Coffee lovers, listen up! Hanoi House Cafe makes a serious brew

Vietnam probably has the most mature coffee culture in all of South East Asia and there are many quaint cafes in the capital city of Hanoi.

One such cafe is Hanoi House – not a very imaginative name after coming across others with more lofty names like Gardenista.

St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi.

While this cafe is located in Hanoi, which explains its name, what everyone seems to remember most about it is that it’s situated right across from the beautiful St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Constructed way back in 1886, this cathedral was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government while they were in Vietnam.

The church was shut after the Viet Minh took over North Vietnam, and wasn’t reopened until Christmas Eve of 1990, almost 30 years ago. It is once again open to the public and conducts church services on Sundays too.

Vietnamese Coffee, thick and aromatic.

The cafe itself is situated on the first floor of a shop lot which also has some permanent inhabitants.

The interior of this coffee shop has an “antique” smell about it, while maintaining a rather cozy feel.

If you’re lucky, grab a seat by the balcony and you’ll have a great bird-eye’s view of this small segment of the city.

A lovely place to unwind.

The standard hot coffee with condensed milk costs 32,000 vnd which is equivalent to RM5.70 or thereabouts. And like many other places in Hanoi, the coffee here is thick, aromatic, and packs a punch. What’s there not to love about it?

If you want to live a little, they serve alcohol too, but at 11 in the morning, maybe not.

Hanoi House

47A Lý Quốc Sư, Hàng Trống,

Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

GPS: 21.029161, 105.849447

Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at