5 best-kept secrets in Hanoi’s cafe scene

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Since the resurgence of these modern coffee shop reincarnations, cafe-hopping has become a common favourite pastime for many, especially travellers. Make the most out of your trip in the capital of Vietnam with the city’s best brews and eats. We’ve and sussed out the top spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here are five cafes in Hanoi that made it as the cream of the crop.

1. Tadioto Cafe and Bar

One of the favourite haunts of local artists, designers and photographers is Tadioto Cafe and Bar, a casual, unconventional venue that holds regular events, from art exhibitions to experimental music shows. Apart from these soirees, its patrons return to the tavern for its tapas and tipple as well. All it takes is a 10-minute car ride from Pan Pacific Hanoi to reach this place.

Address: 24 Tong Dan, Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (see on map)
Opening hours: 8:00am to 12:00am (daily)

2. Giang Cafe

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Most people enjoy a simple cup of coffee for breakfast. In Southeast Asia, they add to it a bowl of half-boiled eggs. This cafe in Hanoi has put the two together, and invented a beverage that’s attracted them throngs of guests. Get a taste of their signature Vietnamese egg coffee, which is just an 8-minute drive away from Pan Pacific Hanoi, and you’ll understand the hype behind the recipe.

Address: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (see on map)
Opening hours: 7:00am to 10:30pm (daily)

3. Xofa Cafe

Being associated with trendy joints that are more concerned with enticing aesthetics rather than quality recipes, the term, “hipster cafe”, has gotten a rather lousy reputation over the years. Xofa Cafe, however, is an exception. Not only does it score high on design ( in terms of both the interiors and the plates), the snug space also serves a mouth-watering variety of dishes. Everything on the menu is worth trying, although the matcha tiramisu deserves its own spotlight.

Address: 14 Tong Duy Tan, Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (see on map)
Opening hours: 24 hours

4. Cup of Tea

Another design-proud venue with an inviting, nature-inspired decor is Cup of Tea, a cafe and bistro that’s located 20 minutes away from Pan Pacific Hanoi by car. While it may be the farthest location from the hotel on this list, the classic recipes of Asian treats and European delights are well worth the slightly longer journey. And it goes without saying that they make the best hot teas in the area.

Address: 317 Nguyen Khang, Yen Hoa, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam (see on map)
Opening hours: 7:00am to 10:30pm (daily)

5. La Place

At La Place, you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re hankering for a Western or Eastern bite, which includes pasta, burgers, salads, paninis and fried rice, this cafe has it all. Beverage-wise, it offers everything from coffee, tea and fruit juices, to beers, wine and cocktails. Situated 13 minutes away from Pan Pacific Hanoi by car, the only thing that surpasses its menu is the refreshing view from the balcony.

Address: 4 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam (see on map)
Opening hours: 7:30am to 10:30pm (daily)

Start your cafe-hopping journey at Pan Pacific Hanoi, where you won’t have to venture far to reach these destinations.

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