Located on Tran Vu, Standing Bar is Hanoi’s newest craft beer bar, with a picturesque view of Truc Bach Lake in the afternoon sunset and plenty of space to hang out for a beer. Add 19 ever-changing taps at the bar, and there’s nothing for beer lovers to get bored about. Standing Bar stocks a range of craft beers from Vietnam including IPA-style beer, pilsners, ales and also cider.
Britain’s prime contribution to world cuisine, deep-fried fish in batter (usually haddock or cod) accompanied by chunky fried potato chips has had a home in Ho Chi Minh City since in the form of JJ’s Fish and Chips since 2013. Starting out as a street stall in Bui Vien, JJ’s now has its first “chippie” restaurant in the city.
Although Thuong Tra opened only three months ago, the concept dates back to 2010, when Nguyen Viet Bac opened his first teahouse. Inspired while travelling through the mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, Bac knew he needed to bring the traditional tea culture to Hanoi, while giving the practice the respect it deserved. He admired the art of tea ceremonies, and decided to create his own place where everyone could enjoy tea from all around Vietnam, in the heart of Hanoi.
A miniature artery from District 1 to District 5, Pham Viet Chanh is one of Saigon’s most hectic streets. Motorbikes scream down this road, cars make no apologies, local businesses line one side, a rather alarming hospital sits back from the tarmac, and in the middle of it all is a little slice of quiet, polite delicacy — 1985 Cafe.
Stacked above Maison Marou Chocolate, Café-Restaurant occupies a sought-after location in a French colonial building on Calmette. With a spectacular view over Ben Thanh Market and the northwestern part of District 1, the building has been carefully restored and preserved. It’s a combination of old architecture and contemporary décor, with traditional tiles interleaved with a modern resin floor, oak furniture with blue cushions, large windows and classic hanging lamps.