While there’s a great selection of foods in supermarkets and local markets, certain rarities, comfort foods or delicacies can be harder to find. To satisfy a craving, or just fill in your diet with something from home, try one of the specialty shops listed below. They offer top-quality western goods with prices that are sometimes exorbitant by local standards, but sometimes money is no object for a taste of home.
99 Xuân Diệu, Tây Hồ
Despite the name, Veggy’s carries Australian meats and dairy products in addition to organic produce. They also offer diverse treasures such as fresh basil, pine nuts, saffron and arugula.
24 Xuan Dieu, Tây Hồ
Phone: 043 719 1196
The Oasis has a great deli selection, including cold cuts, goat cheese, and 4-cheese ravioli. They also sell whole roasted chickens and delicious mini-baguettes.
6T Ham Long, Hoàn Kiếm District
Phone: 043 9431009
Hanoi Gourmet is a delightful upscale deli where expats can enjoy a small but good selection of western-style salads and delectable sandwiches made from a variety of both imported and domestic cheeses and cold cuts encased in chewy loaves of French baguettes. The selection of wine lining the wall is quite impressive, and there is an assortment of imported packaged candies and cookies for those with a sweet tooth.
51 Xuan Dieu – 1st floor, Syrena Tower, Tây Hồ
Phone: 84 85 412 3263/64
Try Annam for a good selection of wine, cheese, deli meats and other delicacies. Handy for those in deepest darkest Xuan Dieu. They deliver to Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem and Hai Ba Trung areas.
3 Xuan Dieu, Tây Hồ
63 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoàn Kiếm
L’s Place is a mini-grocery that fits somewhere in between a supermarket and one of the gourmet shops listed above. They specialize in foreign-sourced groceries, with lots of western chocolates, wines, biscuits and canned goods. They have a good deli selection and stock a few fruits and veggies as well. L’s Place offers local delivery.
Western Canned Food
Despite the almost criminally unimaginative name, Western Canned Food has a good selection of western wines, cheeses, crackers, and, yes, canned food.
34 Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem District