Foxilly Coffee Bar
Lovely little coffee shop in the quieter side of Hanoi, just east of the West Lake.
Try: Frozen bananna with chocolate and coconut shreddings.
Total: 32,000 dong
West Lake coffee shop with fantastic views of the lake and the swan boats.
Try: White Chocolate Mocha
Total: 38,000 dong
Amazing views of Hoan Kiem lake and comfortable chairs to relax for the day.
Try: Dimlah Strawberry Iced Tea
Total: 32,000 dong
Highlands Coffee Opera House
Sit out doors with beautiful views of the Hanoi Opera House.
Try: Passion Fruit Mojito mocktail and Bananna Cake
Total: 60,000 dong
The final Joma in the new franchise that is in 2 countries. Similar layout, you can count on good service, freezing AC and solid western food, similar to the other two I reviewed in Luang Prabang and Vientiane
Another coffee shop on the West Lake, nice views of the lake.
An independent art space with cafe and bar rolled into one. Beautifully styled French Villa with open courtyard. Look out for exhibitions.
Great views of the Hoan Kiem lake and reasonably priced coffee.
Cafe de Home
Looking for a cosy restaurant in Hanoi then look no further, this is the smallest restaurant I’ve ever been, holds a max of 8 people.
Try: Chicken curry with rice and snow ice with jello.
Total: 50,000 dong
Wrap a Roll
Authentic Vietnamese chain restaurant, similar to street food cooking but in a nice restaurant setting. This is on the top floor of the Trang Tien Mall.
Try: Ground prawn wrapped in crispy rice pancakes and the Green mango salad with sun dried shrimp.
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from rice flour pounded into small balls. It has a chewy skin and is filled with frozen cream or mousse.This is also on the top floor of the Trang Tien Mall.
Try: Strawberry Mochi
Total: 26,000 dong
Local haunt for the students and business professionals, setting is not that desirable but the food is tasty and cheap.
Try: Pho chien phong
Total: 45,000 dong
Kebab Haus 1.2.3
In the heart of the old quarter, great spot to people watch and the beef is pretty tasty.
Try: Kebab, with chips and a salad
Total: 65,000 dong
Fannys Ice Cream Parlour
Best ice cream parlour I have been to, a must if in Hanoi.
Try: Happy Cubics; Strawberry, Mango, Green Tea, Pistachio, White Chocolate and Macadamian nuts, Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Yoghurt, Mixed Berries with caramel drizzle and fresh strawberries with mint and whipped cream.
Total: 72,000 dong
Trang Tien Ice Cream
Local Vietnamese ice cream, very cheap and perfect for a hot day.
Try: Freshly scooped ice cream
Total: 12,000 dong
Bars and Nightclubs
Local bar mixed with Westerns, good music, dance floor and the staff are always looking for a reason to dance.
Mainly a Western bar, upstairs is one big dancefloor with strobe lights and disco lights everywhere.
Things to do
Have a game of billards at Club Monaco
Loose youself in books at the Bookworm
Great selection of english books, new and used.
Find your comforts at Intimex
If you need a break from the phos, noodles and rice then check out this supermarket where you can go back to the basics; yoghurts, fresh fruit, cheese and cereal.
Visit Ho Lo Prison and see John McCain’s war clothes
This prison held Vietnamese patriots and American pilots who were shot down over Vietnam during the war. The prison is also referred to the ‘Hanoi Hilton`.
Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum
Learn how much the Vietnamese women contributied to the nation and society. See how involved they were in the army and how they helped win the Vietnam War.