Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Hanoi

Our favorite (and least favorite) coworking spaces in Hanoi, Vietnam

Sitting on the Red River, Hanoi is one of the world’s oldest capitals. This enchanting city represents a curious fusion of the ancient Eastern and contemporary Western cultures. Towering skyscrapers have rapidly changed the city’s look and feel, but culturally significant sites remain intact. This has made it appealing to tourists and digital nomads alike. Check out what it’s like to be a digital nomad in Hanoi:

The Vietnamese capital has welcomed this surge of location-independent workers. Coworking spaces are popping up around the city. Here are our top picks.

Toong is our favorite coworking space in Hanoi

Image source: Toong

Toong is a chain of coworking spaces in Vietnam. There are as many as five locations in Hanoi alone. Each of their spaces has a different theme going on, but they all serve a blend of Vietnamese tradition and contemporary office culture. It is one of the oldest chains of coworking spaces in Vietnam.

Their first Hanoi-based space, Toong Trang Thi, is our favorite. This place is located in the middle of the historical center of Hanoi. It’s only a couple of minutes on foot from the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. If you’re staying anywhere in the Old Quarter, you won’t have any trouble accessing it. When you see the building where Toong Trang Thi is nestled, you won’t believe there are office spaces inside. It’s a beautiful old French villa repurposed for coworking. Enter it, climb a fancy circular staircase, and voilà — you’re in the most stylish coworking space in Hanoi.

Their offices take up two floors of the villa. There are both private offices and open-concept areas to choose from. If you go for the open area, you won’t have to sit elbow-to-elbow even when it’s crowded. The desks are long and wide. Plenty of greenery gives it a homey feel. Huge overhanging ferns and green walls make for a pleasant sight. The overall design is gothic-oriental, with ornamental wood carvings, figurines, and cushions. The staff is hospitable and the community multicultural — a digital nomad’s dream!

Basics
Pricing
  • VND 150,000 per day
  • VND 1,900,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

iHouse is our least favorite coworking space in Hanoi

Image source: iHouse Facebook

iHouse is in yet another old Hanoi villa turned into an office space. This one is set in the Cau Giay district, in a narrow street, which is not so easy to access. Another thing that might make it even harder to find this place is the fact that there are no signs or boards with the name. If you don’t check the exact address, you will pass by this villa thinking it is a private residence.

The owners advertise it as a garden-inspired coworking space filled with plants and daylight. Too bad that you might also end up sitting on a garden chair. Many of their chairs are completely unsuited for work, and the desks are not much better. The view of the garden and the porch are indeed beautiful. If you decide you like the view and the atmosphere of the place, you might be able to work around the uncomfortable ergonomics. Attach a travel stand desk to any ordinary desk and work standing up. The daily coworking space features only a couple of desks. Dedicated desks are not an option here. Some guests reported a dreary condition and unkempt surfaces.

One good thing about the place is the outdoor terrace. It is surrounded by trees and guests can recline in their hammocks. Another benefit is that it’s open until late evening hours. iHouse is perfect for rest, but for work — not so much.

Basics
Pricing
  • VND 120,000 per day
  • VND 1,400,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

2 other coworking spaces in Hanoi we like

Here are two other places to cowork in Hanoi:

  • HanoiHub
  • The Learning Hub

HanoiHub in Ba Dinh

 

Image source: HanoiHub Facebook

If you’re not a fan of big crowds and touristy streets, you may like the Ba Dinh district. It’s close to the Old Quarter but not as crammed with people. HanoiHub is a coworker’s haven in the Lang Ha street in Ba Dinh. They have another location in Thuc Khang street, but this one is more popular.

HanoiHub is a bright and perky nook for anyone who needs more positive energy in their work zone. Cheerful yellow and warm orange tones dominate the rooms and make them appear more spacious. Plenty of natural light and potted plants scattered around the place contribute to the casual, laid-back vibe. There are both private offices and an open space area. A wide variety of seating options are available, from bean bags to standing desks. Light study music plays in the background and helps visitors concentrate on the task at hand.

