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25 Hàng Giầy, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnamese food is widely regarded as one of the world's healthier cuisines. There's nothing particularly holistic or nutritious about this traditional favorite however. A local variant on steak and eggs, the dish is a calorific wonder. Steak is...
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnam has a coffee culture all to its own and in Hanoi, this includes a few cafes that serve it with egg. Whipped with sweetened condensed milk, the egg sits atop the slow roasted coffee, providing you with a hot afternoon treat that you'll...
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118 Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
My first day in Ha Noi, I was lucky enough to meet up with fellow AFAR traveler Heather, who also aimlessly wanders to get a sense of a new place. Soon after dropping off our bags, we started following our curiosities. At some point in the...
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2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Though the venerable Vietnamese leader asked to be cremated, Ho Chi Minh's remains now reside embalmed inside this imposing, pillared, gray-granite memorial. His resting place is hugely popular, drawing Vietnamese in droves as they pay their...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
A short drive south of Da Nang, Hoi An is a spellbinding UNESCO World Heritage site, with intact 16th-century architecture that celebrates its origins as a trading port that long welcomed merchant ships from China, Japan, and Europe. The Old Town...
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57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. These puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a pool of water, with...
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1 phố Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Perhaps the most relevant museum in Hanoi for American visitors is the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, popularly known as the "Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Its exterior is a strangely cheery yellow, and it was part of a complex built by the...
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Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
The tools of the last blacksmith in Hanoi. One of the smallest shops I have ever seen in Hanoi, this is the last location of a trade that was once an entire city block.
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5 Hàng Tre, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Highway 4 was one of my favorite dining experience I have ever had-in my life! Knowing that Vietnamese cuisine may be a little eccentric, I was ready to try things my taste buds have never met! As you enter the restaurant you are seated at a low...
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Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
As a former resident of Vietnam, I’ve lost track of how many bia ho’i bars I’ve spent evenings at around Hanoi. For me, they are by far the best place to drink in the city, and not simply because they are cheap! Each bar is usually buzzing,...
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Mễ Trì, Từ Liêm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Motorbike Parts Market. Everything from bike lights to outboard boat motors — the ultimate Home Depot!
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Tổ 6, Lệ Mật, Phường Việt Hưng, Quận Long Biên, Việt Hưng, Long Biên, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For a truly memorable dining experience in Vietnam's capital head to one of the city's many snake restaurants. Here, your dinner (cobra most likely) will be killed in front of you by experienced snake handlers. After being presented with the...
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Old Quarter, 22 Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
A lilliputian property on a busy Old Quarter street, Essence has an unassuming entrance that gives it the appearance of a breezy clothing boutique, making it fit right into the surroundings. Neighbors are jewelry stores, cafés, bars,...
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15 Phố Ngô Quyền, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam
A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, this colonial building with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic...
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44B Lý Thường Kiệt, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 001235, Vietnam
The Spanish chain’s sole property in Hanoi forms part of a green-glass, two-tower complex comprising an office block and the part-cylindrical hotel. Opened in 1999 in the Hoan Kiem district, its location puts it within a five-kilometer...
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5 Từ Hoa Công Chúa, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
The city’s largest lake, known locally as Ho Tay and situated just northwest of the Hanoi Old Quarter, plays home to this whitewashed hotel whose layout mimics the form of an open lotus flower. The main building houses about half the rooms,...
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29 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam
One of Accor’s MGallery Collection of hotels that, as per the company’s marketing blurb, are “inspired by a story,” this property has a striking colonial exterior and uninterrupted views of the Hanoi Opera House down Trang...
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1 Lê Thánh Tông, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Built in an architectural style that mimics the Opera House directly opposite, the crescent-shaped, beaux arts Hilton Hanoi Opera opened in 1999. Its location in Hanoi’s business district, just two blocks from Tran Quang Khai highway (from...
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35-37 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
This 38-room hotel on a bustling Old Quarter street has restaurants, bars, and travel agencies as neighbors. Out front, painted iron tables and chairs enable guests to soak in the street life, watch as roadside food hawkers sell their wares, and...
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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Don't skip Temple of Literature when you visit Hanoi, especially if it is during the time of the New Year Celebrations. This is when students and their families will come and pay a visit and calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
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There are some days on the road when you just feel like disappearing—surrendering to the urge to recoil and escape the pressures of travel. Those are the times when sanctuary can casually surface from a busy street scene and draw you in. Hanoi is...
