Here we go commencing on our boutique cafe artisanal tour in the City of Hanoi, Vietnam, covering the town-centric districts of Hoan Kiem and Hai Ba Trung and what we went through is truly an exploration of the latest, most-happening, trendy artisanal and boutique cafes and roasters where youngsters, teens, instagrammers, digital creators, artistes, models, couples, friends come together for a lovely good cuppa of coffee, and along with that, a whole bevy of various beverages, drinks and even food!
Much credit is given to my pal, Mervin who is super familiar with the coffee scene, the origins, and who is who, and who graduated from which coffee boutique... he catches the quality and finesse of the business, and I filter that down to that plus the chill factor, and places that exudes strong vibes and a regular hangout, or go-to place in the maze columns, nooks and corners, side streets and hidden cafes along the main streets and sidewalks in the Capital City.
Acid 8 Specialty Coffee
Address : 34 Xóm Hà Hồi, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Overall Rating 8.3/10
A very modern cafe with eclectic wall colors greet the visitor to this cafe which is tucked neatly along this quite street; only very trendy and modern people come here, so there’s a vibe with poshness to this place.. not your everyday loud noise filled with chatterboxes, typically seen in those mass-market cafes in Vietnam... it's a good place to talk, chat, and meet with friends and business associates, a sweet spot for couples and buddies to catch up... Coffee was aromatic and classy.. like it!
The cafe is known for its high-quality coffee and specialty blends, which are roasted in-house to ensure freshness and flavor. The coffee at Acid 8 Specialty Coffee is sourced from premium coffee farms around the world, including Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The beans are carefully selected and roasted in small batches to bring out their unique flavors and aromas. The cafe also offers a range of brewing methods, including pour-over, Aeropress, and espresso.
In addition to coffee, Acid 8 Specialty Coffee also serves a selection of teas, smoothies, and pastries. The food and drinks are described as fresh and delicious, with many customers recommending the croissants and the banana bread. The atmosphere at Acid 8 Specialty Coffee is relaxed and inviting, with comfortable seating and a minimalist design. The staff are also highly regarded, with many customers praising their knowledge and expertise in coffee. Overall, Acid 8 Specialty Coffee is a popular destination for coffee lovers in Hanoi, who are looking for high-quality and specialty blends.
Kosmos Coffee Bar
Address: 31 P. Bùi Thị Xuân, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Overall Rating 8.6/10
Next, we visited a designer cafe outlet at Hai Ba Trung which is actually one of my fave districts in Hanoi.. this cafe precinct and its ambience is certainly more localized, less assuming and carefully appointed with a homely relaxing atmosphere.. the moca was lovely with the right balance of socola (aka chocolate) and aptly served by the barista.. We had the opportunity to also sample a matcha latte and that was done to perfection in a nice snazzy cuppa, with a cute kitty face to match... and only then did we realize that the owner loves cat with lots of cute figurines around...
Address : 5 P. Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Overall Rating 8.3/10
The Coffee Tour equation got expanded with a popular cafe which is existent on the list in many recommendations and that is Blackbird - a delectable cafe - and it is practically neighbour to 2 local Vietnamese noodle joints along Chan Cam in Hoan Kiem - This cafe is pretty loaded with its local fans, seasoned expats and definite tourists alike, and the coffee came swirling with an amazing aroma, and a right balance of coffee grounded feel, the way i like it! You will see tons of black birds varietals on the wall, paintings, murals and the like, testifying to the branding behind this cafe.
The cafe has a modern and stylish decor, with sleek furniture and minimalistic design. The atmosphere is described as lively and energetic, with a good mix of locals and tourists. The cafe's menu features a range of coffee drinks, including espresso, cappuccino, and latte. Customers have praised the quality and flavor of the coffee at Blackbird Cafe, noting that it is both strong and smooth. In addition to coffee, Blackbird Cafe also offers a variety of food options, including pastries, sandwiches, and salads. The food is described as fresh and tasty, with many customers recommending the avocado toast and the croissants. Blackbird Cafe also serves a range of cocktails and alcoholic beverages, making it a popular destination for evening drinks and nightlife.
