It’s 1 a.m. in the morning, your party might have ended but all the beers and shots have decided to turn you and your buddies into a bunch of enthusiastic storytellers. As most of the entertainment hubs in Hanoi close their doors at around 11 p.m., finding a decent place to continue all the sharing can be pretty challenging. This article shall give you a different look into the surprisingly lively 24/7 café scene in this lovely city.
Xofa café & bistro
One of the first and probably the most renowned overnight café in Hanoi, Xofa has, ever since its opening, been a regular hangout spot for Hanoian youngsters and expats alike. It is housed in an old mansion on Tong Duy Tan Street – a famous destinations known for having a lot of trendy cafés and pubs. The owners of Xofa has successfully managed to create a very cordial vibe with warm color décor, lighting and various sofas set up in different cozy sitting areas. The outdoor section is also very lovely but more suitable during the cooler autumn weather.
Xofa has a really extended menu with a lot of options for both food and drinks. Even though things are a little bit expensive, Xofa has always been one of the top favorite late-night get-together spots in Hanoi. But it is ALWAYS crowded.
On a side note, you can also find lots of street food stalls on Tong Duy Tan Street but you are likely to be ripped off.
Address: No 14 Tong Duy Tan Street.
Price range: 35.000 – 300.000 VNĐ
Puku Café and Sports Bar
The second apex that makes up the acclaimed overnight-café-triangle in Hanoi is Puku café, more like a sports bar – known for covering all live sports. When there is a game especially during AFL, NRL, UFC season, this is the place to be at. The menu leans more to that of a bar/ restaurant rather than a café, yet you still can order a cup of coffee here.
Price range: 35.000 – 300.000 VNĐ
Aroi dessert café
A few meters away from Xofa and Puku is Aroi dessert café. As the name has suggested, Aroi focuses more on desserts with a wide assortment of mousses, cheesecakes and sponge cakes. The accompanied drinks are also very decent and the price range is relatively cheaper. However, as this location attracts a lot of youngsters, it can get really loud and noisy. The sitting area can also be a bit messy sometimes, with sunflower seed shells lying around.
Address: No 9 Tong Duy Tan Street
Price range: 30 – 70.000 VNĐ
Arguably the most gorgeous destination of the five, you can find De. Tầm on Yên Thế street, a few steps away from the noisy traffic on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. Nestled in a charming and classy colonial mansion, Tầm might even be mistaken for an independent museum rather than a café with a colossal collection of vintage turntables, TVs, phonographs and especially an impressive exhibition of up to 30 old-school film cameras and lenses. As this café is still at an early stage, the menu is not quite finished however the food has already received lots of compliments. They used to open 24/7 but recently close earlier at 2 a.m which is a bit sad for their late-night loyal fan. Even though they’re not 24/7 anymore we still decided to include De.Tầm in the list since 2 a.m is still pretty late for Hanoi and hopefully they will extend the trading hours in the near future.
Current opening hour: 8am – 2am
Address: No 33 Yen The Street
Price range: 35 – 70.000 VNĐ
Auden Coffee is perhaps the most unfamiliar due to its location shying away from most of Hanoi’s famous tourist area. Located on Thái Thịnh Street, you will need to walk past a narrow alley to get to a small playground where Auden and a restaurant lie face to face. This rather unknown café is decorated in a sloppy Bohemian style with three main sitting spaces, in which the furniture doesn’t seem to conform to the general theme. The food and drinks are quite average. However, Auden is not at all crowded, hence, finding a seat is by no means challenging.
Auden should be considered when you are around the area of Thái Hà or Thái Thịnh street.
Address: No 109, Alley 61, Thai Thinh Street.
Price range: 30 – 60.000 VND