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No trip is complete for me until I step into a local café and have a coffee in hand. One of my favorite things to do in any city is to indulge in the local cafe culture and try out the iced whites and flat whites of the town. A good day is when I get to have my coffee right after lunchtime when the afternoon slump kicks in. A great day is when I get to sneak in an extra coffee in the morning (if I’m up early!).
As I had a week to spare in Da Nang, I had ample time to explore the many cafés in the city, hitting at least 1 or 2 cafés per day. I was surprised by how unique the cafe culture is here, even more so than its big sister, Saigon, if I do say so myself. If you’re on the hunt for a good café in Da Nang, I’ve got you covered. From the most Instagrammable to the best coffee roasters to the most unique coffee options, enjoy my list of the best cafés and coffee shops in Da Nang, Vietnam!
Types of coffee to try in Da Nang
Vietnam is known for its coffee. Not only is it a coffee-producing region, but it also has a unique signature style of drip coffee, cà phê phin. If you’ve been to any Vietnamese restaurant or café outside of Vietnam, you’ve probably seen this drip-style coffee before. But Vietnamese coffee doesn’t just stop there. There are a few more unique and interesting coffee styles you should definitely try while in Da Nang. Here are some to look out for.
Vietnamese Drip Coffee (Cà Phê Phin)
You can’t come to Vietnam and not try their most authentic form of coffee – the phin coffee, which is a drip-style coffee. It is made with a cà phê phin, or phin filter. Dark-roasted coffee grounds are packed within its chamber, and hot water is poured into it, dripping slowly into a sweet pool of condensed milk. When served cold, the coffee is poured over a mound of crushed ice – creating a bold, syrupy, and refreshing concoction.
Needless to say, the process can take several minutes, but this is one of those drinks where the experience contributes as much as the taste itself. Perhaps it’s the feeling of expectation while watching your drink become ready that makes that first sip all the more delicious.
In any case, this isn’t something you pick up on your way to the office. It’s a drink you sit down and savor on a quiet morning, perhaps over conversations with friends, or just while idly watching life go by.
Vietnamese White Coffee (Bạc Xỉu)
Nope, it’s not a latte! Vietnamese coffee drinkers generally like their coffee sweet, so most of the time when you ask for milk coffee, you will be greeted with sweet condensed milk instead of fresh milk. So make sure to request for fresh milk if you’d prefer that over condensed milk. I know I made the mistake and had to ask for a bowl of ice, a shot of espresso, and a glass of milk for me to make my own iced latte! So I got a deconstructed coffee without even asking for one!
Coconut Coffee (Cà Phê Dừa)
This coconut coffee is a popular drink in cafés all over Vietnam. It’s a blended coconut slushy made with coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, and ice that gets topped with some Vietnamese coffee.
You can find coconut coffee (Cà Phê Dừa) in most cafés in Da Nang, but if you want it deconstructed like the hipsters do, you’ll have to visit Brewman Coffee Concept! Read on below for more deets.
Egg Coffee (Cà Phê Trứng)
Egg and coffee? Now that’s something you don’t hear of every day. Cà Phê Trứng or egg coffee consists of a sweet dense cream topping and bold espresso-like coffee. The flavors of the sweet whipped topping and rich nutty Vietnamese coffee dance on your tastebuds creating an irresistible flavor harmony that instantly wakes you up.
This bold cup of coffee topped with sweet and frothy whipped egg yolks blended with condensed milk delivers. The airy sweet cream is balanced perfectly by the bold Vietnamese coffee so you get a drink that’s not too sweet or too strong. Vietnamese egg coffee is as much of a dessert as it is a drink.
If you are a fan of Dalgona coffee, Starbucks frappuccinos, tiramisu, or trying different cafe options then you’ll absolutely love this drink!
One of the best places to try this is at Nối Café.
Avocado Coffee (Sinh Tố Bơ Cà Phê)
This one is pretty straightforward as it is essentially an avocado smoothie with a shot of espresso. Avocado smoothies are popular in Da Nang and you can get them in the local market as well (which I highly recommend!), so adding a shot of coffee to it sounds like a great idea. The shot of espresso balances out the sweet richness of the avocado smoothie creating a velvety smooth, rejuvenating drink.
Best coffee shops and cafés in Da Nang
WONDERLUST Café is probably one of my favorite cafés in Da Nang, and it certainly left an impression. It’s located in a 3-story building and the space houses the café, a little shop selling local handmade goods on the ground floor, a local boutique on the second floor, and a co-working space on the second and third floor, plus even an outdoor rooftop terrace! Good coffee + ample space + natural light + shopping = the bestest combination for me!
