Top 5 Vietnamese Drinks Tourists Must Try In Hanoi
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Here are our top picks for the top 5 drinks tourists must try in Hanoi, Vietnam. From Vietnamese black coffee to the infamous hanoi beer to the unique Che, all distinctive to Hanoi's colorful culture. 

1. Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as cà phê đá or cafe da is a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe. At its simplest, cà phê đá is made using medium to coarse ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter. The main ingredients are water, ice, condensed milk, dark roast coffee, best served cold. 

Giảng Café

Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Hours: 7AM - 10PM

Distance from our hotel: 400 m - 5 min walk


Cafe Dinh

Address: 13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Hours: 7AM - 9:30PM

Distance from our hotel:  260 m - 3 min walk

2. Egg coffee (Ca phe trung)

Think coffee with sugar, sweetened condensed milk with egg yolks whisked in. It might be hard to imagine but strangely enough, the egg yolks actually start tasting like soft and creamy meringue in your coffee, even though meringue is made of egg whites.

Famous cafés for it

Café Giang – 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street

Price: 30,000VND ~ 1.5USD/cup

Distance from our hotel: 350 m - 4 min walk


Café Pho Co – 11 Hang Gai Street

Price: 40,000VND ~ 1.8USD/cup

Distance from our hotel: 400 m - 5 min walk


Café Lâm – 60 Nguyen Huu Huan Street

Price: 30,000VND ~ 1.5USD/cup

Distance from our hotel: 300 m - 4 min walk


Check out our article for Egg Coffee: Best Egg Coffee in Vietnam - Top Tips for Travelers

3. Tra da (Iced Tea)

When Westerners think of iced tea, they imagine blistering hot summer afternoons and a cool, sweet drink — one that’s thick with sugar. Iced tea in Vietnam, however, is more diluted and bitter, but not in a bad way. Just because trà đá doesn’t give us cravings like coffee or sugarcane juice (nước mía) doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect Vietnamese drink.

A lot of restaurants and cafes serve trà đá free of charge, but if you do need to pay, it’s rarely more than 5000 VND ($0.22 USD). Even as more and more students switch to bubble milk tea, trà đá will never go out of style, because it’s usually the cheapest drink on the menu.

Tra da Via He

Address: 43 phố Đường Thành, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Distance from our hotel: 1 km - 12 min walk

4. Bia hoi Hanoi (Beer Hanoi)

Bia hoi refers to the refreshingly light, chilled, straw-coloured draught beer, as well as the no-frills neighbourhood drinking spots where you’ll finding yourself throwing them back. The big thing to know about it is that unlike most beers you probably drink, which can take up to a month to brew, bia hoi is brewed fresh every single day. A light, golden lager that’s served ice cold with a bit of foam on top, it’s only about 3% alcohol, which makes it as easy to drink as water… which is a little too easy, if you know what I mean.

Bia Hoi Tong Dan

Address: 12 Tong Dan Str, Trang Tien

Distance from our hotel: 700 m - 9 min walk

Bia Hoi Duong Thanh

Address: 2C Duong Thanh Str, Hoan Kiem

Distance from our hotel: 1.1 km - 13 min walk

Bia Hoi Lan Chin

Address: Many locations across Hanoi

Distance from our hotel: 300 m - 4 min walk

5. Chè (Vietnamese Sweet Dessert Soup)

Chè is any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Varieties of Chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream or topped with coconut milk. Even though “chè” is mildly sweet and doesn’t always have the most appealing look, most people are totally addicted to this unforgettable kind of sweet treat.

Chè Bốn Mùa
Address: 4 Hàng Cân, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Hours: 10AM - 11PM

Distance from our hotel: 800 m - 10 min walk

Chè Mười Sáu
Address: 16 Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
Hours: 7AM - 6PM

Distance from our hotel: 1.8 km - 8 min by car


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