It is all about coffee

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I have heard more than one person say that they only started drinking coffee when they come to Vietnam, not by the meaning of living here but as a tourist. It is just this simple, in Vietnam, coffee is a way of life. Learn more: Hanoi tours

There is certainly a lot more to the local stuff than the usual flat whites, cappuccinos, or long black. We could find a warm cup of coffee at 4 am in a street, a tiny local café, or at an upmarket setup. The typical choices for a Vietnamese would be “cà phê sữa đá” or “cà phê đen” which are known as coffee with condensed milk and a black coffee respectively.

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How coffee is made could be varied from north to south of Vietnam but we are here to guide you to the signature of Hanoi – Cà phê trứng- Egg coffee. It was created in the early 1950s and inspired by the traditional cappuccino. A standard hot cup of egg coffee possesses a thick and creamy yellow egg layer on top harmoniously marriage with a solid Robusta flavor on the bottom. With a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam perched on dense Vietnamese coffee, Ca Phe Trung is more like a dessert than a typical coffee, and it is surely a family secret. 

Where to find the best egg coffee in town?

Cafe Phố Cổ HN

Cà Phê Phố Cổ- Old Quarter Cafe

Let’s first head to  Ca Phe Pho Co which is located in Hàng Gai, right next to Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. The entrance is hidden behind a tiny clothing store. Once entering through the alley, a whole new world of a 100-year-old house stacked with paintings, and antique collections appeared on the first floor, keep climbing up through the old time-colored ladder, and you will get to an open-air sitting area looking over Hoan Kiem Lake where The New York Times once gives “a sweeping view over thousands of motorbikes on their circumambulation around Hoàn Kiếm Lake”. 

Address: 11 Hang Gai, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 

Opening hours: 8:00- 23:00 Monday to Sunday

Price: 35,000 VND

Cafe Đinh- Dinh coffee

Located in Dinh Tien Hoang street, Dinh café is also a local’s favorite. The egg coffee here is a little different from the one in Ca Phe Pho Co in terms of the bitter coffee taste and its appearance. However, this hidden coffee shop attracts many people for its friendly, casual, and street-style look. 

Address: 2nd Floor, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Opening hours: 7:00- 22:30 Monday to Sunday

Price: 25,000 VND

Café Giảng- Giang Café

Tucked away in a small alley at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street is a bustling café that will impress you with the appearance of Vietnam in the middle of the last century and an old Hanoi with antique vases, fans, and paintings. Besides the incredibly delicious taste of egg coffee, Giang Cafe is also well-known for its long history of being the first place to serve egg coffee in Vietnam. Giang is named after the inventor of egg coffee when he used to work as a bartender at 5-start Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.

It might be a challenge finding the place for a person visiting Hanoi for the first time but it is well worth the effort.

Address: Alley 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Opening hours: 7:00- 22:30 Monday to Sunday

Price: 30,000 VND

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Diep Van

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Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

I photograph a wide variety of subjects, from travel to landscapes to street scenes. I enjoy documenting the East’s rich cultural heritage and its land soaked in glorious sunrise or sunset light in remote and secluded spots. And, I am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. You can visit Luminousvietnamtour to explore tour!


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