People Watching One of the reasons I love living in Vietnam is that it's a country buzzing with activity. Some countries you have to hunt for the action but in Vietnam the action comes to you. It's right on your doorstep. Nothing makes me more excited to leave my house than the unpredictable environment of the … Continue reading People Watching in Vietnam and Some of Hue’s best spots
Ask anyone from Vietnam who Trinh Cong Son is and they’ll either recite you some of his lyrics or tell you about the significance of his music. Son's compositions of around 600 songs span over 30 years of Vietnamese history. International press dubbed Trinh Cong Son the Bob Dylan of Vietnam. His blend of folk … Continue reading Cafe Gac Trinh: the Trinh Cong Son House in Hue
Thuan An Beach Thuan An is Hue's closest beach. Around 15KM from the city centre, it isn’t as tourist-convenient as the beaches that serve Hoi An or Danang but it’s charm and the variety on offer makes it a worthy day trip.. Thuan An is a small fishing village with a population of around 21,000. … Continue reading Beach Of Hue: Thuan An Fishing Town. The Allure of the Sea
How Authentic is Your Lunch? Visitors to Vietnam will tell you that local food is a divine exploration of the palate. Although flashpacking foodies travel with a golden bucketlist of dishes, it is easy to forget that no culinary experience can be more authentic than one in a home. Unless tourists stop in an intimate … Continue reading Cafe Nha: Fantastic Homemade Lunch in a Rustic Hue Cafe
Millennial Hue 2017 oversaw local establishments take inspiration from contemporary designers on the world's stage. This is evident with the new entertainment complex Cask and nightclub Factory 075 in the Pham Ngu Lao area. Business owners know that eye-catching architecture and photogenic products are key to success in the social media age. Millennial Hue want … Continue reading OO Cafe: Contemporary Art Cafe Hue
Restaurants on the 'pancake trail' serve some really shitty Vietnamese vegetarian food, fact. With confidence, I can say that the best vegetarian and vegan food usually lies outside the tourist areas. I've written this article to help you find good Vietnamese vegetarian and vegan food. I may have lost any ethical standing on the Hue Grit Tour, but I still know how to find a few decent vegetarian restaurants in Hue.
Service in the South-East Asian tourist industry can be mechanical and contrived, 054 Cafe is unintruding and laid-back in serving it's patrons. It is also one of Hue's few establishments where the cultural appropriation (particularly of hip-hop) is organic and contextually relevant. In a country largely obsessed with the soppiest of pop, it's great to find a place that kindly respects the ear-drums of music lovers.