Rooftop drinks at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel

Sofitel Plaza Hotel

1 Thanh Nien Rd Ba Dinh

After a long, harried day traversing Hanoi's deathtrap streets, head 20 floors up to the Summit Lounge at the Sofitel Plaza hotel. The sounds of traffic have faded, the sun is drooping from red to orange, and the server is waiting for your cocktail order. Drinks, snacks and desserts, with a view of Ho Tay (West Lake) and west Hanoi, is a fantastic way to end the day... well, ok, to get ready for dinner anyways. Open at 16:30.

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Curator Dietrich Ayala

Dietrich was an espresso jerk in Seattle, a catering chef in New Orleans, a dinner chef in Seattle, and finally hit rock bottom after buying a computer, which saddled him with an addiction to technology as well as food. He and his family live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he eats unreasonably well during the day, and makes Firefox better at night.

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