Here’s a short list of the cafes in Hoi An & Da Nang that we were able to visit. I made sure to include lots of pictures!
Coffee is one of the things Vietnam has an abundance of. And unless you’re not allowed to drink it for medical reasons, it almost feels like a sin not to enjoy as much Vietnamese coffee as you can while here!
If you love Vietnamese coffee, then you’ll totally fall in love with the coffeeshop scene in Da Nang & Hoi An. To describe it briefly: Cafes in Hoi An & Da Nang really pull ALL the stops! While the menu items are typically similar (Ca Phe Phin, Coconut Coffee, Egg Coffee, Salt Coffee, etc.), no two coffeeshops look the same over here!
We made sure to visit more specialty cafes rather than coffee chains while we were here. I have nothing against the coffee chains however, because here in Vietnam you can get a more-than-decent cup of coffee even from the chain brands. I think it’s because they have such high pride when it comes to their coffee.
When you say “Vietnamese coffee”, it’s almost like a national brand. Not even Starbucks can break into this market because it’s too hard to compete against the affordability and availability of good Vietnamese coffee in Vietnam! The only places I’ve ever seen a Starbucks are locations frequented by Westerners, such as Ba Na Hills. There’s a small one in Hoi An Old Town as well.
In case you’re curious about the pricing scheme differences between coffee chains and specialty coffee shops, I found that the prices of the drinks are not that far from one another. There is some extra quality that comes with drinking coffee in a non-chain coffeeshop of course, but there is nothing wrong with grabbing a drink at Highlands either. In the end, it’s the ritual of leisurely coffee-drinking that all of these coffeeshops aim to promote, so that’s a win-win for us coffee-lovers!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the cafes in Hoi An & Da Nang that we managed to visit!
The Coffee House (Branches Nationwide)
This coffee shop is one of the major coffeehouse chains of Vietnam, with over 100 stores across the nation. It is second only to Highlands Coffee in terms of market share and popularity. Although I did stop by a Highlands Coffee branch for the heck of it, I decided not to include it in this list because we already have it in the Philippines. In any case, based on the branches I visited, The Coffee House most definitely wins in the interior design category. The ambiance of this coffeeshop is just fantastic! It’s got sort of like an urban jungle concept going on, but the bright interior is perfect for those who want to work or have a meeting.
As for the coffee served here, you get all the usual Vietnamese Classics but served in plastic cups. At the time we visited, their limited edition featured drinks were versions of the Instagram-famous drinks topped with fluffy whipped cream.
Prices for basic ca phe start at 29,000 VND and I thought the price range as written on their menu is a lot cheaper compared to the coffee prices in the Philippines. (Except maybe for Highlands prices in the Philippines lol.)
Address: The Coffee House stores can be found in the whole of Vietnam. This particular branch is located at 11 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam (MAP)
Nam House, Da Nang
If you’re a lover of all things vintage, then Nam House is where you’ll want to take your coffee. I was amazed by the collection of vintage objects the owners of this cafe have amassed. It’s enough to fill a two-floor coffeeshop! The addition of plants inside adds a homey vibe to it.
The longer you stay, the more this place feels like a very lived-in home owned by a person who never threw out anything in their life lol. It has clearly taken A LOT to create this particular atmosphere, and I for one appreciate it!
I’ve observed that most coffeeshops in Vietnam have the same set of coffee drinks, but it’s interesting that it almost always feels like you’re drinking different drinks with each unique coffeeshop you visit. Specialty coffeeshops try their best to make their ambiance unique, and sometimes they also add certain twists to their drinks. I think that’s what makes coffeeshop hopping in Vietnam so fun.
Here in Nam House, we ordered their Ca phe Trung (Egg Coffee), as well as their Ca Cao Trung (Chocolate Egg Coffee). Though delicious, I don’t believe this was the best cup of Egg Coffee that I’ve ever had. However, all in all, their coffees are good quality and reasonably priced. Plus, the atmosphere is very very cool.
