The long and harsh summer days are over and the cool breezy autumn day has arrived in Hanoi. There are so many beautiful little cafes in Hanoi where you can go spend a cosy afternoon with a cup of Vietnamese coffee. But for this time of the year, to fully enjoy the nice and cool wind with a view over a lake, you can go to Highlands Coffee in Truc Bach lake.
It is just above the Old Quarter and Truc Bach lake is a small lake adjacent to the huge West lake. A stop at this floating cafe can be perfect after a visit to Tran Quoc pagoda on the West lake or Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as they’re near by.
The sky is ever-so blue and clear and the peaceful lake makes an awesome shot for Instagram posts. This cafe is all about the terrace upstairs. Get a table by the lake side for the full view of the lake. A couple of days ago, I spent an entire afternoon here with friends and every glimpse of the lake was marvellous to admire. I could not help but be amazed and grateful for the pleasant weather and beautiful view the entire time!
In the late afternoon, you can watch the sunset from here and you should get a seat facing the West lake for the best spot. If you visit on a weekend, the swan boats will be gliding throughout the lake making it a more beautiful scene. Maybe you could get on one yourself!