Top 8 Coffee Shops in Hanoi Old Quarter
16 Aug 2017 by KATE LE
The lovely little Old Quarter of the capital city of Vietnam – Hanoi – is rising up with not only its own ancient look but also with its distinctive taste of coffee around the corners of the streets. They can be the perfect hideaways for anyone who would want to escape from all the noise and the dust of the city.
Famous and delicious coffee shops in Hanoi Old Quarter often situated in the corners of the old streets or they can be placed deep inside the alleys. These places are loved by the locals and foreigners as well as CNN, NatGeo and The New York Times. Let’s find out where they are at from the list of our suggestions below.
HANOI SOCIAL CLUB
Just like its name, Hanoi Social Club is a great place to hang out with friends with multiple floors and plenty of rooms to relax. The coffee house is located right down a quiet alley on Hoi Vu Street in the Old Quarter. The place is highly recommended for visitors who would like to enjoy best tastes of both Vietnamese and foreign music performing live every week. The ground floor is a peaceful place for reading. Moving up to the second floor, visitors can have a scenic view of the city from the balcony. The third floor is open-aired, plant-filled oasis where you can enjoy delicious egg coffee. This place also serves lunch and dinner.
• Location: 6 Hoi Vu, Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Unique interior design of Hanoi Social Club.
Back in the year of 1946, after the mass hunger in 1945, a man called Nguyen Van Giang who was working as a bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel invented a new kind of coffee. It was the time of milk shortage, Giang decided to use egg yolks instead to blend with hot coffee and sugar. Since then, he founded his own coffee shop – Café Giang – and became the birth father of the city’s famous egg coffee. Café Giang now has three different branches, but the original one is on Nguyen Huu Huan Street.
• Location: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Simple street sign of the famous Cafe Giang.
Simple decoration inside Cafe Giang
Being a descendant of Café Giang, Dinh Café is occupying the second floor of an old house in the Old Quarter. Giang’s daughter opened up the coffee shop and added some simple drinks to the menu such as lemon juice and herbal summer drinks. This coffee shop is one the way to preserve the family’s heritage of egg coffee. Dinh Café also featured on an episode of NatGeo’s “Street Food Around The World” series in 2012 in which the coffee shop was praised for its egg coffee taste, the decoration and the balcony’s view.
• Location: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Balcony seats at Dinh Cafe.
CA PHE PHO CO
Ca Phe Pho Co means “Coffee in the Old Quarter”. This coffee shop can probably be missed sometimes by first timer as it is hard for people to notice the small sign of Ca Phe Pho Co. To reach the coffee shop, you will have to pass through a small distance of an alley, then climb up three flights of stairs. But after the climb, you will be treated with a panoramic view of thousands of motorbikes as said in the New York Times “36 Hours in Hanoi” in 2014. Apart from that, you can have a chance to contemplate the works of art from the Feudal period like bronze statues, jade incensory, ceramic vases,…
• Location: 11 Hang Gai Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Works of art from the Feudal period at Ca Phe Pho Co.
Panoramic view of Hoan Kiem Lake from Ca Phe Pho Co.
Here we are at another stop of the famous egg coffee. Accommodated on the second floor of an ancient house on Chan Cam Street, yet, Loading T has its own flavor due to its atmosphere of the shop. Teas, smoothies and cakes here are absolutely mouthwatering.
• Location: 2nd Floor, 8 Chan Cam Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Entrance to Loading T coffee shop.
Elegant design of Loading T coffee shop.
When I first came to Cong Café, I was impressed by the decoration of the coffee shop, simple but elegant. Cong Café always has little antique pieces of stuff including old fans, old radios, old telephones, oil lamps, etc. at the time Vietnam was still a centrally planned economy, which is why it sometimes brings back old memories from the 20th century.
• Location: 35A, Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Front view of Cong Cafe shop.
The interior brings back old memories.
Manzi is the combination of bar and coffee shop in an ancient French villa on Phan Huy Ich street where closes to both of the Old Quarter and the West Lake. It is the most visited places for freelancers, the sight of dozens of people with eyes on their laptops is common on the first floor of Manzi. The second floor is a much more romantic place for couples or friends to hang out. While sipping on a cup of hot coffee, visitors can take a walk around the floor to enjoy a small exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculptures sometimes along with a talk show or live music. The “36 Hours of Hanoi” of The New York Times also mentioned of Manzi as “the only place in town where you could grab that same coffee and get some art”.
• Location: 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Nguyen Trung Truc Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Interior design at Manzi coffee shop.
Small art exhibition at Manzi coffee shop.
THE NOTE COFFEE
No need further explanation for the name of The Note coffee shop, little notes cover all around the walls of the shop on which are the messages of former visitors about little things in life or just a thank you note to the coffee shop. The notes on the walls create a colorful space which please the eyes of customers.
• Location: 64 Luong Van Can Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
The front view of The Note Coffee shop.
Little notes cover all around the walls of the shop.
» Hanoi is not just about only coffee, there are much more for you to taste, check out our Hanoi Street Food Suggestions to deeply discover this lovely city