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Coffee Shop Review: Cafe Giang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Remember when I attempted to make Vietnamese egg coffee at home? Back then, I was obsessing about egg coffee, and I wanted to know if I could DIY it at home; it turns out I could. While I loved my concoction, I knew it wouldn’t hold a candle to the original. Cafe Giang in Hanoi is the first coffee shop that introduced this unique and lovely coffee drink to the masses, and now many businesses have followed suit. And because this is Coffeehan, where I share with you all of the best (ok, also, the not-so-best) coffee shops, I knew I had to go to Hanoi and visit Cafe Giang in person.

And guess what guys? Your girl is finally here! I just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, early today, and while waiting for my hostel’s check-in time, here I am at Cafe Giang, writing and overdosing on egg-laced drinks.

I’m so excited to share this review; I’m writing this while I’m still at the coffee shop. I’m running under an hour’s worth of sleep on the plane; I don’t know how I’m still alive. My flight was too early, so I left the house a quarter before 11:00 pm last night. Anyway, enough preamble, and let’s get down to business.

ℹ️ Coffee shop Cafe Giang – quick information

📍Address: 39 P. Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
🕑 Store hours: Open daily, 7:00 am to 10:00 pm 
💰 Price range: USD 0.21-6.36 (VND 5,000 – 150,000)
🍴What to order: Cafe trung (egg coffee)
🔗 Website: https://www.facebook.com/cafegiang.vn?mibextid=LQQJ4d

📍Coffee shop – Cafe Giang location

Cafe Giang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam - facade

Cafe Giang is located in Hoan Kiem, along P. Nguyễn Huru Huấn street. This street is lined with numerous establishments like coffee shops and restaurants. Cafe Giang is easy to find, I just followed Google Maps, and before I knew it, I was already here.

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You can see the sign outside and then walk through the narrow aisle to get inside the coffee shop.

🖼️ Coffee shop – Cafe Giang ambiance and interiors

Cafe Giang has been around since 1946. I don’t know if this is the original location, but the building is old and has a vintage vibe. There are a few seats on the ground floor, and on the far side of the room is the kitchen, where you can see staff walking to and fro, making and delivering coffee to the customers.

There are more tables upstairs. There are three different rooms with tiny, low tables and small stool chairs (or what we call in Filipino “bangkito”). Each room flows into another, separated by arch entryways. There are no fancy decorations, just a few photographs and paintings on the wall.

There are many coffee shops along the street, but I noticed they were less busy than Cafe Giang. Here, people come and go, most ordering more than one cup of coffee.

💻 Coffee shop – Cafe Giang WiFi

Cafe Giang has a free high-speed WiFi connection. I noticed, though, that it gets disconnected every so often then the login screen would pop up. I didn’t mind because I could reconnect quickly with no problem.

🔌 Coffee shop – Cafe Giang electrical outlets

I spotted some electrical outlets against the wall at Cafe Giang.

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☕ Coffee shop – Cafe Giang drinks

Cafe trung (egg coffee)

Price: USD 1.48 (VND 35,000)

Cafe Giang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam - cafe trung egg coffee

I ordered a cup of hot egg coffee served in a small cup. Okay, the moment of truth, how was the egg coffee? Did it live up to the hype? Was it overhyped? My verdict, their cafe trung is absolutely spectacular.

I stirred the mixture until well combined; the creamy topping was thick. I couldn’t make my egg coffee like this; I was way over my head for even thinking I did great.

It was sweet but contrasted nicely with the crisp, bitter flavor of the coffee. It was so bitin (can’t get enough of it) that I almost ordered a second cup.

Matcha trung (egg matcha)

Price: USD 1.70 (VND 40,000)

Cafe Giang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam - matcha trung egg matcha

I did order another cup, but I tried a different flavor; the matcha trung (egg matcha). Just like the egg coffee, it didn’t disappoint. I liked the grainy texture of the matcha powder and how the leafy taste balances well with the fluffy egg and milk mixture. I loved it, but not as much as Vietnamese egg coffee.

🫘 Coffeehan Scale

I give Cafe Giang 5 coffee beans.

🫘 Sad. Will never come back again.

🫘🫘 Meh. Lots of things to improve. Might reconsider a visit but maybe not anytime soon.

🫘🫘🫘 Good! There’s room for improvement, but overall, it was awesome. I will come back.

🫘🫘🫘🫘 Great! It’s almost perfect, but not quite there yet. Definitely, I will come back.

🫘🫘🫘🫘🫘 Magnificent! It’s a coffee shop done right. he coffee is heavenly, the ambiance is perfect, and the crew is fantastic! Definitely worth the bucks and a revisit.

Do you want me to review any coffee shops? Leave your suggestion in the comment box below, and I’ll make time to check it out. 💕

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