Sunday, 18 February 2018

Travel Destinations For Coffee Lovers #2

Hanoi coffee guide

Last week I blogged about two travel destinations which offer visitors a bloody good cup of coffee. Today, we are travelling to the South East and focusing on the wonderful delights of Vietnamese coffee culture. 

Coffee culture in Vietnam 

Ca Phe Su Da
Hoi An Roastery coffee guide
In October 2017, I jetted off with a backpack in tow to explore Vietnam. There's so much I loved above this trip - but if there's one thing which particularly evokes my time there, it has to be the coffee. 

Kicking off in the capital Hanoi, I ordered my first Ca Phe Su Da of the trip (coffee served with sweetened condensed milk) and was hooked from day 1. Quite simply, Vietnamese coffee is an experience. The teasing aroma and sight of your coffee brewing and slowly dripping through a phin, a delicate metal filter, makes each sip all the more enjoyable.

I can't say I had a single bad coffee during my travels from north to south of the country but I particularly enjoyed spending time in the charming town of Hoi An where it's lantern filled streets were packed full of welcoming cafes. A favourite was Hoi An Roastery which serves delicious coffee grown in the farms of Da Lat.

Ben Thanh Market coffee guide

Ben Thanh Market coffee guide

Saigon Roastery coffee guide

Heading south to bustling Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) where crossing roads is an experience in itself, our days were spent sightseeing and shopping in the famous Ben Thanh market. Full of souvenirs, clothes and produce, I of course remembered to buy myself a phin filter and some freshly ground coffee to bring home. The market is an Alladin's cave of goodies - the perfect place to buy tea, instant coffee and coffee beans - whole or freshly ground before your very eyes.

In need of an afternoon caffeine fix, some googling led us to Saigon Roastery. This little gem was a lovely surprise, hidden away in a shabby looking building full of winding staircases and small restaurants, cafes and independent shops. Saigon Roastery is a speciality coffee house which offers high quality arabica coffee. Once inside, grab a seat with a street view and take in the hustle  and bustle below.

For those interested, this useful guide to Saigon coffee houses includes a comprehensive background on coffee production in Vietnam.

Gone blogging Coffee Lover Travel Destinations

Hearing great things - about the country and its coffee - Colombia is high on my 'to visit' list. Any suggestions/hints on planning a trip here are very welcome! 

In case you missed it, my first coffee guide is live here and covers my highlights and recommendations for coffee in Costa Rica and Jamaica. 

Tell me, where does your favourite coffee come from? And if coffee isn't your thing,  how do you like to spend your downtime when travelling?


  1. Omg this is our kind of post! We’d love to visit every country for their coffee and my oh my, I’ve heard good things about Vietnamese coffee, so jel!

    Jessica & James | /

    1. Ah glad to hear it! Vietnamese coffee is such an indulgent treat, I hope you guys get to try it soon :)

  2. Now I really wanna try some Vietnamese coffee, it sounds fabulous! This was a really interesting read, I’m looking forward to find out what you thought of Colombian coffee next. Great post, thanks for sharing 😘 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Bexa! Oh my, it really is delicious - I absolutely encourage you to try Vietnamese coffee at some point :) X