I fell so in love with Vietnam when we visited earlier this year. The food, the people, the atmosphere, the shopping, and of course the Vietnamese coffee – I just loved everything about it.
Hanoi was our last stop in Vietnam after holidaying in Hoi An for over a week. Although we were sad to leave the beautiful town of Hoi An, we were excited to be in a big city again, and Hanoi is certainly that.
We of course visited all the touristy sites and explored the city while we were in Hanoi, but the amazing restaurants and cafes were what really stood out to me. While we found a mix of traditional and very cheap Vietnamese restaurants, we also came across many modern and contemporary places too. I honestly felt I had been transported back to Melbourne while dining in a few!
There are so many eating spots Hanoi, but to make it a little bit easier for you I’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. I hope you enjoy!
PS. and yes, the coffee above was as good as it looks!
I had heard lots about Cong Caphe before heading to Hanoi so it was on top of my list of coffee spots to check out. From the incredible kitsch decor to the most delicious coconut coffee you’ll ever taste, Cong Caphe is certainly unique. Once you step into the cafe’s khaki militaristic space you understand it takes it’s inspiration from the Vietnam War. You’ll see propaganda posters, vintage furnishings and staff dressed head-to-toe in army green. A coffee fiend and sweet tooth heaven, the cafe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or just a quick snack. We devoured a croissant with condensed milk and a coffee with coconut frozen yoghurt, and I highly recommend you try both! Known as one of the best places for coffee in Hanoi, you must check out at least one of the six Cong Caphe cafes.
A cute French/Vietnamese cafe located in the heart of the French area of Hanoi, La Place is a hidden gem. With prime views of St Joseph’s Cathedral, the cafe is the perfect spot to sit outside on the French-styled balcony to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. We went for breakfast and the menu was packed with delicious dishes, such as waffles, granola and fancy juices. Yum, yum, yum!
The decor, furnishings and the big gold coffee maker were the things that first attracted me to this cafe, and as soon as we sat down the appreciation didn’t stop there. At a higher price point, Cafe RuNam is the place you want to go to for a luxurious cafe experience. We also found it to be great spot to chill out and work on our laptops while enjoying good coffee. The menu is mostly skewed to Vietnamese food, but you can get a fruit salad or cake if you’d rather something a little lighter.
We decided to splash out a little on our last night of our Asian adventures, so we came to the highly regarded Cau Go restaurant. Sitting on the balcony, the setting was incredibly romantic, with views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi city. The food was absolutely delicious, but I must say for veggies/non-meat eaters like me there wasn’t too much to choose from. However, this didn’t bother me too much once I tasted the amazingly flavoursome salad I ordered! The dessert and wine was also first class!
Have you been to Hanoi before? If so, where’s your favourite spot to eat?
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