32 Dien Bien Phu str., Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, VietnamTelephone
+84 4 2247 0602. Hotline: +84-91 181 11 44Email More information Prices
Drinks: 25.000 đ - 90,000 đOpening hours
Mon - Sun: 7:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cong Caphe is a popular, funky little cafe perfectly placed between Hanoi's War Museum and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. In an act of reverence - or something else - the menus at Cong Caphe are scratched in black texta across the hardcover bound pages of Lenin's work. One of the few remaining statues of the tarnished legend of international communism stands a few hundred metres away in Lenin Park.
It's a unique Hanoi experience and it's right in the middle of the city's historic heart. Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Vietnam Military History Museum and Hanoi Imperial Citadel are all a short walk away. Stop by for a cuppa with Hanoi's coffee aficionados, take some time out, read a book and have a think about this city.
And then there's the name. Cong San (communist), Cong Hoa (republic) or Viet Cong? We're left guessing. What does it all mean? Cong Cafe is a place to think about Hanoi.
Oh, and there's coffee too. And juice, fruit and a limited food menu as well. There can also be asphyxiating amounts of smoke. But you'll likely forgive Cong Cafe for the lung damage - at least once.
Upon entering one of the six Cộng Càphê locations throughout the city, expect to find harshly militaristic décor, smiling and attentive staff, and plenty of young Hanoian hipsters, supplementing drags on their cigarettes with an iced coffee.
The khaki and army green tones inside are surprisingly welcoming (and balanced with bold floral prints), while the interior is dressed in relics from the Vietnam-American War – this includes old propaganda posters, black and white photographs, and vintage furniture.
The menu is quite diverse, though most locals tend to flock here for the “ca phe cot dua” – coffee with coconut frozen yogurt. Also worth a try is the ca phe sua chua (with yogurt), or the ca phe sua da (iced with condensed milk).
They serve a variety of juices and beers, as well as some small snack items (peanuts, sunflower seeds, noodles, etc.). The original Cong Caphe can be found at 152 D Trieu Viet Vuong, though the specious three-story location in the Old Quarter (on Nguyen Huu Huan) has a lovely open balcony to enjoy the chaos of Hanoi from above.