Exit the light and enter the night at newly-opened Heart of Darkness on Ly Tu Trong. Paying homage to the novel written by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness has named their signature craft beers Kurtz’s Insane IPA, Primeval Forest pilsner, Pitiless Folly pale ale, Patient Wilderness wheat, and Sacred Fire golden ale, among others.
Decked out on the second floor of a former apartment, Layla joins the growing selection of restobars in this city.
With an outdoor garden overlooking Dong Khoi, and an indoor space furnished with a long bar counter and wooden high tables and chairs, there is also a U-shaped couch area for after work drinks or private parties.
While wine starts at VND65,000 per glass, cocktails are set at VND95,000 for any option. There is also beer on tap including Stella Artois (VND50,000) and Hoegaarden (VND60,000).
Layla is on Floor 2, 63 Dong Du, Q1, HCMC and opens from 4pm to 1am every day
We’re bound by rules, fenced in at work, and jaded by the opinions of others. The world is a tiring place full of things that drag us down. Sometimes you just want to jump off something. Well now you can, but without the mess.
Jump Arena is the first trampoline park in Vietnam where everyone can jump for fun, fitness or to conquer fears. There’s a ton of activities for the whole family, including a Spider Wall, Foam Pit, Leap of Faith, Sky Ladder and a designated place for kids called Junior Jump.
Jump Arena is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. Jumping sessions are a minimum of 30 minutes and start on the hour and half hour.
Sessions start at VND80,000 for 30 minutes on weekends and weeknights, and VND60,000 for 30 minutes on weekdays until 4.30pm.
Lovers of books, coffee and silence will be pleased to know that Tranquil, the much adored book-filled café, has just opened at a second location.
The new space can be found on the second and third floors at 18B Nguyen Bieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. The dilapidated stone staircase needed to access it gives no hint to the quaint, charming café which lays at the top.
“The books aren’t for sale or to lend,” explains co-founder Khuat Tuan Anh. “They’re just for people to enjoy here.”
The new café will host live music nights every Wednesday, with the piano and violin to feature prominently.
A latte, made with Dalat beans, costs VND52,000, while the signature apple pie frappe costs just VND58,000. The menu also includes a variety of teas, blended juices and hand drip coffee.
Open daily from 8am to 10.30pm. For more information, call 0989 384541 or visit facebook.com/cafetranquil
A new space and the first of its kind in Vietnam dedicated to contemporary creation and Vietnamese culture has opened in District 3. Located in a two-storey historical house, Salon Saigon provides a space for art exhibitions, performances, conferences, and educational programmes.