The Best Coffee in Hội An, Vietnam

Coffee is incredibly popular in Hội An, with cafés to be found everywhere
Coffee is incredibly popular in Hội An, with cafés to be found everywhere | © Thomas Levine Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Whether you opt for an espresso or a cà phê sữa dá – a speciality iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk – you’ll find what you’re looking for in Hội An. Read on to discover the best places to get your caffeine fix in Vietnam’s Yellow City.

Coffee is a way of life in the ancient city of Hội An, as is elsewhere in Vietnam. From the traditional to the trendy, the typically local to the Western-style, there’s a place among our favourites for everyone to get their brew of choice. You can count on in-house roasts using the finest local beans, and here are the best places to look.

Cool down with a traditional Vietnamese iced coffee, cà phê sữa dá © Quang Ngo / Alamy Stock Photo

Reaching Out Tea House

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, Coffee, $$$

Great brews meet social conscience in this loveliest of shops and tea rooms – it employs speech- and hearing-impaired locals and pours profits into training and employing more disabled people. If you can’t choose from the rich array of offerings, go for a Vietnamese tea- or coffee-tasting set, embracing three varieties (chicory, mocha and arabica in the case of the latter), all paired with a cookie or treat that enhances the gustatory experience. There’s a small garden and a quiet playroom for younger visitors.

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Olivier Coffee

Coffee Shop, Coffee

Presided over by a genial host who roasts his own beans and is always ready with local tips, this is another socially minded enterprise that trains local teens. But it’s the brews that bring people back time and time again – whether it’s the iced coconut coffee, espresso, traditional egg coffee or jasmine and ginger teas, to name just a few. There’s rustic-meets-contemporary decor and a breeze-cooled balcony made for a laid-back vibe.

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Phin Coffee Workshop

Coffee Shop, Coffee

Two minutes’ walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge, this little sanctuary of bean worship runs barista-led coffee classes lasting one hour, two hours or six hours (the latter over three days), meaning you can go home a master in the likes of egg coffee, cà phê sữa dá and many more. Longer classes let you in on Vietnam’s coffee history, the difference between the types of beans grown here, and the various processing methods and their bearing on flavour. There’s a second Phin coffee shop at 132/7 Trần Phú, which has a garden. Both serve a fantastic choice of coffees, plus tea, fresh juices, cocktails, cakes and more substantial food.

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The Espresso Station

Coffee Shop, Coffee, $$$

Recommendations by locals both in and outside of Hội An testify to the quality of this cute spot with its menu full of both classic coffees and more surprising innovations, such as coffee ice cubes topped with cacao powder and accompanied by a serving of hot creamy milk, and even charcoal lattes. Nestled away in a little alley outside the old town, it’s not easy to find but worth the effort.

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This is an update of an original article by Margarita Milne.