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Bar Betta, Hanoi


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Bar Betta, Hanoi
34C Cao Ba Quat, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
+844 3734 9134

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Price guide: $$$

Our rating
03 Dec 2012

Hanoi's nostalgia fest is celebrated in earnest at Bar Betta, a wonderfully quirky cafe not far from the Fine Arts Museum.

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Bar Betta is something of an all purpose cafe, bar with a simple selection of mainly western eats to match. The rooftop's great in the warmer months for a glass of wine or a beer and during Hanoi's infamous grey, damp winter, inside, it's perfect for tea and coffee.

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.

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