11 Reasons Why Any True Foodie Needs to Visit Hanoi, Vietnam Mary Zakheim September 23, 2016 Food & Drink Way back in May, food god and travel guru Anthony Bourdain walked into a small Hanoi restaurant and ordered Bún chả… For two. His companion? US President Barack Obama. The pair dined on the Hanoi specialty and Bourdain even picked up the $6 check, because he’s a proper gent. The conversation and dining experience will be featured on Bourdain’s show “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”, which premieres this Sunday, September 25th. The President’s chopstick skills are on point . #buncha #hanoi A photo posted by anthonybourdain (@anthonybourdain) on May 23, 2016 at 7:22am PDT (The cat’s out of the bag: Obama’s chopstick skills pass the test). We know that when we watch Bourdain’s show, we’re ready to hop on a plane and try every single delicacy he tries — so, in preparation for this travel urge, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the reasons a true foodie needs to visit Hanoi. From noodle slurping to fruit munching, we’ve got you covered. Pack your bags and get ready to check out this Vietnamese hot spot fit for a food god (and a US President)! Good Food is Everywhere Fresh beer #Hanoi A photo posted by anthonybourdain (@anthonybourdain) on May 25, 2016 at 8:38pm PDT Good Food is Cheap Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00 . I picked up the check . #Hanoi — Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 23, 2016 Beer Makes the Food Better Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. pic.twitter.com/KgC3VIEPQr — Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 23, 2016 You Can Get Good Food at Any Time of Day (Or Night) #hanoibynight #hanoi #hanoivietnam A photo posted by M Ộ T M É T N Ă M C H Í N (@hanhattien) on Jan 3, 2016 at 7:24am PST You Can Easily Work Off All the Food You’re Eating Thanks for another great day of training ! #BJJHanoi pic.twitter.com/32EJXL7U9B — Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 24, 2016 Getting From One Food Spot to Another is an Adventure pic.twitter.com/uXXP0oTp5b — Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 27, 2016 Literally Everything Looks Good (Even if it Sounds Weird) Hanoi takes its foodie scene seriously. We had Cha Muc, a deep-fried doughy mass of squid pounded to paste like perfection as a street snack, and followed in the footsteps of Obama with our first authentic Bun Cha. On busy days, we visited out of the way tabletops run by small kitchens that made specialty dishes dependent on the ingredients that could be found locally. #travelspective #hanoi #vietnam #vietnamesefood A video posted by Travelspective (@travelspective) on Sep 3, 2016 at 1:22pm PDT It’s Fresh (Like… Really Fresh) A photo posted by British Photographer (@koolphotos.kl) on Aug 27, 2016 at 3:10pm PDT Food is Art At no point will one be at a disadvantage when choosing what to eat in Vietnam. It’s a true foodie paradise. Store fronts and side carts coexist on busy streets, but in the alleys, table tops and small kitchens stake there claim. Better make it a cheat day. #travelspective #hanoi #vietnam #vietnamesefood A video posted by Travelspective (@travelspective) on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:48am PDT You’ll Feel Like You Deserve a Hearty Meal After Navigating This… Seriously, the most insane traffic ever! 😱 #stillinhanoi #hanoivietnam #chaotic #하노이여행 A video posted by 인생같은 여행, 여행같은 인생 (@jazzcocktail) on Aug 12, 2016 at 6:49am PDT Nothing Will Ever Be as Good Duc, our friend and guide in Hanoi, met us for breakfast. We ordered a pho dish made with the bone of chicken and beef, and there began our love affair with authentic Vietnamese flavors. #travelspective #hanoi #vietnam #vietnamesefood A video posted by Travelspective (@travelspective) on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT Are you packing your bags already? We don’t blame you. Tell us which dish you want to try first when you land!