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Sapa

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Sapa

If you stroll down Cau May, Muong Hoa or Fansipan streets you'll find foreigner-friendly places as thick as the evening mist. There's little to differentiate between the menus; perhaps if some of them specialised a bit more they might do better, but it seems everyone's trying to offer a bit of everything. If you're after more authentic local fare, head to the area near the bus station, which is laden with rice joints.

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    Cafe in the Clouds
    4 stars

    Pho with a view

    58 Fansipan St

    At the lower end of Fansipan Street, jutting out over the valley, sits Cafe in the Clouds. It doesn't look like much, but the views are astonishing and the pho is damn good too. The owner is very friendly and can help with onward travel arrangements. A recommended lunch or beer stop, well located ... read more

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    Barbecue restaurants
    4 stars

    Easy to over order

    Fansipan St, north of the square

    You used to be able to pick up a kebab and a bottle of bia hanoi at the street stalls along Fansipan or Pham Xuan Huan streets, but on our last visit these were nowhere to be seen, so we opted instead for one of the places inside the Am Thuc Sapa foodcourt, north of the square. You pick your kebabs ... read more

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    The Hill Station Signature Restaurant
    4 stars

    Most interesting cuisine in Sapa

    37 Fansipan St
    T: (020) 388 7111

    From the people who brought you the Hill Station comes the the Hill Station Signature Restaurant. Located round the corner on Fansipan, this new opening is well worth checking out. It's a truly beautiful setting, with fantastic valley views, the menu is innovative and the wine list wide enough to ... read more

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    Baguette and Chocolat
    4 stars

    Feel good tea and cake

    Thac Bac
    T: (020) 3871 766

    Just up the hill on Thac Bac, at the top of the stairs from Fansipan, Baguette and Chocolat is part of the Hoa Sua training school which teaches job skills to disadvantaged youth. But that aside, this is a good place in its own right. The atmosphere is cosy, with a big fireplace to curl up next to ... read more

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    Cha Pa Garden Restaurant
    4 stars

    Romantic hideaway

    23b Cau May
    T: (020) 387 2907

    If you want a really special setting for a romantic dinner, head up the steps by T-Bone and you'll find Cha Pa, where a beautiful setting is complemented by a delicious though not extensive menu and a lengthy wine list. Breakfast and lunch are also served. Meals can be enjoyed in the cosy ... read more

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    Nature View
    4 stars

    Fantastic views

    51 Fansipan St
    T: (020) 3871 438

    We're not sure if this is owned by the same family as Nature Bar and Grill, but it certainly has a similar ambiance and menu. While Nature Bar and Grill is a good spot for a cosy evening meal, this is the place to go during the day for amazing views over the valley. The food's good too, with ... read more

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    Hmong Sisters
    3.5 stars

    Chilled nightlife

    31 Muong Hoa St
    T: (020) 387 3370;(0123) 469 0501

    Sapa isn't much for nightlife and by evening, most people are weary from travel and trekking anyway. It makes sense to pick a place to stay with a pleasant terrace, good views and good brews where you can just sit and swap tales with your fellow travellers. But you can shake things up, if only ... read more

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    Hua and Nay Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Still not 100% Vietnamese

    29 Cau May
    T: (020) 387 3329

    It's got Vietnamese signage, is popular with Vietnamese visitors, and staff also speak Vietnamese, but the menu here still features pizzas and sandwiches. We suggest sticking with the Vietnamese food, although the banana pancake went down very well. If you're just after a drink, here's a place to ... read more

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    Delta Italian Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Pizza and the wine

    33 Cay May
    T: (020) 387 1799

    A well-established wining and dining establishment, Delta serves a full range of Italian dishes, including good stone-baked pizzas, comforting house-made pasta dishes and a reasonable selection of meat and fish. The wine list is good. The upstairs area houses a pool table and dartboard, so this is ... read more

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    Nature Bar and Grill
    3.5 stars

    Cosy spot

    24 Cau May St, near the steps to the market
    T: (020) 387 2094;(020) 350 2074;(0912) 270 068

    Nature Bar and Grill has a very pleasant atmosphere, with friendly staff, dark wood everywhere, including the A-frame ceiling, and a very comfortable common area around an open fire for cold winter evenings. The menu promises much the same grub as you'll find elsewhere, along with some tempting ... read more

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    The Gerbera
    3.5 stars

    Good for people-watching

    23 Cau May St
    T: (020) 3871 556

    Up a short flight of stairs, above a handicraft shop or two, sits Gerbera. Once a small place tucked away behind Cau May, Gerbera has taken over what was once the Pine Restaurant and delivers standard Vietnamese and Western fare but on a large covered terrace, which is a pleasant spot to set up ... read more

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    Gecko Restaurant
    3 stars

    Pleasant terrace

    4 Ham Rong St
    T: (020) 3871 504;(0903) 210 477

    Away from the Cau May madness, Le Gecko Restaurant on Thach Son near the post office claims to be world known for its French cuisine, but it's clearly not relying on that fact as its menu features global cuisine including burgers and pizzas, although, yes, they also serve up a small selection of ... read more

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    Viet Emotion Restaurant Tapas Cafe
    3 stars

    Names can be deceiving

    27 Cau May St
    T: (020) 387 2559, (0912) 032 908

    This remains a popular option but the name is deceiving: the menu only lists eight tapas dishes. It does, however, do a good selection of Western brekkies, meat dishes, pasta and pizza, as well as sandwiches and hamburgers. The wine list is lengthy enough and there are a couple of tables on the ... read more



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