Bò Nướng Xuân Xuân 47 Mã Mây

We regularly go to Bò Nướng Xuân Xuân 47 Mã Mây  (Ranked #164 of 2,812 Restaurants in Hanoi on Tripadvisor) for a simple cheap evening dinner that we can cook to our own liking. You get given a BBQ griddle, a heap of meat and vegetables, a lime chilli & salt dipping sauce and can choose to add bread or rice. The BBQ grill’s use smokeless fuel that lasts about 10-15 minutes, we usually have to ask for more fire (at no extra charge). Continue Reading

Hà Nội

Hanoi is the current capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in Vietnam with an estimated population of over 2.6 million residents. Hanoi is a popular city for tourists traveling to Sapa or Halong Bay, many tour operators and hotels will insist you book the tours. Many motorbikes taking up the sidewalk. The crowded streets make walking a test of the brave as sidewalks are mostly occupied by parked motorbikes. Continue Reading

The Moose and Roo Pub & Grill

The Moose and Roo Pub & Grill (Ranked #135 of 2,812 Restaurants in Hanoi on Tripadvisor) is a quality gastropub in the heart of the old quarter in Hanoi. We have visited twice and both times enjoyed the gluttonous food served. This restaurant serves, every good British and Australian dish you’ll miss from home. Beef and Bone Marrow Burgers, Fish and Chips, Pie and Mash, and much more. Both times I ordered the Beef Burger as they serve the best Beef Burger, on-par with burgers served in Manchester U. Continue Reading

Tu Linh Palace Hotel 2

Tu Linh Palace Hotel 2 is in a quiet area of Hàng Buồm - great to escape the night activities. You can walk (or run) anywhere within good time. The front of house staff Lilli, Ghang, Thian, and Ming at Tu Linh, every morning will greet with smiles saying “Hello, How are you? Did you sleep well?". They are seem genuinely are happy to see you and make the stay in Hanoi good, they are very knowledgeable about places to visit and eat. Continue Reading

New Day Restaurant

New Day Restaurant on the corner of Mã Mây a few properties away from our hotel, which is really convenient. This popular place to eat offers a great choice of delicious cheap food until late in the evening - we went most nights we could not bother searching for something new. Most main dishes are between 65,000₫ - 110,000₫ and are plentiful and come with steamed rice which is very filling. Continue Reading

Bánh Mì Doner Kebab Hàng Bạc

Bánh Mỳ (Bánh Mì) Doner Kebab on the intersection of Hàng Bạc and Hàng Bè. It serves seasoned pork cooked on a rotary for 30,000₫ a sandwich. Really popular as a “drive-thru”, many motorcycles will pull up and ask a take-away. Highly recommended for a quick-lunch or sandwich on the go. Bánh Mỳ Đức Long Kebab 6 Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hàng Buồm Address: 6 Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam Phone: 024 3926 2726 Continue Reading

Temple of Literature

While in the area near to the Embassy of Kingdom of Thailand, we went for an quick walk around the Temple of Literature. The architecture of this historical landmark is remarkable, if only I studies a little more into its meaning. A guide would have been a benefit, printed guide books are chargeable (we did not opt for). Still a nice place to visit. Entrance fee is ₫20,000 Temple Of Literature 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu Address: 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam Website: vanmieu. Continue Reading

Hanoi Street Food Tour

To get a crash course into Vietnamese food we could not turn down Hanoi Street Food Tour (Ranked #21 of 405 Food & Drink in Hanoi on Tripadvisor) . Reservation was made via email and we attended the tour the next day, starting at Kim building we visited many delights around Hanoi all accessible by foot. We were in a group of 8, who have traveled from England, and Australia. Continue Reading

Tamarind Cafe

We visited Tamarind Cafe which is next door to Tu Linh Palace Hotel 2. Tamarind Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant with a relaxed couch atmosphere. We order spring rolls, both fresh and fried, the food tastes bland. I don’t think this place is good value. We stayed for a while as the place has many plug sockets, good WiFi and relaxed atmosphere.  Restaurant Front Coffee Fresh Spring Rolls Continue Reading

Pho 24

Simple, cheap, delicious. A pleasant walk around Hoan Kiem Lake you will find Pho 24 at the southern point with colourful green signage. Greeted with big smiles and welcomes, and a simple menu, ordering food is easy. A choice of beef or chicken Pho. Price is really reasonable at ₫49,000 (about £1.37) per person and you get a decent serving. I would recommend you try this place while in Vietnam. Continue Reading