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Nam Giao

Haiphong's most atmospheric dining choice is hidden within this dilapidated colonial building. Rooms are an artful clutter of Asian art, old carved cabinets and antiques, while the small but well-executed menu inclu…
Cafe in Haiphong

Phono Box

With its brick-wall interior displaying old music paraphernalia and a jazzy soundtrack, Phono Box is a hip hang-out for coffee and beer lovers that also serves up a European-style menu of steaks and other meaty offe…
Vietnamese in Haiphong

Com Vietnam

This restaurant hits the spot for its affordable local seafood and Vietnamese specialities. Diminutive, unpretentious and with a small patio.
Museum in Haiphong

Haiphong Museum

In a splendid colonial building, this small museum concentrates on the city's history with English translations on displays. The front hall's taxidermy collection is rather creepy but there's good exhibits of finds …
Buddhist Temple in Haiphong

Du Hang Pagoda

Du Hang Pagoda was founded three centuries ago. It’s been rebuilt several times, but remains a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture and sculpture. P Chua Hang leading to the pagoda is a narrow thoroug…
Bia Hoi in Haiphong

Haiphong Brewery

The local brew is deservedly renowned around Vietnam, and the best place to try it is at the brewery's bustling beer hall. Lunchtimes get very crowded – the food is cheap and very good – but staff can always find ro…
Thai in Haiphong


At this restored townhouse, authentic Thai dishes are beautifully prepared and presented – try the lab moo (pork salad) or pepper squid; there are good vegetarian options too. Leave room for dessert, which includes …
Cathedral in Haiphong

Queen of the Rosary Cathedral

Haiphong’s elegant Roman Catholic cathedral was built in the 19th century and comprehensively restored in 2010. The building’s grey towers are a local landmark, although the actual interior of the church is rather p…
Seafood in Haiphong

Van Tue

This elegant French colonial villa is renowned for seafood, including an amazing selection of crab dishes. More exotic dishes featuring deer and goat are also on the menu. A favourite with local well-to-do families.
Bia Hoi in Haiphong

Vuon Dua

Boisterous beer garden with lots of cheap brews, and squid, chicken and pork prepared in many different ways. It’s packed with locals every night enjoying a few (not so) quiet beers after work.