BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN HANOI
Besides scrumptious and mouth-watering dishes, Vietnam is also renowned for its rich coffee culture that has been present for such a long time. Coming to Hanoi, you will have a chance to not only enjoy Vietnamese coffee but also to experience the way Vietnamese embrace coffee. Coffee in Hanoi diversifies to various types, methods, and originality. This article will offer you a clear insight into coffee culture in Hanoi and recommendations of coffee shops in Hanoi. Get ready because it’s gonna be a fun ride. Enjoy!~
Vietnam has a unique method of roasting and making coffee
Where is Vietnamese coffee originated from? Why can it get such an enticing and distinctive flavor? Coffee beans were initially introduced to Vietnam in 1857 during the French colonial period and has been vigorously developing since then. The land features, especially in the central highlands, are compatible with Robusta coffee. This variety contains more than twice the caffeine content than what is found in Arabica beans. With a high acidity level and burnt rubber taste, these beans are very bitter and strong.
Coffee is a major industry in Vietnam
Until now, coffee has become a major industry contributing to Vietnam’s rapid economic growth. At the end of 2019, Arabica production in Vietnam only takes up 4% of the total coffee production, whereas the vast majority still concentrates on Robusta coffee. This significant difference clearly demonstrates a high position in Vietnam’s Robusta in the coffee industry around the world. Inheriting such enormous and potential legacy, Vietnam also developed very unique methods to make coffee reserving every bit of its original flavor.
Types of Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Classic Coffee Drip
Caphe "phin" is prefered by most of Vietnamese
It’s a simple but delicious drink; ground coffee is added to a metal filter, or “phin”, which is on the top of the cup. Water is then added then seeps through the ground coffee and into the cup below. If black coffee is too much for you, try adding some condensed milk to sweeten it (Brown Coffee). You can see an interesting fact here is that they do not use fresh milk because in the past, during the French colonial period, fresh milk was much more expensive and easier to go off than condensed milk. Besides, Robusta coffee is very strong, only with condensed milk can the flavor be lightened.
This is a concoction of coffee, coconut, fresh milk, and condensed milk. It is made in a similar style as the other coffees, but, coconut milk is added into the mixture. Bac Xiu is sweeter than Brown Coffee, however, it is filled with coconut flavors. This coffee is actually a Southern drink, but it is becoming more and more popular as there are many people prefer a more sweet and light drink.
The creamy texture of whipped egg yolk is truly the highlight of this drink
This coffee is made basically by whipping yolks of raw eggs with sweet condensed milk. The creamy egg foam is then is placed on top of the strong Vietnam coffee to drip. The thick texture and rich flavor of the egg layer combining with Vietnamese coffee will make you feel like you are drinking a high-class tiramisu.
Coconut coffee comes later but it is loved by so many
Coconut coffee is a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. The drink is a mixture of Vietnamese black coffee and shaved coconut ice. This would definitely a treat for a sweet tooth and also a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.
Best Hanoi coffee shops
Giang Cafe Signature - Egg Coffee
Giang Cafe is one of the original coffee shops in Hanoi and the first one to sell egg coffee. Located humbly in a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan street, Giang Cafe was originally founded in 1946 by Mr. Nguyen Giang, who used to be a bartender in Hanoi Sofitel Metropole Hotel. Giang Cafe offers you a nostalgic feeling of an old Hanoi that no coffee shop can. Many visitors coming to Vietnam have fallen in love with egg coffee at the first taste of it.
Cong Caphe has more than 100 locations across Vietnam
Cộng means Việt Cộng in Vietnamese; this term was used in the socialist era. All of the propaganda posters, funny quotes are humorous addition to their unique decor style will all the brick walls and old sets of tables and chairs. Cộng Café is surely a hit in Vietnam these days. Their signature drink is ice blended coconut coffee, the taste of coffee harmonizing with coconut milk ice-blended will have you in love at the first sip.
All Day Coffee
All day Coffee portraits Western coffee shop
Besides rustic and modest Hanoi coffee shops, modern, specialty coffee shops are also becoming more and more popular among the youth, All Day Coffee is one of them. With their focus on specialty coffee, All Day Coffee offers coffee lovers a variety of choices, and a great space for working. However, it does not mean Hanoi signatures do not shine. In fact, their egg coffee is the creamiest you’ll ever find in Hanoi and the aromatic coffee is undeniably the best quality in town. Though it may be more pricey than other coffee shops but the atmosphere and experience of a coffee-centered haven are just well worth it.
Best time to enjoy Blackbird coffee is in the afternoon
Blackbird Coffee sits on a quieter street near the Old Quarter, a warm orange storefront with a small group of chairs outside that are nearly always full. The place is busy nearly all day, open until 10 PM since the Vietnamese never seem too concerned about drinking their coffee late in the day. The space is a staple of local specialty coffee in Hanoi, and it’s close enough to tourist areas to be easily accessible for people just stopping through.
Antique vibe in Loading T
A friendly neighbor of Blackbird Coffee on a small street in the Old Quarter, Loading T resides in a French colonial mansion with a cozy and homie atmosphere. The coffee shop is owned by a couple who pay much attention to every drinkers’ special needs. Also, their Vietnamese black iced coffee with condensed milk is specialized onto another level, it is a touch of cinnamon that elevates the aroma of the coffee. Here, you can feel the warmth and hospitality of true Hanoians, sip some good coffee, share a bit of your traveling, it would be a fun experience not only for coffee drinkers but also a culture enthusiasts.
Dinh Cafe - No. 13, Dinh Tien Hoang Str., Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District
Yen cafe - No. 184, Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh District
Xofa Bistro - No. 14, Tong Duy Tan Str., Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District
Atelier - No. 65A, Ton That Thiep Str., Dien Dan, Ba Dinh District
To sum up, the rich coffee culture in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi, has become a lifestyle, a lifestyle that keeps them chill and energized in the busy swirl of the modern world. You can find a lot of coffee shops at every corner around Hanoi, but there are only a few that can make you feel and like home and belong. Keep exploring and you’ll find the soul of Hanoi.