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Exchange Cafe

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Vietnamese, International, Café
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2B Ngo Trang Tien | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Formerly M-Spot (Mspot))
+84 4 3936 4073
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8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: No trip to Hanoi would be completed without a visit to Exchange Cafe...
No trip to Hanoi would be completed without a visit to Exchange Cafe.... Hide away in a quite lane opposite Hanoi Opera House, Exchange offers a cosy atmosphere and is ideal for business meetings, breakfast appointments, lunch on the go or drinks after work. A perfect rooftop terrace for a cocktail lingering after the show at the Opera House.
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Good for:
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cute cafe. Terrible hostel

Myself and my friend got this place recommended to us on Facebook, we presume now that it must have been by an employee of the establishment as no-one else would. We heard that the hostel was new so assumed the faculties would be sparkling...not so. The hostel part of the business is new but the... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2013
Hgroombridge
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Myself and my friend got this place recommended to us on Facebook, we presume now that it must have been by an employee of the establishment as no-one else would. We heard that the hostel was new so assumed the faculties would be sparkling...not so. The hostel part of the business is new but the cafe and rest of the... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I'm fussy. I like good food, good wine, nice environs and cheap. Not often you find this combination. But the exchange cafe is a hidden gem. It's next to the stock exchange, down a side alley that doesn't look much. When you find it, you won't realise this little places actually has 4 or maybe 5 levels. There's always another... More 

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Blueriverhp, Owner at Exchange Cafe, responded to this review

Dear customers, From this month we have a major changed in our business. It still keep the garden in the rooftop and more tree around for people who love environment but we put more street food in our list just make them hygiene for you to try them safe. Having beer and few food sticks is amazing. Beside we also... More 

Yong'an, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The roof top garden is nice, you can order some drinks and enjoy the breeze at the night. Best time to go there is at night, because the sun in June is too much. We had some snakes and beers there. I did not try main course there. Still recommend as a nice place to have beer and hang out.

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Perth, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

This was a spot I went to based on trip advisor reviews. Whilst we sat on the rooftop which was lovely - the food was not up to par. The menu was very limited. I had lung fish which was un edible. The other dishes we ordered were not much better. Perhaps pop in for a beer and snack but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This café, on several levels, is very pleasant. It's in a great location, especially if you are going to the Opera House or want a central location to meet people (even though it's in an alley!) The food is not great, but it's okay and it's a reasonable price. Drinks are affordable. There is outdoor seating though the lights from... More 

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Singapore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This restaurant is tucked away behind the exchange building. It is a charming four storeyed restaurant with nicely done interiors. Its walls are adorned with old B&W photos of Hanoi, which gave it a nice touch. Service was exceptional. The food was a fusion of Vietnamese and Western - food was above average.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We visit Exchange Cafe often after customer visits to finish in one of the rooms with good internet access our tasks. The roof top area is very nice, with some romantic corners and nice view. The service and food is excellent and the owner is very kind.

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Hanoi
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is THE place to go to after having been at the Opera for a performance! Especially if you can get to one of the outdoor tables onthe top floors. Great veiw and very peaceful sitting. The food is OK, perhaps not worth raving about. The staff is friendly and makes you feel really welcome. One strong point is that... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Very nice cafe and friendly staff and owner, but the Vietnamese food I had was disappointing. The spring roll was good, but the chicken stirfry entree was poor compared to other food I had in Hanoi. I wish I'd eaten at one of the street food places directly outside. I think the good reviews are probably from tourists that don't... More 

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

We were fed up of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and had quite given up finding something special and unexpectedly came across Exchange Cafe - a very unassuming place down a side alley of Pho stalls. Mia the manager was very welcoming and interesting and the staff were genuinely friendly. Spring rolls and beef soup were amazing. The soup,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2B Ngo Trang Tien | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Formerly M-Spot (Mspot))
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3936 4073

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 25
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, International, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

No trip to Hanoi would be completed without a visit to Exchange Cafe.... Hide away in a quite lane opposite Hanoi Opera House, Exchange offers a cosy atmosphere and is ideal for business meetings, breakfast appointments, lunch on the go or drinks after work. A perfect rooftop terrace for a cocktail lingering after the show at the Opera House.
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Exchange Cafe staff and past visitors.
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?