Hanoi’s newest addition to its sparse Tex-Mex restaurant scene is Anita’s Cantina, overlooking a small area of Westlake on the quiet street of Quang Ba.

 

Think Hawaii, and then think Hanoi… sort of somewhere in the middle of that.

Since opening almost two years ago, Confidant restaurant and bar has become a home away from home for many expats and locals living in District 7 owing to its warm hospitality and pub-like atmosphere. In an area crammed with Korean barbecue joints, business hotels and spas, Confidant offers something different from other dining options in the area.

Ocafé

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Not all beautiful things cry for attention; Ocafé is a rose in a thorn bush hidden on the second floor of an old colonial town house in the Old Quarter.

You are reminded of the age of this place when you travel up to the 5th floor of the Majestic Hotel in quite possibly the smallest elevator in Ho Chi Minh City. Its wooden panelling gives the illusion of stepping into a time machine — back to when Ho Chi Minh City was still Saigon, and Dong Khoi was the Rue Catinat. But when you walk onto The Breeze Sky Bar it’s an airy space, with plenty of space befitting of the bar’s name.

Found along the roadside, Awesome Coffee is a simple yet standout establishment among a strip of banks, real estate agencies and other businesses on District 7’s Nguyen Van Linh.

Even if you’re not vegetarian yourself, you’ve perhaps tried shepherding a vegetarian friend through Vietnamese cuisine. While the more flexible may be able to turn a blind eye to an occasional dab of fish sauce, finding reliable meat-free dishes can be something of a crap shoot.

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