(Photo by Theo Lowenstein)
As food concepts go, the humble sandwich is about as simple as it gets, and is enjoyed in various forms all over the world. Rosemary Kitchen and Sandwicherie is one of a growing number of Hanoi sandwich joints taking a step away from the locally revered banh mi in favour of sliced bread and more imaginative fillings.
Tucked away in Ba Dinh, this small, cosy coffee shop is something between a café and a science lab. Above the counter is a sign that lists seven different tools of the barista trade to choose from, and imported coffees from the likes of Burundi, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea — a rarity even in a city as obsessed with coffee as Hanoi.
Malt looks a bit like the set of a TV sit-com; the mid-range size allows for privacy and space, while also being small enough to not get lost. Decorated with exposed brick walls, gold leaf murals, and a highly coveted shuffleboard table, Malt is the type of place you could stumble into during a rainstorm, and then realise five hours later that you’ve found your new regular.