Here’s a new cute coffee shop hidden gem added to my list of Hanoi cafes. Again, I found out about this cafe from local social media channels, which I marked to visit.
The cafe is called Sii Coffee 2. It is located in the south of Hoan Kiem lake, in a local neighbourhood. The street is a small and quiet street tucked away from bigger streets. And the coffee shop is not so noticeable if you’re just passing by. I have passed the same street many times, but I only spotted the coffee shop when I went to visit.
Cosy atmosphere and fragrant coffee aroma welcome you as you enter the warmly lit wooden entrance door. There’s a big menu on the wall behind bar and also an introduction of their owner, Mr. Nguyen Van Son, his coffee farm and beans from Da Lat – central highlands in Vietnam.
I ordered a cup of iced Americano and went upstairs to take a seat. The staircase to upstairs was like a local home and then the modernly designed space appeared. It is not a big space, but the tables were set spaciously. The bright lights illuminating portrait drawings and paintings on the wall made it seem like a small art exhibition gallery.
The indoor area was great for working on laptop in peace. The outdoor balcony seemed as a perfect spot to sit alone to read a book or chat with a friend. I’d have loved to sit outside but it was all occupied, so I’ll try the balcony next time when I go back.
I love the famous Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, but I’m not a big fan of Vietnamese black coffee because the local coffee beans are usually very bitter. Sii Coffee uses coffee beans from Da Lat region, so I was slightly skeptical and hesitant to order a black coffee, but it was not bitter as I’d expected. It was slightly sour, but quite mild and in overall, enjoyable.
Address: 16A Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Nguyễn Du, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam