East meets West in this bustling northern city with the blend of Parisian and Vietnamese cultures.
Déjà vu, est-ce Paris? Looking at the abundant French colonial architecture, I felt transported back to Paris- until a horde of buzzing motorbikes fly by, knocking me back into a cafe. I spent a short week in Hanoi, walking the back alleys and winding streets of the Old Quarter, cafe-hopping and trying as many new dishes as I could find! Scroll to the bottom for my food + drink recommendations.
The famed Old Quarter ‘Beer Corner’. Very touristy, albeit a nice spot to grab a drink and people watch. Took this photo just as the police rolled through raiding street cafes- which all pack up immediately and rush patrons inside, yet re-set just as quickly once police have passed (see them stacking stools & tables in a hurry in the background).
Luk Lak - 4A Lê Thánh Tông, Hoàn Kiếm. Entrees in the upstairs fine dining restaurant are amazing. Try the lợn nướng!
Lutulata - 39 Hàng Cót. Wonderful little cafe with an upstairs balcony perfect for a snack, dessert or cup of tea
Phở Gia Truyền Hà Nội - 49 Bat Dan, Old Quarter. Delicious pho
Bún Riêu - Hàng Bạc - 11 Hàng Bạc. Great spot for Bún Riêu
“Beer Corner” - 13 Hàng Giấy, Hàng Buồm. Lots of interesting street food stalls around here at night as well
Tadioto - 24B Tong Dan. Great spot for cocktails
Urban Oasis Spa - 39A Hang Hanh-Hoan Kiem. Fantastic massage
Cafe Giảng - 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân (Trong Ngõ). The best egg coffee
Bánh Mì 25 - 25 Hàng Cá. Amazing bánh mì
Chả cá Thăng Long - 19 Đường Thành. The ‘turmeric fried fish’ spot
Cộng Cà Phê - 27 Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống. Nice spot for a coconut coffee
Kumquat Tree - 01 Nguyen Khac Can. Speakeasy with music & cocktails