Hanoi’s Tay Ho Neighborhood Guide

  • Module 7's minimalist home decor.

    Module 7's minimalist home decor.

  • Enjoy streetside culture in a garden setting at Backyard Bia Hoi.

    Enjoy streetside culture in a garden setting at Backyard Bia Hoi.

  • Minimalist furniture on offer at Module 7.

    Minimalist furniture on offer at Module 7.

  • Don's Bistro, a four-story restaurant off West Lake's shore.

    Don's Bistro, a four-story restaurant off West Lake's shore.

  • The airy, open-plan space of the Hanoi Design Centre.

    The airy, open-plan space of the Hanoi Design Centre.

  • A view of Hanoi's West Lake.

    A view of Hanoi's West Lake.

  • The view from the top at the Summit Lounge.

    The view from the top at the Summit Lounge.

  • Backyard Bia Hoi's rustic decor in a garden setting.

    Backyard Bia Hoi's rustic decor in a garden setting.

  • Catch views of West Lake from Summit Lounge's rooftop.

    Catch views of West Lake from Summit Lounge's rooftop.

  • Chef Donald Berger at his namesake restaurant.

    Chef Donald Berger at his namesake restaurant.

  • A barista at fair trade cafe Oriberry.

    A barista at fair trade cafe Oriberry.

  • Check out the locally sourced wares of Hanoi Design Centre.

    Check out the locally sourced wares of Hanoi Design Centre.

  • Dessert at Don's.

    Dessert at Don's.

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Backyard Bia Hoi

Backyard Bia Hoi's rustic decor in a garden setting.

Backyard Bia Hoi’s rustic decor in a garden setting.

Scattered around the city, bia hoi restaurants are a fixture of Hanoi streets. These joints invite patrons to sit on low stools, drink draught beer, and snack on sour pork wrapped in banana leaves. For a bit more of an upscale experience, Backyard Bia Hoi takes this quotidian fixture and places it in a verdant garden setting. The latest venture by The Tet Lifestyle Collection started by Australian Pete Wilkes, Backyard Bia Hoi is the group’s seventh project in a collection that stretches throughout Vietnam all the way to the majestic hill town of Sapa in the northwest. The restaurant sits off of a quiet residential street and is replete with a koi pond and  re-purposed fishermen’s house in the back. By night, strings of kerosene lamps light the way to picnic tables scattered around the garden. Like the local bia hoi, the beer here is fresh, cheap, and locally sourced, though other beverages offer sweeter options such as fresh-pressed sugarcane juice and rum-infused coconut milk. Tables are bedecked with handmade potpourri, and tapas-style servings are decidedly upmarket: plates of warm peanuts doused in star anise and cinnamon, sautéed pumpkin and banana blossom salad.

15/50 Quang Khanh St, Tay Ho District; 84/6673-6279; Backyard Bia Hoi; beer US$1, food from US$2-5.

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