Hai Phong is a city that is often overlooked by tourists. Located in the north of Vietnam, the city mostly serves as a gateway to Halong Bay. But as tourism is continuing to rise, it’s just a matter of time before this charming city will be flooded with internationals as well. Although much calmer than the capital city Hanoi, it’s often been referred to as how Hanoi used to be before tourism came. Hai Phong has a lot to offer for the ones who are willing to come here. One of the perks of visiting Hai Phong is the wide variety of restaurants that you can find here. Everything from traditional Vietnamese food, to Westernised, to all vegan – you’ll most certainly eat well here! Here are some of the restaurants you should visit in Hai Phong and how to find them.
1. Lucky Restaurant
Address: No. 22B2, Minh Khai (Minh Khai) Street, Hong Bang (HồngBàng) District, Hai Phong
This European style restaurant serves Belgian food, so if you need a little break from Vietnamese cuisine, you can come here. The atmosphere here is calm, cozy and quite romantic, with a fireplace. It is among the best restaurants in Hai Phong, so definitely worth a visit.
2. Indian Kitchen
Address: 22d Minh Khai Street, Hai Phong 10000, Vietnam
Another restaurant with a more foreign concept, but instead of Belgian food, you are served Indian. The menus is fantastic, with the classic curry dishes and delicious naan bread. There’s also a lot of vegetarian options here to choose from. If you’re craving Indian food, a stop at Indian Kitchen is a must.
3. Nam Phuong Restaurant
Address: 12 Tran Phu Street, Ngo Quyen District, Haiphong City, Vietnam
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in Hai Phong, you can get it at Nam Phuong Restaurant. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in the city, but you’ll get good value for your money. You’ll find both traditional Vietnamese food here, as well as other Asian flavours. If you’re hosting a party, you can reserve the private dining room on the upper floor, to get the perfect celebration.
4. Phono Box Music Bar Café
Address: 71-73 Điện Biên Phủ, Minh Khai, Hồng Bàng, Hải Phòng, Vietnam
Good music, great ambiance, delicious food, excellent service and a good wine selection, is what you can expect at Phono Box. It’s a great place to come with your friends and family, and enjoy a cocktail… or two! The prices are a bit more on the expensive side, but it’s still affordable.
5. Loving Hut
Address: 184 Đường Đà Nẵng, Lạ Viên, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng, Vietnam
This vegan restaurant is not just for the ones who only eat plant based meals. The food here is simply so delicious that even the meat eaters will want to come here more than once. They serve Vietnamese food here such as spring rolls, soups and fake meat that will make you baffled. You won’t notice the difference between the real and fake meat! The place usually gets packed, especially during lunch, so if you want to secure a spot, try to go there a bit before or after, and enjoy Vietnamese food as you’ve never had it before.
7. Bread Station
Address: 181 Hai Bà Trưng, An Biên, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng, Vietnam
Who doesn’t love the Vietnamese baguette ‘banh mi’? Whenever you’re craving one, come to Bread Station, which serves some of the best in the city. But they’re not just serving bread in this restaurant, you can also eat traditional Vietnamese soups such as ‘pho’, salads and spring rolls. The best thing? It’s super affordable so you can get stack up on banh mi’s!
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to Vietnam, remember to apply for your Vietnam visa. You can do it online and get a Visa on Arrival or E-Visa (only eligible for certain countries) or you can go to your local or nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa with them. The most preferred option is by far doing it online because of how quick, easy and affordable it is. There is no need to travel anywhere, as you’d have to if you’re going through the Embassy or Consulate. However, it’s important to note that with a Visa on Arrival, you have to fly into the country. So if you are planning on entering Vietnam by any other means of transportation, you cannot apply for a Visa on Arrival.