The Best Coffee Shops in Vietnam
If you ask someone to name a country with a strong coffee culture, France and Italy are usually two that come to mind first. However, the coffee scene in Vietnam is nothing short of legendary! Many people don’t realize that Vietnam is the second-largest coffee bean producer globally, coming in after Brazil. A whopping 2.6 million people are now employed in Vietnam’s coffee industry which has transformed the country’s economy. So it is no surprise that Vietnam is a coffee lover’s dream destination!
Vietnamese coffee beans make their way into a wide variety of products, including ground and instant coffees found in many supermarkets in the Western world. In fact, you might have been drinking Vietnamese coffee for a long time without even knowing it! Does Nescafé Instant Coffee from Nestlé ring a bell? Well, it's made from Vietnamese coffee beans!
In this blogpost we'll go deeper into the history of Vietnamese coffee and the most important part...where you can find the best coffee shops in Vietnam!
The best way to discover these delicious goods is by booking one of our private tours in Vietnam. More specifically our Ho Chi Minh local foodie experience, where our local guides will take you around the city to taste the best food AND coffee in this wonderful city!
History of the Vietnamese coffee
The Vietnam coffee culture
Different types of coffee in Vietnam
“Cà phê” is a borrowed word from French for “café” with quite similar pronunciation. Coffee was a popular drink for the French soldiers and priests, however, importing fresh milk to Vietnam was impossible due to the long distance and hot weather. The lack of milk in their favorite drinks provoked the soldiers’ homesickness; therefore, the use of condensed milk came in as an ideal replacement.
That's why most people drink the dark, strong brew with sweetened condensed milk. Up to this day, fresh milk is not a common ingredient found in traditional coffee shops. You could ask but shouldn’t count on it. In the north of Vietnam, the mixture of black coffee and sweetened condensed milk is referred to as ca phe nau (brown coffee), while in the south it’s called ca phe sua (milk coffee). While it is mostly served cold with ice, you can also order it hot.
Yoghurt coffee (sua chua ca phe)
Yoghurt was another product introduced to Vietnam by the French. Although it sounds a little strange to those of us from the west, yoghurt coffee is very popular in Vietnam! If you love creamy coffee, you’ll adore the mix of rich yoghurt and aromatic black coffee. Yoghurt coffee is sometimes served with different toppings, including fermented rice and fresh fruit.This might sound like an odd combination, but the rich yoghurt pairs amazingly well with a drizzle of black coffee – just stir and sip.
Coffee smoothie (sinh to ca phe)
In recent years, coffee has even found its way into smoothies. Popular juice shops perk up creamy blends of fresh fruit with a touch of Vietnamese coffee, sometimes tossing in yoghurt or cashews. In Hanoi, try sinh to ca phe chuoi bo (coffee blended with banana and avocado). In Ho Chi Minh, go for sinh to ca phe sapoche (coffee blended with sapodilla, a tropical fruit with a custard-like taste). Both are delicious ways to get your caffeine fix and your vitamins at the same time.
Where to drink the best Vietnamese coffee
Trieu Viet Vuong known as ‘Coffee Street’, this stretch of Hanoi’s historic Hai Ba Trung District might contain more cafes per block than anywhere else in Vietnam, ranging from family-run shops to more fashionable places popular with teenagers. Hanoian favourite Cafe Tho (117 Trieu Viet Vuong), which has been here for three decades, brews a powerful cup that still draws consistent crowds.
- Cafe Giản: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem
- Đinh Cafe: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem
- Tiệm 116: 6B1 Tran Huu Tuoc, Dong Da
- Ban Công: 2 Dinh Liet, Hoan Kiem
- The backyard restaurant and Bar – 17 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem
Cafe Giảng and Đinh Cafe are the oldest and most famous coffee shops that serve egg coffee as the shop’s signature drink.
Best coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh:
- Padma de Fleur – 55/6 Le Thi Hong Gam, Phuong Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Khóm Coffee & Tea – 5 Tran Quy Khoach, Tan Đinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Oromia Coffee & Lounge – 193A/D3 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- The Hidden Elephant Books & Coffee – 2nd Floor, 35 Phan Chu Trinh, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Heritage Concept Chill Hub – 190 Vo Van Kiet, Cau Ong Lanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Cafe Runam D’or – 3 Paris Commune, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Babros Coffee Roaster – 15B/100 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Best coffee shops in Hoian:
- CocoBox – 94 Le Loi, Hoi An
- Cộng Cafe Hội An – 64 Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa, Hoi An
- Cocobana Cafe – 16 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An
- The DeckHouse An Bang Beach – Bien An Bang, Hoi An
- Roving Chillhouse – Nguyen Trai, Cam Chau, Hoi An
- Hoi An Roastery – 135 Tran Phu, Hoi An
Coffee Ordering Mistakes in Vietnam
We can’t wait to help you drink your way around Vietnam! Catch you on the flip side, vacationers!
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