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Cafe Lam

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60 Nguyen Huu Huan | Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3824 5940
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06:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:30
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California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opposite to Giang cafe.This place offer traditional Vietnamese coffee.Flavor of coffee is great and sitting down by little chair and watching traffic going.inside they parking some motorbike around your table,it looks like a family business and so Vietnamese.I definitely will come back.

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Thank kevin t
tenerife
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Great Vietnamise coffee in a truly Vietnamise atmosphere. The black iced coffee of great when the wether is hot. They have wi-fi.

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Thank estemismo
Glasgow
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94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Dropped by Cafe Lam whilst exploring the old quarter of Hanoi. Was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness and the very immaculate decor of old vietnamese paintings on the walls of the cafe. Many locals chilling out within the main shop space, having a nice cup of iced coffee. Had an iced coffee and a salted lemon drink (it was more... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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90 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Went there on a afternoon. There wasn't many people inside and we were one of the last to leave. We stayed there about 1hr and we love the quiet atmosphere. We didn't see many tourists around but the coffee is good. They also sell packaged coffee (both powder and beans) which is worth for value. May visit again if I... More 

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Bright, Australia
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261 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Visited Cafe Lam on two occasions while I was in Hanoi the egg coffee is superb the black cold coffee with milk was strong but still enjoyed it came with my local friend who told me the history behind this building and art must be good if you have trouble getting a seat at times and they are manly locals.

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Thank Darren S
Asia
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455 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

I went because it was highly recommended by the guide and the first time I went, I could not get a stool to sit. The coffee was strong but not particularly good. The atmosphere was certainly charming: sitting down on low stools with the drinks on low tables. The water came first and then the coaster and then the coffee.... More 

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Thank Panguin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We arrived this caffe via local friend that reccomand us. We so happy to find this place, but when we see the price its was a joke. 25000vd for black coffe? Its the most expensive coffe i drink in vietnam, more then expensive resturant. I dont think the price is right so i wont go there another time.

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Thank Sternofek
Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Cafe Lam was recommended by a local tour guide. The coffee with condensed milk was definitely worth a try! We also bought packaged coffee powder and the little coffee makers made of stainless steel. Lovely place for coffee lovers!

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Thank annabelwyli
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

So yesterday we went to the wrong one (although we thought it was the right one at the time) and it wan't that good. But today we got taken on a food tour to the right one... next door to cafe 58 because it's 60 Nguyen... and it was so much better! We had an iced white coffee and and... More 

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Thank LucaCampana
Victoria, Canada
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43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Great place for a great coffee with some interesting history attached. The place is filled with art from artists who used to drink coffee and discuss art and politics before and during the rise of communism.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:30
Monday
06:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:30
Thursday
06:30 - 22:30
Friday
06:30 - 22:30
Saturday
06:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Nguyen Huu Huan | Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3824 5940
Description
Cafe Lam :One of Hanoi's oldest cafes, this slightly musty one-room establishment is practically a historical monument. Its proprietor, Nguyen Lam, provided coffee and often loans to the city's impoverished artist community during the war, and rumor has it that he is sitting on an art collection now worth a fortune. He serves Vietnamese-style hot and iced coffee (with thick, sweet condensed milk) to a crowd of faithful regulars.

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