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The first thing that everybody comments on about Hanoi is its heavy traffic, and it is true that the mayhem can be intimidating for those with a timid disposition. Nevertheless, enclaves of peace and quiet remain and a number of fascinating bike...
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24 Tông Đản, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Owned and operated by journalist and raconteur Nguyen Qui Duc, this Hanoi institution is now in its fourth incarnation near the Opera House. Expect a bohemian crowd, an eclectic music policy and a great selection of wine. Among the other strings...
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6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The main draw at this Australian-run spot is the convivial and bohemian atmosphere. Housed in a stunning 1920s colonial villa in a quiet part of the Old Quarter, the cafe has a rustic, warm vibe. While items from the simple menu can be hit or miss...
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44 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
While eating Vietnamese food is never a chore, making and then eating it is even more rewarding. Hanoi Cooking Centre offers short courses and hands-on cooking classes in a relaxed atmosphere with recipes designed by Tracy Lister who has authored...
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76 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The oldest temple in Hanoi, this small structure in the heart of the Old Quarter was built by King Ly Thai To in the 11th century to honour a white horse that led him to the site. There's a statue of the legendary horse inside the pagoda as well...
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13 Lò Đúc, Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
You’ll need some sustenance for a busy day, so after observing the early morning action at Hoan Kiem Lake, head to nearby Pho Thin for a warming bowl of Vietnam’s de facto national dish. Hanoians like their beef noodle soup fairly austere and...
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Hàng Nón, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I stumbled into this authentic cafe in the French Quarter of Hanoi, where the coffee beans are extracted from the poop of the Asian palm civet. A strong distinctive cup of coffee for less than a dollar while enjoying the world pass by is a...
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55 Bát Sứ, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Situated to the south and east of Lake Hoan Kiem, the French Quarter has a different feel from the rest of Hanoi—one characterized by a profusion of space. The French began shaping this part of the city in the late 1800s (in part by knocking...
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Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Showcasing the heritage of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, this museum has an indoor exhibition space with a large collection of photographs and artifacts including clothing, jewelry, tools, military equipment, and items related to religious beliefs...
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65 Huế, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This was one of my favorite restaurants to visit for lunch. My partner and I liked it so much that we visited again and again. This restaurant offers rough and ready local dishes, all brilliantly done and super tasty. Flavors abound in each dish,...
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Minh's jazz club is owned by one of Hanoi's most famous jazz musicians, Quyen Van Minh. Live jazz, performed by local and foreign musicians, including Minh's son, is the big draw here.
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Bát Đàn, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
‘Pho’ is possibly one of the things I miss most about my many years spent living in Hanoi. Many claim the staple breakfast dish was created from French inspiration, while the soup also has undertones of Chinese cuisine. For me, the history is...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Delicious local treat of fresh rice noodles with minced beef, crispy fried garlic and basil.
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12-14 Hàng Gà, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This is a reliable place to sample one of Hanoi's indigenous classics: banh cuon, steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced pork and chopped wood-ear mushrooms. Less a restaurant, more a hole-in-the-wall with a few tables and chairs strewn around,...
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14 Chả Cá, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
It may be on all the tourist lists, but one of our most memorable lunches in Vietnam was at Cha Ca La Vong. After winding your way through old Hanoi and up the stairs to this 100-year-old restaurant, you are seated at a communal table. No menu...
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While pho bo might be the king of Hanoian street food and bun cha the cult hero, for less carnivorous types this simple yet vastly popular hit is one of the city's unsung favorites. For the uninitiated, the popularity of the dish might be slightly...
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19, Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Sweet corn, lightly battered and fried, served sizzling hot with a bowl of dipping sauce - SO delicious. I couldn't remember the name of this amazing dish, so I emailed an expat we met living in Ha Noi. Matt told me it's called ngo chien...
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Pho Ga (chicken pho) is traditional to northern Vietnam and is served all day. The best time to get it from a local vendor is early in the morning because it's SO fresh and makes for a perfect breakfast. As a side note about this photo, I love...
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269/8 Nguyễn Thị Nhỏ, Phường 16, Quận 11, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Quan An Ngon: It's an open-air restaurant surrounded by food stalls and served by waiters. The various stalls represent different regional fare from around the country. Sitting at communal tables surrounded by the stalls, you really feel part of...
