It’s no secret that Vietnam is famous for its coffee, which means an abundance of cafe’s to choose from. Whether you are after a strong black coffee or something on the sweet side, you’ll find it in Hanoi.
The Note Coffee
Possibly the most fun, imaginative, friendly and colourful cafe you could come across. Before even stepping inside, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest “hellooo” from across the street. Inside, you’ll be surrounded by colourful sticky notes written by people from all walks of life. When I say surrounded, I mean it. They are on the tables, chairs, stairs, walls, the roof and even the hanging lights! They make a pretty good egg coffee too (which is a MUST try in Vietnam).
Location: 64 Lương Văn Can, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Nola Cafe is hidden away between the surrounding buildings and is accessed by a narrow alleyway between two shops. As you ascend the stairs, make sure you go up to the rooftop terrace before deciding where to sit. This cafe is full of creativity and is surprisingly peaceful considering its based within the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter.
Location: 89 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
One of my all time favourite cafes in Hanoi has to be Eden Coffee. Conveniently located next to St Josephs Cathedral, this multi-story cafe is filled with beautiful murals, intricately patterned furniture and a rooftop terrace that won’t disappoint. Not to mention, they make a GREAT coconut coffee!
Location: 2 Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Gấu Coffee Roaster
French pastries and Vietnamese coffee – what a combination! Make your way upstairs to sit on the balcony, sipping on your coffee, indulging in your croissant whilst watching local life unfold before you.
Location: 33 Hàng Bè, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Maison Marou Chocolate
Hand made artisan Vietnamese chocolate – need I say more? Maison Marou is a chic shop and cafe in one that specializes in decadent desserts, perfectly balanced hot chocolate and delicious Vietnamese inspired flavoured chocolates. At the back of the cafe, you can enjoy your treats whilst overlooking the chocolate desserts being made right before you in their open plan kitchen.
Location: 91A Thợ Nhuộm, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Blue Birds Nest Cafe
Nestled down an alley, behind a gate in the lovely area of Truc Bach is where you’ll find Blue Bird’s Nest Cafe. This cozy cafe is a co-working favourite among locals and expats, that has plenty of books to get lost in, great coffee and the sweetest cats to keep you company.
Location: 13 19, Đặng Dung, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
La Studio is one of my all time favourite cafe’s in Hanoi. What’s even better is that it is one of the most ethical cafes I have come across in Hanoi. Everything is vegan and freshly made, there is no plastic in sight and you are required to bring your own takeaway cups/containers. What’s even better is that all their breads are homemade! Although these types of cafe’s may be pretty common in the Western world, they aren’t in Vietnam. To see a few people coming together to try make a difference with such a strong support base is a such a treat.
Location: 44 Ngõ 31 – Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội
Located in an old French mansion, Loading T serves an array of different drinks, including a pretty good egg coffee. Walk up the crumbling stairs and you’ll be welcomed by the delicious smell of Vietnamese coffee, beautiful tiles and the friendliest barista.
Location: 2nd Floor, 8 Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Coffee is a major aspect of life in Vietnam and I urge you not to skip it!