After looking like it wasn't going to happen, the Hanoi winter has kicked in with full on freezing force. According to a self proclaimed expert, this place has the best hot chocolate in town. Considering it was so cold on the bike that I got earache, we stopped in.
Coming in off the street we have to pass a death trap fishpond set right in the middle of the entry path. It almost ensures the cement turtle in the pond has as many visitors as the cafe itself. Patterned cracked stone walls run down one wall in the outside area where comfortable chairs surround glass tables. There's also an inside and upstairs to choose from and this place does bun bo hue during lunch from a spot in front of the fish pond.
The hot chocolate arrives in dark chocolate brown cups and is truly a fantastic drop. Thick, rich and chocolatey, I have to give it my vote as well. This is number one in Hanoi.
2 Hot Chocolates - 40,000VND ($2.50USD, $3.39AUD)
4 Tong Dan
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi