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.
Sohot’s dark, luxuriously decadent interior
Ice-cream sundaes featuring Fanny’s ice-cream
– unfortunate name but delicious all the same
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