where: Hoàn Kiếm (6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hàng Bông)
price range: 100k+ VND
setting: 100-year old house with cozy nooks and kitshy decor
group friendly: yes
takeaway: takeaway available
stand-out dish: curry laksa
hot tip: become a member (it's free to sign up!) and receive 50% off main dishes from 6-8pm on Thursdays
Owner John opened the Hanoi Social Club because he couldn't find a decent brunch option in the city. Ten years later, the converted 100 year-old building located in a historic, artsy neighborhood has become a standout spot, not only for its impeccable food, but also for its devotion to the arts. The cafe is still best known for its diverse and flavorful brunch menu, but any meal shared here is guaranteed to wow.
verdict: This spot is a Hanoi staple for good reason.