Eating out doesn't have to cost a fortune in Hanoi as there are plenty of stalls and small shops selling cheap and tasty bowls of noodles and dishes such as 'com gar au thom' - rice with chicken and mint and 'banh xeo' - pancakes filled with fresh herbs and vegetables.
In addition to traditional restaurants serving Vietnamese food, there are a good number of other culinary delights in store for hungry travelers, including French, Chinese, Thai and fast food franchises where burgers and fried chicken are all the rage.
This is a great place to eat in between seeing the sights as it contains a large number of atmospheric street stalls as well reasonably priced restaurants serving Western and local cuisine.
Lovers of gourmet food should head to the West Lake district, which features an excellent selection of up market restaurants, where those in search of a memorable experience can dine on some of the best food available in Hanoi.
Most of the city's international restaurants can be found in this district and there are some excellent French and Thai restaurants to be found here as well as cheap and cheerful Vietnamese restaurants serving some of the best budget bites in the city.