Infinitea is the perfect café for an indoor picnic when the Hanoian summer is too hot to handle.
Many of the Old Quarter’s best cafés are nestled on the second floor of buildings with no apparent way to reach them. You’ll often catch a glimpse of beautiful balconies and smug-looking patrons sipping coffee, but no staircases or doorways in sight. And, you guessed it, Infinitea is definitely one of those places!
If you eventually manage to find the tiny dark alleyway that leads to Infinitea, you will likely head upstairs only to find a tightly shut door and no signs of life. Fear not, the café (probably) isn’t closed. Head inside and you’ll be welcomed by cheerful staff who are genuinely surprised that you’ve found the place.
Inside the café feels a little bit like an indoor picnic. There is false grass carpet on the floor, makeshift clouds hanging from the ceiling and a healthy spattering of greenery everywhere else. There are even picnic benches as well as a few games lying about. Although ‘indoor picnic’ may not sound like the most appealing thing in the world, it’s actually not a bad compromise for the days that Hanoi is too hot too handle but too nice not to go outside. The café also has a mezzanine with floor seating and a large balcony, if you want a taste of what it’s like to be one of the smug coffee drinkers looking down on the clueless folk below.
Infinitea was originally a cat café named ‘Chokin’ but, as with many of Hanoi’s coffee shops, it was rebranded not long after opening and the cats are now nowhere to be seen… If you are lucky enough to spot one of the remaining feline residents, you’ll notice they are among the most dashing cats you’ve ever locked eyes on! On the other hand, if you don’t see any furry friends, it’s probably best not to ask any questions.
Address: 94 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi