Photo: Terrific views.

Eat and meet


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.

The Village Noshery
42 Cau May Street, Sapa
T: (020) 6264 027

A new Sapa dining opening worth checking out in Sapa is The Village Noshery, which offers great coffee and Vietnamese and Western dishes in eclectic, interesting... Read our full review of The Village Noshery.

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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 for when you’ve walked back up from Cat Cat... Read our full review of Cafe in the Clouds.

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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 from the display out front and they’re cooked up for you on a barbecue and brought to your table.... Read our full review of Barbecue restaurants.

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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 please any palate. Choose between a seat on the floor and a standard table; we’re not usually up for... Read our full review of The Hill Station Signature Restaurant.

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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 on a cold day, and a very good variety of snacks, main meals, tasty pastries and desserts to keep... Read our full review of Baguette and Chocolat.

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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 restaurant or al fresco, in the lush gardens, when weather permits. It’s pricey but not... Read our full review of Cha Pa Garden Restaurant.

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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 reasonably priced Vietnamese set menus, and service is friendly and efficient. Highly recommended for at... Read our full review of Nature View.

The Hill Station
7 Muong Hoa Street, Sapa
T: (020) 388 7111

Sapa hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but one new addition that stands out is The Hill Station. Located near the junction of Cau May and Muong Hoa Roads, it’s in the thick of things, but provides a cosy respite from the streets and hawkers... Read our full review of The Hill Station.

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31 Muong Hoa St
T: (020) 387 3370

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 slightly, with a visit to Hmong Sister Bar, on Muong Hoa opposite Bamboo Sapa Hotel, which offers a pool... Read our full review of Hmong Sisters .

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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 try the local wine or beer, with six Vietnamese beers on the menu alongside apple and plum... Read our full review of Hua and Nay Restaurant.

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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 a decent spot to enjoy a pizza and a bit of competitive spirit with friends, although it’s a bit... Read our full review of Delta Italian Restaurant.

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24 Cau May St, near the steps to the market
T: (020) 387 2094

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 breakfast options; we’ve not been disappointed with anything we’ve tried... Read our full review of Nature Bar and Grill.

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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 shop for a while and enjoy the activity on Cau May from a safe distance. The mushroom omelette is a... Read our full review of The Gerbera.

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4 Ham Rong St
T: (020) 3871 504

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 French mains and omnipresent Croque Monsieur. The drinks list is enticing, with an interesting range... Read our full review of Gecko Restaurant.

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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 terrace out front. If you’re not in time to snag one of those, settle down in the cosy interior –... Read our full review of Viet Emotion Restaurant Tapas Cafe .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sapa? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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