The Rustics is the prim and proper all-purpose place you’ve been searching for, ideal for coffee, lunch, brunch, dessert, meetings or work, and everything in-between.
The Rustics is located West of the Old Quarter on Dien Bien Phu Street, nearby a few other Hanoi Hideaway favorites like Tang Tret Cosmo and Xofa. If you’re doing a bit of sightseeing, it’s also close to the Vietnamese Military History Museum and on the way to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The café can easily be spotted by its bamboo-clad doorway and the yellow greenhouse peeping out from the first floor. However, if that description has you picturing the usual disorderly decor and inexplicable themes of many Hanoian cafés – we’re looking at you October – then you’re sorely mistaken. Once inside, The Rustics is surprisingly sensible and blissfully minimal.
The café has the modern style and impeccable cleanliness of some of the popular coffee chains popping up around the city. Everything seems to be coated in a fresh layer of white or yellow paint and filled with brand-new furniture. Fortunately, it hasn’t completely lost the charm of a classic Hanoian café, remaining deceptively spacious and unapologetically colorful. There is a variety of seating, ranging from comfortable couches for catch-ups and coffee-sipping to sturdy spots for dining and laptop work. There’s also indoor tables that are blasted with air-con and outdoor seats in the sunny greenhouse area.
If you’re looking for a Hanoian café popping with personality – the kind where you have to assess the strength of the chair before you sit down or shift piles of clutter to put down your drink – this is not the one. However, what is lacking in creativity is made up for in good quality drinks and fast service. There’s a choice of teas, coffees, juices and smoothies, Vietnamese and Western food, and a few cakes and desserts. The café also gets bonus points for being one of the few places with a jacket potato on the menu.
Address: 21B Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh