You are craving some French food around Hoan Kiem area, but there are so many options to choose. Don’r worry, let Eatout.vn help you with the selection of top 5 best French restaurants in Hoan Kiem district.
1. La Badiane
Founded in December, 2008, by three French friends, La Badiane – French for the Star Anise spice- is heralding its claim to be one of the best restaurants in Vietnam dedicated to fusion of flavors and international gastronomy. Surrounded by harmonious leaf plants, & walls predominantly white alternating with carefully chosen vivid colors, the place provides for a true feeling of calm and elegance, which gathers the best conditions to let your senses express themselves.
When coming in, an open-sky corridor planted with luxuriant vegetation leads you towards the heart of the restaurant. One’s attention will be instantly caught by the multitude of perfumes & aromas flowing out of the open front kitchen. After a major renovation in July 2015, the first floor now has space for gorgeous little corner for customers who prefer more privacy. A beige hanging curtain adorns the area, giving it a sense of gentle intimacy, away from the large open space which is further inside. If you step into the main area at noon, you would feel as if you are glowing because of the sunshine that goes straight from the glass windows up high. The color code of beige – green – grey creates a sense of freshness and comfort, bringing you some moments of complete relaxation while enjoying your meals.
Ben – La Badiane’s chef has been worked and travelled across various countries to learn about the culinary arts of different cultures all over the world, particularly India and Mediterranean countries. For him, cooking is not simply a job, it is actually a journey of discovery, combination and creativity related to “fusion food”. At La Badiane, customers often surprisingly interested in the distinctive combination of high-end French ingredients and local spices such as anise, pepper, chili, coriander, cinnamon, dill, ginger,…, which bring out the best of all flavors. They are, in his words, not a French dishes with a hint of Vietnamese flavor. In fact, Ben’s dishes are developed to the unique flavors by the harmonious fusion of differently culinary styles.
Address: 10 Nam Ngu str, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
Opening hours: 11:30 – 14:00 | 18:00 – 21:45 | Sunday Close
2. La Verticale
La Verticale is a luxurious and modern restaurant. You will have the opportunity to try the French cusine right inside Hanoi and be satisfied with the manner of the staffs. The Verticale’s dishes are the result of amazing French and Vietnamese fusion that go across the conventional boundaries. Indeed, the subtle association of ingredients of high quality with various spices explains the reason for why the meals at Verticale are so stunning.
La Vertical also stands out by its impressive architecture of a 1930 villa based on French and Indochina design style. The villa used to be a home of a Hue mandarin under the era of Bao Dai King. Tasting high-quality foods and see into Corlou’s life through the framed white-and-black photographs depicting Vietnamese 6 generations family is one of the most expensive experience for gourmets.
Address: 19 Ngo Van So Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:30 – 14:00 | 18:00 – 22:00
3. Wines Corner Bar & Bistro
WinesCorner is an intimate and classy wine bar & bistro located in the heart of Hanoi. Its food menu is not very diverse, however each dish is perfectly prepared to satisfy all of customers. The restaurant offers a wide selection of high-quality wines imported from all over the world. The atmosphere is good with sophisticated interior.
Address: 2 Le Phung Hieu Str., Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 9:00 – 24:00 | Sun: 14:00 – 24:00
4. Brasserie Le Pavillon
Located very close to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Brasserie Le Pavillon – a French Brasserie style restaurant boasts a wide range of international specialties, especially French food. A nice wine list paired with the restaurant’s street terrace and modern decor create a relaxing atmosphere. It is a great place to slow down for a little while. Additionally, Brasserie Le Pavillon restaurant has a unique garden area which offers a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The guests have options to dine in the cozy restaurant, in the enclosed garden or on the street terrace. Its bar offers local and imported beers, cocktails and an impressive wine list with over 200 options.
The staff members are very friendly and attentive with impeccable service. The decor is cheerful and bright in a comforting and relaxing setting. This restaurant is suitable for a wide range of occasions and makes a great choice for business lunch or couple dining.
Address: Mercure Hotel, 94 Ly Thuong Kiet Str., Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
Opening hours: 06:00 – 23:00
5. DC Bistro Boutique
DC Bistro, as you’d expect from the name, is a bistro-style restaurant: small, modest and serving up home-style dishes. While it might not be authentically French (according to a French friend of mine) it has a cosy ambiance and good value food which is enough to tempt diners back more than once.
Downstairs is mostly given over to a wine shop — which hints at the decent drink-in wine list — and has a small bar area at the back. The main dining room is upstairs and seats 20 or so covers. Decor is simple yet warm: solid, dark wood tables and chairs, burgundy banquette seating, an abundance of mirrors and french doors opening onto a pretty balcony.
The restaurant is open all day, but DC Bistro really comes into its own with its lunch sets. For only 138,000 VND (around $6.50) you’ll be treated to three courses, served up with a dish of crunchy bread and creamy butter. Choices change regularly but on our last visit I tried the delicious, and deceptively filling, pate and rillette starter while my dining partners tucked into less filling but equally tasty beef carpaccio. The evening set menu, served from 18:00 to 22:00, is a bit pricier at 250,000 VND, and as yet untested by yours truly and friends. A la carte is also available at lunch and dinner, including a choice of tartares, casseroles and grilled meats.
Address: 15A Ngo Van So Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00 – 14:00 | 18:00 – 22:00