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    TheWordiesAwards2014:TheTopCafsinVietnam

    Weknewthisonewouldbetricky,assoonaswetriedtoscheduleameetingatHoChiMinhCitysTheWorkshopcaf.Waitingupstairsforeveryonetoarrive,ateammembersentthistext:Lolicantaffordworkshopscoffee,imonthesidewalkoutside.

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  • Andsothedivideisgrowing,asmorecafsofferspecialityroastsandChemexbrewedcups(TheWorkshopoffersfivebrewingoptionsfordripfiltercoffee)attheexpenseoftheclassiccaphe.OnHoChiMinhCityschaindrinkinglist,onenotableomissionwascaphesuadaspecialistTrungNguyenfaringaswell,withthreevotes,asHanoisleastfavouritecorporate,Starbucks.

    ItseemsSaigonesejustwanttoseeandbeseentopvotegetterLUsinedoublesasthebestcafinHoChiMinhCitytotakeaselfieat.

    TheyalsowanttohaveoutletsnexttoeverytableatWORKSaigon,youreastraightupnerdifyoudonthaveaMacbookandsiplattespouredwithmasterfulrosettes.InHanoi,CongCaphe,TetDecorCafandCafNhaSanareallatmosphere,focusingonatexturedpastratherthanasleekfuture.TheyresocialspacesliketopHanoivotegetterTheHanoiSocialClubwhosequirkinessjusthelpstheconversationflow.Sowepresent:TheTopCafsinVietnam.

    HoChiMinhCity

    Itusedtobeenoughtohaveairconditioningandnoninvasivemusic.ThesmoothsurfacesofmidlistersCoffeeBean&TeaLeafandStarbuckshearkenbacktothatera,andofferdeliciouscoffeeconfectionsbesides.PhucLonghasafewmoreplacespecificedges,managingtostandoutinaseaofcorporatecomelatelieslikenearmissUrbanStation,andfarmisseslikeMyLifeCoffeeandTheCoffeeFactory.

  • ButthatsnotwheretheheatisatinSaigon,whichalsotoplisteddesignheavyfavouritessuchasleadvotegetterLusine,thethoughtfularchitectureofIDCafandtwoplaceswithworkinthenamecoworkingsurrogatesTheWorkshopandWORKSaigon.TheseplacesarehipenoughtomakeitinworldcitieslikeNewYorkorMelbourne,butfaithfulenoughtolocaldesigntraditionstoonlybepossibleinSaigon.

    EscapingthetrendwatchareoursecondandthirdhighestvotegettersCafRuNamandCucGachCaf,respectively.Withtheircoolvintagestylings,theyrenottappingintoglobalcurrentsratheracurrentthatisverylocalised,andrunsverydeep.Andwhilewereonthetopic,wewanttogiveanhonorarymentiontoThingsCaf,whichmightbetoonicheforevenourexpertjudges,locatedinthecrumblingcaftattoovintageclothingmeccaof14TonThatDam,Q1.Itsalsohometothreeothercultfavourites:TheOtherPersonCaf,MockingbirdCafandNepCaf.

    AndroundingouttheTop10isatrueoriginal,FlyCupcakeGarden.SynthesisingtheSaigoneseloveofcupcakeswithAliceinWonderlandlikedecorisachallenge,buttheFlyCupcakeempirebuildersdidsowithfinesseintheirpremisesonTuXuong.Anditsfittinglyontheperipheryofthislist,representativeofthestillalternativecafcorridoritshareswithotherstandoutslikeDen&Trang,CafCuckoosNestandtheseconditerationofIDCaf.Hanoi

    Whentalkturnstowheretogetahealthymealthatisntlightonflavour,youdbesurprisednottohearaboutTheHanoiSocialClub,whichnowenjoyscultstatusinthecapital.TuckedawayinthecentralbusinessdistrictonHoiVu,thisrusticcafcumlivemusicvenuehastoppedourpollswithitsheartygourmetcuisineandrefreshinghomemadedrinksmenu.

    Closebehind,CongCaphesiconicCommunistthemedhangoutshavealsoearnedyour

  • collectivehighfives,withtheirprecisionlikeconsistency,effortlesslycoolspacesandrigorousdedicationtoartisancoffee.

    ArthousecafandgalleryspaceManzihasalsogottenyourtickofapproval.Beautifullydesignedinacolonialeravilla,thecontemporaryarthubhaswonaplaceintheheartsofHanoisartloversandhomegrownartistswithitsconstantfloodofexhibitionsandstageperformances.InjectingadoseofNorthAmericancafcultureintoourlist,Jomahascarvedoutsomeseriouskudosfromthisyearsvoterswithitskillermugsoffairtradecoffee,tastybageleggersanddeliciouspastriesbakedfresh,daily.

    TayHosTetDcorCafalsoroundsoutourTop5.Afterbeingopenforbarelyayear,ithasquicklyattractedaloyalbandoffollowersthatflockthereforitsstrongflatwhites,farmfreshproduceandorganiccooking.ThecafalsodoublesasacomfyshowroomfortheuberrusticfurnituredesignsoftheTetLifestyleCollection.ModernhipsterhangouttheKAfehasalsoearnedaplaceonourlist.TheurbancafsfocusonaffordablequalityanditsinternationalmenuwasamuchneededgamechangerforHanoisculinaryestablishment.Itswideselectionoftapasdishesandhandmadecupcakeshavenowmadeitapetfavourite.

    Evenwithsomanynewkidsontheblock,itshardtoshakeaninstitutionlikePukuthatlldelivergreasyhashbrownsandbaconsandwichestoyourdooratliterallyanyhouroftheday.Furthernorth,fellowbrunchmasterCommunefollowsclosebehindwithitsmodestbutpoignantmixofbaguettesandbreakfasttreats.

    NewcomerSixDegreesonNghiTamhasmadeabigsplashthisyearwithitssweepingviewsofWestLakeandtheRedRiver,whileservingupreasonablypricedgourmetcuisineandcurious

  • soundingwafflesandwiches.

    NhaSanCaf,aruralMuongethnicminorityhouseonstiltsrunbytheavantgardeNhaSanCollective,islocatedinthequietstreetsofVinhPhuc.WithitsimpressivecollectionofSubsidyEraandwartimeantiques,andunpretentiousdrinksonlymenu,itseasytoseewhythisonehascharmeditswayintothefinalspotinourTop10.

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