When setting foot in Hanoi, people can be dazzled by the diversity of coffee shops there. With the growth of the number of coffee lovers, the coffee stations, coffee studios are springing up like mushrooms after rain with outstanding decoration and modern technology. However, it does not deny that they cannot replace the old coffee shops which are known as the soul of the Old Hanoi among the urbanization of the city. If you have a chance to visit Hanoi, you should not miss calling on the old coffee shops in Hanoi Old Quarter to experience the ancient ambiance and original taste of drinks there.
Now, start the journey to find out the old famous coffee shops in Hanoi with us!
Café Giảng is the famous brand of the egg coffee in Hanoi; this brand is named after its founder – Mr. Nguyen Van Giang who is the father of the egg coffee. The Café Giang will be just a usual coffee shop as others in Hanoi if it is not attached to the story about the birth of egg coffee in the 1940s. In 1945, Mr. Giang retired from Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel as a bartender, he raised a desire of bringing Cappuccino closer to Vietnamese. With his desire, in 1946 he founded his first coffee shop named Café Giang in 90 Cau Go street, Hanoi and now in 39 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hanoi.
At that time, the Vietnamese war hardly passed and the business still met difficulties; therefore, fresh milk which is one of the main ingredients of Cappuccino was always in the short supply in Vietnam. In that case, Mr. Giang thought to substitute egg yolk for the fresh milk; the fatness of shaking egg yolk is mingling with the bitterness of the coffee bean which makes the wonderful drink called “Egg Coffee”. When calling on Café Giang now, you will be offered two kinds of drink: Egg coffee and Egg Cacao, the cups will keep warm or cold in the bowl of hot or cold water.
Address: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi city. Or 106 Yen Phu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Time: 7:30 am – 22:30 pm
Price: 15,000 – 33,000 VND/ cup
Dinh Café is also a coffee shop that is well-known for the egg coffee; the name “Dinh” is named after the street “Dinh Tien Hoang” where it is placed. Dinh was opened in 1984 by Mrs. Bich who is the daughter of the father’s egg coffee – Mr. Giang on the second floor of the small old house with the view over Hoan Kiem Lake. Until now, when you visit Dinh Café, you still see the portraits of a young lady who is Mrs. Bich at a young age around the small room of Dinh Café.
Although published after Café Giang, Dinh still appeals much attention from the young Hanoians by both the beautiful landscape, young ambiance and the cups of egg coffee. This egg coffee there has a very special taste and different from the egg coffee of Mrs. Bich’s father – Mr. Giang.
If you want to know the specialty of the egg coffee in Dinh Café, an advice for you to have the best experience there is that you should avoid setting off on the weekend due to its density. Calling it on an early morning in the week, you will has a seat on the balcony to sightsee the Hoan Kiem Lake, sip a cup of savory egg coffee and have a conversation with your friends.
Address: Second floor of the building in 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Time: 7 am – 9:30pm
Price: 12,000 -20,000 VND/ cup
Situated in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Café Nang was the favorite meeting point of Hanoian artists over 50 years ago. Artists often call on it to enjoy the taste of the strong coffee there and the ancient ambiance of this shop with the mossy walls and small stools. Although Café Nang is crowded all day, you should try it once and you cannot drink coffee, you should try a grass of salty lime to experience the taste of Hanoi. If possible, you should have a seat on the second floor of the café to have a more quiet atmosphere and see the daily life of the locals in the Old Quarter.
Address: 6 Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Time: 8 am – 11pm
Price: from 15,000 VND/ cup
Opened in 1956, Lam Café is famous for the invaluable art gallery of the paintings from well-known Vietnamese artists. This café is founded by Mr. Lam who devotes his life for coffee and made his coffee become the artwork. The coffee used in the Lam Café is made from original coffee beans grounded without any other additives; therefore, the coffee in this café always has a special taste. Moreover, the appeal of this coffee house also lies in the giant collection of paintings about people and ancient streets of Hanoi which are hung on its four walls. That is the reason why many artists now often call on Lam Café to enjoy the strong coffee and educate from the artworks there.
Address: 60 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Time: 6:30 am – 10:30 pm
Price: 15,000 – 50,000 VND/ cup
Opened in 1946, Café Nhan is similar to many old coffee houses in Hanoi, it is named after one of its founder Mr. Nhan and the name also means ‘humanity’ in Vietnamese. Maybe, it is the reason why Café Nhan was the secret place for Vietnamese communist people gathering there to discuss the important issues during the Vietnamese wartime. It cannot deny that Café Nhan plays a part in the independence of Vietnam so you can see some pieces of evidence remaining there when visiting Café Nhan. Beside, Café Nhan is well- known for its original coffee, the coffee beans will be self-roasted by the Café Nhan before being served for customers.
Address: 39D Hàng Hành, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi
9 Láng Hạ Street, Ba Đình District, Hanoi
143 Nguyễn Thái Học, Ba Đình District, Hanoi
Time: 8 am – 10:30pm
Price: 25,000 – 50,000 VND/cup
Unlike many old coffee houses in Hanoi, Café Nhi is nameless in its billboard, which makes you realize this café is the name “Cafeteria” or “Café Giai khat”. Therefore, if you want to visit there, you should search its address 2 Hang Ca Street, Hoan Kiem District. In the past, Nhi was famous for one of four best café in Hanoi with Giang, Nhan, and Di. Now, it still remains the heat with the taste of strong coffee and the ancient ambiance.
Address: 2 Hang Ca, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Time: 7 am -10:30pm
Price: 15,000 – 33,000 VND/cup
After drinking coffee and having a deep conversation with friends, if you feel so hungry, you can visit Lang Lieu Restaurant situated in 57 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi which lies in the Hanoi Old Quarter and is not far from old coffee shops above. In Lang Lieu restaurant, you will have a chance to enjoy the Vietnamese meals with both dishes with meat and veggie dishes in the ambiance of Vietnamese villages.
Now, book a table in advance and make the most delicious and cozy meal together!!