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Yenyen Bakery – A Hanoian bakery specialising in French-style bread & pastries

When I travel to a different country, I always like to check out its local bakeries (besides supermarkets) because I love bread and I eat it all the time. It’s something that I can easily make a meal out of it and I can have it whenever I feel like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ While exploring the […]

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Delicious Banh Mi Trung on Ngo Huyen Street, Hanoi

This was one of my favourite supper spots in Hanoi because it was the only banh mi place that was closest to our hotel that opened till late around 11pm+ or so. It was set up in the shop front of a travel agency by the name of Sinh Cafe. Do note that are many […]

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Chao Suon Sun – Best Porridge Ever!

The best porridge I had ever eaten in my life was found at the same street of my hotel in Hanoi. That wasn’t an overstatement because the porridge was so good, it had me coming back not less than 5 times in one week. Normally I wouldn’t even eat the same thing more than twice […]

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Lenin Park, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam

In one of my earlier travel posts, I’ve mentioned that if you’re staying in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, it’s actually very easy to get around on foot. In fact, many of the notable attractions and must-see places in Hanoi are also within walking distances from the Old Quarter. Well, when I say ‘walking distance’ […]

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Banh Cuon Gia Truyen – Vietnamese-style Chee Cheong Fun

The first time I heard of Banh Cuon Gia Truyen was when I watched Jason Tastes Asia on AFC and I told the husband we had to come here should we visit Hanoi one day. That was exactly what we did. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good that they had English translation on the menu so ordering of food […]

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Bun Cha 34 – Delicious grilled pork and rice noodles

Bun Cha 34 was the bun cha place that I briefly mentioned in my earlier post (read Truc Bach Lake, West Lake Hanoi and Bo Bia), where we came by for lunch. It is not far from Dong Xuan Market. If you’re planning to visit Truc Bach Lake, West Lake and/or Tran Quoc Pagoda, you […]

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Highlands Coffee Hanoi – The cafe with a view

After completing one round of Truc Bach Lake (read my earlier post -> Truc Bach Lake, West Lake Hanoi and Bo Bia) on foot, we came to Highlands Coffee, a popular Vietnamese cafe chain. The 2-storey cafe was like a red boat docked at the pier – very eye-catching even from a distance. Hubby said […]

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Truc Bach Lake, West Lake Hanoi and Bo Bia

Hubby and I were in the vicinity of Truc Bach Lake after having bun cha for lunch. We planned to explore the lake on foot and at the same time, check out the Tran Quoc Pagoda which is the oldest Buddhist Temple in Hanoi. From Chau Long Street, we started walking around the lake in […]

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Hanoi Night Market – For bargain shopping, cheap booze & free entertainment

If you’re currently planning a trip to Hanoi, you may want to have your travel dates overlap the weekend so you can check out the popular Hanoi Night Market a.k.a. Dong Xuan Night Market that only opens 3 days a week. On every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the whole stretch of road from Hang Dao […]

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King Roti – The King of All Buns

There was a time in Singapore when Mexican coffee buns were really popular. I remembered trying those from Rotiboy but I wasn’t super impressed with them – they tasted like regular buns with crispy topping. Anyway, Rotiboy had already ceased operation here a long time back though you can still find them in Malaysia. When […]

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Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake a.k.a. Lake of the Returned Sword or Lake of the Restored Sword is located within Hanoi Old Quarter, which makes it a good spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s probably also the only place to get ‘fresher’ air in the Hoan Kiem district which is […]

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Hanoi Old Quarter – Where East Meets West

Before I go on to introduce more drool-worthy eats in Hanoi, I thought I would take you all to the streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter to discover more about the Vietnamese culture and their way of life. The Hanoi Old Quarter a.k.a. Hoan Kiem District is the main tourist attraction and commercial hub of […]

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Donuts in Hanoi – Street Food or Tourist Trap?

When you’re in Hanoi, you will likely see these mass-produced donuts being sold EVERYWHERE. Women sitting down by the roadside with baskets of donuts. Women on bicycles (like the one pictured above) with baskets of donuts. Women walking down the streets with baskets of donuts. Whenever they spot tourists, they would enthusiastically approach them to […]

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Dong Xuan Market – Hanoi’s Largest Indoor Market

On our first day while exploring the Old Quarter on foot, we came by Cho Dong Xuan or Dong Xuan Market which was Hanoi’s largest indoor market. It was a Thursday afternoon and it didn’t look that crowded on the outside so we thought it would be a good time to walk around and have […]

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Banh Mi 25 – Delightful Fusion Sandwiches

No visit to Hanoi is complete without having a banh mi that many consider as one of the national foods of Vietnam. It is what I call a fusion sandwich as it originated since the French colonialism days. It is so easy to find a banh mi vendor in Hanoi as it’s readily available almost […]

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Bun Bo Nam Bo – Best Beef Noodle Salad in Hanoi

After checking into our hotel, we speedily made our way out to look for the famous Bun Bo Nam Bo whose beef vermicelli was said to be one of the best in Hanoi. If you’re staying in a hotel in the Old Quarter (recommended!), it’s very easy to get around on foot as most of […]

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