Although the term “Instagrammable” sends waves of nausea to the very core of my being, I’ll unashamedly admit that I’m a sucker for any picturesque setting, and have certain gram-whore compulsions that need carefully tended to. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty high chance that you do too. For those armed with a camera (or a pair of eyeballs) Hanoi is a visual technicolour feast, with every inch of the city filled with infinitely snappable nooks and crannies for every feed imaginable.
To narrow it down, here’s a handful of picture-perfect cafés that the city is holding secret.
Lifted is the indisputable Hanoian king of brunch, bringing Melbourne-inspired food to the table and the outlandish breakfast spreads are as photogenic as they come. Although you’ll be spoilt for choice, a classic favourite is the shaksuka poached egg that is served with a tomato and bell pepper sauce topped off with an extra healthy kick of quinoa and chickpea goodness. If that doesn’t scream Instagram, I’m not sure what does.
Address: 101 Hang Ga, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Much like it’s namesake, Eden Coffee is the perfect oasis to seek refuge in after a long and tiring day of trying not to die in the Old Quarter’s labyrinth roads. The café’s interior is bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours, each room adorned with hand-painted murals and intricately patterned floor pillows. The venue’s most attractive feature, however, is its outdoor terrace shrouded in a sea of greenery where you can spot St Joseph’s Cathedral peeking out behind the leaves.
Cup of Tea
With the perfectly lit white-walled background for the most avid of ‘grammers – Cup of Tea does not disappoint. Complete with lavish tea sets and delectable cakes that taste as good as they look, the view overlooking West Lake’s skyline is the cherry on top of this café’s picture-perfect setting.
Maison de Tet Décor
A converted french-colonial villa with beautiful furniture handcrafted in Vietnam’s northern provinces, Maison de Tet Décor is the house you’ve always wanted but never could afford. Every corner of the venue oozes a decadent charm and along with the extensive and organically sourced dishes on the menu, you’d be hard pressed to find a spot in the restaurant that wouldn’t photograph well.
New to the Tay Ho foodie scene after moving venues from the Old Quarter, the recently opened vegan café is what Instagram dreams are made of. The open plan venue with high-reaching ceilings and plant-filled décor could easily double up as an art space, with every detail meticulously preened to perfection. Alongside a newly revamped menu that has got everything from homemade smoothies to (fake but remarkably convincing) salmon and cashew cheese bagels, you’ll want to come here for the food as much as the picture.
Lutulata Desserts and Drinks
Brimming with traditional Vietnamese charm, Lutulata pays homage to renowned local desserts and forgotten comfort foods from previous generations. The café boasts an impressive array of variations of xé – a sweet dessert made with fruit, jelly, beans, sticky rice, and coconut cream. Hanoian green tea is also served with green bean cake and an assortment of sweet treats served exactly as it would be in any local family home.