Cafe Crush (Hanoi): Sohot

Sohot’s dark, luxuriously decadent interior

Ice-cream sundaes featuring Fanny’s ice-cream
– unfortunate name but delicious all the same

Sohot is one of those places smack bang in the middle of touristville yet obscured enough from the street that only locals (and intrepid cafe seekers like moi) seem to know about, with nary a tourist in sight. It’s located right next to the cathedral on boutique-filled, could-be-in-Europe Nha Tho street – on the left hand side if facing the cathedral, down a narrow path, in a door and up some stairs.

The interior is gorgeous – decadent velvet lounges, patterned wallpapers and chandeliers give it a luxe Victorian theme. Head up one more level and the top floor is even more amazing than the first with its moody red walls. They serve the usual array of drinks (and then some – like ‘Italian’ style sodas), Vietnamese dishes and cafe fare, and my favourite – suitably decadent (and heat-busting) sundaes by local ice-cream brand Fanny’s. Try the one with Bailey’s but swap the vanilla ice-cream for coffee flavoured – delicious!

Sohot, 2 Nha Tho Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
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4 Responses

  1. Vivian July 14, 2009 / 11:24 pm

    Wow- I just discovered your blog now- it’s AMAZING! You live in such a beautiful, fascinating place. I was living in Seoul (and blogging about it) all of last year, and I miss it like crazy now. Your blog definitely reminds me of how much I love Asia.

  2. A Girl in Asia July 15, 2009 / 1:25 am

    Thanks Vivian! Your blog looks great to (I too love Lost in Translation, Gossip Girl etc. – alot of the same things!). I lived in Montreal once (just for a summer) – it’s an amazing city and I’d love to go back some time. Have yet to go to Seoul but it sounds great!

  3. Cate July 15, 2009 / 2:09 pm

    Those sundaes look disgustingly delicious, something i could get into even if its freezing outside.

  4. Bali Beach Bunny July 16, 2009 / 9:57 am

    mmmm i could while an hour or two away within those walls. decadence and icecream – hoorah.

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