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There are a variety of places in Hanoi to dine as the restaurant scene grows with mushrooming eateries appearing all over the city. If you are looking for a casual place to dine however don't be afraid to venture out of the old quarter and experience the expat scene in the Tay Ho area.
Xuan Dieu Street is fast becoming Hanoi's best kept secret. It is still the most popular area for both expatriates and wealthy locals to reside and the result has seen the opening of a Sheraton Hotel, The Vinewine bar and gourmet restaurant (3 Xuan Dieu), boutique and restaurant, the Kitchen serving American style breakfast and weekend brunch, sandwich and salads for Lunch, and Mexican Dinner (9 Xuan Dieu), India Palace restaurant with fantastic South Asian cuisine (78 Xuan Dieu), Australian Restaurant Al Frescos serving their self-proclaimed large portions (98 Xuan Dieu), and Sontam Thai (To Ngoc Van).
There was an outstanding contemporary restaurant Bleu de Thuy in the neighborhood (148 Xuan Dieu) offering a spectacular array of western dishes, but the restaurant has relocated to "Food Street' (28 Tong Duy Tan) in the Hoan Kiem District.
The other nearby area in Tay Ho to explore various high quality establishments is "To Ngoc Van Street" for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner in a modern atmosphere drop into Daluva (33 To Ngoc Van) for Wine and unique Tapas or try Green Papaya (30 To Ngoc Van) just down the road in a beautiful converted house and courtyard for Vietnamese contemporary food. For Chocolate lovers don't miss the Love Chocolate Cafe (26 To Ngoc Van) which is Heaven in Hanoi!
If you are looking to get 10mins out of the city for something less Toursity, this is the area you want to be in!