Pining for Williamsburg, Shoreditch or Fitzroy? Myriad may provide some level of comfort, albeit without the edgy backdrop of ethnic diversity, urban decay and an avant-garde music scene.

The hipsters have well and truly arrived. Actually they arrived a while a go, but since the unforgivable demise of Zone 9 nowhere else in Hanoi has been able to demonstrate this shift in urban culture like Myriad. But just like the derivative forms of hipsterism in New York and London, Myriad has used money to smooth out some of the rougher edges- no rogue wires protrude from the rendering and there is unlikely to be any catastrophic fires. Instead of tapping your feet to the beat of that song from that band you’ve never heard of, you’ll be listening to piano renditions of Vietnamese pop songs. And instead of a starving artist with a scruffy beard, you’ll be served by a buffed up boy with trendy hair or a young lady sporting oversized glasses.

It probably wasn’t named for this reason, but this cafe provides a myriad of desirable functions. The location means it can serve as a coffee pit stop or a middle-ground meeting point; large tables make it suitable for informal meetings or big gatherings; desks for one and strong wifi make it the ideal makeshift office; and more or less reasonable prices mean that it won’t break the bank for the average hip Hanoian.

Address: 1 Au Co, Tay Ho, Hanoi

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