If you want to clear your head before or after hard work, there’s also a relaxation room. It features a mini library stuffed with books and comics. There are also PC and Mac computers at the guests’ disposal. Coworking spaces are largely non-smoking areas. This one has a balcony where smokers can puff on their cigarettes while enjoying the beautiful view. The staff is friendly and cordial and makes you feel at home.

What we don’t like about this place

The kitchen is adjacent to the hall, and the smell coming from it may annoy some customers.

The Learning Hub in the Old Quarter

Image source: The Learning Hub Facebook

The Learning Hub is another cozy space near Hoan Kiem Lake in the Ngo Quyen street. Be careful not to miss the building. There is only a tiny green logo displayed near the entrance. The location is well-connected, and there are plenty of cool spots around, such as the Opera House. Many local Vietnamese food places are in the vicinity. We recommend you try the famous Trang Tiem ice cream in the neighborhood.

The Learning Hub is a quiet place despite it being in the city center. It is bright and luminous and isn’t crammed with unnecessary decoration. There’s everything you may need — open and private rooms fully equipped, beanbags and comfy chairs. They serve free coffee and tea all they long, and there are also snacks. The staff is friendly and accommodative. For a central location like this, The Learning Hub is surprisingly affordable, starting from VND 20,000 per hour.

The community that gathers here is great. The second time you come, you’ll already feel like a part of it. On weekends when the place is closed for work, they organize various community events, such as movie nights, dinners, and workshops. Internal exchange fairs they host are a great opportunity to exchange ideas about various projects participants are working on.

More coworking places in Hanoi

We listed our favorites, but there are many more coworking spaces in Hanoi to explore. These include:

  1. UP
  2. eSpace
  3. WeShare
  4. Hatch! Nest

Where to stay in Hanoi

Where East meets West: Where to stay in Hanoi

If you want to experience the vibrant, exotic Vietnamese culture, Hanoi should be one of your first stops. The city is a fascinating mixture of Eastern and Western cultures. You will get an insight into the authentic Vietnamese lifestyle, but also notice some interesting Western influences from its colonial history. 

Photo credit: whatsupvietnamcom

Our top 5 neighborhoods to stay in Hanoi

In a city as big and foreign as Hanoi, it’s hard to pick an ideal place to stay in. To help you out, we have assessed all major neighborhoods and picked the best ones:

  1. Ba Dinh
  2. Hai Ba Trung
  3. Thanh Xuan
  4. Old Quarter
  5. Cau Giay

When making our picks, we considered several factors:

  1. Accommodation options and prices
  2. Historical and cultural sights
  3. Entertainment options
  4. Safety
  5. Whether the area is well-connected
Where to stay in Hanoi
Best for your first visit Ba Dinh Home to major tourist attractions
Best for hipsters Hai Ba Trung Less touristy neighborhood where you can experience the authentic Vietnamese vibe
Best without breaking the bank Thanh Xuan An affordable area that is well-connected with the city center
Best for crazy nightlife Old Quarter Most vibrant, crowded part of the city, filled with bars, pubs, and clubs
Best for long-term stay Cau Giay A quiet neighborhood with plenty of job opportunities

Photo credit: vietnamnomad

Where to stay in Hanoi on your first visit — Ba Dinh

When you visit a city for the first time, you want to stay close to as many cool sights as possible, right? This is what makes Ba Dinh an ideal neighborhood for first-timers. This area has plenty of attractions, museums, galleries, and entertainment options to keep you busy all day long. The neighborhood is located on the Lake Ho Tays’s southern shore so you can enjoy the spectacular view of the lake while sipping drinks in one of the lakeside restaurants. It is close to the Old Quarter, the historic center of the city, so you can easily get there to see some extra landmarks. Ba Dinh is much more peaceful than the very center so you won’t have to worry about your safety. 

Things to do in Ba Dinh

Here are some ideas of places in Ba Dinh that are well worth visiting:

  • The Imperial Citadel
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • The Temple of Literature
  • The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
  • Lotte Center Hanoi

Best for history buffs: The Imperial Citadel

The Imperial Citadel and its Flag Tower are probably the most visited landmarks in Hanoi. Over a millennium old, the citadel was the main center of Vietnam’s political power for over eight centuries. Besides the beautiful building and its gardens, you can also see artifacts excavated from all around Asia, such as pottery, ceramics, and bronze coins. The citadel is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Photo credit: aleaftolive

Best for culture vultures: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Those who love exploring Vietnamese culture shouldn’t miss Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum—the final resting place of the “Uncle Ho”, Vietnam’s most beloved leader. His remains are preserved in a glass case and the mausoleum was modeled after Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow.

Photo credit: andrexplores

Best for those unafraid of heights: Lotte Center Hanoi

If heights don’t make you frightened, you should consider visiting Lotte Center Hanoi, the second-highest skyscraper in the city. The observatory on its 65th floor is amazing. The breathtaking view of the whole of Hanoi will surely sweep you off your feet.

Photo credit:czarnyusa

Where to stay in Ba Dinh

Since Ba Dinh is the very heart of the city, accommodation in this area isn’t cheap. The average price per night is around $60. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable house – Old Quarter View Hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern apartment.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: this enormous apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Hanoi for hipsters—Hai Ba Trung

If you’re one of the “cool kids” who want to enjoy historical sights and genuine Vietnamese experience, you will love Hai Ba Trung. This hip, modern area is located on the Lake’s southern shore and sits right next to the Old Quarter. In this part of the city, you will be able to try authentic Vietnamese food, roam around street markets, explore interesting cafes, and really get a taste of the local culture.

What to visit in Hai Ba Trung

Hai Ba Trung is full of beautiful places you may enjoy. Here are some ideas:

  • Hai Ba Trung Temple
  • The Women’s Museum
  • Quan De Thich Pagoda
  • Ruby Plaza

Best overall: Hai Ba Trung Temple

When visiting Hanoi, it would be a shame to miss Hai Ba Trung Temple as it is one of the most popular and beautiful temples in the city. You will see 2000 years old statues of the Trung sisters, ancient military leaders that the whole district is named after. Although the sisters committed suicide, the altar presents their violent deaths at the hand of the enemy.

Photo credit: ziggy_hazeleyes86

Best for culture vultures: The Women’s Museum

If you’re a fan of gender studies, The Women’s Museum is a must-see. It shows how the role of a Vietnamese woman changed during the centuries and celebrates women’s contributions to Vietnamese culture and society. 

Photo credit: lucidsemiotics

Where to stay in Hai Ba Trung

In Hai Ba Trung, you can easily find good accommodation for any price range. On average, one night costs around $40. Take a look at our favorite places:

Budget option: this affordable room with a balcony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this nice apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: this luxurious hotel

The Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi’s central business district, a 40-minute drive from Noi Bai international airport and only 5 minutes from the city centre and its Old Quarter. This makes our hotel ideal for business and leisure travelers.

 

 

 

Where to stay in Hanoi without breaking the bank—Thanh Xuan

Thanh Xuan is the best place in Hanoi for backpackers and young globetrotters as it offers plenty of budget options. There are all sorts of economical accommodation, including hostels, Airbnb’s, and low-key hotels. The restaurants are cheaper than those in the city center and there are many affordable entertainment options. The neighborhood lies west to the Hai Ba Trung and is well-connected to the downtown areas of the city. 

What to do in Thanh Xuan

If you’re wondering how to fill your day without leaving Thanh Xuan, we recommend you check out these places:

  • Vincom Mega Mall Royal City
  • Phuong Liet Lake
  • Tam Huyen Pagoda
  • Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum

Best for entertainment: Vincom Mega Mall Royal City

Thanh Xuan’s Mega Mall is a place that offers something for everyone. Besides all sorts of shops and boutiques, the mall has an ice skating rink, beautiful gardens, and interesting sculptures. Underneath the mall, you will find Vinpear Land Water Park, Vietnam’s only indoor water park. 

