French bread, or “banh my” in Vietnamese, has become a local staple, and you can buy short, thick baguettes on every street in Hanoi. The supermarkets and specialized shops listed in the Specialized Groceries section offer whole-grain bread, but for a broader selection try one of these bakeries:
5 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho
A bakery/cafe that makes excellent cakes as well as delicious bread. They deliver all over town and also have a place to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant. They recently added a full breakfast and lunch menu that offers a nice selection of French dishes.
543 Kim Ma, Ba Đình
Tel: 84 4 37712550
191 Ba Trieu, 5th floor, Hoan Kiem
Tel: 84 4 32200278
Fine baked goods, especially the croissants and pastries, also a great breakfast spot for many expats who work in the area.
2 Nguyen Khanh Toan Rd., Cầu Giấy
Tel: 043 2813109
A very large bakery and restaurant with everything from cheesecakes and chocolate cakes to various types of mousse. Paris Gateaux is far from the center of town, near the Museum of Ethnology, but definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area or looking for a change of pace.
142 Pho Hue, Đống Đa
Tel: 04 4 39433337
This Vietnamese bakery does an excellent job with their baked goods, pastries, cakes, and bread. You can get loaves and sticks of good french bread here at a lower cost than the western bakeries listed above. The selection includes cookies, cakes, tarts, and buns.
Donkey Bakery has become a fast hit in Hanoi as a socially responsible organization that trains and employs individuals with disabilities and also provides some of the tastiest treats in the city. In addition to the sit-down cafe, catering and delivery services are available. From apple bread and cinnamon cookies to soups and sandwiches, you can find quite a variety, including large perfectly salted pretzels.