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Coffee, Desserts, and other Sweets We Ate in Belgrade, Serbia

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Onto the coffee and desserts we tried in Belgrade, Serbia! During the five weeks we spent there we primarily got our desserts from the grocery store and bakeries, and our coffee from three-in-one packets, but we also tried out a couple cafes and a creperie. I’m going to cover them in a similar manner to my Desserts in Budapest post which has been relatively popular post for our site (in terms of traffic). Serbia definitely has less tourists, but probably partly because of that, there is less written about it on the web. 

Desserts We Ate in Belgrade, Serbia

I’ll begin with the coffees and desserts we tried out:

Hari’s Creperie
Strawberry chocolate crepe
hari's creperiecreperie

Because they seemed fairly popular there and I hadn’t had a ton of them in my life, I decided that if I had to try only one dessert out in Belgrade, it would be a crepe. We first made them ourselves (about that later) but I also wanted to try one out. It seemed the best-rated/most popular places were Hari’s Creperie and Glumac. It was getting near the end of our stay before we decided to give it a go and ultimately chose Hari’s because it was closer to us and open late (until midnight everyday). I think we made our way there around 11pm one night (I talked about schedule we were keeping in our roundup for that time) to finally indulge.

At that point it was tempting to get a waffle because they all looked so appealing and we both enjoy a good waffle, but I had already decided- crepe. Hari’s offers both sweet and savory crepes (like omelettes, basically) but we were obviously there for dessert. We decided to share one, both because of the size, and the price. They were cash only and one item plus a small tip would take what we had left at the time (not much- we needed to go to an ATM) so it was really our only option. I read that tipping is not necessary in Serbia, but in this case we did because we felt the service was good (and it feels not to unless we’re somewhere you’re not supposed to tip). They were quick to seat us and bring our food. They also gave us water which had not been the case everywhere.

Our crepe included chocolate, strawberries, and a cream/yoghurt. Very good. And very filling. By the end we were glad we shared. So service, food, etc. all good. I will say that their television programming was rather unprofessional, though. I may send them a message advising them to change it.

Info:
Located: Kraljice Marije 8, Beograd 11000, Serbia (less than a kilometer from the Church of Saint Mark)
Website: Here is their Facebook page. They also have a regular site but it’s only relevant in terms of looking at their (Greek) origins and some of what they offer. The menu and prices were a little different in Serbia.
Cost: The crepe we ordered cost 420 Serbian Dinar which currently equates to $3.58. There were a couple slightly cheaper options and also, obviously, more expensive items. The simpler the item, the cheaper, and the more ingredients (such as multiple fruits, candies, or whatever in your crepe or on your waffle), the more it will cost.

Coffee Dream
Coffee Dream Outside
Coffee Dream SeatingCoffee Shake
Kyle at tableKyle with coffee dream

We also wanted some coffee experiences. Vietnam really got us into trying local coffee and with Belgrade’s heavy cafe culture (I think we saw more cafes here than anywhere else), it was almost hard not to!

At Coffee Dream, you can choose to dine in or take-away your ordered items. We did not realize this so when we went up to the counter to order, they assumed we were getting take-away. We should have begun by sitting down at a table. Flavor options for the various types of coffees include cinnamon, choco-cookie, caramel, and even pumpkin! You can see the menu here. We think (see below) we ordered a caramel freezeri which was basically like an coffee shake. It was just what we wanted. Despite accidentally ordering the coffee to go, we first sat down and enjoyed it for a few minutes before taking off to stroll around and finish it off (we shared).

Info:
Located: Coffee Dream is actually a chain with several locations throughout Belgrade and even throughout Serbia. Each location is a little different.
Cost: We paid 245 ($2.24), yet online it says 275 for what we think we ordered so it’s possible we got something else. Prices may also vary slightly by day or location but in generalmost are similar and you can approximate prices on the menu.
Website: http://www.coffeedream.rs/ 

Cafe & Factory
Caramel coffeeGood coffeecafeandfactoryKyle with coffeee

Cafe & Factory (or one of its locations, apparently) was just down the street and around the corner from our Airbnb. We’d often pass it and enjoy the nice aroma drifting out. One day, we decided we’d skip our 3-in-1 packets and head over there to start our day. It was then that we found out that “cafe and factory” means cafe AND factory. They make fresh coffee there and inside we saw people stand in line to get it freshly ground. We thought about getting some of their ground coffee (maybe we should have) but we didn’t have a coffee machine at our Airbnb there or at our next place and still had a couple months before we’d be heading back to the US so we just ordered some coffee to enjoy in the cafe. I think we got the Latte Macchiato Caramelo and Cafe Mocha Bianca. It was something along those lines. It was as good as it looks!

Info:
Located: There are six locations http://cafe-factory.net/ja/index.php/locations
Cost: The total cost for both of our coffees was $3.90 (430 Serbian Dinar)
Website: http://cafe-factory.net/ja/index.php

Ice Cream
me with coffee gelatoCoffe ice cream
ic flavors

On one of our first days in Belgrade, after Kyle got his first Pljeskavica (burger), I found myself hungry as well. The first thing we came to that suited my tastes was ice cream. I chose the coffee flavor and we headed over to the Church of Saint Mark and strolled around the park with our food.

Info:
Located: It was somewhere between Park Manjez and the Church of Saint Mark. It looks like it might have been around Bacio Gelato but I’m not convinced that’s where I got it.
Cost: $0.64 (70 Serbian Dinar)
Website: not sure

There are plenty of other ice cream/gelato places that looked really delicious too, though! Just wander around and you’ll see.

Gelato

Bakeries

We made nine bakery visits. Some visits involved the purchase of a single pastry and on others we chose multiple items. I’m going to go over costs in advance for this section as I am not including every single item we purchased. We spent a total of $8.75 at bakeries. Try that in France or Switzerland! The macaron cost 100 Serbian dinar ($0.91), one of the donut visits cost 120 Serbian dinar ($1.10), and my other visits I simply listed in my finances as “bakery” or “pastry” but those visits respectively cost $0.63 (2), $0.64, $0.89, $1, $1.43, and $1.52.

Pekara Trpkovic

Belgrade bakery popularPopular placeSweet item

This is allegedly THE place to get burek in Belgrade (or so I have read). Every time we passed it there was a line out the door. Now, we did not get burek here because we did not feel like it when we visited but we did try some food. Kyle got something which was more of a savory snack and I chose the item you see above which basically tasted like fried dough soaked in honey.

