it is not difficult to find a good restaurant, with the increasing presence of restaurants and dishes from traditional to modern, diners have more choices. Among them are the famous restaurants, even though they are older than a lifetime, the taste is still handed down from generation to generation and is a favorite place for many diners. domestically and internationally.

In the midst of the magnificent capital, when you want to find the memories of the city to see a corner of Hanoi that has not changed over the years, visit these “hundred-year” heirloom restaurants, and you will feel the scent of the city. The taste of old cuisine is difficult to “plagiarize” anywhere.

Mrs. Thin’s sticky rice with tea

Originating from the street vendors in the old town in the 30s of the last century, so far Ba Thin’s sticky rice has become a branded snack address in Hanoi. Among hundreds of tea shops that are increasingly changing in a unique way to suit the times, Ba Thin’s sticky rice shop is one of the few places for nearly a hundred years that still sells original traditional Northern-style tea.

3 restaurants up to 100 years old in Hanoi, not only famous at home but also famous internationally



Photo: @Ha Vu, @Tadiha, @mia

The “specialty” here is the traditional style of sticky rice with sticky rice, the sticky rice is very flexible, each fragrant grain of sticky rice is covered with a layer of green beans rubbed with yellow, blended with the sweet taste of areca flowers or a little more. The warm ginger flavor of the old lady’s tea. It’s as simple as that, but all have been left in the hearts of the old Hanoians, as well as the diners who accidentally visit the taste that will never be forgotten.

Not only is it popular with customers because of its delicious taste, the tea shop also has a fairly affordable price, only 15,000 VND / cup. In addition to tea, the shop also sells peanut candies and vegetarian cakes for everyone to enjoy. Here, diners often come to buy and take away, because at peak hours, they will have to queue and it is also difficult to find a parking space. However, even if they have to wait for life, it is rare for anyone to complain and be patient to enjoy the famous traditional tea. This is also the clearest proof of the delicious taste that has been preserved throughout the century of Ba Thin sticky rice.

Address: No. 1 Bat Dan, Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 07:30 – 22:00

Price: 15,000 – 33,000 VND

Thai Cafe

“Come to Hanoi to make brown cups…” is probably a familiar saying for the generation of gourmets in Hanoi. Like racquet coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi is famous for its traditional coffee flavor at Cafe Thai, this is one of the few old-timers that still holds a very special way of roasting coffee with firewood.

Also appeared for nearly 100 years, since 1926 Thai cafe was born as a burden of street vendors weaving around the old town. After many years of ups and downs, the shop also has a fixed address. In the midst of countless splendid modern cafes, Cafe Thai is still simply located on a corner of Trieu Viet Vuong street.


Thai Cafe is more special than any other coffee shop when it is still roasted by firewood, the way of making aluminum filters is true of old Hanoi. Almost all stages are handcrafted to produce a cup of aromatic coffee with a bitter taste on the tip of the tongue, so that the coffee taste here also has its own unique features.

Over many periods, the shop has been passed down through 4 generations, sometimes also called by many different names such as old man shop, cow shop, central shop, rustic coffee, squat coffee… Until now Hanoians are still only familiar with the name Thai cafe, or just called Thai for short, almost everyone knows where.

The space of the restaurant only stands out with the bold walls of Ha Thanh in a 1-storey townhouse, with a sidewalk with rows of seats filled up or a yellow sign that has been tinged with time, but the cafe has a lot of vitality. This century is like a small heritage on the corner of the old town, imprinted in the hearts of Hanoians.

Address: 27 Trieu Viet Vuong, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00

Price: 25,000 – 50,000 VND

Cha Ca La Vong

Referring to the famous Hanoi specialties, it is impossible not to mention La Vong fish cake, this is also one of the oldest restaurants in the Hanoi capital, born in 1871 by the Doan family. Famous specialties dating back to the French colonial period.


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The history of the brand’s formation for more than 150 years is narrated, during the French colonial period, at 14 Hang Son, there was a family of the Doan family, in those days their family often made a fish cake to entertain people of the righteous. De Tham army. Over time, this place has also become a shop specializing in this dish, and since then, Hang Son street has been called “Cha Ca” street even though the whole street has only one house.

Their restaurant, Cha Ca La Vong, has been open for 5 generations, experiencing many ups and downs until today, La Vong Cha Ca has really become a symbol and quintessence of Hanoi cuisine.


Photo: @Minh Vu Nguyen, @Phuong Nguyen

The name sounds somewhat beautiful, but the way to make La Vong fish cake is quite simple, fish cake is usually made from catfish that is sliced, marinated with spices and then grilled, then fried in a fat pan, eaten. accompanied with vermicelli, herbs, roasted peanuts, shrimp paste… Although there are now many brands of fish cakes born in Hanoi, the esoteric flavor of the Doan family still makes diners remember forever.

Not only the story of formation as well as the delicious taste remains intact, but this dish also has a transformation to reach the international level. La Vong grilled fish restaurant at 14 Cha Ca Street once appeared on CNN in 2018, and was honored by American television as one of the oldest delicious restaurants in Hanoi.

Indeed, Lang Vong fish cake is one of the must-try specialties when coming to the capital. This is a dish that shows the talent and sophistication in the culinary art of Hanoi people.

Address: 14 Cha Ca, Hang Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Opening hours: 11:00 – 14:00 | 17:00 – 21:00

Price: 40,000 – 175,000 VND / serving