Hanoi's cafe scene is rich with decorated spaces but Bar Betta is a standout with its shambolic retro selection across four rooms that includes gramophones, Hollywood prints, old TVs, wireless radios and LP records. There's even a double bass.
Bar Betta is secreted up a set of stairs in a beautiful colonial era Hanoi mansion. It's slightly away from the main Hanoi traveller scene in an area that's home to some of the city's most impressive architecture - Embassies, government offices and official residences.
It's a very convenient stop before or after a visit to the Fine Arts Museum.
The mainly European wine list is surprisingly good for a cafe and well priced too. There are a few reasonable drops by the glass.
Staff and service are variable.
The only other downside is that there's no sanctuary for non-smokers. You'll be sent to the rooftop - which is not ideal in the winter. Otherwise, recommended.