1. Banh mi Duc Long
Duc Long makes it unique when offering sandwiches that are a fusion between the Vietnamese staple and Turkish kebab. This sandwich style has become popular across Hanoi but Duc Long’s is undoubtedly the best. Each baguette is stuffed full of pork doner meat and pickled vegetables then slathered with chili sauce (optional, fear not) to create the perfect end-of-the-night snack.
2. Banh mi 6/28 Huong Vien
The British chip addicts make sure to be more delightful thanks to Hanoi is home to French-fry-filled bánh mìs, known as bánh mì nem khoai. Although they’re now a fairly common sight in the capital, the original – and best – the sandwich was created at 6/28 Huong Vien for hungry students seeking an after-school snack. It might not be the healthiest of options but this enormous sandwich is comfort food at its absolute best. The carb-fest will only set you back around 20,000 dong (a little under a dollar) and it’ll fill you up all day.
3. Banh mi Minh Nhat
After the founder Minh Nhat won Vietnamese MasterChef in 2014, and it has been popular ever since. There are four different types of bánh mìs on offer and they’re each served with a refreshing glass of iced tea and a banana. Located just opposite the Hoan Kiem Lake, Banh Mi Minh Nhat is the perfect place to enjoy a sandwich with a view.
4. Banh mi Tram
One of Hanoi’s delicious sandwich stall, Bánh Mì Tram satisfies customers with its own bánh mì recipe. The baguette and fillings are served separately, leaving it up to patrons to decide whether to assemble their sandwich or enjoy the ingredients on their own. It’s also famed for its signature sauce, which has achieved legendary status in the capital. The shop has maintained its popularity for over 20 years and shows no sign of slowing down; the plastic stools are only ever vacant after closing time.
5. Banh mi Bami
There, customers enjoy banh mi in a different way, it served as a luxurious dish in a small restaurant. This dried, shredded pork has a fluffy, cotton-like texture and is a popular ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Located in Hanoi’s beautiful old quarter, Banh mi Bami oozes charm with its handwritten menus and cosy interior. There’s a superb range of smoothies and juices on offer to accompany the delicious sandwiches, or a few beers if you’re after something a little stronger.
6. Banh mi 25
Most of fans of banh mi in Hanoi are likely to be used to taste the flavor here. Inside, the shop’s bright yellow walls and a jumble of quaint, colourful furniture create a cheery and welcoming atmosphere. The bread is always served fresh and warm, and the wide range of fillings includes numerous vegetarian and vegan options, so there’s something to suit everyone.
7. Banh mi P
This restaurant is particularly known for its tender grilled beef filling which is thinly sliced and seasoned with lemongrass. Located close the Hoan Kiem lake, this cosy spot is the perfect place to huddle up with a trusty bánh mì on a rainy Hanoi afternoon.
8. Banh mi Pho Hue
Just ask a random Hanoian where to eat a good bánh mì in the city and absolutely the answer is Banh Mi Pho Hue. This family-owned shop has been serving up its incredible bánh mìs since 1974, making it one of the oldest in Hanoi. Their single sandwich is filled with pork floss and deli meat, then covered with pork-chili gravy. This simple recipe hasn’t changed since the shop opened, and hopefully, it never will.
9. Banh mi chay Tran Hung Dao
Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian, Banh Mi Chay Tran Hung Dao will offer you a vegan Banh Mi that all distinct taste showed in another way. Instead of the traditionally processed meats and pork pate, bánh mìs here are filled with mock meat, nut pate and vegan garlic mayo. This mouth-watering sandwich will delight vegans and non-vegans alike, and at just 15,000 dong per sandwich (about half a dollar) it won’t make a big dent on your wallet either.