Quality children’s picture books, published by top Vietnamese publishing houses, used to be renowned for their brilliant and vibrant illustrations, executed in watercolours by talented artists.
Since opening four months ago, Pizza Belga has developed a solid reputation for its Neapolitan-style pizzas, all made using fresh ingredients and imported Italian cheese, and its thick, creamy ice-cream that has customers coming back for more.
Who needs wine dinners when you can say it with rice wine?
Telling people what to do or think can be a mistake
Hanoi’s iconic body of water gets a facelift
A pioneer of the restaurant scene in Tay Ho has closed its doors
Offering you everyday Vietnamese cuisine with a twist, Chopsticks serves up the classics like bun cha, pho and nem, only unlike your average street food joint, they make sure to cook each plate to a fine standard.
Finally, a shoe shop with ‘Western-size’ shoes. With pairs up to size 52 (EU), the ironically named TinyToes Shoes in Hoan Kiem sells brands like Boxfresh, Doctor Martens, Ted Baker and more in a range of sizes.
Hanoi’s best kept secret. The Clover is an upscale gourmet restaurant offering innovative French cuisine in a grand colonial-style villa at the end of a small lane in Long Bien District.
Nha Hang Cua Em serves authentic Chinese food in a casual setting in Cau Giay. Both the owner and the head chef are Chinese, and have lived in Hanoi for several years, so you can expect proper Chinese cuisine that’s otherwise difficult to find in Hanoi.