A Guide to the Best Cafe’s in Hanoi

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

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Cafe Nola

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

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Eden Coffee

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

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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

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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

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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

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La Studio

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

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Loading T

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

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Coffee is a major aspect of life in Vietnam and I urge you not to skip it!

 

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Four Bangkok Cafe’s You Should Check Out

I love being able to sit in a beautiful cafe with a good cup of coffee and a delicious treat whilst I catch up with friends, do some work or read my book. To my surprise, Bangkok has a thriving cafe scene. There are so many beautiful cafe’s but I’ve chosen four of my favourite (so far) ones to feature this July.

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Landhaus Bakery

Who loves freshly baked bread? Everyone. Who loves a good pastry? Everyone. Combine fresh bread and pastries with good coffee and company; and well, you have a winner. Landhaus Bakery is the perfect feel-good location to have a relaxing treat. Surrounded by hanging greens and friendly staff – you are bound to be coming back for more!

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Pollen Baked Goods

Pollen Baked Goods is a new kid on the block, with the block being the Bangkok cafe scene. As you walk through the doors and enter this quaint little cafe, you are welcomed by a wall of shelves stacked with all kinds of pastries. From mini pizzas to decadent doughnuts and from traditional and chocolate cinnabons to mini cakes that are the perfect size for one. To top it all off, everything is so well priced. Hence why we had so much!

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Alex and Beth

Imagine sitting in a quaint cafe somewhere in the middle of Europe, sipping a freshly brewed coffee whilst snacking on a delectable sandwich. Well , Alex and Beth emulates just that. Their intricately decorated tableware and dark wooded tables differing in shape add to the creative and laid back atmosphere of the cafe.

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Roots at Sathorn

Roots at Sathorn is slightly different compared to the cafe’s mentioned above. This spacious and modern cafe is the perfect place to get work done along with a strong cup of coffee and a light pastry. Their sourdough brioche doughnuts are so delicious – I could have had ten!

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Another cafe that I absolutely love is the Floral cafe at Napasorn, which I’ve dedicated an entire post to.

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