When you’re in it, the chaos of Hanoi’s streets can feel overwhelming. But when you’re above it looking down, it’s definitely a beautiful thing. So if you want to get above the crowds and enjoy a drink with some comparative peace and quiet, give these Hanoi rooftop bars a look.
Hanoi’s rooftop scene isn’t quite as varied as your options in Saigon, but I’ve still discovered a number of quality options. Most of these rooftop bars are more a place where you go to have some drinks with friends, rather than an all night party.
On my next trip to Saigon, I plan to investigate the issue there. But for now, here are the best rooftop bars that I’ve found in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Map of the Best Rooftop Bars in Hanoi
To give you an idea of where you can find most of these bars, I’ve marked their locations on a Google map. Hope it helps! Most are easily accessible from Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Below the map, I’ll give you more information on each rooftop location:
1. Summit Lounge
Located on the top of the Sofitel Hotel, Summit Lounge looks out over Thanh Nien street and two different lakes (Tay Ho and Truc Bach). Thanh Nien is one of the most beautiful streets in Hanoi. It’s a tree-lined, picturesque dagger that cuts between those two lakes.
I’ve only been there on a cloudy day, so I’m going to use one of the restaurant’s professional photos to give you a more dramatic shot of the view you can expect:
Of all the rooftop bars in Hanoi, Summit Lounge definitely has the best view. As a consequence, the prices might make you forget that you’re in Vietnam. They’re not horrible – but expect to pay ~190k VND for a classic cocktail ($9). The cheapest domestic beers run 90k VND (~$4.50).
Summit Lounge Address: 1 Thanh Niên
2. Trill Rooftop Cafe
If you’re just traveling in Hanoi, Trill Rooftop Cafe might be a little hard to get to because it’s far away from the tourist area. But if you do make the trip, I promise you that it’s worth it.
Located on the 26th floor of the Hei Tower, Trill Rooftop Cafe boasts breathtaking city views as well as…a swimming pool! Yes, a friggin’ swimming pool on a rooftop in Hanoi.
We threw my friend a surprise birthday party here and the view and experience was amazing.
Trill Rooftop Cafe Address: 1 Ngụy Như Kon Tum
3. The Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
The Rooftop is located on the 19th floor of the Pacific Place building. Pacific Place lies southwest of Hoan Kiem lake. Unfortunately, unlike Summit Lounge, you won’t get any beautiful lake views.
But you can still look out over the city and enjoy the chaos.
Prices are more affordable than Summit Lounge, as well. Entrees are around 180k VND per dish (~$8.50) and drinks are similarly cheap. The drinks also aren’t as well made as Summit Lounge, though.
The Rooftop Hanoi Address: 83 Lý Thường Kiệt
4. Top of Hanoi
Top of Hanoi is by far the tallest rooftop bar in Hanoi. It’s located at the top of the Lotte Tower, which is the second tallest building in Hanoi at 65 floors.
Prepare yourself for high prices and absolutely stunning views of the city…if it’s a clear day. On a cloudy day, you won’t see anything.
Cocktails cost about 190k VND ($9). Not horrible, but expensive for Vietnam.
Top of Hanoi Address: 54 Lieu Giai
5. MK Premier Hotel
MK Premier Hotel’s roof isn’t super high, but it’s located right in the heart of the old quarter which is why I love it. If you’re staying in the old quarter, you can easily walk to it and enjoy views over the chaos below.
Drinks are cheap for how good the view is. If I recall correctly, domestic beers only cost about 40k VND (less than $2).
Just walk through the hotel lobby and head to the elevators to get to the rooftop.
MK Premier Hotel Address: 72-74 Hàng Buồm
6. Serein Cafe & Lounge
Ok, this one is more of a cafe than a bar. But they do have alcohol (and good coffee), and they have one of my favorite rooftop views in Hanoi.
Serein looks out over the famous Long Bien Bridge. And when a train rolls through, you get to see it chug across the bridge and the river.
I love the view from this one – and if you come here, you may well see me working from my laptop with my headphones on. This place is right by my apartment (you can actually see my apartment in this picture!), so I’m a regular here on sunny days.
Serein Cafe & Lounge Address: 16 Trần Nhật Duật
I’ll add new rooftop bars as I find them, but for now, these are the best I’ve found in Hanoi. Enjoy! And if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help out.