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“a great place for a drink and a snack” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Exchange Cafe

Exchange Cafe
2B Ngo Trang Tien | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Formerly M-Spot (Mspot))
+84 4 3936 4073
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Ranked #147 of 835 restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Vietnamese, International, Café
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“a great place for a drink and a snack”
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 the street can be quite bright, so be careful where you sit. Good service from the staff who keep a watchful eye to see if you need anything more. Service is quick. well worth more visits to this café!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Quiet and charming in frenetic Hanoi”
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.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Nice place to relax in friendly atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

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.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hanoi
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4 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
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 they seem to be closing rather late - when some of the other restaurants have stopped serving food already.
We have come here numerous times!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nice place but mediocre food”
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 want to see the real Hanoi.

Visited January 2013
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