Other than the few baskets and shops on the northwest corner of HK lake, does anyone know where there's a tobacconist selling good cigars?
For what it's worth, I found a lousy selection of poorly kept cigars going for almost $40 each at the Sofitel the other day and kept on walking.
Later, I found the Latino Bar in the Melia Hotel. They had a pretty nice little selection of Habanos starting at $11. I got a Montecristo #3 for $14 that burned a little unevenly, but was delicious down to the nub.
(And, although they they dress the staff like icedancers, they were all very nice too.)
Vine Rest #1 Xuan Dieu and Vine Cellar Door at #7 Xuan Dieu are the lowest cost place to get real Cubans in very good condition (proper humidity and authentic cubans). You can smole cigars at the Vine Restaurant and also Vine Cellar Door has a cigar smoking lounge upstairs with bar/food service from the Vine Cellar Door (they make great mojitos and cuban sandwiches). Also, the Casa Habana shop in the Melia Hotel has the same cigars as Vine. The cost isn't the cheapest compared to duty free outside but they have a great selection and they seem to be all real cubans.
Ask for Chris the cigar manager at Vine, he knows cigars and cuba quite well.
My experience with sourcing a good cigar in Hanoi:
Nguyen Hoang, owner of Pane e Vino Restaurant and Wine Shop, is the godfather of cigars in Hanoi. He always has a large collection of unique cigars and boxes on hand at his restaurant and he loves to talk cigars.
Casa Habana stocks cigars but the staff are not deeply knowledgeable about their offerings. There is a shop on To Ngoc Van and they have a sofa and two comfortable chairs.
Phu Kien cigar stocks a wide range of cigars and they have some nice accessories too such as portable humidors. They're on Dien Bien Phu across the street from The Kafe.
The Polite Pub carries some cigars and they're usually open to midnight and they're at 5 Hàng Hành, Hoàn Kiếm.
Vine on Xuan Dieu still carries cigars.
The InterContinental Hotel (pricy) has a small but well-stocked humidor.
Don's Bistro also has some cigars.
La Salsa on Xuan Dieu also stocks a small supply of cigars.
If you need a quality stogie after midnight you may be out of luck. Hope this helps.