Across the street from Nam House is the Phòng Tranh Gallery, owned by the same owners. It has a nice collection of paintings and more old furniture and objects. You might want to check it out as well.
Address: khoảng 30 m, 15/1, số 15 Lê Hồng Phong, vô hẻm, Hải Châu, 550000, Vietnam (MAP)
Heyday Coffee, Hoi An
This cute coffeeshop is located within the Hoi An Old Town. It’s quite a small coffeeshop with a limited menu, but it’s got this really nice second floor with a balcony overlooking the Thu Bon River. It’s a super nice place to sit and pass the time.
I actually finished my Salt Coffee extra slowly whilst watching boats lazily float across the river. The inside is really nice also. I love how much this coffeeshop embraced the “yellowness” of Old Town.
Address: 49b Công Nữ Ngọc Hoa, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam (MAP)
Cam Coffee & More, Hoi An
A short walk from Hoi An Old Town, this coffeeshop is semi-camouflaged within a residential area. This was my favorite because LOOK AT THE PICTURES! I was so in love with the ambiance of this coffeeshop!
Cam Coffee has a lot of vintage elements, but also a lot of earthy elements. All the wood and the greens and the open design kind of makes it feel like a garden cafe. Speaking of, this cafe is not air-conditioned, so I don’t know if it’s going to be extra hot in the summer. It’s still too nice to pass up though.
They have the whole usual host of Vietnamese coffee drinks in here, and since I’ve had way too much Salt Coffee at this point, I reverted back to my go-to ca phe phin. The coffee here is delicious!
They also make a unique version of Coconut Coffee in that the coconut element is served as ice cubes rather than the usual slushy version. You’ll have to be the one to use a spoon to break all that frozen coconut cubes apart before you can drink. As my brother reported, this was one of the best Coconut Coffees he had during this trip, so I guess all the effort was worth it!
Perhaps my only gripe with this coffeeshop is how slow they serve the food when you come early in the morning. Their staff had to go to the bakery to buy croissants for our order so we had to wait quite a while before our food arrived. So maybe come here when you’re not rushing to go off somewhere afterwards?
Address: 45 Đào Duy Từ, Phường Cẩm Phổ, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam (MAP)
Poison Cafe, Hoi An
This coffee shop is by the Taste Vietnam group– the same group I talked about in my post on Hoi An Food spots. It is hands-down the most fancy and most expensive of all the coffeeshops we visited.
This coffeeshop specializes in herbal coffee (think ginseng in your coffee!) so it can get pricey. Honestly it felt a little gimmicky to me, but I don’t tend to complain about these things when I’m traveling. One thing is for sure though, the coffeeshop is exquisitely designed!
The oxymoronically-named Poison Cafe have a variety of herbal coffees that suit particular customer needs. If you need more energy, or more vitality, or whatever else, the staff will be able to recommend a particular coffee for you. I have to say, their coffee does have an herbal undertone to it. You’ll taste the herbal-ness the most if you drink the coffee plain, just like when you order ‘The Monsoon‘ or any regular old latte or cappuccino.
Though I loved the experience of getting to try this fancy coffee shop, the coffee itself isn’t something I would jump up and down to come back for– EXCEPT for their Coco Choco. It’s SO GOOD! Yet another thing I’m going to try replicating at home!
‘The Monsoon‘ is certainly the most gimmicky drink on the menu. I love how appropriately named it is because it does start resembling a raincloud the more the cotton candy melts into the coffee. There’s nothing wrong with this concept and in fact I thought it was a really cute idea, but I feel like I had way too much expectations for this one.
I wanted the coffee to blow me away, since we’re essentially just drinking cotton candy-sweetened black coffee here. Well, it didn’t happen. The coffee was just okay lol. Let’s just say you order this drink for the ‘gram!
Address: 7 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam (MAP)
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