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Klasik Coffee Roasters

Nestled on the street corner between Mac Thi Buoi and Phan Van Dat, from the streetfront Klasik Coffee Roasters looks simple and modest. Yet walk inside and the space is equipped with classic French-style chairs and tables in harmony with the conte...

La Habana

A 12-year veteran of the Saigon scene, La Habana maintains its charming, Spanish-terrace-inspired premises in District 1. Any night of the week, just off the main drag of Hai Ba Trung and along Cao Ba Quat, you’ll hear live music floating from its ...

Le Corto

I’ve eaten at Le Corto three times, the first two times with the owners. On the third occasion I went unannounced with a friend. What I was told before turned out to be correct; thanks to their reasonably priced set lunch (VND180,000 for two course...

The Hue Festival

Vietnam’s biggest cultural festival returns at the end of April

Night and Day at the Flower Market  

Jesse Meadows has found a new place to hang out in Hanoi — the oasis that is the flower market on Au Co ...

Ascending Long Bien Bridge

Chris Humphrey meets with Vietclimb’s Jean Verly for a first taste of urbexing: scaling the rusting dragon that is Long Bien Bridge. ...

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The Last Call: The Lunch Lady

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Zen and the Leaky Faucet

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The Best Road in Vietnam

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The Cartoonist

A cartoonist and a teacher, But Chi’s raison d’etre is to use the creation and...

A Brief History of Beer Mythology

Through its history, beer has inspired many people to tell lies — including some about...

Burger Wars

Four expert judges battled lunchtime traffic, salad cravings and meat sweats to taste 10 burgers...

In Search of the Super Cave

Or, how Ed Weinberg went looking for Southeast Asia’s largest volcanic cave and got scraped...

Falling Off the Wagon

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