Friday, June 09, 2006

Highland Cafe

Highland cafe- Hanoi

I wonder why people always go to Highland Cafes in Viet Nam. Even though they are a bit expensive, they seem to springing up everywhere. Lots of people I know say that they don't go to Highland Cafe to actually drink coffee, but rather they go there to drink fruit juices, have a chat and enjoy the comfortable environment. Another reason is that they are usually located right near or inside big office buildings near where people work.

Highland cafe

In Hanoi, the most popular Highland Cafe is on West Lake, where you can sit on a floating boat looking over the whole beautiful lake and enjoy your drink with nice breeze and see the sun set in the afternoon. If you don't really like to sit outside then you can choose the air conditioned area right inside the boat. Hanoi's very hot at the moment.

Highland cafe - Hanoi towel

In Ho Chi Minh City, I heard lots of people talking about the branch in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. This is a great location for watching passers-by. But I also sit inside when my friends can't stand the heat. I much prefer the juices and gin and tonics rather than coffee in this hot weather of summer.

18 comments:

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That 1st photo seems to be a nice coffee shops. It's not only there where people love to drink coffee. Here also. People line up just to have a cup of coffee.

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Thao said...

The ice-cream and the juice were really bad the last time I had been in Highland Cafe in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Saigon

Hin said...

I think some people go there because of "I look cool sitting at Highland cafe." Especially high school kids. It's good going there once in a while, right? But not all the time especially in the crazy heat.

slurp! said...

so which is better vietnam coffee?
Highland or trung nquyen? thks!

Hin said...

I've never been to Highland or Trungnguyen. I think they're all the same :D. The famous place, i guess Hang Hanh, never been there also. Oh god and I call myself a Hanoian? :(

April said...

i love cafes. they are perfect for lounging about and being artistic and people watching (or just goofing off). one of these days i want to do a world tour of cafes.

Godknows said...

Hin, you are right.
slurp! not them, check out local coffee shop then you will have the answer- Cafe Nang is an example.
Thao, moody, sometimes good and bad, sorry for your bad drink.
FRIDAY'S CHILD, it looks cool.
April smae here girl.

Anonymous said...

Hey VG...great blog...just back in Australia from a wonderful trip to Hanoi and discovered Highlands Coffee store & Vietnamese drip-filter cofee..so wonderful! I bought one filter plus mug and a bag of coffee from the Highlands store but found one problem when I got home...no instructions! Im not adventurous enough to experiment as I dont want to waste the little coffee powder i have..And no website for Highlands Coffee to ask. Help!
If you know how to work one of these magic devices please email me (mxfiveau@yahoo.com.au) .. and I will shout you a cup of the best coffee in Aus..
Cheers...Grantley..

Anonymous said...

Grantley,

http://www.highlandscoffee.com.vn/contactus.php

heli said...

highland has an art space for coffee!!!

Anonymous said...

The coffee and drink are good. but I lose my helm there. I went to the highland cafe in Le loi street in Viet Nam. I put my helm in my car for the security to park it, after i finish my meal there i ask the security to bring me my car, but my helm is stolen. I told the manager there but he didn't help me at all. I just dont understand that they park the car for you they keep the key but when something is lose in your car they are not reponsible for it. might think twice before going there again. Never know what will happen might be my car stolen next time and they might just say they not reponsible for it....

thuyvan712 said...

I don't think Highland coffee is as good as Trung Nguyen or Vietcoffee. When I was in Vietnam I was a regular customer of Highland Coffee visiting their cafe very many times and the Highland coffee staff know me very well. I was there regularly for my business to meet customers and have coffee and do business as well as I met my friends there regularly. I don't like the flavour and I have a friend who refused to go there as the flavour not as good. However the ambience, image and service was quite good. They always have the shop with a good view and atmosphere to make the customers feel comfortable.

If you want coffee of good flavour you need to choose from the two biggest coffee manafacturers and distributors in Vietnam go with Trung Nguyen or Vietcoffee.

Check out this website for their coffee in Australia. www.viet-coffee.com.au

Highland coffee is made for western taste with emphasis on bite rather than depth of flavour. Vietcoffee and Trung Nguyen coffee has the traditionsl flavour that is great for cafe da and cafe su da.

Viet-coffee has a range that is more aceptable to western taste as well the traditional Vietnamese coffee suitable for making in the phin.

thuyvan712 said...

To make coffee with Vietnamese phin -If you have ground coffee - fill the phin one third to half full place the filter cap on top and then place large cap with holes over cup, place phin with coffee and filter press on top then fill with hot water from the kettle - for best flavour of vietnamese coffee you need to have water not just boiled but still very hot and fill up the phin with the water and then put the cap on the top. For a strong flavour push the filter press firmly to slow the speed of water through the phin. For western taste of not so strong the third is better and you end up with espressso like short black - for more western taste you may use less eg. a third fill and you may do extra hot water to get more coffee in cup. Depends on what you are used to.

Dont worry about limited supply as you can get real vietnamese coffee from www.viet-coffee.com.au.

Lets taste it and enjoy it.

Highland coffee at the beginning opened in Dong Khoi Street around the corner from Duc Ba church in about 2000.

My fiends and I from all over the world sit down and have coffee on the most beautiful street in Saigon (Dong Khoi Street) but it is no longer trading on this street. They opened more Highland Coffee shop across Saigon and Vung Tau and Can Tho and other places.

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