When in Vietnam, a daily dose of delicious Vietnamese coffee is a must. Locals and travelers enjoy caffeine several times a day, whether they want it hot or iced, black or sweet and milky, or even as unique concoctions with egg, coconut, and other fruity ingredients. Many coffee shops will give you traditional Vietnamese filtered coffee, but a range of third-wave coffee shops is elevating the coffee culture in Vietnam even further. The capital city Hanoi is a fantastic destination for café hopping, with a pleasant mix of heritage cafés and newer spots. Old Quarter’s Trieu Viet Vuong is even known as Coffee Street!
Set in the Old Quarter, Giang Café is famous for serving the first-ever egg coffee, a well-loved Hanoi specialty that’s been adopted all over Vietnam. The cozy coffee shop was founded by Nguyen Giang in 1946. To this day, it remains as charming as ever, with good music and a bustling crowd any time of the day. The café owners are also behind the equally beloved Café Dinh, a smaller and more intimate place that some people prefer over the buzzy Giang Café.
Kafeville is a specialty coffee shop that’s slowly become a haven for coffee connoisseurs in Hanoi. Established in 2016, Kafeville offers high-quality single-origin beans from the Central Highlands, but they also source beans from all over the world. Everything is freshly roasted in-house, with each drink expertly served, whether you prefer pour-overs, espresso, or traditional Vietnamese phin drip coffee.
Loading T Café
In the heart of the Old Quarter lies an old-and-worn French colonial manor that’s home to the Loading T Café. Set on the second floor of the mansion, the rustic coffee shop is one of the most beautiful cafés in Hanoi. Vintage furniture, cozy seats, and eye-catching patterned tiles create a charming environment for a book and a cup of coffee. As their signature twist, Loading T mixes a dash of cinnamon with Vietnamese coffee, giving the drink a unique aftertaste.
For an authentic coffee-drinking experience in the city, try Café Lam. Established in 1956, it’s one of the oldest cafés in Hanoi, with antique décor adding to the well-worn atmosphere of the coffee shop. Look through the framed artworks and rare books on display, then pick a small wooden table and pick a hot or iced Vietnamese coffee of your choice. Drinks are varied and reasonably priced. There are actually a couple of Café Lam branches in Hanoi, but the one on Nguyen Huu Huan is the flagship shop.
Tranquil Books & Coffee
As the name suggests, Tranquil Books & Coffee is a serene space where coffee lovers can read, work, study, or enjoy their brew in peace. Bibliophiles will fall in love instantly with the floor-to-ceiling shelves filled to the brim with books, while music lovers will be enchanted with the open mic nights on occasional evenings. Expect rich, aromatic espresso and pour-over coffee made by skilled baristas. There are a few Tranquil branches in Hanoi, but the intimate main branch is especially enchanting.
Hanoi Social Club
A hip hangout in a French colonial building in the Old Quarter, Hanoi Social Club is a popular spot for brunch and coffee. Retro décor, art, and eye-catching tiles create a stylish atmosphere perfect for the cosmopolitan crowd that frequents the café, while live music and artsy events keep things lively at night. Healthy options and vegan dishes are available.
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