These are the nicest cafes with the most prime location that can views overlooking Turtle Tower and look out to the stream of people walking around the Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake). These are the best list of cafes overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake, Ho Guom) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
1. Đinh Café (Dinh Café)
Surely this is a familiar address of the people who love coffee in Hanoi, the shop is listed in the list as the oldest cafe in Hanoi, with egg coffee dish is the most prominent. Dinh Café is located on the second floor with no signs or signboards, want to be there you have to go through a tiny alley with narrow wooden stairs and a bit dark. Small space, on the wall hung the black and white photos and a few paintings sketch, when suddenly stepped in, will give the feeling old and nostalgic.
Come here, do not forget to enjoy a cup of hot egg coffee, with the aroma of coffee blended with egg concentrations. And if there is a chance, go out to the balcony to sit and sniffed the air from under the canopy of green trees and watch the flow of people back and forth. The only minus point of the restaurant is probably the small space should have to sat closely together, but precisely because of that, it will probably make the cold winter of many people becomes less away.
The price of a cup of coffee ranges from 18,000 VND to 20,000 VND (~1US$), pretty cheap compared to the fame and positioned like this!
Address: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Google Map)
Telephone: +84 4 3824 2960
Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Price range: 20,000 vnd – 70,000 vnd
Highlands Coffee Hoan Kiem Lake (Shark Building Store)
Highlands is a famous coffee shop chain in Vietnam, probably not strange to most people. The view here is said to be “extremely beautiful”, because it is located on the third floor of Shark Building, covering the entire Hoan Kiem Lake. Although situated in such a beautiful location, but the price of drinks is no higher than other chain stores. The most popular drink is probably peach tea with lemongrass, with its chilled tea and cool bar and several pieces of peach crisp, fragrant.
The space of the restaurant is clean, which was very nice decor, very comfortable and pleasant and the outside is the balcony that to be able to see Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake) and is looking down the stream of people walking down below. Come here on a winter morning, watching the mist spread around the lake and feel the cold breeze of the winter will make any negativity goes flying out.
The price will remain the same, so it will vary range from 29,000 vnd – 80,000 vnd, minus point of the restaurant is no parking on site, it takes more 10,000 vnd for parking outside.
Highlands Coffee Hoan Kiem Lake
Address: 3rd floor, Shark Building (Ham Ca Map building), 5 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Google Map)
Directions: In the Ho Guom Plaza overlooking the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Phone: +84 4 39363228
Prices: 29,000 vnd – 80,000 vnd
Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Lục Thủy (Luc Thuy Restaurant Hanoi)
Actually Luc Thuy is a consortium have enough food, music, event, but by a lot of people still choose this place to drink coffee, watching the Lake so called cafe is not wrong.
Luc Thuy has open space, romantic and elegance, decorated like the street cafes in European. The restaurant has a direct view of Ho Guom, situated between lush green trees and the position of “super nice” that many other restaurants have wished so the price is also much higher than other cafes around the Lake, an average price of 50,000 vnd and up.
In addition to serving coffee, here also serves snacks and desserts, more here is also the space to hold wedding ceremony, music night.
Luc Thuy restaurant Hanoi
Address: 16 Le Thai To Street, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam (Google Map)
Phone: +84-4-6283 8888
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Price range: 50,000 vnd – 550,000 vnd
Hanoi Time (Hanoi Time Café)
From the distance, you will see the prominent bar with a brilliant orange-yellow tone. Hanoi Time style is very ….Hanoi. Space is simply furnished, bring slightly nostalgic but extremely cozy. Wanting to enter the restaurant must go into a narrow alley, step up the stairs through paintings about Hanoi is painted beautiful and meticulous. Stepping through the door, you like to be back in time to the old days, with rustic wood furniture, the paintings are hung on the wall in a random direction, bearing the stamp of the days of old Hanoi.
The biggest plus point of the restaurant is probably the view. True to its name, sitting outside on a spacious balcony, overlooking the Huc Bridge, enjoying a warm cup of tea and start enjoying timeline elapsed between the hustle and bustle of life but but still bearing the hidden charm of old Hanoi.
The price of the restaurant at around 20,000 vnd – 50,000 vnd, quite reasonable for a winter evening by a warm cup of tea and watching the Hanoi shimmering at night.
