Zone 9 is a complex of abandoned mainly colonial era industrial buildings and warehouses. There's also a classic piece of Soviet style brutalist architecture in the mix. It's all located a little away from the city's main tourist areas but accessed in 5 minutes by taxi. Prior to its abandonment, Zone 9 was home to Pharmaceutical Enterprise No. 2.
A group of savvy locals, some of them familiar Hanoi cafe owners, are behind the buzzing new precinct that's adding some spice to the city's nights.
While Hanoi's tourist heartland might go quiet after midnight these days, prior to that, it's time to move to Zone 9 and drink a beer after 00:00.
It's such a pity that after 6 short months growing too fast along with a fire that cause 6 workers death during putting up a new bar, Zone9 finally closed down by Hanoi's gov.
However, it'll be always in my heart and memories as a best colorful time of my life.