Now with 16 branches
16 different locations
From its humble beginnings as a hip hangout on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Cong Caphe has taken the coffee shop world in Hanoi by storm and at last count had 16 cafes spread across the capital.
All are similar in decor, with rooms adorned with eclectic furnishings, communist kitsch and cheerful cushions, with seating usually spread across a number of floors and tumbling out onto the street.
Menus are similar too. Written in the pages of old books, the drinks selection extends beyond that usually found in coffee shops, ranging from an array of excellent Vietnamese coffee to juices, cocktails and wine.
The standard coffee — made with traditional equipment — is rich and delicious, taken with or without condensed milk, hot or iced. We’re particular fans of the coconut coffee smoothie, more of a dessert than a drink so it feels like a bit of a treat.
Hot drinks are served in old-fashioned enamel cups decorated with flowers and the fresh juices come in small glass vases, adding to the experience. Buy a cup or vase as a souvenir if they take your fancy.
Although the ambiance differs by location and time of day, Cong Caphe usually has a bit of life to it, as it’s popular across demographics. But if you’re looking for somewhere to read or work you’ll probably be able to find a quiet corner somewhere. And as well as being a good daytime coffee spot, we also rate it as a great place for a beer or cocktail in the evening.
Prices at Cong Caphe are reasonable: 35,000 VND for a coffee with milk, 40,000 VND+ for juice and 70,000 VND for a lovely mojito. A limited food selection is served, varying by venue.
The most convenient branches for Old Quarter are at 35A Nguyen Huu Huan – the street that runs north to south to the east of Old Quarter — over the road from Xoi Yen; 27 Nha Tho, opposite St Joseph’s Cathedral; and 54 Hang Dieu. Further afield, the Truc Bach branch is in a good spot overlooking the lake (15 Truc Bach), as is the more recent addition on Xuan Dieu Street in West Lake district.
By Sarah Turner
Last updated on 19th May, 2015.