Giang café, one of the oldest coffee brands in Ha Noi, has opened since 1946 by Mr. Nguyen Van Giang. He was the former bartender at the hotel Metrophole in Ha Noi. Egg coffee (cà phê trứng) in Vietnamese, is a special drink you will find at select coffee houses in Ha Noi. If you like tiramisu, you will probably like egg coffee immensely.
Giang has not only delicious café with top quality in Ha Noi but also the source of Sino café cuisine, one of the specialties of Ha Noi. Egg Cafe is strong in taste of traditional coffee and rich flavor of egg yolk and sweet cream. All creates a smoothing flavor, fragrant aroma and sweetness. If you cannot drink bitter coffee, you absolutely can sip a cup of hot/cold cocoa and sweet egg cream.
Address: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem or 106 Yen Phu street, Ha Noi.
If you are in the Old Quarter, do not miss this café. A rustic ambiance with small stools and the mossy walls will take you to the time when the café opened 60 years ago. The café used to be a gathering point of Hanoian artists in its early days. Similar to traditional cafés of Ha Noi, Nang offers you salted lime.
You can find Nang in many places. However, the second floor in Hang Bac branch is perfect to enjoy your morning coffee.
Address: 6 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Café Nhan is opened in 1946. At the time of revolution, café Nhan in Cau Go Street was a place to exchange information among soldiers. Mr. Nhan has his own secret in roasting and grinding coffee so his coffee is always special. You can see many café shops under name café Nhan but most people still look for café Nhan in Hang Hanh Street.
Today, Nhan Café has branches in other areas of Ha Noi. The first small shop on Hang Hanh Street is still the favorite of locals.
Address: 37 Hang Hanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Decorated differently from other coffee shops in Ha Noi, Cong cafe is an ideal stop for local people to hang out. Old brick walls, old rustic brown tables and seats, the old screw are what you can see in Cong. It is like another side of Ha Noi in the past has been presented with a model of airplanes, photographs reminiscent of a smoky fire during the war, the political picture and the scene of agricultural activities. All creates a distinctive hall mark of Cong Cafe. Also, coffee beans from Buon Me Thuat city which is a famous coffee region of Viet Nam, make Cong more well-liked.
Address: 27 NhaTho Str. (great view to The Big Church) or 152D Trieu Viet Vuong Street or 68 Quan Su Street or 15 Truc Bach Street, Ha Noi
As one of the oldest cafes, Mai café has been in Ha Noi for 50 years. From beginning, Mai cafe was different from the others because this shop sold coffee beans only for coffee roasters and buyers to take away. Nowadays, Mai also opens a café for Ha Noi people to get closer to their coffee traditional flavor.
Not only the Vietnamese coffee beans, there are sources of Arabica and Robusta coffees, which leave a special impression on anyone who was once Mai Cafe. If you are walking across Mai Café, you can a strong attractive smell of coffee that will attract you to step in immediately.
Address: 52 Nguyen Du, Ha Noi
Although it has been opened recently, Luffy cafe has been well known among young Hanoians as a nice pet cafe. Here, they offer care services like spa, grooming for pets and it is reviewed as a quite clean coffee shop. Luffy has three stories, the first floor sells coffee, pet accessories and is the playground for guests and pets, the second floor is the playground belongs to the pets only, and the third one is pets’ spa.
Address: 25, Lane no 81, Lang Ha street, Dong Da District, Ha Noi
Upon entering Dinh, you will notice the portrait of a little girl hung on the wall. This is Ms. Bich, the daughter of the above Mr. Giang when she was young. In 1990, Ms. Bich, who had been an old, gentle lady, set up this small room in the old building with a view over Hoan Kiem Lake. Since then, Dinh is a common destination for the young Hanoian who likes the strong, cheerful rhythm of rock. Imagine passing through the mossy staircase entrance, crossing by several small doors older than a few decades, until you hear the hum echoing from the café room.
Address: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi