More than just a drink, coffee has become a culture that makes a significant impact on the lifestyle of the Vietnamese. While Ca Phe Sua Da - a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe with iced cubes and 2 spoons of sweetened condensed milk - can be found on every corner of Vietnam, Ca Phe Trung is a special drink of Hanoi. Combined between the sharp taste of coffee and the creamy flavor of egg yolk, Ca Phe Trung draws a lot of fans and becomes something unique to Hanoi and one of the most favorable coffee drinks in Vietnam. Something you don’t often find on menus anywhere in the world.
Our Vietnam guides who have tried most of the best cafes in Vietnam will reveal the places to have the best taste of this drink. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of coffee, I bet you would love it at the first sip.
39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hang Bac District (Google Maps)
There’s plenty of cafes serving this delectable drink around Hanoi, but look out for the small brown signboard if you want to find the original shop. This 60-year-old cafe is full of attractive local flavors that few people could resist. Don’t expect a high-end cafe with comfy chairs and air conditioners. There are low stools and tables where locals and tourists have cups of coffee covered with a yellow aromatic layer. Giang’s Egg Coffee tastes like a dessert more than coffee. You will be in love with it even if you are not a coffee drinker. This is a cup of coffee that you can enjoy any time of the day.
- If you have some days in Hanoi, I would recommend you to go back every day to try the whole egg mixture drinks apart from Egg Coffee, including Egg Cacao, Egg Rum, and Egg Beer.
- Stay away from the peak morning coffee hours from 8:30 to 10:00 am if you don’t want to fight for a seat.
13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Trong District (Google Maps)
Good luck if you’ve found this place. The second-floor cafe is a literal hole-in-the-wall overlooking Hoan Kiem lake. You have to walk through a small alley between shops selling backpacks, then step up narrow stairs to find yourself in an old cafe with low wooden chairs, acoustic Vietnamese R&B music, and the tasty sweet foamy egg coffee. It’s fascinating to entertain your lonesome self-watching local coffee-goers while having an amusing sip of life. Most of them don’t speak your language but connect with you for one of the most delicious drinks in Hanoi (Photos: Đinh Café)
- If you are fortunate enough, you will have a wonderful view from the balcony seat.
- This cafe is only 100 meters from Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, it’s a great place to wait for your puppet performance.
45 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac District (Google Maps)
Cafe Nang is the best-kept secret of Hanoi Old Quarter. This place isn’t recommended by many guides but it can beat any touristy cafe in the city. The recipe passed down 3 generations makes Nang popular among Hanoi’s coffee lovers. Many of the locals come here for traditional coffee but the Egg coffee is also a hit. If you order a hot cup, they’ll serve it with a small flame to keep it hot. The coffee is delicious, the raw egg’s flavor isn’t noticeable when you taste it, and the ambiance is relaxing, peaceful, and quiet. Nang cafe is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon (Photos: Nang Cafe)
- Try Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk the next day. It costs only about 1 dollar for a good cup of coffee.
9 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District (Google Maps)
If you want both good coffee and a lovely view, this is definitely the place you shouldn’t miss. Its decoration is a great bonus for anyone who is a social media butterfly. Not mention to the beautiful view of Hoan Kiem lake from its 4th floor, the little red bridge, Mandarin lacquered boards, bird cages, antique crafts, a lazy cat, chickens sitting on the trees, plants, and bamboo growing everywhere: This cafe is a treasure for Instagrammable photos. But on top of that, the egg coffee is truly delicious. Flavorous, smooth, rich, creamy, and frothy, it is everything you’ve imagined your first coffee egg to be like. A taste that you wish you know the secret (Photos: Pho Co Cafe.)
- Turn on your Google maps when you walk on the street because you can easily pass without noticing the cafe.
- Coconut coffee is as good as egg coffee.
8 Chan Cam Street, Hoan Kiem District (Google Maps)
This is the place where if you know about it, you would want to keep it a secret. This charming cafe locates right in the middle of the Old Quarter, on a 120-year-old French colonial building. Surprisingly, it stays away from the noise and bustle of the surrounding area. Everything in Loading T is extremely photogenic from comfortable chairs, beautiful flowers, and lovely ceramic cups, to lush plants around the steps. The drinks are delicious and fairly priced. The yummy egg coffee is something that you would go back for it the next day in a heartbeat. Although you can always find a mix of locals and tourists hanging out here for a couple of hours, everyone is quiet and respectful to the others. Time seems standstill in the soft slow music background in this romantic cafe.
- Some people said that Loading T has the best smoothies and juices in the city.