Giang Café is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in the city’s old quarter. It continues to be hugely popular among Ha Noi’s coffee addicts with its special Ca Phe Trung (or egg coffee).
Giang Café was founded by Mr. Nguyen Giang in 1946, when he was working as a bartender for the famous five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi hotel. Although the café has been relocated twice, its egg coffee recipe is almost the same as in its early days, with its chief ingredients being chicken egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese.
No matter how the time goes by, the coffee is pretty deliciously mixed by a lot of materials such as eggs, milk, coffee that you will find them so amazing and unforgettable. The egg flavor is really fat, and the coffee flavor is really both fragrant and bold. But the most important factor that makes Giang Café unique and different from other restaurants is the formula how to measure exactly the fixed amount of eggs and coffee and the way to mix them perfectly that will decrease the egg sickliness to the maximum so that you can have the perfect smell and taste.
Address: No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District.
Ca Phe Pho Co
This shop, meaning “coffee in the Old Quarter,” stands deep inside an old house on Hang Gai Street and is hard to find for first-timers. The café offers its customers a selection of Vietnamese coffee blends that will suit all different tastes.
The favorite seats are on the terrace, which takes a climb up three flights of stairs and offers “a sweeping view over thousands of motorbikes on their circumambulation around the Hoan Kiem Lake,” the New York Times said in its 2014 feature “36 Hours in Ha Noi,” in which it recommended the café as a great stop during the capital’s infamous rush hour.
The shop is known for its egg coffee, while smoothies, shakes, sundaes and beer are also on the menu.
Address: 11 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi.
Ha Noi House
A small coffee store nestled in the alley on Ly Quoc Su, Ha Noi House has become a popular destination for visitors near and far. The shop serves a long list of drinks and despite its narrow space, there are many private corners that drinkers can squeeze themselves into.
Old tiles, hanging lights and soft French music just entice the romanticism. It is like entering an old house with dark colors but is decorated and furnished with very delicate items. The small cozy place is well decorated with beautiful pieces of arts all over from the ceiling to its tiled floor.
The shop serves varied traditional coffees of Viet Nam. The sophisticated French classics that play from the speakers are perfect- one couldn’t propose a more fitting playlist for this colonial building of over a hundred years.
Address: No.2 Ly Quoc Sư Street, Ha Noi.
Café Mai is a local, special coffee shop selling quite a variety of coffee in both Robusta and Arabica species. Café Mai is one of the first cafés opened in Ha Noi, in 1936, and it is also one of the very few Ha Noi coffee shops where coffee beans are roasted right on the spot so guests can witness the process. The nice scent of good coffee can be smelled from miles away. Among all the kinds of coffee sold here, one cannot ignore the Paris Mai, one of the most expensive coffees in Viet Nam. It is actually known under a more common name as Weasel coffee or Kopi Luwak.
The shop also sells beautifully wrapped packages of Vietnamese coffee that you can bring back home as gifts for family and friends.
No. 96 Le Van Huu Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi.
79 Le Van Huu Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi.
52 Nguyen Du Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi.
75 Tran Nhan Tong, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi.
Manzi is a bar and coffee shop in an ancient French villa on Phan Huy Ich Street, which is close to the West Lake and the Old Quarter. The shop also hosts small exhibitions of paintings, photographs and sculptures, along with talk shows and live music.
Ignoring the western coffee, the drinks are excellent and reasonably priced considering the quality. Highlights include a refreshing pineapple and mint juice, fresh fruit with yogurt, and a distinct and flavorsome Vietnamese coffee. They also serve a variety of sushi plates throughout the day.
Address: 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi.