In the narrow, cobbled streets of Hanoi’s old quarter lies a hidden gem, Café Pho Co. The café offers its customers a selection of Vietnamese coffee blends that will suit all different tastes. The freshest coffee beans are brewed to create outstanding cups of coffee characterized by the coffee’s strong, flavorful aroma. From the rooftop of Café Pho Co the picturesque views of the Hoan Kiem Lake spread wide and far. This is a great place to relax with a quality cup of coffee.
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am – 10pm
- Address and telephone number: 11 Hang Gai, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam, + 84 567 45 343
One of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, this place has plum views over Hoan Kiem Lake. Enter through the silk shop, and continue through the antique-bedecked courtyard up to the top floor for the mother of all vistas. You’ll need to order coffee and snacks before tackling the final winding staircase. For something deliciously different, try the caphe trung da, coffee topped with a silky-smooth beaten egg white.
The history of Cafe Pho Co
Cafe Pho Co starts out as a souvenir shop, turns into someone’s aging home and then, after you’ve wound your way up several narrow staircases, becomes a simple café looking out over a stream of scooter traffic and across Hoan Kiem Lake.
The coffee’s decent and the café sections are minimal — plastic chairs and aluminum tables. But the real reason to come here is for that short journey from street to coffee table, which takes you on a blitz tour through three different worlds.
Take time to look around as you pass through the shoulder-width passageway into the residence, mind the pet cat as you mount the first step, admire the family shrine on the second level.