The Hanoitimes - There are some nice local shops and a good and cheap restaurant, it`s really worth a visit.
Hanoi Creative City opened its doors on 2015 September 5.
The 22-storey building stands out from afar thanks to its large dragon and feather tattoos created by German graffiti artist Julian Vogel, who was sponsored by Goethe Institut to come to Hanoi in April 2015 for the Sound Stuff Festival. Hanoi Creative City opened its doors on 2015 September 5 with a series of public events including a flea market, dance performances, sports activities and live music concert together with the opening of shops, cafes and restaurants.
With a series of public events including a flea market, dance performances, sports activities.
Hanoi Creative City have one shop in the basement has awesome jewellery. There is a skatepark too, but most objects have a metal surface and are very used. Was fun for some hours. There are also craft shops, a few cafes, many restaurants and an entertainment area called Dóo which occupies two floors of the building and offers a variety of activities including rock climbing, indoor golf, and kids playground, etc.
The latter is the case with Hanoi Creative City — and we’re not just talking about the name. The place has simply taken the idea of Zone 9 and adjusted. This space dedicated to all things creative is actually set in a high-rise with an outdoor skating area attached.
When we visited, on the ground floor there was the start of a shopping centre, close by there was a Cong Ca Phe and even a bar bearing that endearing name, Bia Khu Chin (that’s Zone 9 to you and me). Yes, the legacy continues.
The list of shops and cafes that are making this place their home sounds familiar. At least, their concept is. On the second floor is Yabai, the Japanese-styled teashop where I sit to write this article. On the third floor there are clothes shops and the fourth floor is dedicated to a food court selling young Hanoi’s favourite cuisine — Japanese and Korean. A gym occupies floor 10, and Nha San Art Collective has moved into floor 15. Much of the space is still empty, but it’s gradually filling up.
The capital’s art scene has already seen two decades of creativity. However, individual expression is still new. With its clothes shops, funkily designed cafés and bars, and obsession with non-Vietnamese cuisine, Hanoi Creative City is certainly a part of the ongoing transformation from traditional to modern.