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The Flavor of Hue

This historic city, just off the central coast, served as the capital of Viet Nam for nearly 150 years, developing a stately cuisine to treat the ruling Nguyen Dynasty. Today, Hue (hway) is better known as the home of The Citadel and the site of the 1968 Tet Offensive, but it is still widely revered for serving some of the best food in Vietnam.

As in most of Asia, the tastiest and most authentic meals are often found at local stalls and street kitchens. Along the streets surrounding and within the gates of The Citadel there are numerous excellent choices for a quick lunch or dinner.


Cross the Perfume River and you'll find plenty of restaurants catering to the travelers who fill the guesthouses and hotels that abound here. Like most tourists, we stayed in a hotel here and were able to try out plenty of restaurants in the neighboring blocks. Here are a few recommendations:

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