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Vietnam probably has the most mature coffee culture in all of South East Asia, when we were in Hanoi earlier this year, we definitely took advantage of visiting some of the more quaint cafes in this capital city.

Hanoi House Cafe, Hanoi
Hanoi House Cafe, Hanoi

Our second cafe stop was probably named by someone who’s not overly imaginative, calling it Hanoi House. The first cafe was Gardenista.

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi

Well, it is located in Hanoi, but more specifically, right across from the beautiful St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which was constructed way back in 1886 as one of the first structures built by the French colonial government. The church was closed down after Viet Minh took over North Vietnam, and wasn’t reopened until closed down until Christmas Eve of 1990, which… is already almost 30 years ago… (how time flies!)

It is open for public and for mass, and we were lucky to get in and have a peek on a Sunday morning.

Vietnamese Coffee, thick and aromatic
Vietnamese Coffee, thick and aromatic

The cafe itself is situated on the first floor of a shop lot which also happened to have some permanent inhabitants. Interior itself smells of antiquity, while also being rather cozy. If you’re lucky, grab a seat by the balcony and you’ll have a great not-quite bird-eye’s view of this small segment of the city.

a lovely place to unwind
a lovely place to unwind

We had the standard hot coffee with condensed milk (32,000 vnd, equal to RM 5.70 at time of writing), and like with many other places in Hanoi, they’re thick, aromatic, and  has an effect of lifting your eyelids immediately. I love it.

If you want to live a little, they serve alcohol too, but I thought it was perhaps inappropriate with mom around, and the fact that it was 11 in the morning.

hanoi house at Vietnam, map

Hanoi House
47A Lý Quốc Sư, Hàng Trống,
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
GPS: 21.029161, 105.849447

Discuss : KY travels – Hanoi House Cafe by Catholic Church, Hanoi

  1. My mom is he one who like to drink alcohol, haha!

  2. kekeke rosberg

    ‘Irish coffee’ is acceptable at 11am, you have our permission kekeke #hic

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