The shop carries local designers mainly based in Saigon like Dòng Dòng Sài Gòn – a company that collects used tarps and upcycles them into bags and wallets. I loved their concept so much that I even went to visit their workshop while I was in Saigon! There’s also a selection of local handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry.
Come here if… you want to drink coffee, shop and take nice photos!
Address: 96 Đ. Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 840236, Vietnam
43 Factory Coffee Roasters
If you’re serious about your coffee, I highly recommend 43 Factory Coffee Roasters. If not for their coffee, the interior is spacious and Instagrammable. The entire space is made out of glass so there’s ample light pouring in from every angle, which I absolutely love. It’s a great place for an afternoon of work. I saw many people working away on their laptops; I wish I had brought mine! Later I would discover that Da Nang has a rather strong co-working space culture, something I found very interesting!
If the weather is good, consider sitting out on their lake pods which I found to be quite unique. Prices are a little steeper than other cafés around but they pride themselves on being transparent about their whole coffee bean supply chain. There are even profiles of the local coffee bean farmers they work with.
This is definitely a pricier establishment, with prices starting from VND 110,000 for their specialty coffee, which you can choose as a shot, filter or milk-based. They give you a white card with your roasted coffee with information on where the beans are from, and some costing information as well. I chose the La Colmena as I wanted something with fruitier notes, but I found this one came too light for my liking.
Come here if… you want good coffee, fast WiFi and to take nice photos.
Address: Lot 422, Đ. Ng. Thì Sĩ, Đà Nẵng, 550000, Vietnam
Brewman Coffee Concept
I found this café when I was looking for coffee bean roasters, but to my surprise, they did not have any coffee beans for espresso. They do have some if you enjoy filter coffee. Brewman Coffee Concept is tucked in a little alleyway, and resembles a little modern barnhouse. The exposed brick and beams give off an industrial barnyard feel.
Here, all you’re going to get is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. But they do it in a few ways! We ordered three styles: the western flat white, the Vietnamese phin coffee and the Da Nang specialty coconut coffee (Cà Phê Dừa).
Here at Brewman, the coconut coffee comes deconstructed so you can control the amount of coffee you want in your coconut shake. Or it just looks good for the ‘gram!
Come here if… you want to have deconstructed coffee.
Address: K27a/21, Thái Phiên, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Nối Café is so pretty and so unique, you just need to see it with your own eyes! It’s almost like a museum of old relics. I loved the rustic and vintage decor. It feels like you’re being transported back in time. Note that a lot of cafes in Da Nang don’t have AC so it can get rather warm!
Da Nang is famous for its egg coffee and it is also Nối Café‘s specialty! Definitely worth a try.
Come here if… you want to take nice photos and try egg coffee.
Address: 113/18 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
The Local Beans
A café I would recommend for their banh mi is The Local Beans. They serve really good coffee here too, and I like their co-working concept! It’s a 5-story café that has co-working spaces on the upper floors. It’s also pet-friendly!
Come here if… you want to have banh mi and coffee, or if you need a space to work.
Address: 56A Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Named after the Korean Netflix series of the same name, Reply 1988 is a bright and spacious café serving a wide variety of drinks and pastries. It’s certainly a nice place to have your afternoon cuppa, but I would avoid the banh mi. I found the banh mi at The Local Beans way better. The coffee here is decent.
This is one of the few cafés that actually have air conditioning! It’s a nice space with decent coffee but I hesitate to recommend the banh mi here.
Come here if… you want to take nice photos.
Address: 20 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
The Hideout is tucked in a corner of an alley, and is barely noticeable behind the trees covering the entrance. But step inside, and it’s like stepping into a Balinese retreat.
Concrete walls paired with exposed bricks and rattan lighting all lend to a very homely, yet industrial, contemporary design. It’s a cozy place to spend the afternoon either to get some work done or just to have a chill afternoon with a book in hand.
They serve a wide variety of food from poké bowls to smoothie bowls, so there’s plenty to choose from. You can also order coconut coffee here although it is off the menu so you will have to ask for it!
Come here if… you want to have a hearty smoothie bowl or poké bowl, and a cozy place to work.
Address: 72 24 Nguyễn Văn Thoại, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
If you enjoyed this list of best cafés in Da Nang, check out my 5-Day Da Nang Itinerary and plan your own trip to Da Nang!
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