Located: We went to this location: Nemanjina 32, Beograd, Serbia, but it looks like there is another at Dimitrija Tucovića 60, Beograd, Serbia
Website: http://pekaratrpkovic.rs/

Hleb & Kifle

Donuts in a box
Macaroondonuts from bakery

This is a higher-end bakery in Serbia. We saw them throughout and tried items from a couple of them. It was actually only my second time having a macaron (the first time was in Sri Lanka) that I can remember. All scrumptious!
Located: There are many locations throughout Serbia. You can find them on the website.
Website: http://www.hlebikifle.rs/

German lady near school

pastry from german woman

Our first attempt at visiting Park forest Zvezdara was not entirely successful but we did have a nice day exploring. On our way back to our place we were hungry and decided to make a stop at the bakery. Kyle knew he’d be able to find something (a burger) along the way but I needed something to help me along until we were home. The place was run by a friendly German woman. We spent a little time talking to her before we went on our way.

Location: There is no listing online and we can’t find it recognized anywhere, but here is the location on Googlemaps (unmarked).
Website: No website

Other Bakeries

Pastry

There were obviously other bakeries we visited as well but I don’t remember them. Like the previous one, many have no online presence- even on googlemaps which makes it difficult to find them. I might remember better if they had allowed photographs but the couple times I tried to take a picture they “no photos”. Interesting to me because other people taking photos and posting them on their blog or social media is basically free advertising but maybe they want privacy or the ability to more freely change items/prices, etc. Who knows. Anyway, the pastry you see above was one of my favorites from another bakery we visited a couple times. It was filled with chocolate.

Onto the desserts we tried at home:

Here are the treats we got from the grocery store.

Ice Cream Cakes
Chocolate ice cream cake
White Ice Cream Cake BelgradeBerry Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake BoxChocolate

When we were in the store and saw the prices on these things (like $2), we thought, it can’t possibly taste good too. THEY WERE. As you can see, we basically tried every flavor we found.

Other Ice Cream at Home.
ice cream bar

We were more focused on the ice cream cakes in terms of ice cream but we also tried a couple ice cream bars. This one was called Kapri.

Homemade Crepes
Crepe with berriesBerry crepeHomemade Crepe

At the store we were able to buy prepackaged crepes- similar to the way tortillas are normally packaged. We found them in a refrigerated area near produce, under the gnocchi and other pre-packaged pastas. Kyle warmed/cooked them in a pan, sometimes cooked a berry mixture, and then we added beli sir (local cheese) and/or yoghurt, etc. It was one of my FAVORITE things I ate abroad period. If only I could have it now!

Candy Bars, Chocolate Boxes, and other Grocery Store Treats
Alpine milk chocolatecoconut candy
Coconut barChocolate box
Milka Bar

There was this area in our grocery store that would have made you think Valentine’s Day was coming up, but it was just always like that!! The candy was fairly affordable too so we treated ourselves and brought back some for our families. We tried several kinds and found everything to be really good. Because we tried to give some type of candy to everyone (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.), basically half my backpack was filled with candy on our final flight home.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal yoghurtRaspberries on oatmeal

Oatmeal?! Well, when you add brown sugar, fruit, and possibly yoghurt and/or nutella (yes, we found nutella there) well, it starts to taste a little like dessert!

Honorable mention: Airplane yoghurt! (Plane ride from Athens to Belgrade) 

Plane foodHoneyyoghurt

This may not count as a dessert and it’s also Greek, but it was sweet! I’m mentioning it because it was such a luscious combination of cream and honey and there’s nowhere else to put it. Greek yoghurt was also popular in Serbia though I couldn’t find this exact package at the store (I looked).

I’ll finish off with the way we’d normally start our day, with coffee.

Coffee

There you go. If you had another great dessert in Belgrade feel free to comment!

Hello Kitty House Thailand

Hello Kitty House Bangkok

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While one of the top things Kyle wanted to do in Bangkok was the Snake Farm, one of the top things I wanted to do was the Hello Kitty House. I know it’s silly but I can’t help it. For my birthday this past year, I went to the Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoul. I have hello kitty shoes, socks, pajama pants and shirts, a jacket, a watch, a flask, and a laptop case among other things. In the past I’ve had Hello Kitty planners, calendars, wallets, and more. And do you know what we did after the Hello Kitty House in Bangkok? We went to Caturday, a cat cafe. I guess you can say I’m a little obsessed. (The picture below is me celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday- Nov 1, 2014).

Me Hello Kitty

Back to the Hello Kitty House. The place is just outside Siam Paragon mall, the 12th largest mall in the world. Pretty convenient.

Hello Kitty House near the mall
Hello Kitty and her husband

Outside the cafe there is a take-away counter.

Take Out Counter

The Hello Kitty House contains a cafe, spa, and gift shop but we only visited the cafe.

Me at Hello Kitty House

The first floor contains tables, a display case featuring some goods, and lots of Hello Kitty decorations. I felt like I should have worn pink. This is also where you order. There are lots of options including meal-type foods like salmon salad (obviously not for me), pumpkin soup, BLT, etc., desserts such as strawberry shortcake, coffee pudding, and rainbow crepes, and various drinks such as mocktails, smoothies, tea, and coffee.

food Display and ORdering areaHello Kitty House

We had a really tough time deciding but Kyle thought he was pretty hungry so we decided to share what I think was called the Hello Kitty Thai Golden Mango.

After we ordered they gave us a piece of paper with a map indicating where our table was located upstairs. We sat in the wrong area at first, but eventually figured it out.

Pink CouchSeat Map

We sat and enjoyed the super cutesy, super pink place for a while (maybe that was mostly me) while we waited.

Hello Kitty Stained Glass WindowPink Table
Me in HK chairLove is Sweet Hello Kitty

The dish we ordered It involved coconut (milk?), mango, ice and I’m not sure what else but it was delicious!

Me with Thai Golden MangoKyle with Thai Mango dish

Allegedly they only use premium ingredients such as chocolate from Belgium and butter from France.

There is a song that plays over and over again (something like “hello hello hello hello kitty” or whatever) that was annoying Kyle a little bit. I didn’t notice it too much and actually forgot about it but Kyle mentioned it when I told him I was writing this article. We can’t seem to find it on the internet.

Kyle looking out the window

If you are interested in the other HK activities there: The shop is supposed to be located in the basement. I didn’t figure out how to get there, though. The spa offers nail services, eyelash services, waxing, massages, and more. It would be nice if the occasional spa visit was in our budget. We can make excuses for this because not only is it food, but it’s also an experience, but the other, not so much. If it were, I would have likely gone to the Hello Kitty Spa in Dubai as well.

 

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Bakery and Deli in Lebanon

Wooden Bakery (Beirut)

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Upon our arrival to our Airbnb in Beirut, our host introduced us to his father and sister, and offered us watermelon and coffee. When he took us inside of our little studio nearby he showed us that he had stocked the fridge with bread/pita, cheese, beer, juice, and pastries. Needless to say, we didn’t need to head out immediately for food.

Fridge

We didn’t want to be so selfish to eat everything he left us, though, and later that evening we decided we might also like to try some Lebanese food out. We decided on a restaurant, Kyle checked out the map, and we headed down the road. Kyle was confused about our orientation in relation to the map so we went the wrong way and didn’t come across the restaurant. What we did come across, though, was the Wooden Bakery.

I thought we should check it out so we went inside. It was a bakery, deli, small/sort of upscale convenience store in one.

Meats and CheesesCakes BakeryCake Options

Kyle still wanted to look further for the restaurant but I said “Why? What we were planning to order at the restaurant is here!” Or some of it was, anyway. We would also be getting more food for our money than we would at a restaurant and could continue to snack so we grabbed a large container of hummus and a container of Labneh (Greek Yogurt/Lebanese Cream Cheese/Strained yogurt). Together, the price was 8,000 LBP, or a little over five dollars.

Both were so good! I could not stop eating the yoghurt (with the pita). I don’t think I had had yoghurt in a few months, Greek yoghurt (labneh, whatever) for even longer, and this was probably some of the best plain yoghurt I’d ever had. Kyle was downing it too so it probably had something we needed nutritionally as well. Pretty simple dinner, but good.

Hummus and Labneh

The walk there and back was pleasant as well.

Church

We returned again (it may have been that night) to grab a muffin as well.

Chocolate chip muffin

On our last night, we took advantage of an additional feature of the shop- the restaurant. It wasn’t really a restaurant, but you could order fresh/hot food from the people behind the bakery displays. Only one of them spoke English but they provided us with a menu. You can find their menu here. I would have been satisfied with just eating more of what we had at the apartment but Kyle convinced me to get a sandwich. Kyle ordered the Chicken Tawouk (description: skewers of marinated grilled chicken breast, garlic mayo, pickles, and fries in a pita/wrap) and I ordered the cheesy sandwich (description: special cheese mix, bell peppers, tomatoes, rocca, on bread. Aside from hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, you can get pizza, salad, side orders, and more. We took our sandwiches home and enjoyed.

Wrapped Sandwich OptionsSandwich
My SandwichKyle's wrap

I was so tempted to try their eclairs but decided to get two muffins. One for my dessert, and one for our host (I felt bad about eating the food they left us).

Muffins

Vegetarian food in Hanoi

Bố Dể Quán Styrax Vegetarian Restaurant (Hanoi)

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If you are vegetarian, or even if you’re not, you should try to make it to Bo de Quan if you visit  Hanoi. It is a fairly new restaurant, only around since 2014 and in its current location since 2015, but I think it will be around for a while. If you would like to learn more about the origins of the place, I highly recommend this article which I was pretty excited to find because we had wondered about it.

Onto our discovery of the restaurant: Our first night in Hanoi we faced a number of problems. Not too surprising seeing as 1) we decided to go there only the night prior and 2) it’s Vietnam. Anyway, while I was waiting for a person that lived in the house (not even the host- she was down in HCM) to come and go into his locked room to fix the internet router, Kyle decided to scope out our food options.

Walk to the restaurant

What he discovered while he was out wandering (among other things) was Bo De Quan. At the time (February 2016) the restaurant was not yet on Googlemaps (or at least on in the correct location), but now you can find it on maps, Happy Cow, and TripAdvisor (though the picture does not look right so it’s possible it’s a different place).  It was a little less than a kilometer away from our Airbnb and we ended up trying it out the next day.

BoDeQuan
The kitchen
Seating at Bo de Quan

It was SO GOOD, arguably some of the best food we have tried while traveling.

Soup on a cool day

All of the options are vegan or vegetarian. Meals were around 40-45k dong ($1.80-$2). We ended up with a schedule which involved eating here for lunch and cooking our own dinner. While it may be a tiny bit farther away from some of the more touristy things, it is a cheaper option than many of the other exclusively vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi.

Bo de quan menu

The soups were perfect for the cool weather. They were also really filling. Here are some of the dishes we tried. Hopefully I’m matching them up/identifying them correctly:

Bun Rieu Chay / bún riêu chay

While researching this one, it looks like it is supposed to be Vegetarian Mock Crab Soup (though I am not sure what is supposed to be imitating crab). I looked up a recipe and it should contain tomatoes, various vegetables and spices, tofu, and cassava. Some recipes include other things like apples and pears but these were not in this soup. We think it is possible it contained cassava but think they put banana in our’s instead (surprisingly good). Everything else seemed to match up.

Vegetarian SoupBun Rieu Chay

Bun Chuoi Dau / bún ốc chuối đậu

This one translates as “Banana Bean Noodle Soup.” Now, Kyle does not normally like bananas but the bananas in these soups were different from the bananas we normally have back home and he really enjoyed both soups. In addition to the bananas and noodles, this soup contained potatoes, tofu, and mushrooms. When it’s not made to be vegetarian, it also contains snails and ham. Vietnam knows how to do soups!

bun chuoi dau

Bun nem / Bún nem: Translates as “Crisp parcels with vermicelli salad. Basically salad/lettuce, noodles, and spring rolls.

Spring Roll Salad

Hu Tieu Xao Noodles, vegetables, nuts- basically a stir fry

Hu Tieu Xao

We primarily stuck to the soups so we did not end up trying the other dishes, but I will try to identify them for you. Banh Xeo Chay / bánh xèo chay- vegetarian pancakes- looks more like an omelet,  com chay- not sure- various vegetables/tofu I think, nem chay – vegetable/spring rolls, bahn goi chay / bánh gối nhân chay- translates as “Vegetarian Cake’s Pillow” and may have vegetables, beans, peas, etc., and pho cuon- we think vegetable rolls. You can find a little more info in the article I linked to at the beginning.

Because vegetarianism isn’t much of a concept in Vietnam for the most part, most all of the other people we saw at Bo De Quan were foreigners. While I really think more Vietnamese need to try out vegetarianism, being around some foreigners was kind of nice for us. Despite there being a large and active online expat community in Ho Chi Minh, we rarely ran into other foreigners except in the most touristy areas. In Hanoi, we found the complete opposite. I guess instead of spending all of their time online, the foreigners in Hanoi are out doing things.

It seemed like many of them had established social groups. There was a group of women (British, Australian, and either American or Canadian) around our age or a little older whom we saw a couple times.  At least a couple of them were English teachers, while others seemed to be doing different things- visiting, studying, working online. We heard one say she was just fired from a Yoga Studio because she had been teaching Zumba with an expired certificate and someone had told on her to the Zumba board or whatever (I don’t remember or know exactly how it all works).

We saw other groups of people as well. I think if we stayed there for a while, we would probably end up developing a social group of our own. I pictured it. We had a conversation over lunch one day with a British man who had moved to the city and was working as a consultant for local businesses there. We talked about how Vietnam is really growing and has a lot of potential. We also talked about the American politics and Australian politics.

The owner and her family were really nice too. One day (maybe on our third or fourth day eating there), the mother of the owner gave us some melon as we were leaving. It was primarily her who we interacted/dealt with on our visits.

Getting Ready to PayFlowers

Here is some of the info so you can make it there:

Bo de quan

Address: 164 Au Co, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hours: We aren’t exactly sure, but we think it was something like 10am-8pm
Other: It’s cash only. Bring your dong.

On to Bo De Quan

6th largest mall in Malaysia

1 Utama Shopping Center

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One piece of information I did not know about Malaysia before we went is that it’s home to many amazing malls! Asia and the middle east as a whole are populated with gigantic, clean, and modern malls which are filled with shops, restaurants, activities, and more (like grocery stores).

1Utama

I have always enjoyed malls. I remember going to the Mall of America a few times in my youth and I always found it both impressive and fun. I have now somehow been to 4 malls which are larger! 1 Utama is the winner so far, though, ranking at 6th largest in the world according to Wikipedia, and 4th according to CNN. At 5 million square feet, it’s the largest mall in Malaysia.

1 Utama is technically located in the city of Damansara. We visited a couple times when we came to Malaysia the first time and stayed in Petaling Jaya. Still, it’s not far from Kuala Lumpur so it would not be unreasonable to make a visit there from KL using Uber. There is an old wing and a new wing. Your driver will probably ask which you prefer to be dropped at, but if you are not going for any specific purpose it doesn’t matter because they are connected.

There are 6 floors (though it’s slightly more complicated than that) but if you have trouble navigating, there are a few directories. We even found a touchpad/interactive map in one area. They also have a website you can check out before visiting.

Touchpad 1 Utama

Some of the attractions at 1 Utama (and no we did not see all of these) include 2 movie theaters, 2 karaoke centers, a bowling alley, a batting cage, an indoor gym, a kid’s play land, an escape room, a rooftop garden, and a diving center. There is also an indoor rainforest.

Rainforest
Kyle in the rainforest

You’ll find many stores here that you might find in a mall in the US. There are all kinds of fashion/retail stores ranging from casual to upscale. There are bookstores, toy stores, makeup stores, etc.

Toys r Us in 1Utama
Makeup Store
For Americans

One great thing about Malaysia (particularly Kuala Lumpur) in general is the selection of food. It’s as diverse as the people there. You can find great food from all over the world here (though especially Asian food)! Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc. Here are a few places we either tried or got photos of:

Korean Food. It was neat seeing this sign because we were like hey! we have been to Myeongdong (a neighborhood in Seoul), this must be Korean.

Myeongdong Restaurant

Thai Food (So good!). Pictured here: Mango sticky rice, Red ruby dessert, mango salad, and some kind of shrimp pad thai.

Yummy Food

Taiwanese Food. These are sweet potato plum fries!(Also so good!)

Taiwanese PlacePlum Fries

McDonalds

McDonalds

Ice Cream and Desserts

Spiral Ice Cream cones
Korean Desserts
Milkshake Bros
tuttifruiti

A piece of cheesecake we treated ourselves on our very first visit.

Cheesecake

We watched the people at “Sticky” make candy.

StickyPeople making dessert
Making Candy

And more!

Little Cravings
Menu

Places like Starbucks seem pretty common all over the world, but this mall even has some options you wouldn’t expect to find outside of the US such as TGI Fridays.

We also had to check out the grocery store even though we could not do much cooking at the time we visited.

Grocery StoreProduce Selection
SamplesIce Cream Selection

We also checked out an herbal remedy store and restaurant (we just checked out the store). I was just getting over a cold and was curious about their remedies:

Herbal Store
White Fungus

It was such fun just walking around and exploring the mall in general. It’s pretty kid-friendly.

Flowers
Spinny Things
KyleinspinnythingFor Children

The toilets are normal and clean as well.

Our biggest problem with 1Utama was that it was hard to get an Uber to leave. There is quite a bit of traffic in the area and many times they’d end up on the wrong side and then it’d be a while (if they didn’t cancel) before they’d make it to our location. I assume parking here is also a nightmare though.

Underpass Between the Old and NewWaiting for Uber

It’s busy for a reason, though!

1 Utama

Restaurant in Yogyakarta

Restaurants in Jogjakarta

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During our time in Jogjakarta proper, we tried out 3 restaurants: Nanamia, Via Via, and Milas. While we were able to cook, and thus we did for at least one, if not all meals + snacks in a day, sometimes we felt like something different. Kyle wanted to try a couple more local dishes and I often felt like taking a walk and getting food gave us a good reason for one. Each restaurant was a little over 2km from our Airbnb. Jogjakarta is a rather nice city to walk around as long as you don’t mind the friendly locals asking you questions and giving you recommendations on every corner.

