Top 7 Best Cafés in Hanoi for Travellers
- on Aug 30, 2020       By: BN
For Hanoi foodies, a real coffee means iconic names like Nhan, Nhi, Lam, and Giang. The tourists who come, for their part, make a list of experiences to enjoy; a friendly moment but also to live an unforgettable experience. Contemporary or vintage in style, discover with us the top 7 best cafés in Hanoi for travellers.
1. Café Giang, Nguyen Huu Huan and Yen Phu streets
At the top of the list of best places in Hanoi for a good coffee, this place is particularly famous for its original "egg coffee". This particular formula owes its name to Mr. Nguyen Van Giang, a seasoned barista at the Metropole Hanoi hotel in the 1940s. Previously in Hang Gai Street in the old quarter, you can now find this café at two new addresses:
- 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem district
- 106B Yen Phu, Nguyen Trung Truc, Ba Dinh district
One is on Nguyen Huu Huan Street, with two pleasant floors, and the other is on a larger street, Yen Phu Street. Both are characterised by a small space but are frequented by its faithful including many tourists.
>> Read more: Where to taste the best egg coffee in Hanoi?
2. Café Dinh, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem district
As the heir to the know-how of her father Giang, Ms. Bich has set up her own café in the old quarter of Hanoi, a few steps from Hoan Kiem Lake.
Located on the 1st floor of an old house from the colonial era, in Dinh Tien Hoang Street, hence its name “Dinh”, this place is a reference for generations of Hanoians, both for students and men of a certain age. It attracts coffee-loving tourists not only for its famous drink but also for its great location, and its terrace overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. This café, although in the heart of the city centre, is a true haven of peace where people happily wander for hours.
The menu is quite simple: coffee, cocoa, lemonade, and some Vietnamese desserts, it is above all an emblematic Hanoi café that intoxicates lovers of the thousand-year-old capital. Sip your egg coffee while enjoying a relaxing view through the tiled roofs of the old quarter, it is pure happiness for all.
3. Café Pho Co, 11 Hang Gai Street, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem district
The trendy Café Pho Co (Old Quarter), long frequented by travellers of all nationalities, is not easy to find the first time.
Located at the end of an alley on Hang Gai Street in the heart of the old quarter, this tiny old house stands out for its old-style decor with its wooden furniture and antiques. At the end of the dead-end, a green and airy space opens up on all its floors. Guests are flattered by a balcony offering a breath-taking view of Hoan Kiem Lake (Returned Sword), the capital's flagship.
4. Loading T, 8 Chan Cam Street, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem district
One time put in the spotlight by a CNN program for its speciality egg coffee, this small coffee-shop competes with the big names of Hanoi like Giang and Dinh.
Located on the 1st floor of an old house in Chan Cam Street, with all traces of time, this corner also attracts visitors for its good desserts such as cookies, tea, and fruit juices. Everything is served to you, for a very reasonable price, in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
5. Hanoi Social Club, 6 Hoi Vu Street, Hoan Kiem district
Located in the quiet street of Hoi Vu, and occupying two floors, the café offers a space for meeting and exchange as well as a more intimate place. Recommended by word of mouth by expatriates working in Hanoi and also by tourists, this brewery symbolizes the enriching encounter between two Eastern and Western cultures.
The ground floor hosts, every week, a musical evening hosted by international artists to promise you alluring shows. You will then enjoy a relaxing corner on the 1st and 2nd floors, in full light during the day and soft lighting in the evening. From breakfast to dinner, all daily meals are served complemented with good coffee or flexible desserts.
6. Hanoi House, 2 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem district
Located in Ly Quoc Su Street on the 1st floor, this place charms with its secular allure and in particular its balcony overlooking the Saint Joseph Cathedralof Hanoi, a nice stop for young people and tourists alike.
Drinks of all kinds: coffee, tea, cocktails, etc are available and despite a limited surface area, you can be tempted by the warm welcome and its intimate, pleasant corners.
The antique decor of bricks and stylish lamps, relaxed atmosphere and soft music, this place, as simple as it is, denotes a romantic atmosphere not to be missed.
7. Manzi, 14 Phan Huy Ich, Nguyen Trung Truc, Ba Dinh
This bar - café spot, run by Hanoi lovers, is a great place to combine business with pleasure. The place is intended to be unusual with the installation, which includes a variety of beverages, reading rooms, discussions with artists, musical sessions, artistic exhibitions (photography, painting and sculpture). At the table, the gourmet can only be satisfied with a different menu every day of the week.
A 15-minute walk from the Great Lake or West Lake (Ho Tay)and not far from the old quarter, Manzi is perfect for a business meeting but also for relaxing with friends.
>> Do you want a stay in Hanoi to discover new taste surprises or an unforgettable walk in the capital of Vietnam? Take a look at the programs put together by a local travel agency in Vietnam.