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10 Must-Try Local Foods In Ha Long Bay That You Should Experience

Mentioning about Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is so famous of natural and wonderful beauty. This is an ideal and attractive destination for those who desire to be diving into the nature and explore the magic of it. Therefore, Vietnam tourism has become much more popular because of Ha Long Bay. 

Coming here, you will not only see many beautiful landscapes, but also feel extremely excited to try many kinds of local food. Let’s see “10 Must Try” list as below to know what to eat while visiting Ha Long city: 

  1. Hai san – Seafood 

Ha Long city is luckily given many wonderful things from nature such as beautiful beaches, islands, Ha Long Bay… Therefore, the most common food that you should try is “Seafood”. Coming here, you will be diving into the paradise of fresh seafoods.

Shrimp, crab, cuttlefish, snail, sea fish… will make you extremely excited to try everything when you go to any seafood restaurant or the night market in Ha Long city. Let’s try and experience how amazing it is.


Seafood Night Market in Ha Long city. This place is …

Opening time: Night time

  1. Banh mi “Cho” – Vietnamese bread 

“Cho” means “waiting”. This is a kind of traditional bread which is so common in every region of Vietnam. However, each region has its own taste. Coming here, you can just buy it after waiting for a while. As its name, you can imagine how popular it is in Ha Long city.

The main ingredients of Vietnamese bread are mostly roasted pork, carrot pickle, fish sauce, cucumber, cilantro, pate… The way to make it is not complicated, but it is not easy to make it special. Let’s come here to experience.


Banh mi “Cho”

Address: 485 Le Thanh Tong street, Ha Long city

Opening time: 6:30 AM – 10 PM

Price: 15.000 – 30.000 VND/one (about 1 USD)

  1. Bun ca cay – Spicy fish noodle

Don’t worry about how fresh it is. Coming here, every kind of seafood is very fresh and tough. Therefore, it makes the soup tastier. Spicy fish noodle is one of the most popular foods in Ha Long city because of its attraction.

The main ingredients inside are mostly spicy chili, fresh chopped fish, some kinds of vegetable, rice noodle… Especially, the local fish sauce has an important role to make this food more delicious.


Ngu Uyen restaurant

Address: 25/4 street, Ha Long city

Opening time: 6 AM – 1:30 PM

Price: 30.000 – 50.000 VND/one (about 1 – 2 USD)

  1. Xoi cha muc – Grilled chopped squid sticky rice

If the Middle of Vietnam is so famous of grilled chopped fish, the North has grilled chopped squid. You should not miss any food like this while visiting Ha Long city.

Look at the photo as below, it looks so attractive. Grilled chopped squid is very tough and fresh, it is usually used with sticky rice and some chili sauce. Sticky rice is also made by local people with the special recipe. This is a kind of street food with very cheap price, so many people love it. Let’s experience to feel it.


Xoi cha muc “Ba Beo”

Address: 38 Thuong Mai street, Ha Long city

Opening time: 6 AM

Price: 15.000 – 20.000 VND/one (about 1 USD)

  1. Bun hai san – Seafood noodle

If you are probably being lost somewhere in Ha Long city and diving into the paradise of seafoods, let’s keep trying “Seafood noodle” which is a favorite food of many local people. It doesn’t only have rice noodle and many kinds of seafood such as shrimp, cuttlefish, sea fish… but also made by many spices to make the soup very tasty from local people.

Look at the photo as below, it is hard to control the excitement, you may just want to try it right away. Many people love it, now is your turn. Don’t miss it.


Bun hai san “Duc Chung”

Address: 595 Phan Chu Trinh street, Bai Chay ward, Ha Long city

Opening time: 7 AM – 3:30 PM

Price: 30.000 – 40.000 VND/one (about 1 – 2 USD)

  1. Bun be be – shrimp noodle

“Be be” is a kind of shrimp which is only available in beaches or islands. Coming to Ha Long city, it would be amazing to try it fresh. Besides that, it is made by local people with many spices and materials such as pineapple, tomato, cilantro…

The sweet taste of “Be be”, the sour taste of pineapple and the great combination of the other materials will make this food very special. It will definitely bring many amazing experiences to you. Let’s try and experience it.


Bun be be “Huy Chien”

Address: 18 Hai Phuong street, Hong Hai ward, Ha Long city

Opening time: 5:30 AM – 12 PM

Price: 30.000 – 50.000 VND/one (about 2 USD)

  1. Banh cuon cha muc – Steamed rice roll and grilled chopped cuttlefish

As you know, grilled chopped cuttlefish is very famous in this region because of its fresh and tough. Steamed rice roll is also one of traditional foods in the North. Therefore, it would be a great combination to make it together.

If you used to try or love steamed rice roll with pork in Ha Noi, let’s try it again with chopped squid to feel the difference. It won’t make you disappointed.


Banh cuon cha muc “Ba Yen”

Address: 26 Doan Thi Diem street, Bach Dang ward, Ha Long city

Opening time: 7 AM – 1 PM

Price: 20.000 – 30.000 VND/one (about 1 USD)

  1. Mien luon – Eel soup noodle

Eel soup noodle is not a common food in every region, that’s the reason why it’s very special in the region which use it as a local food. Using the kind of noodle is also special for this food. It is made by rice flour, called as “Mien” in Vietnamese.

This kind of food is not easy to eat. However, it would be very amazing for those who are used to it. Let’s try eel soup noodle which is totally made by local people in Ha Long city. You may love it a lot.


“Uong Huy” restaurant

Address: 28 Nguyen Cong Tru street, Bai Chay ward, Ha Long city

Opening time: 6 AM – 10 PM

Price: 20.000 – 40.000 VND/one (about 1 – 2 USD)

  1. Bun dau mam tom – Fermented shrimp paste sauce, tofu and rice noodle

Coming to the North, it would be a big lack without trying “Bun dau mam tom”. It is actually hard to try for those who are not used to the strong taste of fermented shrimp paste sauce. However, it would be very amazing for those who love it after getting used to it.

It is used with fried tofu, pork, chopped fish, rice noodle and some kinds of vegetable. Look at the photo as below, you may desire to try it right away. The hardest thing is the sauce, so let’s try experiencing it as a traditional food of this region.


Bun dau mam tom “Hai Chang Trai”

Address: 30 Gieng Don street, Ha Long city

Opening time: 10 AM – 9 PM

Price: 50.000 VND/one (about 2 USD)

  1. Sua chua tran chau – Yogurt and topping

After trying many kinds of local food, you may want to make a change. Let’s try the local yogurt which is known as a popular street food in Ha Long city.

It is not a normal yogurt. It is mixed with topping, coconut, peanut, milk… You will easily see it everywhere in Ha Long city, so let’s find to try it.


Sua chua “Co Cuong”

Address: 29 Minh Khai street, Ha Lam ward, Ha Long city

Opening time: 6 AM – 11 PM

Price: 5.000 – 25.000 VND/one (less than 1 USD)

The cuisine of Ha Long city has its own menu to easily make every visitor love it a lot. Although it is also a city in the North, but there are still many different characteristics with the other cities. This list will definitely bring many interesting experiences to you because of its diverse and attraction. Besides that, let’s enjoy and experience the beautiful places as much as you can. Hope you have a nice trip.


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