Photo by Bao Zoan

Ribs. Burgers. Pulled pork. Grilled chicken. Steak. Sausage.

Photo by Julie Vola

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.

Photo by Bao Zoan

It has set up roots in one of the best locations in town, and it’s certainly drawing in the customers. But what does our mystery diner think? Photos by Bao Zoan

Photo by Theo Lowenstein

Want to save some dong and bring your own? Here are some options. Words by Jesse Meadows. Photos by Theo Lowenstein

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

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.

Photo by Sian Kavanagh

Found universally throughout Vietnam, despite its variations, banh duc remains the ‘dish of the poor person’. Words by Vi Pham. Photos by Siân Kavanagh

Photo by Julie Vola

Forget chicken, beef, fish and shrimp, time to try out all that’s weird and wonderful on the Hanoi cuisine scene. Edward Dalton hits the weird food hotspots in the capital with not a dog or cat in sight. Photos by Julie Vola

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