Best 3 Vietnamese Local Desserts and Drinks You Must Try in Hanoi

I wrote an article introducing top five desserts and ice cream places in Hanoi earlier. Since then, I had opportunities to explore more places for drinks and desserts around the city. The three suggestions here in this article are very local drinks and traditional dessert that Vietnamese people enjoy on a daily basis, but perhaps less exposed to foreigners. 

So I hope you’ll have the chance to try at least one of these three while visiting Hanoi or anywhere else in Vietnam. 

Nước Mía

Sugarcane juice is a drink enjoyed by many Vietnamese people because it’s so refreshing and the natural sweetness of the sugarcane has enough power to pump you up instantly. You will be able to spot many small street vendors and shops selling this juice and I’m sure they’re all very good just like coffee everywhere in Vietnam. But here’s a suggestion of a popular nuoc mia shop famous for the big size cup at a reasonable price (10,000VND for a standard cup of sugarcane juice).

Addresses of Nước Mía Khổng Lồ:  

59 Hà Trung, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

40 Lê Thanh Nghị, Bách Khoa, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam



Che is a traditional Vietnamese dessert or beverage. There’s a great variety to what and how che is made of. It can be a mixture of different fruits, beans, jellies, coconut milk etc and it can be a hot dessert for winter or cold dessert for summer. It is very refreshing and can be rather filling, so it is a perfect afternoon snack in between lunch and dinner.

Here are the two famous che shops in the Old Quarter of Hanoi:

93 Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

4 Hàng Cân, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam


Trà Chanh

Peach tea on the left & Lime juice on the right

Lime juice is another super refreshing drink that many Vietnamese people love to drink out on the street especially during hot and humid days to cool down. There’s an abundance of fresh limes and calamansi in Vietnam and so you can expect to have the freshest lime juices here. 

While there are heaps of shops in and outdoor to enjoy this drink, there’s a particular place with an amazing view. Check this article for the highly recommended tra chanh shop with the best view over the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi.

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