Laid-back and Cosy Place for a Drink, Meal or Work in Hanoi Old Quarter – Xofa Cafe & Bistro

The cafe culture is huge in Vietnam and thus there are tons of cute, cosy and awesome cafes to visit. Some of which are my favourite ones and I have them listed on my article, Top 5 Hidden Gem Cafes in Hanoi. And the good news is that my favourite list keeps expanding and here’s another new cafe I discovered and fell in love with! 

For me a cafe is a place to hang out with friends, sit alone to read a book or work on my laptop. So my list of cafes in Hanoi is broad with them fitting in different categories. And I’m so excited to share with you this one because it fits in all these categories. I must say it was quite an unbelievable discovery for me! 

Greens everywhere welcoming you into Xofa
Alley seats looking gorgeous and romantic

The cafe is called Xofa Cafe & Bistro and it’s a very popular place for Vietnamese youngsters. Located in the centre of Food street on Tong Duy Tan near the famous Train street, Xofa welcomes you with the big plant-covered 2-storey building. It is already a stunning welcoming with the outdoor seats and greens everywhere around the building and the alley looks so romantic and beautiful. My first impression was certainly of awe and pleasant surprise. 

My first time here was on a weekend with friends for a drink. We were all amazed as we entered and had to explore every bit of the cafe to pick the best place to sit. 

There were different areas – in and outdoors and up and downstairs – with different types of sofas, lounge chairs and comfortable desks for work. It seemed that the indoor seats are mostly preserved for people to work in tranquility and the seats in the courtyard and terrace were for a casual and chilled time with friends. 

Can you feel that cosy ambiance?
Comfy sofas upstairs with silence respected by everyone
Courtyard seats and terrace seats upstairs
Courtyard and those beautiful stairs

Xofa was almost full both times I visited – once on a Saturday evening and another during weekday. The young staff here were all looking professional and very sweet. Most of the guests were young Vietnamese, but, surprisingly, the place was kept at a decent volume and we felt so comfy and at ease because peacefulness is not easy to be found in Vietnam. 

Their menu has a good range of dishes, drinks as well as some alcoholic beverages like wine and cocktail and the price range is on a mid-range or affordable side compared to other places of similar level. We ordered a bottle of wine for about 750,000VND the first time I was here and that’s on a good price range. 

I went to Xofa with friends both times and I’m looking forward to going here on my own to work and try some of their brunch or lunch menus in the near future.

I highly recommend this place if you’d like to feel a bit of tranquility in the midst of Hanoi’s crazy hustle and bustle, enjoy a perfectly relaxing afternoon or evening with your friends and family or even for a late night drink because apparently this place is open for 24 Hours!

Xofa Cafe & Bistro

Address: 14 Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening Hours: Everyday 24 Hours

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