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Name: Cafe Lam
Address: 60 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

Directions: On the east side on one-way south bound Nguyen Huu Huan (south of Hang Bac)

Phone: unknown
21.03347005976801 105.85432777181268 Category:

Description: Venerable cafe north east of Hoan Kiem.
Rating: 4.57 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 7 reviews.

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address icon R.206 CT1-1 Building, Me Tri Ha Str, My dinh, Từ Liêm, Hanoi

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7 Reviews (Followed by 4 users)

March 26th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Allow me a moment to complete an expat rite of passage and declare where my allegiances lie with regards to Vietnamese coffee. Once we take the plunge and confirm we like the stuff, then it is of the essence that we establish ourselves as *discerning*.

I hereby declare my undying devotion to House...err..Cafe Lam. (Sorry. Too much Game of Thrones).

The coffee is of the subtle, bitter variety most akin to Duy Tri (among the usual suspects when it comes to these disputes). It doesn't come out as creamy and affected as Cafe Mai and has none of the yogurt/egg nonsense you get at Cafe Giang (now renamed, but I can't be bothered to learn the new name) or the likes of Cafe Pho Co. Still as potent as any around.

The location is Old Quarter-ish. It's right there, but it is totally not Old Quarter. Relatively fast moving one-way traffic on Nguyen Huu Huan makes it feel more integrated into the rest of the city. This is a thoroughfare and not some tourist street. It also means that you've got fine street scenes to take in should you decide to sit near the front. Maybe the only better people watching alternative is the balcony at Cafe Dinh, but good luck getting that to yourself. It is ALWAYS full.

The space is standard, narrow townhouse Hanoi. Fortunately, the room is wide enough that you don't feel on top of each other. The little wooden tables and chairs totally work here. I prefer to sit two-thirds the way back on the left. That way, I'm opposite the service bar in back and can get their attention for that second cup more easily. I also like the artwork on the opposite wall better, for what that is worth. Drinking coffee and staring at the wall never played so well.

The crowds are stellar cafe lovers of the first order. They seem somehow both very old school Hanoi and noticeably more cosmopolitan than most. They know what's up.

November 27th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Patiently filtered, home roasted (place is then totally smoked out), a bottom of 'dulce de leche', an unique taste to enjoy with locals in outdated place. Friendly MBike parking.

October 9th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Great coffee!!!
I've been here with some Vietnamese friends on a sunny Saturday. It was VERY crowded, but people don't stay long as they mainly come for the coffee.


May 5th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Awesome little coffee shop. No frills, doesn't need them because the coffee is so good. Strong, tasty, good place to just sit and talk. A real Vietnamese cafe experience favoured by many.

June 21st, 2010 at 12:34 pm

One of best coffee in Hanoi. My g.father showed me this place. And so amazing, I was addicted just right after the first time came there. The history of this cafe shop is interesting, I have luck talked to the daughter of the owner one time, and that was awesome... Even no fancy decor, nothing luxury nor wifi, but i still love this place with all my respect from my heart ! The place can taste the real cafe in Hanoi.

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