6. Xofa Cafe
As the name suggests, Xofa prides itself on making its clientele comfortable. Framed by exposed brick walls and wood floors, big comfy couches festooned with huge cushions provide a plush cocoon for meeting with friends, reading or catching up on work.
If you’re looking for a peaceful bolthole where you can curl up with a book and coffee – you’ve found it. On occasional evenings, acoustic performers play beneath a black-and-white picture of John Lennon mounted on a brick wall. Tasty pastries and cocktails keep patrons lingering until late.
Set in a white 1920s French villa with a shady courtyard garden, Manzi is a quiet retreat from the Old Quarter’s hectic streets and offers organic coffee from Vietnam’s Central Highlands, curated art exhibitions, and an arts shop selling original works at affordable prices.
Among the many five-star hospitality experiences offered within this green-shuttered, white-walled French colonial neoclassical building, streetside cafe La Terrasse is a petit slice of Paris in the heart of Hanoi.
– TEXT BY GEMMA PRICE
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.