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25 Ngũ Xã, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Via AFAR.com, I met some American pilots now living as expats in Vietnam. They were nice enough to take us out to some delicious local dinner spots and on motor bike rides through the outskirts of the city! This place, Pho Cuon Huong Mai, was far...
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35B Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
This popular spot turns out savory sticky rice and sweet/salty pickled cucumbers. We got one version with "fat and meat" and another with corn. Both are topped with green mung bean paste and fried shallots. It all sounds like an unusual combo but...
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47 Đào Duy Từ, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Cơm Sườn Nướng translates to grilled ribs and rice. You can get either grilled chicken or pork. Both come with a side of pickled mustard greens (very bitter and reminded me of tangy Southern collards) and yellow rice topped with fried shallots. I...
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34 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are more complex items in Vietnam's culinary arsenal, but for sheer, simple enjoyment few things beat the humble banh mi. A filled baguette stuffed with all variety of goodies from grilled pork to pickled daikon and tasty pate, the sandwich...
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18 Lý Văn Phức, Cát Linh, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Some of the most delicious grilled fowl in Hanoi can be found on Ly Van Phuc, colloquially known as "chicken street". The meat here is marinated in buckets before being thrown onto the grill. Although it possibly wouldn't pass many modern...
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1 Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Another dish that originates in Hanoi, banh tom is made from battered and deep fried shrimp and sweet potato. The distinctive orange/gold colour comes from the flesh of the potato and turmeric powder in the batter. Wrap the morsels in leaves and...
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Hồ B52, Ngọc Hà, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
It took ages to find the (much acclaimed at AFAR) sunken B-52 bomber in Ha Noi. The twisted pile of metal hardly resembles a plane anymore, but it was interesting nonetheless. Even more fascinating to me was the 'lake' it had fallen into. This...
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Cầu Thê Húc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Huc bridge of Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi. My travel buddy Jen and I had been traveling for several weeks in Vietnam and were getting ready to leave for the airport to head back to the States. We had grabbed a bite to eat...
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Hàng Quạt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I loved the Old Quarter. Each street's name corresponds to the wares in its shops. It was mind-boggling that the Vietnamese would be so rigid & organized, which is not the first impression you have (or even the 10th) when you visit this country....
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Chùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
The French destroyed this famous temple in 1954, but it was lovingly rebuilt and remains a favorite with locals. The structure commemorates the legend of Emperor Ly Thai Tong who originally built the temple way back in 1049. The distinctive single...
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Cổ Loa, Đông Anh, Hà Nội, Vietnam
At over 1,000 years old, Hanoi is not exactly a spring chicken. For some truly ancient Vietnamese history, however, it is worth spending time at Co Loa, the country's first fortified citadel and a onetime capital of the nation dating back to the...
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Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
On Jade Island on Hoan Kiem Lake, this picturesque 18th-century shrine is perhaps the city's most beautiful. To get to the temple, walk through Three Passage Gate and across the Flood of Morning Sunlight Bridge. Once at the temple, you will reach...
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87 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Old Quarter may remain evocative, but its historic feel belies the fact that many of its buildings have fallen into disrepair over the years. This property, which dates back to the late 19th century, was once home to a Chinese family who owned...
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73 Quán Sứ, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Now the official center of Buddhism in Hanoi, this stately pagoda once served the many ambassadors who called on the emperors of the Le dynasty. A hall was built in the 15th century to receive these guests, and a pagoda was built for them so they...
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Mai Hắc Đế, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the hippest joints in Hanoi, this speakeasy-style venue combines effortless conviviality with excellent cocktails. Regular live events run the gamut from eclectic DJ sets to more straightforward nights of live music.
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22 Hai Bà Trưng Tràng Tiền Hoàn Kiếm Tràng Tiền Hoàn Kiếm Hà Nội, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi's multiplexes actually have a reasonable range of the latest movie releases, but if it is something more left-field you are looking for, this is the place. Run by film buff volunteers, the 89-seat theater screens everything from European...
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14 Phan Huy Ích, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Part exhibition space, part cafe-bar, this gallery is housed in a gorgeous early 20th century villa and is one of the main hubs for Hanoi's small but robust art scene. Works by emerging and established Vietnamese artists are shown throughout the...
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43 Nhật Chiêu, Nhật Tân, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Run by a pair of Catalan emigres from a gorgeous villa on tranquil West Lake, Chula is highly regarded for the design of its dresses, jackets, skirts, and gorgeous silk garments.
