Being a trip leader, I travel to the mountains of Sapa with my group almost every month. Beside showing my travelers the fascinating cultures of the ethnic people living on the hill sides, the gorgeous mountains and valleys of Sapa during our hikes, I love to take them to a local rooftop bar for a drink for its panoramic views. There is no better way to take in the magnificent views of Sapa than being on a rooftop with a drink, and here are my favorite rooftop bars with stunning mountain views.


#1. Absinthe




Located on the 10th floor of Hôtel de la Coupole – Mgallery by Sofitel, the only 5 star hotel in Sapa, Absinthe offers effortless luxury with a unique sense of the surrounding mountains and Sapa town. It’s truely relaxing enjoying a bespoke cocktail or a glass of fine wine, as you can soak up the natural beauty of the nearby Hoang Lien mountain range with the famous Fansipan Peak.


In addition to the magnificent views, the rooftop Abinthe bar features an outdoor open fireplace, where we can enjoy an aperitif or after dinner cocktail in warmth and comfort. There is also a lavish domed ceiling with unnique vintage fashion pieces inspired from the glamour and sophistication of Coco Chanel, so you can enjoy your drink even when it’s raining outside.


Their happy hour is from 15h00 to 17h00, which is my favourite time to come with my travelers for their awards after hiking activites. As Absinthe is a perfect rooftop bar to watch the mountains surrounding Sapa, the sky transforms at sunset, and to treat yourself with a special offers on selected cocktails, beers and local spirits with unique flavors.


Absinthe: 10th floor, Hôtel de la Coupole - MGallery by Sofitel, 1 Hoang Lien Street, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Opening hours: 11h00 to 23h00

Tel: (+84) 214 3629 999


#2. Skybar Lounge




Skybar Lounge sits on the fifth floor of the BB Hotel Sapa, which is located right in the center of the town facing the square and the Sapa stone church. If the Absinthe gives you the feeling of being upclose to the Fansipan Peak and its Hoang Lien mountain range, the Skybar Lounge offers the opportunity to enjoy a local drink while obersving the local life from a town center’s rooftop view.


The lounge features both outdoor terraces and indoor tables with cofortable seatings, so you can visit the lounge on your orientation walk around the town and have a warm drink even when the weather is not supporting. With its prime location, no other place in town can offer more authentic town views than the Skybar Lounge. Here you can order different types of Vietnamese foods and drinks, including those inspired by H’mong and Red Dao ethnic minorities. It’s truly a great place to “drink with a mountain view” in Sapa.


Skybar Lounge: 5th floor, BB Hotel Sapa, 08 Cau May Street, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.

Opening hours: 9h00 – 23h00

Tel: (+84) 214 387 1996



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