Almost everyone who comes to the City View Café came for the city view, as epitomized by its name.  Located on the fifth storey of the Aldo Building as I would like to call it, the City View Café occupies a strategic spot right in the middle of the city, offering an unobstructed view of the Old Quarters and depending on where you sit, some views of the Hoan Kiem Lake as well.

Although the City View Café has lots of indoor seats, it is clear that the seats by the veranda are most popular.  If you are there, make sure you snag a good veranda seat as well.  It is the best spot for people watching and to sit back and relax while observing motorist navigate the ever-chaotic Hanoi traffic below.


At the City View Café, do not expect first class service or gourmet style food.  They offer a good mix of western and local dishes, pho, burgers, milk shakes and such, but most customers settle for a cup of Vietnamese coffee or beer, or some finger food which are pretty cheap here.

Our dinner of chicken with lemongrass and stir fried chicken with snow mushrooms, costing 95,000VND (SGD $5.70) and 90,000VND (SGD $5.40) respectively.  The price is pretty decent, given that it is a full service restaurant with good city views.   Add in a glass of coke and another glass of sprite at 35,000 VND (SGD $2.10) each, the total bill for two works out to be SGD $16.80 including 10% VAT. All in all, we get great views, casual service, average food, and a cheap deal.



Verdict

With great views and a nice atmosphere, the City View Café is a fantastic place for casual dining and to chill out at the Old Quarters of Hanoi.

City View Cafe
5 – 6 Floor ,
No 7, Dinh Tien Hoang street,
Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi city
Vietnam
Opening Hours: From 7 A.M to 11 P.M
Website: http://en.cityviewcafe.com.vn/cityview

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