Best Types of Vietnamese Coffee Tourists Need To Try In Hanoi
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Vietnamese coffee is one of the things that tourists must try when coming to Hanoi. But did you know there are so many variations of Vietnamese coffee that are exceptionally delicious, the combinations of coffee that no one ever think of but they surprisingly work super well. Here are the 6 types of Vietnamese coffee that we highly recommend during your visit in Hanoi, in Hanoi Old Quarter.

1. Cà Phê Sữa Đá: Classic Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Let’s start with the basics. This is the standard way Vietnamese drink their coffee. Made with a layer of condensed milk at the bottom of a tall glass, the signature coffee press is then placed on top of the glass, and the dripping begins…very very very slowly. When it’s finished (don’t hold your breath), mix that baby up with a tall spoon, and pour it over a refreshing glass of ice filled to the rim. Voila! Enjoy your ice cold glass of rich, smooth, robust coffee goodness.

Where to get it: As the standard coffee in Vietnam, literally any coffee shop will make it well.

PRO TIP: Go to a standard traditional-styled one (you’ll see a bunch of old Viet men on small chairs staring at the sidewalk) for the best prices  (.50 cents) but same quality as trendier cafés.
PRO TIP 2: If you want your coffee hot, order “Cà Phê Sữa Nóng" - Hot Vietnamese Iced Coffee. 

Where to try in Hanoi:

Old Town Garden Café
Address: 11 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 
Hours: 8 AM - 11 PM
Distance from our hotel: 400 m - 5 min walk

2. Cà phê đá: Iced black coffee

This is only for the BRAVE. If you’re one of those coffee drinkers that insist real coffee should be enjoyed black, you can have it your way too. They’ll generally add heaping teaspoons full of sugar. If you’re a true coffee savage (in which case you get my respect), ask for “không đường” (no sugar) or “ít đường” (a touch of sugar).

Where to try in Hanoi: 

Café Giảng
Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Hours: 7 AM - 10 PM
Distance from our hotel:  350 m - 4 min walk

3. Cà phê dừa: Coconut Coffee

Yup, it’s as good as it sounds. That strong, robust coffee flavor is blended with coconut cream, condensed milk and ice to create the most refreshing, straw-slurpin’, summery treat imaginable. Sit back in a leafy café, hide under the shade of a palm leaf, and keep cool from that tropical summer heat with a to-die-for glass of ice cold coconut coffee.

The Vietnamese Coconut Coffee might be the lactose intolerant persons answer to coffee consumption in Vietnam. The recipe is similar to that of the iced coffee, only varying in that you also add coconut cream to the final product and coconut meat if you’d like to eat your coffee too. In this recipe, you could delete the condensed milk and make it lactose-free. This will also work for those of you faking a lactose issue for attention and like to ensure that whatever you order becomes problematic. 

Where to try in Hanoi: 

Cong Caphe Ma May
Address: 54 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Hours: 7 AM - 11:30 PM
Distance from our hotel:  500 m - 6 min walk

4. Cà Phê Trứng: Egg Coffee

My personal winner goes to EGG COFFEE! No no, it’s not coffee with an egg plopped on top and I swear I haven’t gone crazy. It’s coffee topped with a creamy, frothy layer of whipped egg yolk and sugar, creating a creamy, decadent custard-like consistency. Kind of like the caramelized flavor of crème brûlée, but in custard form…served piping hot with that strong full-bodied Vietnamese coffee. Okay, you see why it’s my favorite? Traditionally from Hanoi, the northern parts of the country tend to get chilly this time of year. There is nothing…I repeat NOTHING, better to warm you up than a hot, creamy, sweet, frothy, whipped egg coffee confection. In fact, I am so obsessed with egg coffee that I went to my favorite café and had them teach me how it’s made!

Where to try in Hanoi: 

Café Giảng
Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Hours: 7 AM - 10 PM
Distance from our hotel:  350 m - 4 min walk

5.  Sữa Chua Cà Phê: Vietnamese Yoghurt Coffee

The same idea as your iced coffee but with plain yogurt mixed in and often topped with fruits like mango. A beverage likely to be scoffed at by coffee connoisseurs, it’s a fun way to try and make a meal out of a coffee.

Where to try in Hanoi: 

Tuấn Café
Address: 37 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Hours: 7 AM - 10: 30 PM
Distance from our hotel:  350 m - 4 min walk

6. Sinh Tố Cà Phê Chuối Bơ: Coffee Blended With Banana & Avocado

Pushing the boundaries of what the hell it is to drink a coffee. In the North of Vietnam by motorbike and the areas around Hanoi, you can likely find the magic of avocado and banana blended into a cup of joe condensed milk, creating a flavor utopia. Even those who are not sweet coffee drinkers will fall in love with the flavor balance;  because Vietnamese coffee is in nature so strong and flavorful, it can withstand sweetness without losing it’s true “coffee” flavor.

Where to try in Hanoi: 
You might find it at Giảng Café, but depends on demand, sometimes, they do not serve this particular smoothie coffee concoction but you can order an banana avocado in most cafes in the old quarter, and ask them to blend it with black coffee. 

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