Coffee lover or not, Vietnam know what they are doing when it comes to coffee.
They’ve hit the nail on the head with coffee and the best places to enjoy it.
With cafe’s dotted on every corner, secret coffee houses on every other balcony and some of the best drink choices, it’s hard not to spend endless amounts of time and money trying them.
I have just spent 6 weeks traveling Vietnam while backpacking Asia solo. Getting stuck in Hanoi doing very little other than drinking coffee, smoking too much weed, blagging hostel living, eating street food and most definitely finding new coffee shops.
With French colonial architecture.
and a generally crazy country,
Coffee is like a tradition. Coffee production has been a major source of income for Vietnam since the early 20th century. First introduced by the French in 1857, the Vietnamese coffee industry developed through the plantation system, becoming a major economic force in the country.
One of the most popular coffee beverages is the typical iced vietnamese coffee.
Servied either on its own, with condensed milk or fresh milk, everyones drinking it. Normally drank after a meal served with either water or hot tea.
Typically the coffee is prepared in single servings in single-cup filter/brewers known as phin. Generally, the coffee is served tableside while it is still brewing. The use of sweetened condensed milk rather than fresh milk was first due to its availability and easier storage in a tropical climate. The condensed milk serves to sweeten the coffee as well. Long practice has led to this being the taste preference in the Vietnamese community.
The coffee may be brewed onto ice for cafe da, or when had with condensed milk cafe sua da.
There is a lot more to coffee, though, than caffeine.
“Complex flavour chemistry works to make up the flavours inherent in coffee,”
Ive tried coffee all over from Ho Chi Minh – Hoi An – Hanoi and more. Egg coffee, Coconut coffee, frappes, hot and cold.
I’ve drank at some of the most beautifully decorated coffee houses, my favourites in Hoi An, of course!
Some of the best places are filled with people sat out on the street,
I’ve found one of the best places in Hanoi, tucked up hidding behind a back alley through a local stall selling the most delicilous popular egg coffee for 15,000 dong. (40p)
I have drunk at some of the fanciest little coffee boutiques houses sipping espresso
and of course found my favourite vietnemese starbuck styled chain. Cong.
I even found a Harry Potter themed coffee shop in Hanoi!
So what makes it different?
Vietnam take their coffee seriously. I have found coffee great all over Asia however lots of places do cheat. Not using real espresso or coffee beans. South East Asia
What should you have?
The main one. Hot or cold? This is a big one and there are so many different kinds. Depending on my mood and the weather and the option of choices, I try to vary.
How sweet do you like it? Condensed milk is a sweetner and I love it! You can get hold or cold fresh milk. I reccomend going french press.
If you are a coffee lover you will really be able to taste the difference in the traditional coffee. I find it a strong but sweet and a little bitter.
Where to drink it!
Well. I may aswell give you my favourites if you’re in Vietnam!
My top choice
The best hot mocha ive had in Asia. Hot, sweet, milky with a gorgeous smooth coffee taste! I added caramel of course.
Good old Cong Caphe. I fell in love with this little chain. A beautifully decorated, communist themed, coffee shop was always perfect. Situated all over Hanoi, serving a wide selection of hot and cold coffees, teas, a few smoothies and a few other little beverages and snacks.
They are a quality-focused artisan coffee shop is a great place to drink/eat/work in a homey, unique Hanoian atmosphere. Cộng Càphê (which means Viet Cong in Vietnamese) recalls the socialist era with humour and parody with its bare brick walls, dark wood handmade tables, propaganda posters and slight militaristic hint.