Find a little piece of Paris at this stylish café in the French Quarter. Although De Joli’s tall, open windows may look out on to a busy Hanoian street, inside is a peaceful, safe haven.

From the outside, De Joli draws your attention immediately with two impressive balconies hanging over a large immaculate café front. Despite its commanding presence, it is of course still surrounded by a chaotic Hanoian street and rudely encroached on by parked motorbikes. Head up to the first floor, though, and you’ll find two spacious, airy rooms that look a world away from the long thin buildings of Hanoi. The areas are decorated with little more than fresh coats of white paint and a couple of boutique sofas, not forgetting a few seasonal baubles. The French windows are always wide open (weather permitting) and one doorway leads to an intimate balcony with a table for two.

The stylish café, previously E.Tea, hasn’t changed exponentially since its rebranding. The outside of the building is still surrounded by curling grey metal bars, the floor still has a handful of charming patterned tiles and the delicious cakes remain. Otherwise, the décor has been simplified and refreshed , making the café feel less cluttered and more open. In other words, it looks a little less ‘Amelie’ and a little more ‘Breathless’ – but perfectly Parisian still, so we won’t complain!

Address: 45C Tran Quoc Toan, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

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