Having a “local” friend to take you around their town makes your trip extra special. We were all so fortunate to have my friend Trung take us around his town. Trung is Vietnamese Canadian and he recently moved back to his roots in Hanoi. So coming back to Hanoi with Trung opened my eyes to a brand new perspective.
We met right after lunch and he quickly took us around town. What I really noticed about Hanoi is the proliferation of excellent coffee shops dotting almost every other street. The coffee they serve is actually very good and while I was there I had an average of 3 cups a day! LOL! My personal favourites were “CONG CAPHE” http://www.congcaphe.com A derivative of the Viet cong era. This coffee shop is very charming and their coffee is very delicious. We had the coconut cream coffee and I was very impressed.
We decided to walk along the main lake in Hanoi and did a bit of the touristy stuff but to be honest it was so hot and humid that soon after that we wanted to just sit in a comfortable coffee house. Good thing Trung had another charming coffee shop called COSA NOSTRA https://vi-vn.facebook.com/
Dinner was at CAU GO http://www.caugorestaurant.
We wanted to experience what the night life was like in Hanoi and although the entire city shuts down at 2am we were still able to go and visit some after hours club called HERO which just opened that very week we visited. Trung even said that it was also his first time there. We filled our first day pretty well and in a nut shell that was my fist day in Hanoi! Not bad for less than 24 hours.