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Hanoi Coffee – old and new ways with the locals

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It is likely that almost travelers to Vietnam will find Vietnamese coffee – cà phê to have it own flavor – strong.
This kind of drink might be introduced to Vietnam by the French colonists, but it has existed in the country in its own way, there are something remained old, there there are something new in the ways the locals enjoy it. It has not only stayed in its old versions of black coffee or brown coffee, but it has been developed in numerous variations with yoghurt, eggs and even fruit. Now, let visit Hanoi to see!

Same but different

The way to prepare a cup of coffee remains almost unchanged.

Coarsely ground beans will be filled into a French drip filter (called a phin) on top of the cup which is then added with water and covered by a thin lid, and then the water slowly trickles through into the cup. The coffee fans often drink the resulting dark and strong brew with a little sugar (called dark coffee or cà phê đen in Vietnamese), others enjoy it with sweetened condensed milk (called brown coffee or milk coffee – cà phê nâu or cà phê sữa).

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The same way of preparing coffee

BUT

Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, just following Brazil, Vietnam has it own advantages to give birth to other unique variations of coffee.

Yoghurt coffee (cà phê sữa chua)

Like coffee, yoghurt was introduced to Vietnam by the French but has long lived as a local habit. Naturally rich in probiotics, it is served with various toppings, from fresh fruits to black sticky rice– and even coffee. This combination might sound odd, but the yoghurt pairs amazingly well with a drizzle of black coffee – just stir and sip.

Egg coffee (cà phê trứng)

Egg coffee is maybe the special drink that you cannot miss in Hanoi as it is the place where this kind of coffee was born. It might sound weird to mix egg with coffee. But it does. If you enjoy it once, you will know why.

The coffee is brewed in a small cup with a filter before the addition of a well-whisked mixture of the egg yolk, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese in a perfect ration, producing a rich concoction. The cup served placed in a bowl of hot water to keep its temperature.

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Egg coffee – special cup of Hanoi

Where to best enjoy coffee in Hanoi?

It’s not difficult to find a good coffee shop in Hanoi. Following are among the best names.

Ca Phe Pho Co (11 Hang Gai, Hanoi)

It may be hard for the first time travelers to find this address but it is not for coffee fans. Starting out as a souvenir shop in front, turning into someone’s aging home and we reach the café section by winding our way up through several narrow staircases. The café looks out over the stream of scooter traffic and across Hoan Kiem Lake.  It attracts visitors not only for its coffee taste, its view but also for a short journey from street to coffee table, which takes them on a blitz tour through three different worlds.

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Giang Café (39 Nguyen Huu Huan)

Giang Café occupies a charming place in the narrow street of Hanoi Old Quarter. Its architectural style reflects an auspicious blend of Western and Asian influences. The café is the place to enjoy the original taste of egg coffee as this is where it was born.

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Café Lam (60 Nguyen Huu Huan)

If you want to get back in time while enjoying a cup of Vietnamese coffee, Café Lam is really an ideal address. Located near the city center, this is among the oldest in Hanoi. The charming atmosphere of this old cafe is complemented by antique pieces, art collections and rare books tucked away at every corner, taking visitor though a travel back in time.

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Tips: If your next destination is Vietnam, you may find this information useful. One very important tip here is that before your go, check your Vietnam visa first as in case you need it but you don’t have one, there is nothing to deal with next, but cancel all your services.

At the moment, those traveling to Vietnam by air can apply for visa on arrival in which they only need to apply online for Vietnam visa approval letter, get it via email and get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport. The whole process is very simple.

So, remember this to ensure the visa is not the problem of your trip to Vietnam.

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