Photo credit: crisanstevina

Best for historians: Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum

If you’re fascinated by military memorabilia, this museum will leave a lasting impression on you. You will see all sorts of helicopters, tanks, MIGs, and radars. You can even hop into a jet fighter and get a picture. 

Photo credit: ashzeppelin

Where to stay in Thanh Xuan

The main reason we love Thanh Xuan so much is that it offers plenty of cheap accommodation options. One night accommodation costs around $30 on average. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable yet beautiful looking hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this comfy apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: Hanoi Grand Plaza Hotel – Elegant quarters in a modern high-rise hotel with dining, a spa & a department store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Hanoi for wild nightlife—Old Quarter/Hoan Kiem

Old Quarter, the historical center of the city and the northern part of the Hoan Kiem area, is where all the action takes place. Located in the very center of the city, this neighborhood is known for its numerous pagodas, old gates, and traditional shops. It is also where all major bars and clubs are located. It is an absolute favorite among tourists as you will have something fun to do at any time of day or night. Old Quarter is also handy because there are plenty of accommodation options, ranging from budget Airbnb’s to high-end hotels. 

Where to go out in Old Quarter

In the Old Quarter, you’ll never get bored. There are so many things to see! Here are some places we recommend you visit first:

  • Bia Hoi Junction
  • Water Puppet Theater
  • Binh Minh Jazz Club
  • Le Pub Hanoi

Best for casual nights: Bia Hoi Junction

There is no place in Hanoi where you can enjoy the authentic Vietnamese vibe like Bia Hoi Junction. Although sitting outside on a plastic stool and drinking cheap Vietnamese beer maybe doesn’t sound like a fantastic idea, trust us—you’ll love it. The street is crowded, and people are extremely friendly so chances are you will make many new friends.

Photo credit: geoff_d_robson

Best for party animals: Le Pub Hanoi

If you want to dance until you drop (or at least until the sun starts rising), Le Pub is the place to go to. This stylish club hosts the best Vietnamese live bands, and you may also hear some international music. There are plenty of booze promotions and ladies get to drink cocktails for free every Thursday.

Photo credit: sirisopa

Where to stay in the Old Quarter

Old Quarter has many accommodation options. On average, one night costs around $40. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: Diamond King Hotel & Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern apartment with a balcony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: this beautiful apartment – Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Hanoi long term—Cau Giay

Although most people find Tai Ho to be heaven for expats, we think that Can Giay is a far better option. The accommodation is incredibly affordable as there are hundreds of new buildings and condo projects ideal for those considering moving to Hanoi permanently. The area is full of business centers and office buildings. There are also several English learning centers and international schools, so English native speakers can easily find jobs close to their new homes. You can also look for work opportunities in Tai Ho as it won’t take you more than 10 minutes to get there by car or motorbike. The only area where this neighborhood falls short is that the streets leading to the center are usually crowded so you may get stuck in traffic quite often. 

What to do in Cau Giay

Both expats and tourists have plenty of things to do in Cau Giay. Let’s take a look at some ideas:

  • Nghia Do Park
  • Com Lang Vong
  • Due Tu Pagoda
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Best for foodies: Com Lang Vong

Com Lang Vong, the so-called Green Rice Village, is Cau Giay’s hidden gem that no Vietnamese cuisine lover should miss. In the village, you will try this essential Vietnamese culinary specialty, learn everything about its history, and see how it is made. 

Photo credit: svietnammm

Best for culture vultures: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam is a multicultural country with a diverse culture. In the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, you will get familiar with all 54 ethnic groups, religions, and cultural heritage. 

Photo credit: newtopmab 

Where to stay in Cau Giay

Cau Giay is full of apartments, hostels, and AirBnBs. On average, it will cost you around $40 a night. These are our favorite places:

Budget option: this adorable apartment – Au Viet Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this eco-friendly apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury option: London Hanoi Hotel