The Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi’s most iconic and historic luxury hotel located in the French quarter, is one of the five names representing Sofitel Legend brand, which showcases rare heritage buildings and palaces in culturally-rich destinations around the world. Living up to its legendary reputation, the Metropole has housed numerous high-ranking politicians, famous singers, actors, journalists and writers across its century of being. To international guests, a stay at the Metropole is not only a classy proof of their affluence and wealth but also expresses their elegant taste in culture and respect of history. Meanwhile, to Hanoi residents, the Metropole is a popular and stylish rendezvous whether it is for a classy treat, a wedding photo album or just to chill after a leisure stroll around the French quarter in a beautiful autumn afternoon.
A Hanoian’s weekend morning cannot be fulfilled without a nice cup of coffee in a leisure coffee shop setting while gazing at the bustling city streets. And what the people need is just what Metropole has to offer, La Terrasse is a classy place to start a relaxing weekend in style. Here in La Terrasse, the French street style Cafe, with its two sides facing Ngo Quyen and Ly Thai To streets, one can feel all the city’s vibe and its impassioned breath of life. When one makes her way to a seat, the signature furniture design, antique ceiling fans, and period furnishings would make her feel like she were in the heart of Paris. No wonder some have even compared La Terrasse to Paris’ own gem Cafe de Flore.
Apart from its elegant design, La Terrasse also samples one of the finest food and drink menus and services in town. There is a variety of choices for coffee aficionados in La Terrasse, from Vietnamese traditional cà phê to European-style Espresso, all of which are hand-brewed by professional bartenders. Apart from its finest coffee collection, tea and fruit smoothies are also deliberately selected and served at La Terrasse. The morning tea options with tea leaves coming both domestically and imported from famous European brands are well-selected to guarantee customers’ highest satisfaction. The food menu here is guaranteed to satisfy with Vietnamese and European delicacies served throughout the day. Nothing can beat an elegant European-style breakfast with a cup of French Press Coffee while leisurely looking at life passing by from La Terrasse!
If one wishes to sample the best of European afternoon tea culture in Hanoi, an ideal destination is Metropole’s Le Club Bar where one gets to enjoy a delectable chocolate indulgence and the finest high tea menu. The afternoon tea at Le Club starts at 15.00 and ends at 17.30. Settled into a comfy seat, choosing a preferable tea set, and enjoying the green garden views through the glass windows, one will not have to wait long till the tea set arrives. There will be a three-layered tray which serves a variety of gourmet sandwiches, oven-fresh scones, French macaroon, pudding, chocolate and seasonal fruit along with one’s favourite tea or coffee option. A serving that fits the taste of a queen!
Apart from its world-class high tea menu, Le Club Bar also features an extensive wine list and cocktail selection for a chill weekend evening. No doubt one of the best bars in Hanoi and most elegant and historic cocktail lounge in town, Le Club offers a nostalgic atmosphere that one can not find elsewhere. Right here on the 3rd of June 1916 the first film was shown in the former colonial Indo-China. Ever since Le Club (previously the Metropole Hall) has welcomed numerous actors and directors who came to honour the history of modern cinema in Vietnam.
Every weekend from 8pm, Le Club presents live jazz performances featuring both local talents and international acclaimed vocalists. Enjoying a delicious cocktail while wandering into the world of soul, jazz, funk and swing, one may feel like travelling back in time into the atmospheric early 20th century. What a way to wrap up a chill day in style!
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