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18 Lý Văn Phức, Cát Linh, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Colloquially known as "chicken street," this is the place to come for tasty barbecued poultry at all hours of the day. The street is lined with vendors working the same alchemy with a limited menu of chicken wings and feet, sweet potatoes, and...
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16 Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a pulsing all-night city. People rise early and go to bed early here in the northern hub. Nevertheless, unrepentant night owls aren't totally neglected. This institution doles out passable western...
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32 Điện Biên Phủ, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Coffee shops are everywhere in Hanoi, but few strike the right balance between quality coffee and a hip, youthful atmosphere. Cong Caphe now has several branches in the city -- as well as in other big cities in Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City...
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34C Cao Bá Quát, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Both Bar Betta and Tadioto were among the stalwarts in the now-defunct Zone 9, an arty area which revolutionized Hanoi's nightlife for a short time before being shut down. The original Bar Betta, however, is still a sterling choice for a drink...
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T18 Times city, Minh Khai, Khu đô thị Times City, Hoàng Mai, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Every year, the guys behind Hanoi's Club for the Appreciation of Music and Art (CAMA) bring some of the finest left-field musical talent from the region to the city's American Club for a one-day shindig. The event usually takes place in May. Photo...
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25 Hàng Thiếc, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an occasionally harrowing (but always interesting) peek into traditional Hanoi, spend an afternoon navigating the maze of the Old Quarter markets. Traditionally, certain streets were named after the product that was sold there (i.e. shoes,...
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20 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hanoi's street food can be experienced by anyone with a willingness to sample the many delights being rustled up at markets, on sidewalks, or inside hole-in-the-wall venues. Sometimes a little expertise comes in handy, though, and the couple that...
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Quảng trường Ba Đình, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's revolutionary leader, is an essential part of any Hanoi itinerary. Less macabre, however, is a humble stilt house where he resided intermittently from 1958 to 1969. The house is an...
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5 Nguyễn Siêu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
There are more local bia hoi hot spots in Hanoi, but the strip of venues at the crossroads of Ha Tien and Luong Ngoc Quyen is justifiably famous for its buzzing atmosphere and cross-cultural mash-up. Beer is slightly more expensive than at other...
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713 Lạc Long Quân, Phú Thượng, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Vietnamese can be a very romantic people, and love is permanently in the air around West Lake where lovers young and old come to take a spin around the water in one of the resident swan boats. Rent your vessel from the little booth on Thanh...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Our pack of motorbikes has been navigating choking rush hour traffic for an hour. I’ve never driven this far down the Red River dike road. We turn into one those ubiquitous tiny alleys and wind our way deeper into the arteries of Hanoi. We swerve...
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Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
A couple of blocks west of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake—meaning Lake of the Restored Sword—is one of Hanoi’s anchors. It contains a number of sites worth visiting, like Ngoc Soc Temple and the picturesque, red-lacquered Huc...
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72 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Unlike many of the cookie-cutter Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi, there's a good reason why many tour groups are brought here for their lunch. There are a la carte menus on offer, but most guests prefer to opt for the "popular" meal, which...
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61 Cửa Bắc, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For an authentic taste of Hanoi, the best places to go are usually humble street stalls or even bia hois. This little venue in Ba Dinh District, however, is a real hit with locals who want to go upscale in their surroundings without compromising...
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73 Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
With a fantastic location by Hoan Kiem Lake and some of the best-prepared Vietnamese food in the Old Quarter, this stylish venue is onto a winner. The dishes here are very much old-style Vietnamese. There are no bells and whistles or attempts at...
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15 Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Inspired by the cooking of his wife's grandmother, Madame Hien is chef Didier Corlou's attempt at upscale but unfussy Vietnamese cuisine. Set in the former Spanish embassy, it is a beautiful spot for both lunch and dinner, with the outside...
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36 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are plenty of pretty average dining experiences to be had in the Old Quarter with charming service and decor let down by bland food. Hanoi Garden doesn't reinvent the wheel with its own tourist-friendly menu. What it does do is ensure that...
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37 Nam Tràng, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are themed restaurants that have clear appeal and others that are less obviously enticing. This new venue, modeled on the post-war years when rationing was part of daily life for the Vietnamese, falls into the second camp. Nevertheless, the...
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99 Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Hanoi branch of a successful chain with other outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, this Argentinean steakhouse serves up exemplary, if expensive, slabs of meat. Choose your weapon from an extensive range of cuts and dress it up with tasty...
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With the owners importing herbs and spices directly from India, there can be no doubting the provenance of the curries here. Both North and South India are represented on the menu with the richer dishes from the north perhaps the pick of the menu....
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42B Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Run by two longtime expats, one Canadian and one Australian, this popular gastropub continues to dish up some of the best western comfort food in Hanoi. With excellent ingredients and no lack of skill in the kitchen, favorites such as fish and...
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22 Đoàn Trần Nghiệp, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
There are a lot of French restaurants in Hanoi, but not all are as down to earth as this venue, tucked away down a quiet street in the Old Quarter. The restaurant specializes in robust, hearty fare so expect generous terrines, charcuterie plates,...
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33 Tô Ngọc Vân, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Chef Shahar Lubin is another long-time Hanoi resident with a formidable reputation in the kitchen. And his latest venture Daluva sees him draw on both his Israeli heritage and his knowledge of other cuisines to serve up some of the city's best...
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8 Đỗ Đức Dục, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm, Nam Từ Liêm Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Trekking out to the new JW Marriott can seem like a bit of an effort, but it is worth it for the hotel's exemplary culinary offerings. The French Grill is its signature restaurant, but fans of Chinese food will love its branch of Crystal Jade -- a...
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51 Lý Thường Kiệt, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Vietnamese are inveterate lovers of sweet things (just look at all those swan boats), which explains the popularity of the Fanny ice cream brand. The chain, which has branches across the country, serves up classic scoops and cones with a nod...
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5 Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the longer-serving international restaurants in Hanoi, La Salsa serves up tapas in an inviting location near Hoan Kiem Lake. The food doesn't reinvent the wheel, but dishes such as bruschetta, calamari, and croquetas taste mighty fine...
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80 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For creative international vegetarian fare there is no better restaurant in Hanoi than Tamarind Cafe, which has been serving up its smoothies and specialties for over a decade now. Choice dishes include the Taiwanese popiah rolls while the sweet...
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29 Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
After struggling at a former location closer to Hanoi's CBD, Halia has come into its own in the expatriate enclave of West Lake. Presenting a unique marriage of Asian and European flavors in dishes such as tamarind-spiced ribs and chili crab...
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12 Lý Đạo Thành, French Quarter, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I enjoyed visiting this club-like restaurant (even though it is not a club, and totally open to the public). Vietnamese food is solid, and they have some Western dishes for those in need of a burger-and-fries treatment. Wine list here is one of...
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8 Đỗ Đức Dục, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm, Nam Từ Liêm Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Although the new JW Marriott Hotel is slightly inconveniently located in a new business district a long way from the centre of Hanoi, it is is worth making the trip there for this fancy restaurant alone. As the name suggests, there's an emphasis...
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10 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Unsurprisingly given the nation's long presence in Vietnam, French influence still runs deep in Hanoi -- especially in its restaurant sector. This is arguably the best of the bunch. Chef Benjamin Rascalou, who trained at several top Paris...
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Số 4 Lê Phụng Hiểu, 4 Lê Phụng Hiểu, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
In many ways, the total number of fine Vietnamese dining options in Hanoi surpasses what's found in Ho Chi Minh City. This is yet another example of a solid restaurant in Hanoi. Excellent cuisine, wine list, service, and pinkly décor.
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19 Ngô Văn Sở, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
French chef Didier Corlou is one of Hanoi's biggest food personalities and his signature restaurant showcases his undoubted talent. Fusing Gallic flair with Vietnamese ingredients and methods, his approach makes for a unique fine-dining...
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16 Lane 27 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For some of best views (and food) in Hanoi, try the top-floor verandah at this West Lake institution. The climb to the fourth floor can be an effort -- especially during the sweltering summer months -- but it is worth it worth the laid-back...
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84 Trần Nhân Tông, Nguyễn Du, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi has a fairly substantial Japanese expatriate population and Benkay is one of their most popular haunts. It is certainly the most upscale of the many venues in the city with generous bentos and sumptuous sushi. The highlight of the experience...
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59 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A long-standing Hanoi institution, KOTO (Know One Teach One) is still going strong. Founded by Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham as a way to teach disadvantaged children hospitality skills, the KOTO social enterprise has become a major success...
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20A Duong Ven Ho, Bưởi, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Commune closed in 2015 This creative hub/cafe/bar is situated on the less gentrified side of West Lake, which adds to its left-field allure. The cafe stocks high quality locally grown roasted coffee and serves all styles of expresso. The lakeside...