An Nam Parlour is a peaceful retreat from motorbike horns, yelling vendors and clumsy backpackers of the Old Quarter.

Envy is a recent addition to the burgeoning after-hours scene in Ho Chi Minh City and it hopes to stand out from the pack due to its focus on live entertainment to complement the EDM, trance and hip-hop DJs that take to its stage.

Thanks to the large Chinese minority living in Saigon, mi hoanh thanh, or egg noodles with wonton, have become a local mainstay. Words by James Fircks. Photos by Vu Ha Kim Vy

When you don’t want pho, where do you go for your morning food fix? Words by Mignon Van Zyl. Photos by Sasha Arefieva

India Palace has a reputation for good food, but is that enough to keep our mystery diner happy? Photos by Sasha Arefieva

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.

Located in Hotel des Arts, the restaurant and lounge bar, Social Club, comes with top-end clout (and a swimming pool). So what did our mystery diner make of it all? Photos by Mike Palumbo

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