Jesse Meadows

Jesse Meadows

Like many expats before her, staff writer Jesse Meadows stopped in Hanoi on a backpacking trip in early 2015 and just hasn’t managed to leave yet. A compulsive documentarian with a case of incessant curiosity, she loves buying one-way tickets, photographing dance parties and writing stories on the bus. 

Monday, 22 August 2016 15:27

Novotel Suites Hanoi

Photo by Julie Vola

I often find myself wishing I could live in a hotel, but I suppose if five-star service and soft pillows became your day-to-day, it wouldn’t be as special. So I settle for those rare staycations, when you just need a break from it all and someone to take care of everything for you, even down to the q-tips and the hand towels. I check into a nice hotel on a Saturday night, bask in the rain shower, order wine to the room, and prance around in a big white robe. It’s more relaxing than a vacation, really, because you don’t even have to travel.

Friday, 19 August 2016 07:08

On the Night Market

Photo by Jesse Meadows

The night market under Long Bien Bridge is more than just a market, it’s a way of life. Words and photos by Jesse Meadows

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 05:35

Kafeville

Photo by Julie Vola

Tucked away in Ba Dinh, this small, cosy coffee shop is something between a café and a science lab. Above the counter is a sign that lists seven different tools of the barista trade to choose from, and imported coffees from the likes of Burundi, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea — a rarity even in a city as obsessed with coffee as Hanoi.

Monday, 15 August 2016 04:59

Where to BYOB in Hanoi

Photo by Theo Lowenstein

Want to save some dong and bring your own? Here are some options. Words by Jesse Meadows. Photos by Theo Lowenstein

Monday, 08 August 2016 08:32

Hip-Hop

Photo by Jesse Meadows

B-Boys, rappers and New York

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