Mien Man Space
Overall Rating 9/10
Address : 3 P. Ấu Triệu, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
What is space without art
What are realms without coffee
What are dreams without borders
Such is the space at Mien Man
The Space @ Mien Man captures the modern imagination of the young artiste in Hanoi, portraying a sense of time nestled within its homely chambers, extrapolating layers of eclectic furniture, nostalgic fixtures and thoughtful art canvas, juxtaposed and blended with layers of fabric, texture, flora and lighting to create a feature like no other... the staff told me accommodation, a bar and other lifestyle spaces would be created in the coming months...the menu is special and the best things in life, aside from hidden cafes, is the charm of discovering a gem like this along a street next to St. Joseph's Cathedral, right in the heart of Hanoi, existent for the purpose of existence - how we term "chance-upon' beckons a new meaning..
Naturally, the coffee and beverages were amazing, but I had a warm cup of frothy chocolate as it was evening time and we spent 2 hours to sample this amazing space that humans would dwell in, to ponder, to wonder and to gaze.. and there were many other grazing humans who did the same, to chat, to gossip and to mesmerise..
The cafe has a unique and artsy atmosphere, with vintage decor, murals, and creative lighting. Customers praise the cafe for its cozy and welcoming vibe. The cafe's menu features a range of coffee drinks, including Vietnamese coffee and espresso-based drinks. Customers have praised the quality and flavour of the coffee at Mien Man Space, noting that it is both strong and smooth. The cafe also offers a variety of teas and smoothies.
In addition to drinks, Mien Man Space also serves a selection of food, including Vietnamese street food, sandwiches, and salads. The food is described as tasty and affordable, with many customers recommending the spring rolls and the banh mi. Ngon! Mien Man Space also hosts art exhibitions and live music performances, making it a popular destination for cultural events and nightlife.
Still Color Cafe
Address : 32 Ng. Thọ Xương, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
Overall Rating 7.5/10
A non-assuming quiet type of cafe where u can sit and chill for the entire day - pretty snugged along another cool street in Hoan Kiem.. one of the smallest cafes I have encountered in my many years of exploring coffee joints and cool cafes across Asia..but homely, nice, friendly with it's own distinct character, and I can probably can spend the whole day here to do my work on my laptop, and topping up my coffees, flavours upon flavours aplenty, until I get so overloaded with caffeine that I cannot sleep, but it's ok because this cafe is so charming and familiar... a great coffee concoction.
The Running Bean
Address : 22 P. Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Overall Rating 8.6/10
Located near one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam, Running Bean is located along the "Church Street" aka as Nha Tho in Hanoi.
Running away with the Saigon Bean in Hanoi.. an immaculate structure omnipresent in its modern showcase, in an historic architecture that lends itself to a modern instagrammable crowd / we spent 8 hours flat here for a one day office on 17 Jan 2023 - just brilliant ... the spaghetti was super tasty 8/10 and the coffee just ripe 7.5/10
The Running Bean Hanoi is a popular coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam that is known for its specialty coffee and pastries. The cafe has a cozy atmosphere and is often praised for its friendly and attentive staff. Many customers have raved about the quality of the coffee at The Running Bean Hanoi, noting that it is both strong and flavorful. The cafe offers a variety of brewing methods, including pour-over and French press, allowing customers to customize their coffee to their liking. In addition to coffee, The Running Bean Hanoi also offers a range of pastries and desserts. Customers have praised the freshness and quality of the baked goods, with particular favorites including the croissants and cheesecake.
Xofa Café & Bistro
Address : 14 P. Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
OVerall Rating 8.6/10
Thanks to my good pal, Chee Fan for sharing this place with me.. a 24 hour cafe in the heart of Hoan Kiem.. that even serves breakfast, food, juice and wine.. heavily staffed with youngsters serving a modern crowd of tourists, locals, viet kieus and couples.. this is simply a modern interpretation of the coffee movement in a petite bourgeoisie format
In addition to drinks, Xofa Café & Bistro also serves a selection of food, including breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and main courses. The food is described as fresh and delicious, with many customers recommending the burger and the pasta dishes.
Xofa Café & Bistro also has a full bar, serving a variety of cocktails, beer, and wine. The bistro offers a great selection of craft beers from both local and international breweries, making it a popular destination for beer lovers.
3 More Cool Cafes
Some other Cool Cafes to Check out... we discovered a few more gems and did not have time to cover all of them... so we included 3 of them here for our audience to preview them on their visit to Hanoi... these include :-
Address : 20 P. Ấu Triệu, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hai Phan Tu
4 P. Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
5 P. Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For all the different cafes listed above, we have compiled the entire feature on Youtube under Rosette Travel :-
Overall, this has been a superb cafe culinary tour and experience, and the teams from Rosette Travel, Rosett Asia and Tourism Hippodrome will come together to deliver more exciting reviews and tasting notes for you, our discerning viewers...