Directions: Just south west of Hoan Kiem Lake on the corner of Tran Hung Dao and Quang Trung.Phone: 0909061982
Went here yesterday with some friends and was surprised to see and hear five talented young Vietnamese musicians playing live Jazz and Funk. It was really amazing! The café is small, but perfect for the music and its acoustics.
Even construction workers come after work and enjoy. I will definitely come back for the music, as it was one of the best in Hanoi I have heard so far.
Panacea last night doesn't seem 100% identical to what I heard about it before. I'm wondering if the place has changed owner or something. Even if it's the case, Panacea didn't disappoint me a bit. I went to "It's Time" band's music performance last night, and had a pleasant time there. The band was playing inside the cafe, and customers were seated outside the glass walls. It created such magical atmosphere in the air of a warm Spring night. It was as if I was just a passerby, stopped by the cafe for a moment to be part of the music, and could leave anytime I wanted without anyone noticing. In fact, this way of seating also cooperated motorbikes passing by on the street as part of the show. Performers had their own space undisturbed by the crowd and cigarettes smoke. The audience could talk and dance and move around as they'd like without worrying they were violating the stage's integrity.
The whole scene certainly reminded me of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-in for peace back in the 60's.
Service was nice. Price is lower than many other places of similar category. The owner I met is a fine, friendly, sweet, pretty lady who has a lot of character and is a pleasure to talk with.
A nice little cafe at the corner of Tran Hung Dao and Quang Trung.
I really liked that they have instruments you can use: piano (with music sheets!), guitar, different kinds of drums.
Made me feel like I was by a wood-fire on a beach during summer, instead of cold-rainy winter in Hanoi!
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