Best cafe in Hanoi - Where to drink good coffee near me?

Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world, behind only Brazil. Prior to the introduction of coffee, the Vietnamese were a tea-drinking people. Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French in 1857 more as a cash crop rather than for personal consumption.

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Thanks to the plantation system, Vietnam’s coffee industry flourished before being disrupted during and immediately after the Vietnam War. The industry was collectivized thereby limiting the production of coffee.

Types of Vietnamese Coffee


Vietnam produces Robusta and Arabica beans, with the former accounting for about 97% of the country’s coffee production. Vietnam grows so much Robusta that they contribute to about 40% of the world’s total Robusta production.

Though considered inferior to Arabica, Robusta is easier to care for and produces a higher yield, resulting in a coffee that’s quite bitter with twice the amount of caffeine. Sounds like my cup of coffee!



Different cafes will vary in how much Robusta and Arabica beans they use in each blend. Some will do a mix of 80%-20%, others 70%-30%, and so on. Most coffee in Vietnam is prepared using a small metal drip filter called a phin.

This isn’t an exhaustive list but here are some of the most common types of coffee you’ll find in Hanoi:

Ca phe den – This refers to black coffee. Ca phe means “coffee” while den means “black”. You can have it either hot (nong) or iced (da), so ca phe den nong (hot black coffee) or ca phe den da (iced black coffee).

Bac xiu – This is basically the same as ca phe nau or ca phe sua but made with less coffee and more milk. It’s referred to as “white coffee” and as far as I can tell, it’s always served cold. From what I understand, it’s mostly enjoyed in the south and may or may not contain coconut milk.

Ca phe nau / ca phe sua – This refers to coffee made with milk. Northern Vietnamese say ca phe nau while people from the south refer to it as ca phe sua. Nau means “brown”, which probably refers to the color of the coffee after it’s been lightened with milk, while sua means “milk”. Like ca phe den, you can also have it either hot or iced.

Ca phe trung
– This is arguably Hanoi’s most famous coffee creation. It refers to egg coffee made with heavily whisked egg yolks. It’s said to have been invented at Cafe Giang in Hanoi, which I’ll talk more about later in this post.

Ca phe sua chua – This refers to yogurt coffee, sua chua meaning “yogurt”. I had a delicious frozen ca phe sua chua at Ca Phe Duy Tri in Hanoi, but I believe it can be served hot as well.



Ca phe dua – Dua means “coconut” so this refers to coffee made with condensed and coconut milk. Served either hot or cold, I guess it’s like a coconut bac xiu but made with more coffee and less milk. The popular Cong Ca Phe chain makes a type of frozen coconut coffee called ca phe cot dua. It’s absolutely delicious, but more like a milkshake than coffee.

Ca phe muoi – Like ca phe trung, ca phe muoi is one of the more interesting coffee varieties in Vietnam. It means “salty coffee” and refers to coffee made with salt and fermented milk. It was invented by a cafe in Hue of the same name, so I’m not sure if it’s available in any other city.

Place in Hanoi cafe - Where to buy coffee in Hanoi?


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