Nestled deep within one of the French Quarter’s quietest lanes is what has to be Hanoi’s tiniest cafe.

When you first pass by and glance in, it would appear that Le Petit has only one table for an intimate couple. The reality is only slightly less absurd, as if you climb the stairs, watching your head as you go, you’ll discover that there are, in fact, four more tables upstairs as well as an adjoining room more suitable for a family of rabbits than for a group of humans.

In some ways Le Petit blends the cramped charm of the Old Quarter (that we all pretend to love) with the peace and quiet of the French Quarter (that we don’t love enough). Instead of looking out the window at a chaos of activity, as one does north of Hoan Kiem Lake, here there will just be the odd street hawker pushing a rusty cart piled with merchandise or a scruffy middle school student silently whizzing by on an electric bike. The messy menu is very limited and the drinks are good, but not great.

Address: 25 Ha Hoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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