Something I love about returning to a place several times is that once you’ve ticked off all the requisite must-sees you can focus on more important issues, like seeking out the city’s best coffee (in case you’re new to this blog, you won’t find much on the typical tourist sites Vietnam and the rest of Asia have to offer (yawn!) – it’s more about the fun and frivolous stuff, like food and shopping!).
Some highlights from my latest Hanoi jaunt:
- Stopping at cute cafe La Place for a lemon mint freeze and cha ca lunch while overlooking the cathedral
- Macarons from L’Epicerie du Metropole, the delectable little deli at the chic Sofitel Metropole
- Our Parisienne-style room at the same hotel, with happiness-inducing splashes of red in the bedroom and bathroom
- Shopping in the Old Quarter, which never seems to get old (especially on Nha Tho, Nha Chung and Hang Gai streets)
- Surprisingly good natured bargaining, and feeling like I actually got some bargains
- Early morning walks in less than 25 degrees celsius and wishing it could stay that way all day
- Ginger icecream at Fanny’s (amazing Vietnamese ice-cream brand) after circumnavigating Hoan Kiem Lake in the Hanoi heat, post early-morning too good to be true chill
- Seeking out (and finding) crushworthy cafes, like the leafy Trung Nguyen on Dien Bien Phu (above) and boho Cafe Nola – posts to come soon!