Getting tired of Starbucks and want to try the authentic Vietnamese coffee? Whether you're looking for hidden gem coffee Hanoi, lake view cafe or working cafe in Hanoi here are our suggestions on coolest hidden cafes in Hanoi which you can always explore the charming Hanoi and its unique beauty. In this first part, we filtered out the most artsy cafes in Hanoi which vary from specialty cafe shops, to art space cafe so hopefully you could find the cool place suit you the best.
Where: 89 Ma May, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
When: 10.00 – 23.00
Getting through the narrow and dark hallway, you'll come across an ancient architectural space of Hanoi. Nola has 3 floors; each floor has different styles but like a unique and impressive installation art space generally. Nola also has a sitting corner overlooking the old and mossy old town roofs on a rocking chair of extremely lovely old Hanoi people.
The tables and chairs at Nola cafe are also very unique, perhaps this is the cafe with the most unique collection of chairs in Hanoi. If you are lured by the charm of Hanoi, you will discover many interesting details here: the wall pictures of old streets of Hanoi or those Hanoi local people.
Where: 14 Phan Huy Ich, Ba Dinh, Hanoi (half way between Hanoi Old Quarter & West Lake)
When: 08.00 - 22.30
Price: $$ - $$$
Manzi is an art space, bar and café located on the premises of a French villaon a small street near Hang Dau water tower. This is an ideal place for you to read or work in the space of paintings and installations by young and leading Vietnamese artists. So, save it also for your "working cafe in Hanoi" list so you don't have to waste time browsing.
Manzi is also the only place in Hanoi that has a medium-sized shop selling art (painting, sculpture, installation) of famous Vietnamese artists at reasonable prices.
Come here in the evening to enjoy classic cocktails, you will have the opportunity to attend the opening exhibitions, bookshelves, movies or contemporary music nights. Opened by a group of Vietnamese art lovers, Manzi is one of Hanoi's most “bar” art spaces if you're looking for a bar nearby.
Where: 11 Hang Gai, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
When: 08.00 – 23.00
Price: $ - $$
Located at behind a front shop, not everyone who comes there looks right at the restaurant. It was because the front desk was a souvenir shop, leaving only a small path less than 1 meter. Going into that small entrance, the cafe will eventually appear being sneak in an old Hanoi house. Passing through a narrow corridor, you will enter a small courtyard with a lot of natural light.
Coffee, smoothies, fruit juices being served here are all very well brewed. Choose a cup of egg coffee- specialties of Old City coffee and climb to the 4th floor to feel the cool breeze coming from Ho Guom. Or try taking a street food walking tour in the Old Quarter to have the best sip of this incredibly tasty drink.
Where: 8 Chan Cam, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
When: 9.00 – 23.00
Price: $ - $$
Another warm, quiet and warm cafe - Loading T. Being located on the second floor of an old French villa, with ancient brick background, wooden tables and chairs, dark sofa to the wall of unpainted brick contrasted with small daisies and typical sunny-yellow painted balconies; a cozy feeling is embraced here. peace. In general, if you want to go hide alone or find a place to change the atmosphere, Loading T is on the list.
Where: 26/05A Tran Phu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
When: 11.00 – 20.00 (Weekdays), 10.30 – 20.00 (Weekend)
No other place on earth there is such railway station and the people's houses so close to each other. Each time the train passes, the distance between the train and the door is only an arm-length. This adventure is the unique attraction of the train street. After the train passed, the locals quickly return to the old rhythm.
It is not even possible to drink coffee on the railway. That's why The Railway Hanoi Coffee is considered one of the most impressive coffee drinking places in Hanoi.
The cafe attracts a lot of visitors thanks to "specialties" which are the trains coming close with exciting experience of sound and light.
>>>Tips: You should check train schedule before your visit for best shots.
Where: 5 Nguyen Quang Bich, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
When: 08.00 – 22.00
The owner shared an explanation on the name “Tranquil”: "It is a word that we all feel very beautiful. Apart from the meaning of peace, without being entangled, it also contains a spirit that is difficult to translated into words".
The place offers a classic, quiet atmosphere from design to details like an old vinyl player and discs.
We give “Tranquil” a 6/5 stars for the drinks :)
Where: 10 Khuc Hao, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
When: 08.00 – 22.30
Tang Tret is divided into 2 cafes spaces and 1 clothes shop. It is surprisingly beautiful at night.
>>> Instagrammers or people who like to take photos. You could take a hundred shots within every inch of this cafe.
>>> Amateur artistic souls (lol!). There are semi-artsy and photo-books so you don't have to feel pain absorbing arts
>>> Super cute. Super quiet. Suitable for chilling. Instagram-worthy!
>>> Cultural ambiance is quite a quality.
>>> There is an outdoor area in the front.
>>> Cake looks delicious. I tried Red velvet; the cream is pretty good.
Where: No 17, Lane 12B Ly Nam De, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
When: Closed Monday, 07.00 – 15.00 (Weekdays), 07.00 – 19.00 (Weekend)
“Just a coffee station,”. No water, no toilet.
Reng Reng Café is located at the end of a small alley in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. The shop is small and has no signs, so if there is no small sign of the opening and closing time of the shop, there will be no one who knows there is a café.
Nguyen Duy Bieu, the owner, called his job as a craftsman making coffee, not doing business, and according to him, Reng Reng Café is also "just a coffee station." Which offers the most basic need of coffee customer to enjoy the coffee rather than chatting with friends or as a working café.
There’s a list of 10 rules that you must follow when having coffee at Reng Reng so don’t hesitate going there to figure it out.
Where: 184 Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
When: 07.00 – 15.00
Price: Menu in photo below (you can tell!)
For those who love that organic raw - authentic taste of Arabica beans, café Yên is the place for you. This hidden gem coffee Hanoi is unbeatable by its tiny serving bar with a touch of Western look but definitely offering one of the best Vietnamese coffee. This is undeniably worth included on your Hanoi cafe hopping list or referring to our Foodie Tribute to Anthony Bourdain itinerary for further ideas.
“Cafe Yen - located in a pretty little alley. The airy and rustic space is vintage kind-of. Arriving in Yen, I ordered 2 glasses of Sapa and sat with my back against the sunny wall in the sky, looked up at a short trellis of creepers with the blue sky, took a sip of coffee and listened to Trinh Cong Son, oh my! The coffee-maker is so friendly and open that I was very impressed; besides, the café goodness cannot be missed mentioning; the menu is more than affordable that’s why the restaurant was always crowded although the seats are limited... Coming to Yen - It's as peaceful as its name (Quiet!)” – said a coffee lover