Good places to grab a drink and a dish in around Halong Bay, Quang Ninh.
Destinations for a drink
A free-use pool table, smiley staff and a location slap in the centre of the seafront strip make Oasis a popular spot to plonk yourself down for a beer or two. The menu is pretty decent if you’re feeling peckish.
With cheap (US$2) cocktails, loads of happy-hour specials and shisha (water pipes), Rose Bar ticks all the boxes for backpacker fun a long way from home.
Bia Hoi Stalls
For a cheap and cheerful night out, head to the bia hoi stalls near the entrance to Cat Ba Town’s fishing harbour.
This upper-floor bar has a real vibe and goes on until late most nights. It comes fully equipped with pool tables and terrific harbour views
Destinations for cuisine
At this ‘floating’ fish-farm-meets-restaurant at Ben Beo Pier, select your seafood from the pen and it will be grilled, fried or steamed in no time. Prices go by weight and type of seafood; you can eat your fill of a selection of fish for around 200,000d per person.
With a menu traipsing from steaks, to seafood, and over to Italy for pasta and pizza (with a small selection of Asian dishes as well), Green Mango is a great dinner choice, with friendly staff. It’s also a chilled-out spot for a glass of wine or cocktail.
Green Bamboo Forest
Friendly and well-run waterfront eatery that also acts as a booking office for Blue Swimmer. There’s some good seafood on offer and myriad rice and noodle dishes. The quieter location is also a bonus.
Right next to Cat Ba market, this bamboo-clad place serves up lots of vegetable and tofu goodness, and doesn’t use any dairy or eggs (or much seasoning) so is a top choice for vegans as well. Its 30,000d daily-changing set menu is excellent value.
One of the most popular of the seafood spots lining Ð Nui Ngoc, and often heaving with Vietnamese tourists diving into local crab, squid and steaming seafood hotpots. Definitely not the place to come if you’re looking for a quiet night.
Friendly spot that opens early for goodies like pain au chocolatand almond pastries. Pop in for a coffee, crème caramel or croissant before the bus-ferry-bus combo back to Hanoi.
A simple place with a small menu (in English and French) that specialises in fresh seafood. You can also pick your fish or crab from the tanks outside, but make sure you check the price (worked out by weight) first.
Bustling breakfast spot that’s a popular place for a hearty bowl of pho bo (beef noodle soup) – just the thing you need before a day of climbing or kayaking.
Linh Dan Restaurant
Linh Dan has a novella-length menu conjuring up pretty much every stir-fried variation on pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Halong Bay!
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