Xuan Dieu / Tay Ho District / West Lake

LUXE City Guides - Hanoi - - Nguyen Thai Hoc -

This is a good one for Satur­day af­ter­noons. With the Sof­i­tel Plaza be­hind you, have your cab drive slowly up Nghi Tam, bet­ter known as Dyke Rd. This road is raised high on a steep verge, on ei­ther side of which are var­i­ous ‘an­tique’ and ‘sou­venir’ shops fea­tur­ing enough con­crete, ce­ramic and faux bronze Bud­dha stat­ues to fill an en­tire tem­ple. Across the road at #199a is Hai San Ngon (see Street Eats/Quan An Ngon) serv­ing de­li­cious seafood. Keep go­ing and take the left fork for Xuan Dieu. This ex­pat nabe is all about the food... but beware of the con­fus­ing street num­ber­ing. Dive into Hoa Fash­ion at #1a (see Adv. Shop.), and tot­ter on up for coffee and cake at #5 Saint Honore / 3933 2355, then over the road and down al­ley 28 is the Yakushi Cen­ter (see Spa) for good-value ba­sic mas­sages. Post-rub, re­trace to Xuan Dieu then scoot into Lane 40 to re­fuel with one of the city’s best cups of joe at yummy kaff #7a Kitchen (see Coffee), or for some­thing more sub­stan­tial ei­ther stay on Xuan Dieu and head to #72 to for re­fined bites at Man­darin (see Rest./Club de L’Ori­en­tal), or fol­low the lake to scen­ester Don’s at #16/27 (see Rest./ Smart). Carry on along Xuan Dieu for a pam­per at #112 San­tal Spa (see Spa), then it’s ever on­ward! Gals, top up your wardrobe at #33 L’Ate­lier / 3718 6758 / ate­lierviet­nam. com / be­fore pootling down to #51, where you’ll find the Syrena Plaza is more out of place than a taran­tula in a teacup, but houses nest featherer fave La Casa (see Shop./ Nha Tho). At #55, nip into Pure Heaven / 3718 6290 / for well­priced Scandi-es­que kids’ clothes, but if you’re af­ter more food, La Salsa at #53 (see Bars) has a quaint court­yard for paella, tapas and a tip­ple, or an­other 150m up is Bobby Chinn at #77 (see Rest./Smart). For a fi­nal shop, trun­dle up to #83 Mod­ule 7 (see Adv. Shop.) just be­fore the turn off to To Ngoc Van, then pro­ceed down to #26 Love Choco­late (see Coffee), or if it’s that time, make haste to Sun­set Bar (see Bars) for out­door sips. Cheers, dears!

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