Modern Hanoi Street Food

By Edward Dalton for CNN There’s no arguing: Hanoi is a street food mecca. But humble bowls of pho and turmeric-tossed cha ca fish aren’t the only culinary draws in the capital of Vietnam. An influx of international restaurants, combined with a young population hungry for a cosmopolitan lifestyle, has opened the door for a new generation of Vietnamese cuisine. Restaurants and bars are catapulting traditional recipes into … Continue reading Modern Hanoi Street Food


All good things must come to an end. After a very privileged four-and-a-half years of slumming it in a lake-view apartment, eating out every day, taking multiple holidays and working a back-breaking two to three weeks a month, it’s time to go home. The initial clichéd year of teaching English abroad/putting off growing up was thrown into the air after meeting someone who gave me … Continue reading Homecoming

Around the World in 80 Bites

Written in collaboration with Matt Cowan, Thomas Barrett and Nick Ross. From a country with no knowledge of the cuisine beyond its borders, to a place that sports international cuisine from every corner of the globe. That is the fate of Vietnam in the 20 years since the US lifted the trade embargo. So, what’s on offer? Here are 80 of the now hundreds of restaurants serving up fare from … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Bites

Vietnam Bucket List

Written in collaboration with Matt Cowan, Thomas Barrett and Nick Ross. We all have dreams, lists or ideas of things we would like to do during our lifetime, or during a certain period of our lives. Some of us even go so far as create bucket lists. So, dreamers to the end, and with the knowledge that our subject matter is wonderful, whacky, endearing Vietnam, we decided to create one … Continue reading Vietnam Bucket List

Come Dine With Me: Hanoi Edition

We’ve got the dinner parties, and the biting sarcastic narrator has been replaced by a biting sarcastic writer; the only real difference is we’re on paper, not on your screens. Each of our four contestants will host a dinner party for the group, with the guests giving scores and comments in private after the evening is over. The winner, apart from being the inaugural Come Dine … Continue reading Come Dine With Me: Hanoi Edition

Legends of the Viet

Myths and legends have existed for thousands of years; they weave a fabric of fables into the culture and history of a country and its people, with tales of great heroes, lost treasure and spellbinding worlds where anything is possible. Vietnam is home to dozens of such legends. Everyone knows about Hercules, El Dorado and King Arthur; but what about the Moon Boy, the Golden … Continue reading Legends of the Viet

Hanoi Smash

Life can be tough sometimes. Whether caused by the polluted commute, problems at home or work-related grievances, we are all vulnerable to stress. We’ve all had to resist certain stress-induced temptations, such as throat-punching that reckless driver, smashing your cheating ex’s smartphone to pieces or throwing a tomahawk at your boss’s face. Good news! Your restraint has been rewarded by the opening of Vietnam’s first-ever rage … Continue reading Hanoi Smash

Vietnam in Cyanotype

Since arriving in Hanoi seven years ago, French photographer Julie Vola has snapped, taught and edited her way to the forefront of the photography scene in the capital. She had always been interested in alternative photography processes, and a recent trip to Singapore’s House of Photography sparked a new love affair; cyanotype printing. Before modern printing methods rendered it obsolete, cyanotype was once the medium … Continue reading Vietnam in Cyanotype

Linguini Fini

Two years since opening, Linguini Fini continues to go from strength to strength. With an extensive menu using only the freshest ingredients and home-made pastas, it’s easy to see why. The stylish Hanoi branch of this casual diner (with sister restaurants in Hong Kong and Manila) offers New York-style Italian cuisine in imposing, chic premises in Tay Ho. Dough Wars Pizza is one of those … Continue reading Linguini Fini

Ngoc Ha: Street Portrait

One of the most charming aspects of life in Hanoi is how there seems to be a street for everything. Pho cuon street, money-exchange street, sunglasses street, handmade wooden furniture street; whatever you need, it can often be found in a street with a concentration of shops so similar you wonder how they all stay in business. In the middle of Ba Dinh, however, Ngoc Ha … Continue reading Ngoc Ha: Street Portrait