Café culture is becoming very prevalent in South East Asia, inspired by the increasing number of expats and digital nomads that move over here and need workspaces, but also because everyone everywhere loves a good cup of coffee! A few years ago its safe to say I was a coffee addict, and I would drink it just to get that caffeine fix, but know, whilst trying to cut down to around a cup a day, I want to make that cup a really good one, something to really savor and enjoy. As such, finding the best cup of coffee in Da Nang turned into a hobby/obsession of ours. The number of cafes in the city can be a bit overwhelming so here is a walkthrough of both of our favorite cafes.
Gold Star Coffee – 14 Ngô Thì Sĩ, Mỹ An Ngũ Hành Sơn Đà Nẵng
Gold Star is without a doubt in my top two cafes in DaNang. Everything about it is relaxing, and contributes to a great experience. It is run by a Vietnamese local who really really cares about what he does, and really cares about your experience, for example – Alana was drinking an iced Latte when a bug flew into her drink (hey its SE Asia), the owner reacted like someone had died, he was full of apologies even though he did nothing wrong and we couldn’t stop him from making her a brand new one free of charge.. It’s so great to see such passion in someone, he really does pour his heart and soul into making great coffee, no matter if you want a café sua Saigon, or a flat white. The coffee itself is fantastic and there are a variety of blends to choose from. The prices as well are arguably the cheapest we found for Italian style coffee. And all served with iced orange water. There’s a good chance you will see us there when you choose to visit.
Cloud – 72 Lê Mạnh Trinh, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng
Cloud café and garden really is a little oasis of calm in an increasingly busy city. A beautiful garden café and photo studio, with picnic tables and benches surrounding a gigantic koi pond. The settings are matched with the drinks that you get here. Although there is no real selection of Italian style coffee, Cloud has made its name with wonderful Matcha Blended drinks, which really are irresistible. My top tip – the Matcha Strawberry blend, fresh and fruity served with a naughty but generous serving of whipped cream on top.
Aroi – 124 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Đà Nẵng
Aroi caught my eye our first day in Da Nang. It’s no secret I disliked Da Nang when we first moved there, but after a drink and a dessert there I knew everything was going to be ok. They have a long drinks menu with all sorts of teas, coffees, and smoothies. It’s pretty good coffee, but they add a LOT of sugar! If that doesn’t suit your taste don’t forget to ask for it không đường (no sugar). They have some interesting drinks like Avocado Coffee. I am obsessed with both so why not put them together?! While I wouldn’t have it everyday it makes for a yummy treat. Every single time I went to Aroi I ordered their famous teddy mouse. It is my favorite treat I had in Vietnam. It is so cute and delicious.
Aroi is often busy with locals but it is usually quiet and I often went there to get work done. Wifi is good and it’s got a gorgeous riverfront view. The tables are small though so you may have to take up a bench outside if you have a lot of stuff with you.
Da Nang Souvenir – 34 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
As DaNang gets bigger and gains more of a reputation as a vacation destination, more tourists are arriving every day. Tourists need souvenirs right? Tourists and expats also need coffee, this is where Da Nang Souvenir Café comes in handy. After you have spent money on postcards, mugs and those T-shirts, the café offers a great place to wind down and watch the river go by. It has a great outdoor/indoor feel with a tree and small garden in the middle of the building, giving you that feel of nature in the big city. Good drinks, good prices and postcards – what more do you want?
Mia Coffee – 9 Quang Trung, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
Mia is in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Da Nang by the river. It has a nice atmosphere, good western style coffee and free lemon water! Not many cafes in Da Nang do a proper flat white, but Mia does and does it well. They serve panini and western food which looked good, but I never tried any. Wifi was good every time I visited and it is usually quiet enough to get work done.
Wonderlust – 101 Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Đà Nẵng
The coffee at wanderlust is pretty good and they have some interesting drinks. My last visit there I had an Aloe Vera jelly coffee (like coffee bubble tea)! I love cafes with unique drinks and they have a big selection. Every time I visited it was quiet upstairs and I like the atmosphere. Good wifi, cheap western style drinks and good Vietnamese food very near means you can spend all day here.
Bordeaux – 86 Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Q. Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
Located on busy Tran Phu street – Le Bordeaux is a great little place that you need to go to if you need that sweet fix as well as a great cup of coffee. Surprise surprise it is a French run café, and that comes with great pastries and chocolate – something that is quite difficult to find in Vietnam. They have a good food menu as well and although sometimes it can be a bit pricey; there are several cheat codes. If you want a French style breakfast, then go on Saturday mornings, they offer good discounts. Plus if you speak a bit of French (good enough to order food and drinks) then go on Tuesdays. Order in French and get 20% off your total bill!
Cong Ca Phe – 96 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1 Q. Hải Châu Đà Nẵng
I have only tried one menu item at Cong and there is no need to try anything else. There coconut cream coffee is as good as it gets, I will go out of my way to get one. The decor resembles a Viet Cong bunker from the war. All of the staff wears army green and it has a 1960’s military feel to it which I love. These cafes are all over Vietnam but there is only one in Da Nang on Bach Dang street. It is usually busy so I never went there to get work done. Honestly just a really good drink and cool atmosphere.
Bonus!! Best of Hoi An
9 Grains – 441 Hai Ba Trung Hoi An
Disclaimer – This is in Hoi An, but I really think it’s worth the drive. Easy to find on the main road into the old town, 9 Grains is a great coffee shop with perhaps the best coffee that I have had since being in South East Asia… As well as serving up Vietnamese fare, they offer great Italian coffee and good prices, and it is really really good. They also sell amazing cheesecakes. 9 Grains also offer that thing we all crave for – a stamp card, and it seems like every purchase you make gets you a stamp, 5 stamps get you a free drink. So when Alana and I visited, getting a coffee and a cheesecake each (no judgment), we were already nearing a free coffee. Perfect.
Dingo Deli – 277 Cửa Đại Cẩm Châu
Dingo is catnip to expats in dire need of a top quality western food fix. Yes, it is western priced and you could probably get around 9/10 Vietnamese meals for the price of one, but after a few months of admittedly delicious noodles, you just don’t care. With salads, pizzas, burritos, spaghetti and much more on the menu, they have a mouth-watering selection Their sandwiches are particular tempting, with Dingo having a construct your own sandwich menu – complete with deli meat, cheeses and all the vegetables and salad that you can handle. They offer good Italian coffee with Lavazza beans, and here’s a top tip. If you are in the area for an extended amount of time – register for a membership card, and every Monday you get a free coffee. (Free cake and coffee on your birthday as well)
Hoi An Roastery -57 Lê Lợi, Minh An, tp. Hội An (multiple locations)
I only drank Vietnamese coffee or matcha drinks for the first couple months in Vietnam. One day I was walking around Hoi An and decided I needed an iced latte. It is always pretty busy in there but they have consistently good coffee and pastries. It’s a bit more expensive than other cafes we frequent but it is in the middle of Ancient town. I wouldn’t recommend it for getting work done but it’s great for a pick me up and people watching.
Espresso Station – 2, 28 Trần Hưng Đạo, Cẩm Phô, tp. Hội An
Easy to miss location in a small alley way, but be sure to visit if you want really good coffee in near Ancient Town! It’s a small, intimate place with a warm atmosphere. They have good egg coffee (a vietnamese specialty), lattes and coconut coffee. Probably my second favorite coffee spot in Hoi An. I only ever went there to drink, read and people watch but the quiet atmosphere and good coffee would offer a good workspace.