Manzi has had its finger on the pulse of Hanoi’s art scene since 2012. The name is a playful take on the northern Vietnamese pronunciation of man di, meaning wild, barbaric or free. The elegant colonial villa, built in the 1920s, provides a dramatic contrast to a contemporary programme. A fashionable crowd comes for the popular, ever-evolving cafe space downstairs. Those in the know stay for talks on the arts and social issues, hands-on workshops, poetry readings, live music, films, and exhibitions of visual arts and installations throughout the house.