The Restaurants:

1. Nanamia Pizzeria.

Namia Sign

Upon arriving in our Airbnb in Jogjakarta city, we were quite hungry. We decided we would go get something to eat before making our way to the grocery store. After a little research we decided on Nanamia. You can find a number of blog posts written on each of these restaurants, such as this post – only they are in Javanese. There may be some slight issues in translation but many come out to be comical. Either way- if you would like more information on any of these places, try searching for them and check out the perspective of more local people. Don’t be afraid to click the translate button. It’s how we found most of our information. We discovered that Nanamia was rated highly and was also not too far.

The walk there was pleasant and we did not have much trouble finding it. We entered past a gate with a guard and some motorcycle parking and found the restaurant in the back. It’s basically entirely outdoors with some covered open-air seating and some tables out in the grass. It felt very summer-y. We also saw some decorative lights which likely turn on during the night.

Nanamia PizzeriaNanamia Seating
At Namia Pizzeria

To order here, you record your choice(s) on a notepad and then bring it to your waiter/waitress who confirms your order. We preferred this to the standard style as we didn’t have someone constantly checking if we were ready to order, nor did we need to flag anyone down after waiting.

Menu and Order Pad Namamia

The menu had a variety of items on it- many different types of pizza, soups, salads, pastas, and paninis. Their drink menu was also fairly extensive with a range of teas, juices, and smoothies.

Because it was hot outside we decided to order a water and a smoothie. I personally was not very much in the mood for pizza and Kyle wanted meat on his pizza anyway so I ordered a greek salad and garlic bread. I was happy with this food.

Garlic bread, salad and drink at Nanamia

Kyle ordered a Hawaiian pizza. He said it was really good.

Pizza Namamia

They also brought us a couple slices of bread in a basket which we shared.

The total cost for our meal (a smoothie, a water, a pizza, a salad, and an order of garlic bread) was 131,000 Indonesian Rupiah, or $9.84. We really hadn’t eaten much that day yet so we felt more justified in eating/spending more for a single meal. And it’s a much better deal than you’ll find in the US.

2. Via Via

Via Via info

The second place we tried was a restaurant called Via Via. We discovered it was located on the “foreigner”/tourist street. Before venturing on this street we had only seen 2 other foreigners while out, one of which, we realized later that evening happened to be staying at our same Airbnb! Anyway, there were a number of hotels and restaurants which are more “western-friendly” here meaning people speak english, you will likely know what you are ordering, see other foreigners, and have some western food options. Note that you will not see anything like KFC or McDonalds. All of these places have some local/personal touch.

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Via Via actually has 18 locations across the world and in Jogjakarta they have a guesthouse, restaurant, bakery, and gift/souvenir shop. They also have yoga classes, events, projects, and trainings. We only visited the restaurant but I think it would be nice to get involved had we been staying on this street and for a longer period of time.

The menu has a variety of dishes, both local and not local. (Here is their takeout menu.) We visited on two occasions and ordered different food each time. The first time we visited, I chose vegetable lasagna. It was huge, delicious, and very filling. It had some interesting touches such as onion rings on top. The second time, I ordered a greek wrap which was also very good.

Vegetable Lasagna
Greek Wrap

Kyle ordered a barbecue chicken the first time and a local vegetarian dish (including curry and tempeh) the second time. He also enjoyed both his meals.

Local Dish at Via Via

This was not the first time at a restaurant in that Kyle ordered a meat dish the first time and decided to go vegetarian the second. I advised him on this decision because I have noticed oftentimes vegetarian meals (my meals) provide far more food and can be more filling. He sometimes finds this to be true as well and felt very satisfied with his vegetarian dish. It is not that the other was not filling for a normal person, but just that he can eat a lot. Because meat, or at least certain meats can be more expensive, often less is provided. Even despite providing more food, vegetarian food can also sometimes still be cheaper. In the US it almost always is cheaper, but in other countries this varies.

One time we ordered an appetizer of falafel balls one time. It was alright.

Falafel Balls

For drinks, we ordered a smoothie/juice the first time and water the second time.

Kyle with watermelon smoothie

Both times (1 time with 2 dishes, an appetizer and water and the other time with two dishes and a smoothie) the cost was 105,500 Indonesian Ruppuah ($8.23).

3. Milas Vegetarian

Milas Sign

The third restaurant we tried (and we were glad we did) was Milas Vegetarian restaurant. It’s pretty much the vegetarian restaurant in Yogyakarta even though others offer some options. If you tell anyone you are looking for vegetarian food, this is where they’ll direct you. While tempeh and tofu are popular locally, we did still have trouble finding more local places with vegetarian food so went for the safer options.

Milas Vegetarian Restaurant

Milas is a great dining experience not only because of it’s food but also because of the restaurant itself. Entering the area- a sort of large courtyard with various plants, sculptures made of recycled materials, and earthy decor, you are able to walk along a bamboo path to choose the hut you would like to eat in- which will probably be based on what is available. Our hut was occupied by one other family and had an additional open table aside from our table. We enjoyed the ground seating (on mats) because we find it comfortable. As is true in other places that have this style of seating (such as some places we found in Vietnam), you must remove your shoes before entering. We really enjoyed the atmosphere as whole.

At Milas
Candle

They also had a gift shop you could check out afterwards or while waiting for your food.

Gift Shop

The bathroom was not unlike other local bathrooms. Fun little place.

Bathroom

The menu was extensive so we took some time to make a decision.

Milas Menu

Kyle thought we he needed an appetizer so we ordered cassava fries. We had tried cassava chips, a local food and enjoyed it so decided to try out the fries as well. They were accompanied by a fresh ketchup and a spicy sauce. The texture is somewhere between a potato and sweet potato fry but with a flavor of its own.

Cassava Fries

The restaurant actually provided an appetizer of their own as well (which we did not know prior to ordering.) We aren’t sure what it was except that it was green, leaf-like, and fried. Luckily I did not have to wonder too much about its contents because this was an exclusively vegetarian restaurant. It was a fried green thing though so if it did contain meat that would have been quite strange.
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For my meal, I ordered a pesto pasta and it was delicious!

Pesto Pasta

Kyle does not remember the name of its dish but it involved fried rice and cashews. He liked it.

Rice dish

For once we were provided with complimentary water but Kyle also ordered us a drink each (despite me asking him not to- he heard me wrong.) They were good and refreshing nonetheless. The total cost for 2 meals, an appetizer and 2 drinks was 112,000 Indonesian Rupiah ($8.21.)

