Being introduced by the French to Vietnam in the 19th century, coffee is now one of the most popular beverages in the country. Therefore, it is no surprise that besides restaurants, tourists will find many coffee shops while walking down the streets in Hoi An ancient town. Like in other cities, people here can enjoy their favourite drinks on little plastic chairs on the busy pavements or at coffee shops.
Coffee production is mainly concentrated in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and multiple varieties of beans there such as robusta, arabica and excelsa are grown by family-run farms and companies. And in the central town of Hoi An, coffee shops offer both Vietnamese coffee and Western-style coffee. Many people, mostly middle-aged and old people, prefer the former because of its strong taste and distinctive flavours. And the young would rather the latter served at cozy Western-style café with comfortable chairs and wifi. There are many types of traditional Vietnamese coffee, including cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk), cà phê trứng (egg coffee), cà phê đen nóng (black hot coffee) và cà phê đen đá (black iced coffee).
If you are new to the town, here are some recommendations:
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The coffee shop has a vintage style with classic designs. Having a large space, it is an ideal place for friend meetings, family gatherings, and parties. The café offers many options for drinks, including coffee, lemon juice, and ginger tea.
Address: No 72, Ton Duc Thang Street
Chùa Cầu Café
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Situated in a small corner next to Cau Pagoda, the small coffee shop with a few chairs attracts many local people of all ages in the morning. It is great to drink coffee and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the town before going to work or to school.
Address: on the right of Chùa Cầu (Cau Pagoda)
Opening time: 6 a.m.-9 a.m.
Price: VND7,000 per glass
Bonsai Việt Coffee
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The café has a beautiful space with various bonsai trees placed outdoors that make a great impression on customers when they just step in. Lots of couples choose the place to take wedding photos and young people also go here to capture great moments with their friends.
Address: No 7, Dinh Tien Hoang Street
Opening time: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Nhà hàng và cà phê Bếp Trưởng (The Chef Restaurant and Café)
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The café is on the second floor of Hoi An’s largest bookshop with a nice view of the beautiful lantern street. The place provides vast options of beverages and food and opens a cooking class instructed by its experienced chef. Customers can take pleasure in reading books or enjoy a great panoramic view of the town on the roof while dining here.
Address: No 166, Tran Phu Street
Opening time: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
LE Fê Cafétéria
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Located in a small alley on Phan Chau Trinh Street, the coffee shop is a perfect place for getting away from busy streets and enjoying the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the town. Customers can choose to sit down for Vietnamese coffee outdoors with trees around or have their own drinks indoors with old-fashioned decorations. There is a live music show here every Saturday, so make sure that you do not miss it.
Address: No 69/3, Phan Chau Trinh Street
Opening time: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Price: from VND15,000
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Located on the bank of Hoai River, the eco-friendly coffee shop is run by a Japanese woman who wishes to raise awareness of environmental protection. It offers Japanese and Vietnamese food and drinks with ingredients sourced from an organic farm. Having a tranquil and clean environment, it is a great place to read books or do some writings.
Address: No 41/39, Tran Quang Khai Street
Opening time: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Coffee culture is a necessary component of life in Vietnam in general and in Hoi An ancient town in particular. When you are on holiday in a place, do as locals do and get the best experience there.
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