You can never leave Vietnam without trying some of their most famous delicacies. Aside from the mouthwatering bowl of Pho, Vietnam is also known for their succulent Banh Mi sandwiches. This sandwich is the country’s own version of the French’s baguette bread. Banh mi dates back to the 1800s when the French first occupied the country. The sandwich is stuffed with a mixture of chicken, pork, and different kinds of vegetables. It gained worldwide popularity in recent years and you’ll find it being sold in various restaurants, street food stalls, and cafes all over the country.
But where can you find the best Banh Mi in Vietnam? Here’s a list of the best places to satisfy your cravings of the Banh Mi sandwich during your trip to the country.
1. Bánh Mì Tram
Bánh Mì Tram is one of the most popular sandwich spots in Hanoi that serves the most delectable Banh Mi sandwiches. They serve the baguettes and fillings separately and it will be up to the customers to assemble their own sandwich depending on the fillings that they prefer. This sandwich shop is also known for its mouthwatering sauces that complement well with the Banh Mi. Bánh Mì Tram has been serving delicious Banh Mi sandwiches for more than 20 years now and despite the arrival of new sandwich shops, they remain to be one of the most popular spots for Banh Mi sandwiches in Vietnam’s capital city.
2. Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa
When visiting Ho Chi Minh, do check out the Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa, a popular bakery that serves delicious Banh Mi sandwiches. In fact, customers can be seen lining up at this popular bakery during peak hours. Their sandwiches are filled with delectable ingredients that include thick meat slices, flavorful veggies, and delicious sauces. What’s more, their baguettes are large and flaky. Try to visit during the non-peak hours. But if you happen to be here during the busy hours, you’ve got to be a bit aggressive and persistent because there’s no real system for queuing. But once you’ve gotten a hold of your Banh Mi, you’ll realize it’s all worth it.
3. Banh Mi Duc Long
Another great spot to visit in Hanoi for delicious Banh Mi is the Banh My Duc Long. This sandwich shop is also a Turkish restaurant so you will not only find a traditional Banh Mi sandwich here but they also offer sandwiches that are a fusion of Turkish kebab and Banh Mi. For instance, there are baguettes filled with Turkish doner meat and some pickled vegetables. These sandwiches are then slathered with chili sauce, making them even more flavorful and appetizing in every bite.
4. Banh Mi Minh Nhat
This sandwich shop is also in Hanoi and has become famous after its owner won the Vietnamese Master Chef in 2014. Here, you can order four different types of Banh mi sandwiches and each sandwich is served with along with a banana and a glass of iced tea. It’s easy to find this sandwich shop, which is just across the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. This place is usually filled with tourists who are taking a snack after exploring the lake. When going to this place, find a spot that opens to the scenic view of the lake for a more relaxing way to enjoy your Banh Mi sandwich.
5. Bánh Mì Phương Thảo
Bánh Mì Phương Thảo is a mere food stand in Ho Chi Minh, yet it has gained a following among locals for selling the most delicious Banh Mi sandwiches in the city. Here, you’ll often find a long line of locals almost every day waiting for their turn to be served the mouthwatering sandwich. This place is near Turtle Lake, a popular attraction in the city so you can drop by here after exploring this site.
6. Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa
Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa is another popular spot in Ho Chi Minh to grab a delicious Banh Mi sandwich. This unassuming food stand is famous for its tasty sandwiches and other delicious meals. What’s great about getting your Banh Mi here is that it’s extremely cheap. Despite the very affordable price, their Banh Mi is as great as those sandwiches that are being served at other popular restaurants and sandwich shops in Ho Chi Minh.
7. Banh Mi 25
Another sandwich shop in Hanoi that is known for having an often-long queue due to its mouthwatering sandwiches is the Banh Mi 25. Both locals and tourists would love to hang out at this place because aside from their delicious Banh Mi sandwiches, this shop has a very welcoming ambiance. Their delectable baguettes are always served fresh and warm plus the tasty fillings are very plentiful. They also have vegan and vegetarian options on top of the wide variety of meat-based sandwiches.