Café Năng - The Bohemian Soul of Hanoi's Café Scene
The bohemian soul of Hanoi’s café scene is Nang, a 1956 landmark on Hang Bac Street whose 74-year-old owner, Ms. Thai, still brews nearly every cup herself. Her father-in-law, who lived in Paris taught her how to French-roast the beans.
Locally-Sourced Vietnamese Coffee
Ms. Thai’s blend, sourced from Dong Giao, in the northern Nghe An province, is strong enough to power a 125 cc motorbike. The café is only eight feet wide, with tiny wooden tables and tinier wooden stools, occupied all afternoon by young Vietnamese men sporting the currently in vogue greaser look: slicked-back hair, black leather jackets, skinny jeans, white pocket T’s with single cigarettes poking out. The place looks exactly as it must have in 1956—a perfect microcosm of a city that’s always had a tenuous relation to the present tense.
If you're looking for a more cosmopolitan place to hang out, why not try the Hanoi Social Club?
Café Năng - Hanoi, Vietnam
Address: 45 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7am-11pm