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

Bar [+84] – Hoan Kiem

As the sun finishes up its rotation and headlights begin casting shadows around corners, Bar +84 is preparing for another night of pouring beers, mixing cocktails and bringing out the wine coolers.   The space itself is a dimly lit townhouse from the French colonial era, converted with an extended conservatory area serving as the entrance. Posters of Hollywood classic The Godfather hang around the … Continue reading Bar [+84] – Hoan Kiem

Den Bar – Hoan Kiem

Sandalwood flooring, leather armchairs, and black walls sporting a library of wine bottles; Den Bar is an old-school alternative to Hoan Kiem’s generally characterless selection of watering holes.   Tucked away on Nguyen Thai Bich, a stone’s throw from the original Tranquil Café and secluded from the bustle of the city centre, you’d likely miss it if you weren’t looking for it — it is, … Continue reading Den Bar – Hoan Kiem