If you’re craving for something sweet in Hanoi, you’re never too far away from a tasty bakery. The locals love their pastries and it’s evident that the French made their impact on the country when it comes to sweets. It’s difficult to resist the smell of freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries that you can find in almost every corner around Hanoi. And why should you try to resist it? When you’re in Vietnam, you should try to enjoy all of the delicious things that the country has to offer. Bakeries are certainly one of them. Check out some of the best bakeries in Hanoi and see where you can find them.
Let’s start off with one of the most stylish and tasty bakeries in Hanoi called S’Patisserie. They offer an incredible view of Hoan Kiem Lake and is owned by the Silk Path Hotel. They try to use as much organic ingredients as possible, in order for the pastries to taste even better. Their cakes are definitely one of the biggest reasons why people go here, but there’s more than just sweets here – they also have a tasty lunch menu which is a hit amongst both locals and internationals. It’s the perfect place to go with your friends and enjoy a meal and end it with a delicious dessert.
2. Maison Marou
If you’re a chocolate lover, you should head off to Maison Marou, which lies in Hanoi’s Diplomatic Quarter. Not only are their chocolates made out of the finest cocoa, it’s the first company in Vietnam to have a bean-to-table bakery and it consists exclusively of Vietnamese cocoa. You can try sweets such as brownies, macarons and top it off with a chocolate drink. You can never have too much chocolate here.
This local bakery made its debut in 2014 and has since been one of the most beloved places to get your pastries at. It’s owned by Silen Garrigues, a French Pastry Chef, who wanted to bring French quality baked goods to Vietnam. Although the café is small, it has full of charm and a cozy atmosphere, where you can try some of his specialties, such as his truffles, cakes, eclairs, and their fabulous pain au chocolat that is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
4. Delica Hans
A place for the ones with a real sweet tooth, here you can everything from chocolate cakes, chia seed bread, fruit tarts, opera cakes and even doughnuts! But the bakery changes their menu from time to time, so if you can’t find your favourite pastry, just remember that you’ll probably find something just as good. The bakery is located in the exclusive Lotte Hanoi Hotel.
5. Saint Honore
One of the most popular bakeries in Hanoi is Saint Honore, which produces some of the best bread in town. The atmosphere is cozy as well so it’s a good place to sit down and enjoy a pastry and coffee. If you’d like something savory first, they also have a food menu with different options such as salads, sandwiches, paninis and galettes. When it comes to sweets, you should definitely try their mini pineapple cake, which is nothing but divine. It goes great with a cup of coffee or tea.
6. Paris Baguette
This lovely café is a branch from Korea but has made its way to Vietnam. It’s a spacious bakery with lots of baked goods but also more savory snacks such as salads and sandwiches. They also have a wide variety of delicious drinks that you can complement with your pastry. Some of the sweets you can find here includes macarons, tarts, pain au chocolate, croissants and cakes.
When you’ve decided to visit Vietnam and its many bakeries, it’s time to start applying for a Vietnam visa. You can either do it online, which is the most popular way to acquire a visa, or go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them. If you choose to get it online, you can either apply for a Visa on Arrival or an E-Visa, depending on which country you’re from. Please note that if you want to get a Visa on Arrival but don’t intend to enter the country via air, you cannot get this kind of visa and have to then get it via the Embassy or Consulate.