Are you someone with passion for taking awesome photographs? Or are you someone who loves sipping on coffee somewhere with a great view?
I think most people would fall into one or both of these groups. If you’ve got the thirst to find places with stunning and varied types of views in Hanoi, you’ve landed on the right page!
Here’s a list of 6 different cafes, bars and restaurants scattered around the city with spectacular views. They all have their own sort of charm and angle from which you can see and enjoy this beautiful city.
Cau Go Building
If you’re travelling in Hanoi, you’ll certainly be visiting or staying in the Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem district around the lake. Taking a stroll around the lake is a top must-do activity to receive and take in the tranquility and history from this legendary lake. And there are cafes and restaurants around the entire lake where you can sit down to enjoy the view right beside the lake. But going up to one of the restaurants and cafes in Cau Go building will give you the entire view of the Hoan Kiem lake. My suggestion would be Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine restaurant or its cafe outdoor to get the best spot.
Address: 7 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm
Located in a much more local neighbourhood, about 20 minutes drive from the Old Quarter, Trill Rooftop cafe is one famous rooftop places in Hanoi amongst locals. The cafe is on the 26th floor and offers a 180-degree or wider angle of cityscape. There’s even a swimming pool here making it quite unique from any other cafes.
Address: 26th Floor, Hei Tower, 1 Ngụy Như Kon Tum, Nhân Chính, Thanh Xuân
The infamous Train Street in the Old Quarter is also a top tourist sight and you’ll know why the moment you get here. There are cute little cafes with seats right by the railway or on a ‘rooftop’ on the second floor of a typical Vietnamese building from where you can sit back and enjoy people and train-watching. Of course, if you can, I’d suggest you going around the time the train will pass and have your camera / phone ready to shoot!
Address: 112 Phố Trần Phú, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm
Tay Ho Cafes
Hồ Tây a.k.a. the West lake is the largest lake in Hanoi and you’ll be surprised to see how massive this lake is. It is so close to the Old Quarter, but can be missed by many tourists, but going here for a walk or chilled afternoon coffee or tea time by the lake is an absolute must! The vast horizon of the lake will have you stunned and the Sunset here is a magical scene to witness.
There are tens of different cafes along the lake, so take a ride to Nguyen Dinh Thi street, walk around and pick a place you like!
Address: Along Nguyễn Đình Thi street, Thuỵ Khuê, Tây Hồ
Serein Cafe & Lounge
This cafe / lounge offers yet another great view over the Long Bien bridge where the train and cars pass by. It is located close to the Long Bien train station, which is another spot notorious for taking great photographs of the train and the railway on the bridge. Be sure to check out the two top floors of this place as there’s the view like in the picture above.
Address: 16 Đường Trần Nhật Duật, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm
Intercontinental Landmark 72
Keangnam Landmark 72 is the highest building in Hanoi and the second highest in Vietnam after Landmark 81 in Saigon (HCMC). The Intercontinental hotel is located between 62nd and 71st floors of this building and the Q Bar in the hotel is on the 62nd floor offering the cityscape that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. The prices of drinks here are the highest of the list (200,000VND / $10 and above for a cocktail), but the view from 300m above the ground level will not disappoint!
Address: Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, Đường Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội, Vietnam