If you are not a Hanoian, you definitely should try the egg coffee once. This speciality of Hanoi is awesome and unique though years. But the question is, were to find the best of it in Hanoi?
EGG COFFEE ORIGINS FROM HA NOI
They’ve come for “cà phê trứng,” or egg coffee, a Hanoi specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee. There are hot and cold versions. The former is served as a a yellow concoction in a small glass. It’s consumed with a spoon and tastes almost like a coffee flavored ice cream – more like a dessert than coffee. The hot version comes resting in a small dish of hot water to maintain its temperature. The strong coffee taste at the bottom of the cup seeps through the egg – the yellow layer on top – and is quite thick and sweet, though not sickly.
1. Giang Cafe – The Origin of Egg Coffee
When it comes to egg coffee in Hanoi, Giang Cafe is the first place that comes to mind. Giang Cafe was founded in 1946 by Mr Nguyen Giang, who created this unique drink when milk was scarce, replacing the milk with the egg yolk. Having egg coffee at Giang Cafe is an experience in itself. You will only see a sign above a small alleyway, which you need to walk down to the end where the cafe will open up.
Location: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem
2. Dinh Cafe – A Cozy Place to Enjoy Egg Coffee
Dinh cafe was born long after the birth of Giang cafe, as Dinh cafe’s owner is daughter of the Giang’s. Dinh cafe located on the highlight location of the city, lying on the 2nd floor of an ancient France villa, whose space is pretty small but beautiful. One glass of coffee at Dinh cafe costs about 17.000 – 20.000 VND
Location: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem
3. Cafe Pho Co – Ancient style for Egg Coffee
Among 3 most famous coffee shops in Hanoi, Cafe Pho Co is the newest. Tourists not only love the flavor of egg coffee here but also fall in love with the ancient and gloomy space. With simple decoration, coffee hold in a glassy cup which impresses every guest coming here.
Location: 11 Hang Gai, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem
Price: 30.000 – 60.000 VND
4. Loading T cafe – Retro Place for Egg Coffee in Ha Noi
Loading T cafe is also a famous place for this special kind of drink. Egg coffee here is judged as perfect flavor and great cup decor, which makes lots of visitors get crazy about. The place is suitable for those who keens on ancient French architecture. About 30.000 – 50.000 VND, you can get yourself a cup of egg coffee from Loading T cafe.
Location: 8 Chan Cam, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem
5. Cafe Lam – An Authentic Ha Noi Coffee Shop
One of the oldest cafes in Hanoi, Cafe Lam serve delicious egg coffee. A small, unassuming cafe, here you will get an authentic Hanoi cafe experience. When comes to Lam, you can experience the best authentic feeling of an ancient Hanoi coffee shop. Cafe Lam also do great Vietnamese iced coffee, or ca phe sua da, which makes Vietnamese coffee famous all around the world by its strong and passionate flavor.
Location: 60 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem.