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“Calm oasis”

The Hanoi Social Club
Ranked #63 of 2,341 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $7
Cuisines: International, Healthy, Cafe
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Social Club is an oasis in a quiet laneway in the heart of Hanoi, serving excellent coffee and tea, and hearty meals, including a wide range of vegetarian choices. Come and enjoy this creative space (including our terrace garden) and relaxed vibe, day or night. Regular live music events - check our facebook page!
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“Calm oasis”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

A little oasis with brilliantly charming service, lovely food and the cheapest drinks. Amidst the chaos, a place to chill.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Cute little restaurant w/ some vegetarian choices”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I went here on a Monday night. I ordered a veggie roti and a honey pineapple smoothie.

While not spectacular, it was more than passable, with a cute little garden upstairs. Smoking is permitted, which may be a boon to some (though not to me). They had two vegetarian choices, and the rest was meat (chicken, beef, etc.).

Service was pleasant enough and the place feels like a western coffee shop that one might find in california. It is definitely pricey by Vietnamese standards, but that means, still, not at all by American standards. The smoothie and the sandwich were 165,000 dong, or around 8.00 USA. You can eat more cheaply, but for a clean place that is quiet and serving vegetarian choices, not far from the mark here.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Tranquil hangout spot with tasty food”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Social Club is perfect place to while away the afternoon. Spatially it is more like a quirky cafe, with couches, beanbag chairs and tables scattered throughout a selection of rooms on different floors (including a roof.) But the food is definitely good restaurant quality. I recommend the chocolate strawberry muffin (unbelievable) the leafy green salad with goat cheese and the french fries but the goulash and Moroccan chicken are great too. There are enough choices to satisfy anyone.
When some friends told me about it, it seemed like too much of a stereotypical "expat" cafe for my taste, but I am really glad that I gave it a chance because it has become one of my favorite spots in Hanoi. The clientele is a really nice blend of young Vietnamese hipsters and expats. Bring cash and make sure you have time to relax and enjoy it! No one will rush you and you can happily move from breakfast to smoothies to lunch to coffee.

This place is good for:
-low key hanging out with friends on the rooftop, especially in the evening. The plants on the roof are relaxing and the music is diverse but always good quality. It's cool during the day but it does get warm so I'd bring sunglasses. There are good fans through and as soon as 4pm rolls around it will cool down.

-studying or reading on the main floor where there is A/C. There is wifi and it works a little bit on the roof (as in, i can check my gmail on my phone) but it is much much more reliable on the main floor.

It also seems like it would be a nice spot for a date-- I often see couples snuggling or giggling and enjoying themselves, especially on the second floor with its' more intimate spaces.

  • Visited April 2013
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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“Awesome!!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We visited the Hanoi social club as I had been researching restaurants that served vegetarian food as we are travelling with a Vegan friend and it had good reviews..
I am soooo glad I did! We went for lunch and while it is a mainly vegetarian menu there was enough choice for us meat eaters to be satisfied.. The vegie dishes sound amazing anyway and I would have been more than happy with any of them!
We ordered the vegie burger, chick satay wrap & vegie wrap.. They were all delicious!!
Friendly staff, cruisey atmosphere & while a little more expensive (for Hanoi, which is still cheap!) the value for money is well worth it.. We all loved it and wish there was one back home in Oz! It would be a great local.. :-)

  • Visited April 2013
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“More a cafe”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Went for dinner. Menu is quite small, with mainly western dishes. Nice relaxing place. I would say more a cafe or place for a quiet drink than a restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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