Hanoi’s Red River at sundown. (istock/Getty Images)
A perfect evening in Hanoi should start around sundown at one of the city’s numerous rooftop venues. Current hot spots include the Lighthouse Sky Bar, which offers expertly made cocktails in a three-storey ‘boat-style’ terrace overlooking the Red River. For dinner, opt for fine French dining at La Badiane, a trusty stalwart set in a spectacular colonial villa. To round off a memorable day in Vietnam’s capital, grab a glass of wine or a nightcap at Tadioto, a bar/café, event space and meeting spot for arty types of all stripes.
When possessing the luxury of time
With its rich heritage, vibrant contemporary culture and myriad nooks and crannies, Hanoi is a place that rewards those with scope to dig a little deeper. While most visitors manage to tick off the Old Quarter, fewer make it to the French Quarter, where grand villas rub shoulders with stately Art Deco edifices.