Like many of Hanoi’s best cafés, AriKahfee is confined to just one room in a thin residential alleyway. Some of the décor is a little confusing, including cheerful coffee quotes painted on the walls combined with Games of Thrones-themed cushions, but somehow it works. What the spot does seem to marry successfully is traditional Vietnamese style with practical modernity. The cafe still has old-school patterned floor tiles and classic Vietnamese window bars but it also boasts sleek wooden furniture and a broad impressive coffee counter.
Located just off Nguyen Thai Hoc, AriKahfee is just a stone’s throw from Ly Van Phuc, otherwise known as Chicken Street. So, if you need an excuse to travel out to Ba Dinh, try an essential ‘pre-chicken coffee’. (Who knows, maybe it will catch on!) Or, if you’re looking for a little entertainment instead, the café staff did seem to have a rather comical Tom and Jerry-style relationship with a couple of resident rats.
No 6, Ngo 108A, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi