4 best Bun Cha shops in Hanoi


Bun Cha is considered one of the best cuisine in Vietnam and particularly in Hanoi, maybe just after “Pho”. Being one of the traditional food of Vietnamese, the shops which sell the most delicious Bun Cha in Hanoi usually are the eldest and has the solid position through the years. Here are 4 “Most famous Bun Cha shop in Hanoi” in case you wonder where to find them.

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Bun Cha Huong Lien

Bun Cha Huong Lien @ Vinacel

This bun cha shop is famous even before when Mr. Obama came to eat here. Before that, if you ask for a “bun cha” shop on Le Van Huu St, anyone will point you toward this place. They also say that people lives around 3 blocks here has eaten in Bun Cha Huong Lien at least once in their life.

Kebab is grilled deliciously, does not taste burned, but smells really good too. Kebab ball is made graciously so it does not taste dry in the mouth, but very soft too. 20 years since opening, Bun Cha Huong Lien is still holding on to the delicious, sweet taste with the smell of onion. Anyone who comes here and has a bite of this dish will not be able to stop eating.

The sauce is the souls of Bun Cha. At  Huong Lien, the sauce is a bit sour because of the vinegar, unlike other shops who favor the sweet taste. These little things combining together created a weird but delicious Bun Cha in Hanoi. Each serves at Huong Lien is about 40 000 VND (~1.7 USD). The place is crowded in the noon. With a huge and airy space, this shop is also suitable for huge groups of people.

Bun Cha Sinh Tu

Bun Cha Sinh Tu @ Check.com.vn

Existed since the 70s, even now Bun Cha Sinh Tu is still considered one of the best Bun Cha shops in Hanoi. The making of the noodle here is pretty simple, but in order to make a delicious serve, it depends on the family secret, the experience, and the skills of the cook.

The owner of this place also shared this secret. According to him, why the Bun cha here is famous depends on the process of choosing the meat for a kebab. Since the start, he only chose the most delicious and suitable meat, and then marinate it according to the unique secret of his family.

The customers who come here to eat always praise that the meat is sliced evenly, the fat and the meat is always even so it is really pleasing to eat. They do not need to add vinegar or garlic to the sauce, just eat the whole thing from the start to the end. One serve is only 35 000 VND (~1,5 $). Because of that, after all these years, Bun Cha Sinh Tu is always famous in Hanoi.

Bun Cha Dac Kim

Bun Cha Dac Kim  @ Trover

The name “Bun Cha Dac Kim” is paired along with Hang Manh St. This is one of the top choices for tourists when they visit Hanoi and wanting to taste the famous Bun Cha here. The name “Dac Kim” originates from the first owner of this place in 1965. Since then, the people from this family has succeeded the shop continuously.

One serve at Dac Kim costs about 50 to 60 000 VND, with a lot of meats. The shop has been famous for a long time but the space of the shop is pretty small. At the rush hours, the customers may be asked to sit on the extra tables or the tables on the pavement. Being one of the eldest and famous Bun Cha shops in Hanoi, Dac Kim also faced lots of complaints about the expensive prices and the taste does not age very well through the years.

Bun Cha Duy Diem

Bun Cha Duy Diem @ Lozi

If you discuss old and famous Bun cha shops in Hanoi,  skipping Bun cha Duy Diem is a huge mistake. This shop is on Ngoc Khanh St – a street which is famous for the Bun cha shops being really close to each other. But Bun cha Duy Diem still cannot be mistaken among these shops.

The customers here usually are impressed by the sweet scent of grilled kebab.  The kebab is sliced evenly and smells really good after being grilled.

The cost for one serve here is 40 000 VND (~1.7$), a moderate price for Vietnamese. The shop is extremely spacious and the customers always appreciate this about the shop. They considered this a good addition to the wonderful shop.

Hope you have a great time trying out these shops in Hanoi!

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