Despite what many have said, I have found it incredibly easy to be vegan here in Vietnam!
It’s true you wont find your vegan speciality items like back in the states, but the options are pretty endless if you have an open mind. Here are my favorite restaurants in Hanoi Vietnam, and a little information about my favorite street markets!
The street markets are incredible! The choices of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, rice, Vietnamese cakes, treats, and food are endless. I have done a lot of cover teaching jobs in towns that are about 45 minutes away from the heart of Hanoi, and the markets there are by far the best. They are cheap and have much more options when it comes to authentic food. However, if you aren’t looking to travel far, I recommend the markets in Hoàn Kiếm and the Thành Công Market in Ba Đình. The one in Hoàn Kiếm is nice, but going to the market in Ba Đình (about 20 minutes outside Tây Hồ on a motorbike) is well worth it. Thành Công (in my opinion) is friendlier, cheaper and less touristy. I also think the fruit option in Thành Công is much better, a lot of sugar apples (a fruit you must try if you come here)! Plus, you don’t have to pay to park your motorbike like you do in Hoan Kiem. If you do choose to go to Hoàn Kiếm, just park about 4 clocks down from the market and save yourself 20k.
To get to Thành Công: 22 Thành Công, Ba Đình, Hà Nội (Use this address and the market is right on the corner)
Market in Hoàn Kiếm: Đồng Xuân Market, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000
My favorite vegan restaurants:
I love this place. It is by far my favorite vegan restaurant in Hanoi. The vibes and atmosphere are relaxing, calm and peaceful. Zenith cafe is located in an alley way off of Âu Cơ street in Tây Hồ and can be a bit tricky to find, but once you find it, it’s super easy to find again. Originally just a yoga studio, they have built a small but cozy cafe on the 1st floor. The lady who owns the cafe teaches yoga upstairs where you can also find incense, yoga mats, bamboo straws, and more. I also love this place because they use reusable straws, paper bags instead of plastic, and absolutely everything is local, fresh, and made from scratch!
The entire menu is made in house, including their sauces and drinks! I have had a lot of items off the menu here, but my favorites are the Zenith Pho Delight, Avocado and Mango Spring Rolls, Vegan Bun Nam Bo, and the Mango Lentil Salad. They also make their own kombucha here which is fucking amazing! It’s the only place I have found in Vietnam that has true, authentic Kombucha.
Address: Zenith Yoga, 1st & 2nd Flr, Westlake Suite Building No, 275 Âu Cơ, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội 100000
An Lac Chay Quan
It’s definitely a hole in the wall kind of place, but a lot of places in Vietnam are. If you are looking for traditional local food without the meat and animal products, this is the place to go! It’s 45k for a full plate of authentic Vietnamese food and probably some of the best food you’ll ever eat. This place is really into “mock” meats which was different for me, but it’s well worth jumping out of your comfort zone and giving it a try…. because it’s dank as fuck. I have had a few things off the menu and have never been disappointed, but you must try the buffet. It’s not necessarily a buffet (as you can’t go back for more) but the food is already made and in a warmer and you pick from about 10 options. You get a full scoop of rice and 5 choices for your side dish. The eggplant, carrots, and jicama are the best options for side dishes in my opinion. It’s a lot of food and they also do take away!
Address: An lac chay quan, Ngõ 35 – Đặng Thai Mai, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I came here almost every night when I first moved here. The people here are very friendly and I haven’t been back since I moved to Tây Hồ, but I’ve been meaning to get my ass over there soon. They remember me every time I come in and already know I need the vegetarian menu. There is not a menu vegans specifically here, but they accommodate me every time I come in and when ordering off the vegetarian menu, its easy to make almost anything vegan. I always get the pineapple fried rice with no egg. I have also had the coconut rice which is also very tasty. This place definitely has more of a western feel, but it is clean, quiet, and the staff speaks very good english.
Address: Garden House Restaurant, 25 Hàng Bè, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This place is a little more fancy and I guess would be considered expensive for Vietnam. I first arrived in Vietnam jet lagged as fuck and started wondering the streets aimlessly and stumbled upon this restaurant. I love the environment, its kind of like zenith cafe, but less hippy and more formal. There green papaya salad is my favorite, and I always get the lotus brown rice when I come here. It’s very simple, yet healthy and fresh. I recommend this place for a quiet laid back evening where you don’t mind spending an extra 30 – 40k for your dinner or lunch.
Address: Nhà Hàng Chay Aummee – Aummee Vegetarian Restaurant, 26 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I also found this place accidentally walking to the gym on one of my first days here, and this place is actually vegan. 70k for all you can eat buffet of vegan food, fucking prime. My classmates and I ate here more times than I can count, my only complaint is they don’t vary there dishes often enough. However, if you are in this area of town, its a quick and healthy dinner and worth checking out. Its not the cheapest vegan buffet I have found in Vietnam, but the place is super cute, clean, laid back and the food never disappoints me.
*When going to buffets in Vietnam, get there as soon as they open for dinner! The food is always much more fresh and hot.
Adress: Veggie Castle, 7 Phố Yên Ninh, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Very, very aunthentic. In my opinion, An Lac Chay Quan is better, by far, but I really do love Loving Hut. I’m sure it has to do with the owners being vegan and so connected with the earth as well, but the vibe here is so real. The waiter assured me that everything is free of animal products and that they also try to be as reusable and plastic free as possible.
While the food is very good, it is different and not what I was expecting, but as long as you have an open mind to trying new things, I am sure you will love it here.
My absolute favorite thing about Loving Hut though is that they have a little store in the restaurant where they sell dates, homemade nut butters, teas, plant based protein powder, oat milk, homemade soy sauce, and more! It’s really cheap too, and everything is totally vegan!
Address: Loving Hut Hoà Bình Vegan Restaurant, 9A Đặng Tất, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam (there are other locations)
I came here everyday when I lived in Ba Dinh. It’s so fucking dank! They serve up simple things like smoothie bowls, but also have juices and vegan cakes. The vegan tiramisu is to die for! This is definitely a western vibe place, but again, friendly staff and a very peaceful environment. I wouldn’t go here for an actual meal, but its a fantastic light breakfast spot, quiet place to work and a great place to meet up with friends.
Address: Naturaw, 55 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I don’t like this place for food, unfortunately. It’s okay, but nothing wowed me. I’m mentioning them because they have homemade black tahini for about 60k and homemade peanut butter for 90-120k. That’s freshly ground nut butters for SO cheap! Plus you get a glass jar…primeeeeee. I have found brand name nut butters in the stores here for double that price.