We compare four slightly less-well-known café chains in Hanoi that — slightly less well-known chains that are trying to make their way into the big leagues. We compare the cafés in relation to their service, prices, atmosphere, variety, and taste. Here are the findings.
The Coffee House
The Coffee House is a modern dream. With industrial style décor, smooth quiet music, and a plethora of plants, it’s a good place to sit and relax with a cool drink. The cakes and desserts are not only fresh and tasty, but cost only between VND25,000 and VND38,000. The passion-fruit mojito mocktail is a refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day at only VND45,000. Other options including coffee, tea and ice- blended drinks all range between VND29,000 and VND65,000. The staff are friendly and happy to answer questions about their products. Each branch of The Coffee House has a modern, relaxed, professional atmosphere. You can visit The Coffee House in over 40 locations over Vietnam. With The Coffee House now delivering on vietnammm.com, this café really has a lot going for it.
The Coffee House is at 68A Hoang Cau, Dong Da, Hanoi or go to facebook.com/thecoffeehouse.hoangcau
If you ever find yourself out at Hai Ba Trung and wanting a refreshing drink, this particular outlet of Lion Coffee is a great option. Lion Coffee offers a range of fresh drinks all between VND25,000 and VND45,000. If you’re after a coffee and you like it strong, make sure you specify that in your order. The range of fruit teas includes fresh ingredients corresponding to the flavour, such as the mango tea; a delicious fruity drink filled with fresh mango and pieces of jelly. Lion Coffee has speciality drinks on their ‘Lion King’ menu consisting of sweetcorn, sweet potato, and pumpkin iced drinks. The air- conditioned café offers free Wifi, electricity outlets, and a rooftop seating area that caters for all.
Lion Coffee is at 61 Ba Trieu, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Call 0968 318361 or go to facebook.com/lioncoffee01
AHA Café on the corner of Dao Duy Tu and Hang Buom is one of the many AHA Cafés located in the Old Quarter. This location has three storeys, each of which provide customers with views of the street below from their huge, balcony-style seating. Fans are available all around for those hot summer days. AHA Café sells a range of drinks including coffee, teas and smoothies, all priced between VND20,000 and VND45,000. The drinks at AHA Café are consistently good and the coffee always fresh and fragrant, and made with real milk. Whether you’re here with friends, on your own for a quick drink or a long one, you will not be disappointed by AHA Café.
AHA Café is at 2 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Call 0937 704146 or go to facebook.com/Scoops.com.vn
Twitter Beans is a coffee chain with four locations in Hanoi. We visited the location on Tay Son Street on the ground floor of the Mipec Tower. The first standout was the service. The English-speaking staff are kind and helpful, and take their opportunity to upsell, without being too pushy. They sell a range of drinks from coffee, tea, ice blended drinks and smoothies. The prices range between VND25,000 and VND55,000, and the drinks are consistently good. Twitter Beans is fully equipped with plenty of seating available and free Wifi. Along with the drinks, Twitter Beans sells a small selection of pastries and cakes behind the counter. The custard Danish is a delicious treat. Each of the drinks is served with a little cookie to enjoy while you are there, a nice touch.
Twitter Beans is on Floor 1, Mipec Tower, 229 Tay Son, Dong Da, Hanoi. Call (024) 3564 3600
The Final Verdict
The café chains, although very similar, seem to be competing quite well. With so many cafés in Hanoi all jockeying to be the best, it’s hard to go wrong when picking one that you like, as they are all of a pretty high standard. Each one is different in its own way, and each one is a favourite for someone.
The Coffee House
Upside: Huge drinks range
Downside: Coffee strength
Upside: Open air and friendliness
Downside: Nibbles needed
PHOTOS BY TEIGUE JOHN BLOKPOEL