Hanoi’s café culture is a fusion of old French Indochina and modern, colorful imports from the West.(Coffee in Hanoi)
It gives a unique brand of kitsch and craziness unlike anywhere else. Hanging out in cafés is a national pastime that consumes life both on and off the pavement from early morning until late, late at night.
Fashions and trends blow through Hanoi’s streets as quickly as most establishments can keep up. Some things of course are timeless; suitcase-sized street tea stalls, for example, are as permanent as they are ubiquitous.
Elsewhere, a fluidity and transience flows through the city; cafés on the cutting-edge of culture constantly have to reinvent themselves in order to attract the latest impressionable crowd of Hanoi’s coffee drinkers.
And we are a discerning lot. A hot cup just doesn’t cut it anymore. We want extras! Games. Books. Stuff. Luckily, there’s no shortage to be had in Hanoi.