Once a sleepy cluster of fishing villages on the northern outskirts of Hanoi, Tay Ho has developed into a trendy suburb. Named after West Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, this neighbourhood has been given a new lease of life with trendy cafes and fashionable boutiques. It’s easy to see why expats and creative types have been moving into this community in recent years.
There’s plenty of charm here. Streets in this high-end residential area are named after renowned Vietnamese poets and artists, there are weekend markets selling local crafts, and you’ll find plenty of roadside vendors cooking Asian fare. As well as oozing plenty of Vietnamese culture, Tay Ho also has huge expat appeal thanks to its Western gyms, medical centres, supermarkets, international schools and bars.
Residents tend to travel mostly on motorbikes or cars and, while there is only a basic public transport system here, you can hail a motorcycle taxi or bus to travel anywhere within Hanoi.
UNIS Hanoi and Singapore International School (SIS).
Raffles Medical Centre offers family medicine and other health services.
The main attraction here is West Lake, where you can walk, cycle and visit various pagodas.
There are plenty of boutiques in Xuan Dieu, and many more scattered around the side streets of this neighbourhood.
Bars and restaurants
Hungry? Head to Xuan Dieu, which is lined with restaurants and cafes, or the seafood restaurants along Thuy Khue; don’t expect much in the way of nightlife here, though.