Beautiful examples of French colonial architecture, tree-lined streets, busy shops and cafes spilling onto the sidewalks give Hanoi a character rarely seen in Asian cities. Thousands of motorbikes, cars, bicycles and pedestrians compete for space on the narrow streets. Horns honking, a peddler’s singsong sales pitch, the happy roar of diners at an al fresco cafe—Hanoi is a city that never seems to slow down. Still, everyone makes enough time for relaxing with friends and neighbours, sharing cups of sweet, strong coffee or a few glasses of cold, draft beer.