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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Hanoi Design Centre

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

The airy, well-curated space of the Hanoi Design Centre.

Part gallery, part shop, part education facility, and part weekend café, the Hanoi Design Centre is four floors of well-curated Vietnamese design. The Centre, a collaboration between the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association and Lund Design School in Sweden, was established last year with the aim of creating high-quality Vietnamese crafts.  “We hope to make international buyers look at Vietnam not as a low-cost factory but as a destination for unique design and product quality,” says Hang Pham, a communication officer for the Centre. From creative packaging to assistance with international networking, the Centre aims to help local craftsmen navigate the world of fair trade products. Located on one of Hanoi’s busiest streets, the Centre is an airy, open-plan space decorated with hanging light installations and long tables loaded with products. Visitors can view the design showrooms, watch production demonstrations, and shop for a range of home wares and accessories. Standout items include necklaces featuring buffalo horn and multicolored loom weavings.

91 Au Co St, Tay Ho District; 84-9/8406-7599; Hanoi Design Centre

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