The Pavement Café in Vietnam

(All Vietnam) – Vietnam has a strong coffee culture. The coffee drinking culture has been cultivated by the continued expansion of retail street café. We can easily find a pavement café. It has become trendy to drink coffee on the street.

Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the late 19th century. Vietnam had become the second – largest producer of coffee in the world by the late 1990s. People around the world have fallen in love with the world’s finest robusta coffee grown in Vietnam.

Nowadays, you have multiple choices in coffee shops on the pavement. Coffee is sold on street block or a portion of the footpath at a pavement café. In the past 3 to 5 years, the number of street café opened in Vietnam has grown tremendously. We can see independent cafes mushrooming on streets. The café is still a growing market and a cultural feature of Vietnam.

A modest pavement café on Ly Thuong Kiet street (

A modest pavement café on Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hanoi (Photo:

From morning till afternoon, especially around noon, many people can be seen gathering on the pavement café.

The product’s price affects the customer’s choice. A pavement café serving such low-cost caffeinated beverages with a diversified menu has grown within the city and attracted customers.

There are many kinds of coffees on the menu such as hot/cold, dark/brown coffee. “Ca phe sua da” is considered classic Vietnamese coffee. Sweetened condensed milk is stirred with strong coffee then poured over ice in a glass. The café has deep and long cultural acceptance. Luxury coffee shops have been replaced by a pavement café. The trend of hanging out at coffee shops especially among the young is undoubtedly prevalent. Many young people now more keen on meeting with their friends, relaxing or working at the pavement café instead of going to the bar and paying for expensive beverages. It is about the daily stories surrounding the cup of coffee. They enjoy coffee and sightseeing the ancient beauty of Vietnam.

Young people keen on gathering with their friends at a pavement coffee

Young people keen on gathering with their friends at a pavement coffee

Anyone who has tried it once admits that Vietnamese coffee is indeed pleasant, unique and addictive. The gracious image of the pavement café at the corner of the old quarter is imprinted in the minds of Vietnamese and visitors who come to this cultural country.

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