Hanoi’s urban youth have found a new home in Xofa – which is open 24/7 – and it offers a healthy number of places to sit back, relax, and even have a little sleep.
Xofa, from the English word ‘sofa’, epitomizes comfort. There are seating options that fit every possible need from comfortable desk chairs to squishy couches to makeshift beds (naps aren’t discouraged during the quiet midnight hours). The beautifully illustrated menu has a vast selection of food and drinks that are reasonably priced compared with other Hanoi cafe-restaurants in the same vein. And on the upstairs floors, hanging lights droop from the ceiling to create personalized and cozy spots for you to chat quietly with friends or fiddle around with your laptop. Even the music is blissfully perfect.
“We wanted to create a homely atmosphere with warm colors,” explains Hozu, the young, hip and stylish co-owner. “Each room is supposed to be a little bit different.”
The front facing structure is gorgeous and the open brick and high ceilings highlight the inbuilt charm of this French architectural beauty. The building behind is new, though you probably wouldn’t realize immediately, and makes an attractive setting for the downstairs bar and upstairs terrace. The encircling rustic patio and airy courtyard are elegantly lit for gratifying autumn evenings with a few beers. Our experience is that the drinks are pretty good- the food is mediocre.
Address: 14 Tong Duy Tan, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
*Evening shots courtesy of Jaem Prueangwet Photography.