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Must-try cafes when coming to Hanoi

Translated by Bing
Dinh, Lam, the old Giang, Pho Cho or the newly opened Loading T are all coffee addresses that many tourists come to when visiting Hanoi.

Dinh Coffee


Located on the 2nd floor of a small attic at 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Dinh coffee is a familiar address of domestic and foreign tourists to Hanoi. The shop is about 40 years old, formerly Bich coffee, the name of the female owner. Gradually, this place became known as Ding, simply because it was located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. The entrance of the shop is quite tricky, bold characteristics of Hanoi Old Quarter.


The shop is only about 20 m2 wide, with a small balcony overlooking Sword Lake as a "point corner". It is also famous for its traditional coffee dishes such as black or brown, which are brewed entirely by filter. In recent years, their egg coffee has been favored by strong demand from foreign tourists.


Photo: Dinh Coffee


Coffee Lecture


Giang is a coffee address, which can be said to be the oldest in Hanoi, with more than 70 years old, currently at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan. Giang, the founder of the restaurant, used to work as a bartender for the Metropole Hotel Hanoi. According to many stories, milk was an expensive ingredient at that time, so Mrs. Giang came up with a way to replace milk with eggs, creating a different but equally delicious coffee.


This makes egg coffee their most popular beverage, along with egg cocoa and other traditional coffees. Like Dinh, Giang is always crowded with visitors from far away, including many foreigners and those from provinces throughout the country.


Photo: Coffee Giang


Lam Coffee


Located on the same street as Giang is Lam coffee, at 60 Nguyen Huu Huan, with an age of nearly 70 years. Its first owner was Nguyen Van Lam, an art collector with books and paintings. In the old days, he was also known for supplying coffee to the poor artist community in the capital, with typical iced and hot coffee mixed with milk.


Lam Coffee now has a few more addresses opened by Mr. Lam's son. However, Lam's art gallery space with small tables and chairs is still the most sought after place. Their drinks are no longer just coffee, but have been supplemented with many other types such as smoothies ...


Photo: Ca Lam


Loading T


Compared to the above cafes, Loading T at 8 Chan Cam is only a "descendant" when it has only opened for about 5 years. The shop is located on the second floor of an old French villa, "very Hanoi", with a small area, only enough for a few sets of tables and chairs. The owner is a member of the 7X generation with passion and sophistication for coffee. He also wants Loading T to not only be a place to enjoy drinks, but also for people to spend time "loading" things.


The main space of the Loading T is indoors, but there is a small table placed in the hallway in the aisle. This corner of the table is almost never empty because this is the ideal chill place with a beautiful view down the street. If you are looking for a traditional coffee flavor, but a bit of a novelty, then the aroma of cinnamon here may be the right choice. They also serve egg coffee.


Photo: Loading T


Market Street Coffee


Just a few steps from Kiem Lake, at 46 Cau Go Lane and adjacent to Hanoi's famous Hang Be market, Pho Cho coffee has an ancient style, highlighted by the old yellow wall that makes you feel like you are returning to the subsidized era. The shop has been open for more than 5 years, the space is not too large, but always brings tranquility even though people come here in large numbers,


Inside the shop brings back memories with old tables and chairs, old mattresses, TVs or wooden shelves ... Their drinks are not too special, including coffee, smoothies, tea ... But the location is a big plus because of the comfortable parking space, the outdoor space is airy and spacious.


Photo: Pho Cho Coffee



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