You might be hoping to impress a client over a business meal, seeking out a classy place to cut loose after hours, or simply hankering for classic French patisserie and delicacies. With these top fine-dining picks, you can satisfy your fickle tummy, and experience the culinary remnants of the French colony in the capital of Vietnam.
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Facing the capitala��s tranquil Truc Bach Lake just a few blocks away from Pan Pacific Hanoi, this French cafe, restaurant and bar is an ideal place for a few evening tipples and bites. To get the most out of this scenic dining experience, arrive just before sundown and opt for a spot in the balcony. By the time your bruschetta, foie gras and beef tartare are ready, youa��ll be basking in the warm glow of the golden hour a�� the cherry on top of a delectable meal.
Address: 9 Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm daily
Housed in a 1930s French Indochinese villa along Ngo Van So Street is La Verticale, a French restaurant that gives local flavours a gourmet twist. It is the brainchild of chef Didier Corlou, a true blue Frenchman who has wholly immersed himself in the culture of the country, so you can be sure to taste a top-notch combination of two authentic cuisines. A 16-minute car ride away from Pan Pacific Hanoi, the restaurant also features a stunning selection of Vietnamese spices, both common and rare, as well as decorative photographs of him and his Vietnamese spouse, injecting a personal touch to the space.
Address: 19 Ngo Van So, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm daily
Lifea��s too short to withhold such sinful indulgences from yourself. Treat your inner epicurean to a swanky spread at La Badiane, a two-storey French fusion restaurant, located 12 minutes away from Pan Pacific Hanoi by car. Crafted by chef Benjamin Rascalou, the crowd-favourite signatures include foie gras with figs and blackcurrant liquor, grilled eggplants and goat cheese rolled in Parma ham, and tiramisu with chestnut cream in Amaretto liquor.
Address: 10 Nam Ngu, Cua Nam Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays a�� 11:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Residing in the Old Quarter of Hanoi is a fittingly vintage French colonial shophouse with a beige facade, teal windows and the year, a�?1928a�?, on its front. Inside lies Green Tangerine, another well-loved restaurant. Its eclectic menu, created by erstwhile biological engineer Stephane Yvin, spans various cuisines from Vietnamese to Japanese. Although, it is the French treats that impress the most.
Address: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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