Eating and Drinking in Sapa

Most of the busier hotels have reasonably priced cafes, which get more popular as the weather worsens! There's a string of popular restaurants worth checking out below the market as you head in the direction of Cat Cat village.

Auberge Hotel

Add: Cau May street

Meals 10,000-30,000d

The hotel's popular terrace restaurant has affordable prices and some vegetarian dishes.

Mimosa Restaurant

Tel: 871 377

Add: Cau May street

Mains: 15,000-30,000d

Above the main drag, this family-run eatery has a terrace and serves good and reasonably-priced barbecue beef, wild boar and venison, as well as pasta, salad and a variety of Vietnamese dishes.

Gerbera Restaurant

Tel: 871 064

Add: Cau May street

Mains: from 20,000d

Located close to Mimosa, this restaurant has a similar range of dishes and amenities. There are some great views over town from the upstairs panorama room.

Chapa Restaurant

Tel: 871 045

Add: 40 Cau May street

Mains: around 20,000d

A true travellers' cafe, this small spot serves up a steady diet of banana pancakes and spring rolls. Peek in the front door and the place may appear full, but there are more tables upstairs.


Tel: 871 504

Add: Ham Rong street

Mains: around US$5

A fine French-run restaurant where you can sip espressos, pick up picnic lunches or treat yourself to a sumptuous set menu. The bar is a good gathering place if you've had enough of the main strip.

Delta Restaurant

Tel: 871 799

Add: Cau May street

Mains US$5

This was Sapa's first (and still the town's only) predominantly Italian restaurant. It turns out good pizzas and pastas, but at higher, Hanoi, prices.

Baguette & Chocolat

Add: Thac Bac street

Cakes: 6000-15,000d

Definitely a very blissful retreat on a chilly day; tuck into a hot chocolate and the finest pastries in town. Picnics and light meals are also available

Considering the number of travellers to Sapa, organised entertainment is relatively scarce and the bar scene slow. For most, an evening out is the guesthouse balcony, particularly if the fog rolls in.

Bamboo Bar (Green Bamboo Hotel; Cau May street)
The first Western-style watering hole to open in Sapa and it's still going strong in the basement of a grand building.
Bamboo Sapa (Cau May street)
Next door to the Bamboo Bar, there's a free traditional hill-tribe music-and-dance show here from 8.30pm Friday and Saturday.

Red Dragon Pub (Tel: 872 085; 23 Muong Hoa street)
Downstairs is a tiny little tearoom; upstairs a British pub. They knock out a serious range of beers, as any good pub should, including ginseng flavour.

Tau Bar (Tel: 871 322; 42 Cau May street)
Claiming to be 'slightly lounge', Tau brings a different kind of cool to the mountains of the north. A lengthy bar to lean on, great tunes and a pool table suggest this place will prosper.

Victoria Sapa Hotel (Tel: 871 522)
Offers two bars or a terrace for a sundowner in style. Drinks cost more than elsewhere in town, but the ambience is alluring on a cold night.