Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cafe Lam

Cafe Lam

Hanoi coffee culture is a bit different compared to the rest of Vietnam with low chairs and tables and sometimes just plastic chairs acting as both chairs and tables. I like this style very much and after 10 years in Hanoi sitting this low, I feel very comfortable.

Cafe Lam

Beside my favorite Cafe Nang, I sometimes go to Cafe Lam for a cup of coffee or juice for a change. Cafe Lam is located on Nguyen Huu Huan street and consists of two traditional old houses joined together. This cafe is very popular among all age groups in Hanoi and the number of customers leaves no doubt about the quality of their coffee and juices. The staff, who are amonst the most friendly in the city, serve the hot coffee with the cup sitting in a bowl of hot water; very cute. Their coffee is perhaps a bit stronger than average but not bitter at all. One of the features of this cafe is the photos and paintings lining the walls, making the experience of having coffee here quite a cultural one as well.

Cafe Lam

Their prices are pretty standard for Hanoi and, like the coffee culture in many of the cafes here, the best part is that you can sit on the pavement out front (away from the smokers!) to observe the passing side-show.
Cafe Lam
Nguyen Huu Huan

PS: I have gone off this coffee shop as of yesterday because when I took one of my foreign street food tour client there, I discovered they have a policy to charge foreigners more. I will not be going back!!!


Anonymous said...

I like this cafe. I didn't know they charge different. That's not fair and also not good or their business now. But I don't think they will worry as most of their customers are local

price per head said...

I love the way the people here interact and shared their opinions too. I would love to track your future posts pertaining to the said topic we are able to read.

Anonymous said...

I will be headed out to review Cafe Lam shortly and investigate! Stay tuned...

Peter Lamphere said...

Investigated - - and it doesn't seem like there is massive overcharging going on (VNĐ 20K for a cup is not crazy, right?)

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MichaelKinski said...

you are such an expierienced food-tour-guide and discovered only now that they charge foreigners different from locals? i was in vietnam over a decade ago and noticed that fact after two days! Is that immoral/should you not go back to that place? well, one have to notice on what minimum wages these people live on and as a foreigner you can surely afford that extra "tip". so if they do not exagerate one should see that as a kind of an aid to people who really need it!

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