Dinner

Here is a map showing the 3 restaurants:

Map of some restaurants

Wanna Waffle Hanoi Menu

WannaWaffle (Hanoi)

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WannaWaffle (it actually is one word) is a restaurant located near tourist activities such as the Water Puppet Theater and Hoan Kiem Lake. While employees occasionally stand outside to encourage you to eat there, you may still miss the place (or if you are like us, you may avoid it because of this factor). The main reason you may miss the restaurant is: to reach it, you must first go inside a convenience store, go in a little ways, and then go upstairs. Once upstairs, you have the choice of two different dining rooms. Within at least one of the dining rooms there are both inside and outside seating options (outside being the balcony/porch.)

Room

Now Wanna Waffle does not just have waffles. Our initial motivation to go there came from a sign outside which showed sandwiches, including a vegetarian sandwich for a fairly decent price at VND36,000-VND45,000 (~$2 or less.) I was in the mood for a sandwich and Kyle wanted a regular meal as well so we each ordered one. I, of course, ordered the Grilled Veg, and Kyle got the Pork Skewer sandwich.

Sandwich Menu

We both rated our sandwiches as quite good in taste, quality, and value. On this first visit we also ordered a dessert: a single cookie. The cookie was freshly made and delicious as well. They also brought us water which was nice.

Pork Sandwich
Grilled Veg Sandwich
Fresh Cookie

We visited on second occasion as well. This time Kyle ordered the Egg-mayonnaise sandwich (he liked it) and I tried to get the veg sandwich again. They told me they were out which was okay because it meant I could get a waffle! The waffles are a little more expensive than the sandwiches (as in $3 instead of $2) so I needed an excuse (they actually did vary in price depending on which waffle you chose and can go higher, though.) I chose one of the more basic waffles. If we lived in Hanoi I think I would like to try more of them, though.

The waffle I ordered was a great waffle! It was not large, but was a little more filling than it looked. It was one of the best I’ve tasted. It seemed like a very carefully crafted waffle. The outside had a nice crisp (but not burned at all) but the texture inside was perfect, soft but almost like a custard but not liquid. The ice cream and sauces were also very good. It was fun to eat with the provided utensils.

My Waffle

In terms of other items on the menu there are plenty of drinks including smoothies, milkshakes, coffee, tea, juice, and more. In addition to the different types of waffles, you can also create your own waffle. There are various sundaes, parfaits, and also a couple other interesting regular dishes.

Wanna Waffle Menu

The decor is nice as well.

Wall Art
Seated Area
Waffle Art

The employees were also really friendly. They even gave us a list of other restaurants they recommend.

Restaurant Recommendations

Ice Cream Review (SE Asia Edition)

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I have been meaning to put up our next ice cream review post for a while and after my grandma Eileen asked about it during our last Skype session, I decided it was time. You may remember our Korean Ice Cream Reviews in which we reviewed 39 different ice creams across four posts. We haven’t found as many ice creams elsewhere due to a few reasons:  1) As of late we are often far from grocery stores and in hot weather so we aren’t able to carry back ice cream 2) occasionally we don’t even have a fridge/kitchen and 3) there has been some overlap in ice creams across countries.

While we did manage to try a couple ice creams in Vietnam, we don’t have any ice cream bar reviews for Vietnam or Indonesia. The reviews below are for Malaysia (1- 13) and Thailand (14-18). There is a little less variation in comparison to the ice creams we tried in Korea. You will notice that we tended to get some of the same bars with different flavors.  While we had many options available to us which included red beans, we neglected to try them as we already determined how we felt about red beans in desserts on multiple occasions while in Korea.

  1. Yang Yang Ice Cream Coconut

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“Tastes pretty much like frozen coconut on a stick. Pretty good and refreshing with a slight like creamy ice cream flavor to it as well. It definitely has a coconut texture to it. This was probably made with actual, like coconut, you know? It doesn’t melt. I like it. It gets better as you eat it more” -Kyle

“Well first off, this is hard to hold because the stick is so short and small and it is round, not like the oval ones. Kind of tastes like nothing. Or a little bit like the water we drank out of a coconut at the Batu Caves. I like coconut but this is not that good to me. I guess I just like coconut milk and coconut in the form of flakes and some coconut flavored things, but I don’t like coconut water or coconut popsicle too much. It is true that I like it more as I eat it. I honestly can’t decide if I like it or not.” -Briana

2. Durian Ice Cream Bar

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“Uhh. Wow. Wow. That is a strong smell. It smells like a fart. I changed my mind, it doesn’t smell like a fart, it smells like rotting onion. The flavor itself is not actually too bad, not compared to the smell. It kind of tastes like sautéed onion, covered in sugar and cream… Yeah, I’m done with this… It’s certainly an acquired taste.”

Two Hours Later: “~Burp~ Ugh, why does the durian make me burp? Bleh, I still taste it, I can’t get rid of the taste, nothing covers it. And it’s just getting worse. Make it stop.” -Kyle

“So this actually just smells to me like water that has gone bad like sitting in the car in a bottle or something. Also very strong onion-y smell. Not good for a dessert. (After tasting) Uhhhh ehl yuck. At least you can deal with it (to Kyle.) My breath is horrible from a lick I think. It is honestly so gross and I cannot eat it. It’s disgusting. It is a big thing here though so we had to try it.” -Briana

3. Memphis Meltdown Big Bikke

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“I really like this one. It has a really thick milk chocolate shell with cookie crumbles in it. And then the inside is kind of like a cookies and cream ice cream but with a little more of a milk cream flavor to it. It’s good.” -Kyle

“This is really good. The outside shell is hard, crunchy and good and the inside ice cream is soft and creamy. The taste of the ice cream reminds me a little bit of some of the Korean ones, I guess it’s the milk flavor (as opposed to vanilla), which always makes me feel like it tastes kind of expired but if you can get over that it is quite good.” -Briana

4. Cornetto Royale Chocolate

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“Wow, very chocolatey. In appearance, it reminds me of the Goo Goo cones in Korea which I thought were great. The taste is a little different though. It is strong, but good.” -Briana

“Mm. It’s got a really good strong dark chocolate flavor. Pretty firm ice cream, good silky texture and the waffle cone’s really got a good crunch to it as well.” -Kyle

