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Cộng Càphê

Cộng Càphê creates something unique, breaking the familiar Hanoi mold.
152D Trieu Viet Vuong, 32 Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hanoi is a city of caffeine fiends and there is barely a street in the capital without a café. The epicenter of the caffeine scene is Trieu Viet Vuong, a.k.a. Coffee Street, and it was there that Cộng Càphê's owner, Linh Dung, opened the first of her coffee shops in the tiniest of spaces. With it, she created something unique, breaking the familiar Hanoi mold; its success prompted her to open a new, much bigger and brighter space. Inspired in part by memories of a coffee shop her mother ran years ago, Cộng (as in the communist Viet Cong) makes several nods to the old days with its khaki palette lending a militaristic edge. Menus are scrawled on hardback works by Lenin, drinks are served in retro enamel cups and old propaganda posters adorn the walls. This is certainly no homage to the regime however; other pictures parody uniformed officials, which, in a city as controlled as Hanoi, and just stone's throw from the Presidential Palace, feels rather brazen. Linh gets away with it—thus far—by serving what is undoubtedly some of the capital’s best coffee, whether taken nau da (iced white), den nong (hot black), suaa chua (with yogurt) or cot dua (with frozen coconut). Highly, highly recommended.

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Published on Apr 10, 2013

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