When you are traveling long-term or live abroad, sometimes you need a bit of comfort. You need something that reminds you of home. It may be as simple as wanting food that you would eat at home.
If that’s the case, then head to Hanoi Social Club when you are in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi Social Club is a cozy, expat hangout in the center of the city. Due to its mainly foreign customer-base, the staff speaks great English, which also may help you feel a bit closer to home.
Eclectic decor is reminiscent of a college house
The decor at Hanoi Social Club is hardly cohesive. Mismatched couches, chairs, footstools and tables litter HSC’s three floors. Various message boards are covered in fliers for events around Hanoi. Abstract art, lanterns and streamers adorn the walls and hang from the ceiling. The eclectic mix of furniture, art and decorations remind visitors of a college house. It’s as if a group of people each had some items necessary to furnish Hanoi Social Club and pulled it all together to create what is one of the most popular spots in Hanoi for expats and travelers alike.
The vibe that has been created, rather haphazardly, is very cozy. A day spent at Hanoi Social Club feels like a day spent at a good friend’s house. When you haven’t been home to see close friends or family in a while, it is just what the doctor ordered.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner At Hanoi Social Club
Breakfast is possibly the most popular meal at Hanoi Social Club. Breakfast options for foreigners in Hanoi can be limited unless you enjoy eating pho, a beef noodle soup, like the locals do for breakfast. Instead, come to Hanoi Social Club for poached eggs and morning glory on toast or avocado toast. Although Hanoi Social Club does not serve Vietnamese cuisine, you can still order a Vietnamese coffee with your breakfast! The breakfast menu can be ordered throughout the day.
The lunch and dinner choices are extremely varied. Options range from mango curry with brown rice to goulash or a healthy salad. There is something available for everyone, even those of you who are vegetarian or vegan. Additionally, Hanoi Social Club has a long list of beer, wine and unique cocktails, most notably the various flavors of tea-infused vodka cocktails.
If you are in Hanoi for an extended period of time, keep your receipts! Once you have three Hanoi Social Club receipts, you are eligible to become a member and will receive 10% off all future meals when you show your membership card.
Tiny Music Club makes Tuesdays a popular night
Every Tuesday night at 8:30 pm, head to the 3rd floor of Hanoi Social Club to sit on their partially-covered outdoor patio. Get there early if you want to find a seat; otherwise, find a spot on the floor cushions to listen to live music.
A new band or solo artist plays every week so each week will feature a new genre of music. The staff are available for drink orders throughout the evening. Tiny Music Club at Hanoi Social Club is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend your Tuesday evening with friends.
Hanoi Social Club is not cheap by Hanoian standards
Cheaper meals can be found elsewhere in Hanoi. In general, Western food is more expensive than Vietnamese food in Hanoi. Therefore, come to Hanoi Social Club expecting to pay more than you generally would elsewhere. A meal and a drink at Hanoi Social Club may cost around 200,000 VND (8.97 USD), give or take a few dong / cents. Although it is pricier than other options in Hanoi, the portion sizes are rather large so you definitely get your money’s worth.
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