5. Cornetto Royale Red Velvet Flavor

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“The top white ice cream tastes very creamy, almost like whipped cream. The pink ice cream has a good taste, kind of chocolate-like as it should be, and the cone is good like normal.” -Briana

“Definitely tastes like red velvet and it’s cool it’s got actual like cake crumbles on top. It tastes really good. And it’s got a big ball of fudge in the center.” -Kyle

6. Cornetto Royale Black Forest

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“Mm. It’s got a good slightly bitter dark chocolate taste to it. Nice little chocolate cookie crumbles on top.” -Kyle

“Yum. Good like the rest. The top is sweet. Reminds me of a jam with some little chocolate things on it. The cone is chocolatey. The jam goes all the way down the center to the end.” -Briana

7. Cornetto Limited Edition Taylor Swift Caramel Shake

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“The decorative part of top has a creamy caramel flavor. I am happy to see and taste chocolate in there as well. The ice cream has a good taste and texture and the cone is crunchy and nice.” -Briana

“Really good caramel ice cream on top of regular vanilla ice cream and it’s got like chocolate fudge syrup, almonds and stuff. This one’s really good.” -Kyle

8. Cornetto Vanilla (Sorry, we don’t seem to have a picture for this one!)

“Good. Honestly, you can look at it and see that it is good and it pretty much tastes how you probably imagine. The chocolate on top is hard and good and the ice cream is a nice vanilla and there are some little nuts.” -Briana

“Good, clean vanilla flavor, chocolatey shell. Nice, like caramelized nuts on top, good crunchy shell.” -Kyle

9. Wall’s Top Ten Chocolate Flavor

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“I thought it was a really nice chocolate ice cream bar with a decent chocolate shell. Nutty on the outside, nothing particular special flavor-wise but it was a good chocolate.” -Kyle

“I was in the mood for chocolate when I chose this one and it satisfied me. The shell is good and the ice cream is good.” -Briana

10. Wall’s Top Ten Vanilla Flavor

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“Good solid shell with lots of peanuts and pretty decent quality vanilla. Considering how cheap it is, pretty good.” -Kyle

“Stays together. Solid. Good. Ice Cream. Yum. ” -Briana

11. Bites Vanilla

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“Pretty good chocolate shell, has some nice crunchy nuts inside of it. The ice cream is a nice vanilla (not the milk flavor).” -Briana

“I like that it’s got a thick shell on it. A lot of like, nuts in it. It’s a pretty good quality vanilla inside. It’s good.” -Kyle

12. Cravio Chocolate

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“It’s a pretty decent chocolate ice cream. It’s a little artificial in flavoring. The shell is good but it’s a little thin as well, but it does have peanuts on it. It’s alright.” -Kyle

“It is good, but not as good as the others. The shell is good. It might be the ice cream that is a little less good. Maybe I’m wrong about what specifically is off, though.” -Briana

13. Cravio Choco berry

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“Based on the picture I was concerned that this would be overly artificial and jelly-like but it’s really quite good. I like chocolate and strawberry together. The ice cream is good and the jelly inside is pretty decent too.” -Briana

“It was a really good strawberry flavor. I really liked the jam inside because it gave it that extra punch of strawberry and the shell was really good. Mixes really well with that strawberry flavor.” -Kyle

14. Butterfly Shaped-Ice Cream

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“It’s supposed to be strawberry and grape flavor. It sort of tastes like that. Certainly artificial, but pretty good.” -Briana

“It’s pretty decent popsicle. It’s like an artificial strawberry flavor.” -Kyle

15. Bantu (Panda)

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“Aside from the fact that it fell apart, it’s pretty good. Tastes like a pretty normal, decent chocolate ice cream. And vanilla ice cream. Kind of soft but it’s pretty good. It’s nice that it’s like a panda shape. It’s kind of fudgy. It kind of reminds me of like ice cream cake ice cream.” -Kyle

“It’s good. Cute look, standard taste. Tastes like typical tub ice cream (good) shaped into little form. There’s some creaminess to it.” -Briana

16. Nestle “Thai Name” (We can’t read it)

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“Tastes like bubble gum. There’s like a white chocolate drizzle all over it. I mean it’s pretty good.” -Kyle

“I thought this was going to be strawberry. Kyle tasted it first though and told me, though. I am not really a fan of the bubblegum flavor. It’s okay. It’s obviously ice cream but something about the texture reminds me of gum as well. I like the ribbons around the outside.” -Briana

17. Nestle Milo 1

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“It basically tastes kind of like a Nesquick chocolate milkshake but frozen but really its also got like a malted chocolate kind of taste and a nice shell. There’s also chunks of like chocolate nougat in here.” -Kyle

“This is really good. I was not sure how it would be because of how cheap it was but the brand was Nestle so it was not like an off-brand so I thought we should definitely go for it. I really like the shell on the top but I especially enjoy the little pieces of chocolate inside. Just a good chocolate ice cream bar. Would recommend.” -Briana

18. Nestle Milo 2 (Sorry, I cannot find the photo right now but I will add it if I do.) 

“This is so good. I know Kyle prefers the other one but I think I like this one best. When you bite into it you can just see the iciness like a fog form around your mouth. I like the chocolate ribbons surrounding the chocolate ice cream and of course the creamy sweet center.” -Briana

“It’s a milder chocolate with a very creamy coconut center. Really good.” -Kyle 

19, 20. Honorable Mentions. These two can be found back in the states and we sort of neglected to review them. They were delicious, though!

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Sweets and Bakeries in Hanoi

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I just covered the bakery in Cat Ba, so I decided it was time to write about the bakeries in Hanoi as well. One of the few things I had read about Vietnam before going there (a travel decision made less than a week in advance) was the abundance of bakeries. Thus I was somewhat disappointed when we arrived in Saigon and they seemed to be few and far between. What I found was: if you are looking for the bakeries, go north.

Phuong Anh Bakery

Phuong Anh

Just down the street and around the corner from our first place in Hanoi was a bakery called Phuong Anh Bakery. Just as in Cat Ba, the proximity made this place a frequent of our’s for sweets.

Cute

They had a selection of cute and tasty desserts, mostly different types of cakes and cream puffs. I especially like the smaller cakes like the green tea cake (to which Kyle was not as privy) and the similar chocolate ones. Sometimes we would enjoy our baked goods alongside tea or coffee as we worked.

Tea cake and tea

Kyle especially liked the sweet pastry rolls (a regular bread roll that is sweet and a little flaky) and the larger cake pieces which had filling in them.

Cake and roll
Nearby cakes

We both enjoyed the little cream puffs.

Cream puffs

Depending on the day/time, this bakery was manned by different members of a family- usually the father or older son, though other family members were sometimes present.

The pricing worked a little differently here. We would choose our items and then they would get their calculator out, think about things and add up some numbers and show us the result. There was probably some sort of pricing system but they didn’t tell/show us and I’m not sure if it was entirely consistent. We were already used to this type of pricing from some places in Malaysia and other parts of Vietnam. Luckily, the bakery was quite affordable. We could usually get a few pieces of cake for just over a dollar.

Find it: This particular bakery does not appear online and is not on Googlemaps either. This is actually one of the things I liked about Vietnam- there is still plenty to discover that’s not on the internet already. If you’re looking for it, it’s on Ngo 124 Au Co.

Banh Ngot

Banh Ngot

What we deemed the closest true bakery to our second place, we went to Banh Ngot a couple times. They had a different and more varied selection than Phuong Anh including options with fruit and cream.

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At the bakery

One of my favorite items from there which was a concoction which I can only describe as a blob of chocolate and cream. Though many items were on the smaller end, they started at 3,000VND, only $0.13! Obviously many items were more, but most weren’t over 15,000VND ($0.67.) You could get a well-decorated entire cake for around $5.

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Peach Cream

We came across another bakery one time while walking around at night which was fairly comparable to this one in terms of selection, price, and taste but I don’t recall the name.

Chocolate cakes

Find it: Tiệm Bánh Ngọt Bùi Công Trung, 20 Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Highlands Coffee

Highlands Coffee box

Sometime during our first time in Hanoi we were heading back to our Airbnb and I suggested we stop at the bakery. Kyle said we could do it later. Well, later came and the bakery closed.

Most likely not wanting to avoid ramifications of an addict not getting their fix, Kyle sweetly decided he would go on a night run to find me some chocolate. He returned with a brownie and a coffee bar, both of which were delicious.

Highlands coffee desserts

There are many locations for Highlands Coffee throughout Vietnam and I believe they now have locations Philippines as well. The chain which was created by a Vietnamese American in Hanoi about 20 years ago (the first time an “Overseas Vietnamese” was able to create a private company there) also serves coffee (obviously) and food. The cost for food and coffee is a little closer to western prices, so we otherwise avoided this place. Based on the quality of my desserts, I assume their coffee and food is pretty good, though.

Kem Ho Tay (ice cream)

Kem Ho

We were making our way back to our first Airbnb after a long day out and came across the perfect snack- ice cream! You can go inside and sit and get a nice ice cream dish but we opted for the stand outside so we would be able to eat our ice cream on our walk back.

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We ordered one cone each. I believe it was 10,000VND each, so a little less than a dollar for both. Once we tasted our ice cream Kyle was quite happy as the flavor was coconut. It was pretty good. Another piece I found about this place online claims that you can choose what flavor you would like in your cone with the flavors being strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. This was not our experience as we were not asked which flavor we preferred and we were then given coconut which is none of those but if you would like more information on Kem Ho Tay, I would still check out Travel Fish’s account of the place.

Find it: 1 Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Popeyes

Popeyes? Really? Yes, really. The closest bakery (Banh Ngot) to our second place in Hanoi was just a little farther than the first one and, at this point we were in the mood for a different kind of dessert.

Ice Cream!

I am not sure if I had ever eaten at Popeyes before we came to Vietnam but I have to say, I rather like it now. We would sometimes walk over for late-night biscuits and fries, but almost always, for ice cream, of course! Sometimes plain soft-serve, sometimes chocolate covered, sometimes both, each. It was such a lovely walk over too! We passed the lake with the bridge all lit up (I never could get a proper photo) and the fountain flowing, etc. Very pretty. And then the square with the food felt quite modern and classier than you would imagine for an area with fast food.

Fries and biscuits

2 soft serves and a large fry would run us VND47,000, about $2. A plain soft serve cost VND8000 and a chocolate covered cone cost VND10,000.

How to spot an American:

Ice Cream!

Where do you find your dessert while traveling?

Chocolate

Cat Ba Family Bakery

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Each day during our time in Cat Ba, usually directly following a meal, we would go visit the Cat Ba Family Bakery. While I don’t remember seeing any label outside, this is the name I found for it online and I’m pretty sure this was the only bakery on the island. Lucky for us, it was just two doors down from where we were staying. I have a daily need for sweets and this place certainly made it easier to fill that need. If we lost any weight during Tet (when less food was available), this certainly helped us make up for it.

cat ba bakery

The selection at the bakery varied by the time of day, but generally included donuts, brownies, and various pastries and cakes, including coconut, pineapple, and banana cake. I found some of the pastries to be a bit dry for my taste, but the donuts were quite good, especially fresh. They were heavier and bread-ier than the standard donut we are used to, and were covered in chocolate.

Yum donut

The cakes were hit or miss, with most looking slightly better than they tasted. The frosting was pretty good on some of the more standard cakes.

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Bakery items are not the only food item the bakery sells, though. There is also regular food: mostly sandwiches/bahn mis (are all sandwiches called bahn mis in Vietnam?) which included some combination of eggs, ham, cheese, and bacon. Kyle had an egg sandwich on a couple occasions and told me they were good. While I didn’t try the sandwiches due to my aversion to meat and eggs, I did enjoy their fresh bread.

Egg sandwich

Prices were quite reasonable, at least at the time of our visit (February-March, 2016.) Fresh bread was about 15,000VND (~$0.67) and most pastries were somewhere between 10,000VND-20,000VND ($0.45-$0.85.) The sandwiches were not much more.

Aside from Kyle and his sandwiches, we rarely actually ate our food at the physical bakery, though it would be a nice place to have breakfast if you’re a morning person as there is also tea and coffee available. We generally just picked out a few items from the bakery which they packaged up and put in a bag. We’d bring them to our room where we would work and snack on them. We’d also occasionally pick up a water bottle as we were not provided with any drinking water at our hotel.

Packaged up and ready to go