If you’re anything like us, then no matter where you are in the world, one of the first things you’ve probably Googled about the destination is where to find a great coffee. Here are the best cafes in Hanoi that we found to make your searching that little bit easier, which you can also read on our dedicated Hanoi Travel Guide.
Best Cafes in Hanoi
The Notes Coffee is a fun and friendly Instagrammable coffee shop in the centre of Hanoi, right beside Hoan Kiem Lake. Colourful post-it messages from coffee loving travellers and locals alike line the walls, tables and chairs. Messages contain motivation quotes, life learnings and declarations of love in their thousands, making this café one of the most inspirational places you can go. See if you can find my note as you scan the walls for reading material while savouring your great cup of coffee! And make sure you try the banh mi sandwich; naughty but oh so delicious!
Speakeasy style concept right opposite St Joseph’s Cathedral. It’s no frills decor, and the coffee is Vietnamese style only, so you’ll find no cappuccinos here. However, the walk through the narrow lanes and up the backstairs to get there makes you feel like you’re in on a secret. I liked the interiors of this place, made you feel like you were visiting someone’s home. The view of St. Joseph’s Cathedral from their small terrace was lovely, I loved people watching from there with a cool glass of Baileys & Vietnamese Iced Coffee (45.000). Totally recommend you order one when you’re there.
Also with a view of St Joseph’s Cathedral, Eden Cafe is a little more on the trendy side, with wall art, colourful furniture, and tropical plant decor. They have a really amazing rooftop terrace also, that seems more fitted to fancy cocktails, than cappuccinos. I loved this coffee shop, and it’s probably my favourite in the city.
Cong Caphe is a popular coffee shop chain in Hanoi that I absolutely love. Each coffee shop is laid out differently but they all have the same khaki look, and military style decor with communist memorabilia. It’s a cool and quirky place to drink your daily latte. I tried a few different outlets and my personal favourite was the one located on a corner on Hang Mam street. Four floors, each one designed differently and offering a view of the chaotic Hanoi traffic.
Desperate for a coffee after returning from our trip to Halong Bay but with little time to get ready before we had to go find somewhere to eat, we had a quick look around our area and came across Hake. We didn’t sit in at this artisan cafe but we did get our speciality coffee to go. It was worth stopping in for.