We fell in love with Vietnamese egg coffee on our second day in Hanoi. Watch our video to find out why egg coffee Hanoi style is our new guilty pleasure. We also share our pick for the best egg coffee in Hanoi.
We never even heard of Vietnamese egg coffee before our trip to Hanoi, and we would have walked right by Café Giang if not for the advice of Philly friend Marie Buendia Woytowich of gooddayphoto and the intrepid Mai Nguyen from Hanoi food blog Tho Loves Food.
They both told us to try egg coffee, also known as orcà phê trứng, at the popular hidden Hanoi café near our Old Quarter hotel. Thanks to their sage advice, our lives (or at least our taste buds) are forever changed.
They’re not alone in their egg coffee love. Tasha from Backpackers Wanderlust agrees that egg coffee in Hanoi is the bomb. All of this enthusiasm intrigued us.
To the uninitiated, egg coffee, Hanoi style, sounds kind of weird. That’s what we thought before we tried the popular Vietnamese food that comes in a cup, but we fell in love with Giang Café’s version after just one sip.
The Best Egg Coffee in Hanoi
Created by his father Nguyen Giang in the 1940s when fresh milk was scarce, Tri Hoa Nguyen makes egg coffee the original way by brewing cups of strong coffee and then adding a sweet topping of whisked chicken egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese.
The result is a decadently rich concoction that’s both a coffee drink and a dessert. This is one of the Vietnamese food favorites that you don’t want to miss!
Café Giang is located at 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Egg Coffee Hanoi Video
Watch our YouTube video to get the skinny on Vietnamese egg coffee. Be aware that the video won’t actually make you skinny, though it will make you want to hop on a plane to Hanoi for a jolt of liquid pleasure.
Plan Your Hanoi Stay
You have to sleep somewhere when you travel to Vietnam to enjoy the best eats in Hanoi.
Some restaurants have revised their hours and menus due to COVID-19. Others may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check restaurant websites for updated information.
Stay Connected in Hanoi
You’ll want WiFi on the go for mapping, ordering Grab cars, translating menus and posting Instagram stories.
One option is to pre-order a pocket WiFi unit that you can pick up at your Hanoi hotel and use all over Vietnam.
This is a great option if your mobile phone is locked and you want to stay connected. Otherwise, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Hanoi.
Get a Vietnam Visa
Don’t get stuck at the border when you travel to Vietnam!
We’ve personally used Vietnam-Visa three times to secure Vietnam visas and have been happy with their convenience and service.
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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.