Hanoi Time Café
Address: 39 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Google Map)
Phone: +84 98 622 26 68
Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Price range: 20,000 vnd – 50,000 vnd
This shop is located on the 2nd floor, want to be there you have to go through a very narrow alley, through the old wooden stairs, but you will feel like you are back home when getting in here. The space is small but cozy, friendly. L’Etage is an ideal place to sit to relax, enjoy coffee and watching Hoan Kiem Lake with the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Actually, the space of L’etage is not really that special, because here the focus is more rustic and cozy, however, the restaurant has a pretty balcony overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake. And this is also the “target” of most visitors to the shop. To get to this place, you also have to send the car in the area surrounding and walk up the stairs.
Address: 2nd Floor, 9a P Hang Khay | Old Quarter, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam (Google Map)
Phone: +84-4-3824 5322
Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Price range: 30,000 vnd – 55,000 vnd
Avalon Cafe Lounge
As one of the iconic destinations of the capital, around the Hoan Kiem Lake area has many nice cafes to meet the needs of relaxation, sightseeing of the old city residents and visitors. Not hard to find a cafe with views overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake, but not at any shop you also have a wide viewing angle, angle view panoramic by very obscured by trees.
With an extremely favorable position when one side overlooking the old town (Hanoi’s Old Quarter), a side looking directly at the Hoan Kiem Lake, The Huc Bridge, Avalon Cafe are always in the top of the coffee shops in the most popular of Hoan Kiem Lake’s area. Each floor of Avalon is decorated differently but the most popular area is the terrace where you can admire the full of old town.
The terrace of the restaurant is decorated in sky-garden style of European style, so when you coming here on the weekends, when the area around Hoan Kiem Lake becomes the walking streets, you will enjoy the quietness, the freshness and romantic of the days of autumn. The more special when sitting here in the evening, the city lights up the colorful and extremely charming.
Besides beautiful view angle, with the food menu, drinks at the bar is also quite diverse. In addition to coffee, smoothies, vitamins, cocktails, the restaurant also has rice, fruit cake which, according to many people, the way of processing is also quite delicious. However, because its prime location, prices here are quite “harsh” than the same model cafes with food and drink service.
Avalon Cafe Lounge
Address: 73 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Google Map)
Phone: +84 166 293 9519 / +84-4-3926 0801
Opening hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Price range: 40,000 vnd – 165,000 vnd
Thủy Tạ Cafe (Thuy Ta Cafe)
Situated on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, this is the ideal place to watch the The Huc Bridge, looking for fresh breeze from the lake brought back and looked down at the water ripples. You can sit outside, watching the lush green trees in the distance.
It sold a lot of drinks, from coffee, tea, vitamins, smoothies, but the most popular is still the ice cream. Try calling a glass of ice cream, sipping it in the cool air of the winter, sometimes shivering slightly from the cold, you’ll find enjoy ice cream in the winter as interesting as summer.
A glass of ice cream is priced from 70,000 vnd – 150,000 vnd, quite expensive but this is still a place worth to visit if you want to watch the whole Hoan Kiem Lake.
Thuy Ta Restaurant
Address: 1 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Google Map)
Directions: On the northwest bank of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Phone: +84-129 737 6868 / +84-4-38.289.347
Opening hours: Daily 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Price range: 70,000 vnd – 150,000 vnd
Some one love the bustling atmosphere, with the balcony painted with unique colors, impressed, someone would choose this place to enjoy the ancient beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
Located at the highlights crossroads of Luong Van Can – Hang Gai, Bottom Up is designed to bring youthful colors, so it is very suitable for young people today. When you step into the bar, you will be dropping yourself and drifting to the sound of the colorful Italian music.
The most attractive point of the bar is that there are many balconies open to different views.
A something unique, a bit of a difference, a modern touch, but also enough to make you allow yourself once come here, once immersed in this exciting atmosphere and to save yourself an interesting experiment.
Bottom’s Up – Bar Cafe & Shisha
Address: 54 Luong Van Can Street, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 93 668 83 53 / +84-166 383 8888
Opening hours: Daily 8 p.m. – late
Price range: 50,000 vnd – 550,000 vnd
The cafe is designed by architectural students as a place for those who carry artistic blood. Like Dinh Cafe, Sketch has a lane up quite challenging, and owned a modest space.
The sketches, the decorative objects such as tea, drawings, etc. are pictures that are easily seen in this unique café.
Art enthusiasts come here with the desire to find creative ideas for their work or just chatted with those whose share the same passion. Fun to sip a cup of coffee, watching the Sword Lake in silence, meditation is the reason for pulling many pagans come.The restaurant situated on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, next to the Thang Long Puppet Theatre.
Address: 57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hanoi, Vietnam 10000 (Google Map)
Opening hours: 8.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Price range: Cost: Rather affordable for everyday visit. We spent VND116,000 (about RM18.40) for 5 beverages, averaging about VND23,200 (about RM3.70) per pax
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