Hang Dao - Dong Xuan Walking Street: Shopping and where the action is....
Hey, you need a watch ?? Go to Hang Dao and get a good bargain out of it. Fake (or "souvenier Russian-made) watches are aplenty in the shops in Hang Dao. Choose your like and quote a price. If seller doesn't agree, up slightly . You will need time to bargain hard - bargaining is an art. Both parties have to be happy at the end of the transaction.
Besides watches, both sides of Hang Dao streets will cater for your shopping needs - clothes, scarves, belts...lots and lots..
Near to Hang Dao you will see a huge building where there all the bars and cafes are located.
Shops at Hang Dao open as early as 9am. At night, the night market Hang Dao-Dong Xuan will make the street even more lively.Related to:
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"The Building of balconies": Looking from above
I could not push through the crowds to enjoy the show and decided to beat them to it. I went up a building that housed many restaurants and picked one that can offer me the "window seat". From there, I saw the show sipping my glass of cold diet coke, without fighting for a space. You can also look at the traffic and observe how the locals wriggled through their way in the busy traffic. "They live at the edge!"
Dress Code: Casual.Related to:
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The Hub Pub: A real HOT place
This is a great little bar to visit in Hanoi. It’s perfect for a few beers before you hit the Bia Hoi. Sure, it’s not as cheap as a Bia Hoi, but its comfy and dry, nice décor, very friendly staff and owner and they speak English. Try the jalapeño beer. Good stuff!
Dress Code: No Dress Code here.Related to:
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Cho Dem Market: More Food & Shopping.. and watching people
Go to Cho Dem market. It is a place where there is street/stalls selling lots of stuffs. You can practise your bargaining skills here. Good place to find some souveniers to take home to. Street is crowded not only with locals but with foreigners. After a long shopping spree, rest your feet at one of seafood stalls to enjoy the "steamboat" (or known as the "hotpot") or a variety of seafood.
Dress Code: It's a hot place - you know what you should wear or not wear.Related to:
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Funky Monkey Special
Beer in Vietnam is generally quite inexpensive, but cocktail fixes are not. Bigger cities such as HCM and Hanoi are packed with these hip drinking holes and prices are highly customized for tourist consumption.
Picture taken at Funky Monkey, Hanoi Old Quarters.
The bar scene in hanoi is a little disapointing, apparently its better in ho chi min, but i went to heaps of different bars as my brother knew most bars to go to.....
Bara-run by the same guy who owns the hostel, an aussie, a really cool place and u can normally drink all night.
Red mask - at no 2D ta hien street, a cool small bar open late but popular.(run by the fun Hien, shes cool)
There were many others i cant remember. The new century is a nightclub, a little expensive but open late.
All other bars close by 11 in the week, 12 or 1 at the weekened, but every now and again the police shut everything down early, which happened when i was there!Related to:
General Nightlife in Hanoi
If you like Western-style nightlife, there is a modern five-story building at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake with numerous European and American bars and restaurants, including a micro brewery. Our favorite here was the City View Cafe.
Local, Vietnamese-style nightlife is centered around the little bia hois which are on almost every corner, especially in the Old Qaurter, also north of Hoan Kiem Lake.
If you are looking for something a little more exciting, there are a few rowdy bars like Apocalypse Now, full of all types of people.
Along West Lake and Truc Bach Lake (north of the Old Qarter), there seemed to be some ares that offered music and dance, but we didn't spend much time here after dark.
City View Cafe
The City View Cafe is in a 5 story building just north of Hoan Kiem Lake, and across the first street. It sits at a major 5-way intersection with a rotary that will keep you entertained for at least 2 or 3 beers. There are several restaurants and bars here. The City View Cafe is a restaurant/bar on the roof that has open air dining and a fine view of Hoan Kiem Lake and the rest of the city.
Nutz: Good clean (?) fun
If anyone remembers Singapore's Brannigans, this is a very close approximation of it.
A fun atmosphere from the word go, this place was recommended by a couple of the stewardesses on my Vietnam Airlines flight. Mixture of local yuppies and tourists, interspersed with the odd 'enthusiastic amateur' (well, semi-pro really).
Spacious enough to escape the music and dancing down one end if you want to, and chill out at seats or the bar counter.
Dress Code: Smart casual would stand you in good stead. It is in the Sheraton after all.Related to:
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Gammabeer: Beer and Rats!
On our first night in Hanoi, we decided to finish off a night out with a beer at one of Hanoi's new Czech-themed beer houses, Gammabeer. Here we enjoyed half liter glasses of pils (we could have ordered 5 liter mugs! Yikes!) while watching rats scurry about the floors of the unoccupied sections of the restaurant. Yes, rats! At first it started out with a lone rodent, whose presence was amusing enough to us that I tossed peanuts its way. Occassionally, a waitress would saunter over to herd him/her out of sight, but he/she (the rat) was a brave little soul and never disappeared for long. However, once his claim to territory was established, he was joined by another and another until we had, at best count, six members of phylum rodentia cavorting on the hardwood. Needless to say, we killed any thoughts of ordering food, paid up and left. We were worried that, if we didn't depart quickly, we'd just be part of a scene that seemed to come from an Indiana Jones movie! So much for a Friday night in this socialist paradise!Related to:
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Mao's Red Lounge: Cool Place to Unwind
A great little bar in the old quarter, it was simply and tastefully designed by the owner, Mao, and plays some great music (a James Brown tribute was playing the night we visited). With an interesting mix of foreigners and locals, there is a nice atmosphere, with Mao mixing with everyone and making everyone feel welcome.
Sunday evenings are free food days – Mao was dishing out soup packed with vegetables and what looked like seafood to all who wished it.
Drinks are the standard fare, and I can personally vouch for the strength of the rum & cola, many of which conspired to ruin my next day's sightseeing!
Munchen Beer Club: Local and Import Beers
This place called München Beer Club. I only found it because it was just opposite of the hotel I stayed for couple of nights in Hanoi and I return on a night flight from Laos, I was looking for a place to get some good cold beer and this was the place, even if was a bit more upper scale. This place has some import beers on the menu, from Germany or Japan but no thanks, not for me here in Vietnam, I want to drink local beer, I have a good luck, they have local beer called: Lion beer on the tap,
It is not a common beer in Hanoi as it is brewed in Saigon.Related to:
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Half Moon Half Noodle: Just go because of the threat
Good music selection with tons of choice if you just go up and ask, this is a laid back, backstreet bar that's got cool decor and a real good crowd. Drinks are fairly priced and you just cant beat that sign outside (see pic).
There is a tv showing sport and they give you snacks.
Dress Code: Dont be daft its a backstreet bar in Hanoi.
Lighthouse: Late nite dancing and clubs
It sometimes plays R&B, but varies depending on the DJ. The Lighthouse Dancing Club used to be the Barracuda Bar.
Its no longer under under Australian management, but it is one of the few places that the police/neighborhood does not enforce the curfew. Therefore ic can be open very, very late, sometimes all night depending on the crowd.
Don't let the shady neighborhood deter you. I went and had a good time. At the time of day that this place is open, the alleys will be full of ex-pats and people so you will be perfectly safe.
" We have no idea how they manage to get around the local laws, but it may have something to do with the dastardly location -- in the red-light district, on an alley off and alley off Phuc Tan Street across a highway that is nearly impossible to cross on foot, to the east of the Old Quarter. Luckily, most locals know where it is by either its present or former name and definitely hire a taxi to get there -- you'll be rewarded with reasonably priced drinks and room to strut your stuff to the tune of thumping hip hop and R&B."
Hours: 10:00 'til very, very late.
Dress Code: There is no enforced dress code.
Bar Betta: Bar Betta
Bar Betta is a bar that seems to be very popular with the locals. It is slightly away from central and tourists areas and therefor more for the locals. It is in an old house, 3 floors and on a hot summer days we went up to the roof to have few drinks here. Music was modern, loud, but not too loud so we could have also conversation while zipping our beers here.
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