I wrote about 6 Cafes and Bars with the best views of Hanoi recently, but there is yet another very down-to-earth and local coffee shop in the centre of Old Quarter offering great views of the street for people-watching.
It is a cafe that cannot be missed as it’s right beside the main entrance of ‘walking street’ leading to the famous beer street in Hoan Kiem district welcoming only pedestrians ready for a fun weekend night out.
This place is one of my and many Vietnamese locals’ regular coffee shops where I go for a chilled or quick coffee break in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Old Town vibe.
This place is nothing of a luxury or modern cafe, but the real authentic and earthy place where you can nibble on sunflower seeds, sip on your coffee or tea and have a good afternoon chat with your friends or simply watch the world go by right in front of your eyes.
Cafe Ta Hien 39 used to be the cheapest coffee shop I know few years back when the price of a coffee with condensed milk was only 17,000VND (around 70 cent) and the best sunflower seeds. They have been raising the price and now it’s 20,000VND for a cup of coffee. But it is still one of the cheapest and best coffees that can be found in Hanoi.
My always go-to menu was coffee with condensed milk (a.k.a. Ca Phe Sua Da), but recently, I changed to yogurt coffee because it tastes much lighter and more refreshing than condensed milk. I’m much more of a coffee drinker than sweet juice drinker. But I observed lots of locals drinking sweetened lemon tea (Tra Chanh).
If you’re looking for a little sweet kick to pump you up from your long day of sightseeing, order a coffee with condensed milk or refreshing lemon tea. Then you surely will be energised again!
I am pretty accustomed to enjoying sunflower seeds leisurely, but I found that the act of crack opening and eating sunflower or any kinds of seeds with your teeth can be very exotic and a fascinating challenge to many others. So I’d say take this chance to master shelling these seeds like a local and have fun with it!
Cafe Ta Hien 39
Address: 39 Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Everyday 07:00 – 22:00