Tired of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi where life is vibrant and energetic all the time? And you think it is almost impossible a quiet and peaceful place to hang out right at the city center? Wrong! You can still grab a cup of coffee or tea with your best buddies and find your inner peace by exploring these hidden gems at the heart of Hanoi. Proudly present to you the 5 tranquil cafés and where to find them:
1. CU XA CA PHE
Address: Floor 2, A11 Tap The Khuong Thuong, Ton That Tung, Dong Da, Hanoi
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cuxacaphe/
Located away from the Old Quarter – a popular place for most tourists, this spot is considered as a true hideaway for any foreigner to explore. The entrance to the café is deep inside an alley and through a stairway to the second floor of an old building which can give a mysterious impression for any visitor.
Cu Xa Ca Phe follows the vintage concept which portrays Vietnam in the 80s and 90s. Depending on some national holidays, the café will have different traditional decorations but all of them be in retro styles as a way to give Vietnamese youngsters a ticket to travel back into their childhood. Besides, the café’s balcony overlooks street life in Hanoi below which can be both busy and quiet during daytime.
The café also comes with many delicious drinks including a wide range of fresh fruit teas and tasty Vietnamese coffee. It also serves some Vietnamese food which is usually for snack or a small lunch. Especially, there is a special menu set for snacks which are usually enjoyed by Vietnamese millennials.
Address: 89 Ma May, Hoan Kiem
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Nola.in.hanoi/
Wandering around the Ma May Street in the middle of the Old Quarter, you will find No.89 on a small gateway to an alley. Squeezing down the alleyway and you’ll find yourself in a “wonder land” café that used to be a French mansion with a labyrinth of houses and buildings around, creating quite successful sound-proofing.
From the rooftop terrace, to tiny front-facing loft and different rooms with different art display, Nola gives customers a chance to discover various shades of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle outside. The cozy and peaceful atmosphere is perfect for some quiet conversations with friends during weekends.
Address: 2 Nha Tho, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/so2nhatho/
Located right next to St. Joseph’s Cathedral – one of the landmarks in the Old Quarter, Eden hide itself through a small doorway on the pavement. Following the pathway into the café, there is a whole new world from the first to the third floors with spacious rooms, a huge rooftop and a couple of balconies.
The special thing about the café is the colorful decorations with bright and lively wall paintings and furniture, brightening the area and creating a cozy atmosphere.
4. LOADING T
Address: 8 Chan Cam, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi (head up the stairs on the left)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cfLoadingT/
Set within another colonial mansions in the Old Quarter of Hanoi is Loading T, a beautiful and cozy spot with lovely owners. Your journey of discovery may start by stepping through an old alleyway into a charming room with an artistic atmosphere.
Drinks are passionately made from the owners who usually have special recipes for each season. One thing that also adds up is the ceramic decorations and adorable cups they use for fruit tea and coffee.
If you want to find out more hidden places to discover around Hanoi, please browse through this website: http://www.hanoihideaway.com/ to have more tips for your “treasure hunting adventure” in Hanoi!
By Nguyen Thu Thao, ASEAN correspondent from Vietnam