Zo Project – Working with Paper

Traditional Vietnamese paper made fashionable. So often we delight in the intricately designed crafts and artwork of different cultures, wondering what it reflects about the society that nourished its creation. Yet often we forget to ask ourselves what these things really mean — even the people making them have forgotten why those particular symbols and materials were used. Zo Project is an award-winning social enterprise … Continue reading Zo Project – Working with Paper

Chameleon City App

Local experts on demand With increasing numbers of young professionals living and working abroad, access to information is more essential than ever before, and insider knowledge about the best places to eat, shop or even just where to get drinking water in a foreign city can be hard to come by. Going online in September 2016, Chameleon City is an app run by a team of locals … Continue reading Chameleon City App

Tranquil: Coffee & Books

When Hanoi becomes too much an attack on the senses, sometimes it pays to forget it’s there. As its name suggests, Tranquil is not the place that you come to catch up with a large group of friends you haven’t seen since last spring; the tables are littered with laptops and sketchbooks. Tranquil is where you go to sip coffee and put those archived ideas … Continue reading Tranquil: Coffee & Books

Highway 4, Hanoi

In among the bustle of downtown Hoan Kiem lives Highway 4, an elegant yet laid-back setting with a knockout menu and an impressive selection of award-winning traditional rice liquors, all under the roof of a renovated French villa dating back to the 1950s; yellow brick with an inviting sign hanging over the door, nestled in green ivy. Once inside, Highway 4 offers multiple storeys of … Continue reading Highway 4, Hanoi

Chez Xuan, Tay Ho

Located in a secluded alley in Tay Ho, this is an excellent place to chill out on a sunny afternoon while enjoying a Moroccan tajine or French flammekueche and a Brazilian coffee. Chez Xuan was opened five years ago by current owner Pascal Baros and ever since, they’ve been offering a well-balanced fusion of culinary specialities, evening entertainment and a laid-back atmosphere. They already have … Continue reading Chez Xuan, Tay Ho

Exploring My Dinh, Hanoi

Beyond a suburban lifestyle, what does Hanoi’s best known suburb have to offer the uninitiated? Billy Gray goes on a tour of Hanoi West. Photos by Jesse Meadows   Far from the tourist area of Hoan Kiem or the easy-going breeze of West Lake, My Dinh is the thumping heart of Hanoi’s west and one of the city’s fastest developing communes. A concrete jungle of high-rise apartment buildings, … Continue reading Exploring My Dinh, Hanoi

36 weeks, 36 different jobs

Back in 2007, 25-year-old Canadian college graduate Sean Aiken was wondering what to do with his life. Around the family dinner table one evening, Sean’s father told him to find work that he was passionate about. He said: “I’ve been alive for 60 years, and I’m yet to find something I’m passionate about besides your mother”. Taking the advice on board, Sean set out across … Continue reading 36 weeks, 36 different jobs

Tay Ho Tiki Company

Think Hawaii, and then think Hanoi… sort of somewhere in the middle of that.   Tay Ho Tiki Company is the latest addition to Hanoi’s fast expanding cocktail of craft watering holes.   Since September they’ve been operating on Au Co, close to the flower market, and they’ve been gathering crowds looking for their signature tiki-inspired cocktails.   Barman and co-owner Carl Hamilton has 10 … Continue reading Tay Ho Tiki Company