Where to go for Coffee and Tea in Da Nang 2024

Best coffee in da nang

Where to get reliable coffee and a proper cuppa in Da Nang

Vietnam is known for its coffee. Not only is it a coffee producing region, it also has a unique signature style of drip coffee, cà phê sữa đá. You’ll find informal local outdoor cafes on every block, and often it’s very cheap.

Sounds like a coffee lovers dream. But it’s not.

When I first arrived in Da Nang, I drank a lot of this coffee, but I noticed I always felt ill after. My stomach hurt and I had an unusual headache. I bought a Vietnamese drip coffee maker and some ground Vietnamese grown coffee, and the result was the same. I thought I’d have to give up drinking coffee entirely.

Then I discovered that adulterating food is a common, if illegal, practice in Vietnam. Everything from adding non edible dyes to sauteed greens to enhance their color, to industrial chemicals used to bleach and then change the color of chicken to make it look fresh, to the use of an unapproved and unknown chemical powder that turns water into a faux beef broth for a Vietnamese staple soup, Pho.

And of course, adulterated coffee. 

The worst examples? A Vietnamese family-run coffee manufacturer was caught producing “dirty” coffee, using materials like spent batteries, dirt and rock dust. Wow. That’s bad. 

A more mundane adulteration practice is to add chemical flavors, colors and thickeners to cheap coffee to pass it off for higher quality coffee. Not all of these additives are known or approved for use in food. 

So while you can definitely get coffee anywhere in Vietnam, you might not want to actually consume that coffee, as it can contain more than you ever bargained for. 

Must Try Vietnamese Coffees

Vietnamese phin coffee is special. Here are some phin coffee drinks that are unique to Vietnam that you’ll definitely want to try.

Salt Coffee

Vietnamese salt coffee in da nang.
Creamy, tangy, caramel flavors: salt coffee at Cookshop

ca phe muoi

An irresistible salt foam coffee, served hot or over ice. Cream and fermented milk are lightly whipped and served over phin coffee with a pinch of crushed salt. It’s rich and creamy, slightly tangy from the fermented milk, and the salt balances out the bitterness of the coffee while imbuing it with a salted-caramel flavor.

Coconut Coffee

Coconut coffee da nang vietnam
Icy, refreshing coconut coffee

ca phe cot dua

Served hot or cold, but mostly cold. Ice, sweetened condensed milk and coconut cream is blended smooth, and then either poured over phin coffee or served alongside it, and you pour it over yourself. It’s topped with sweet, toasted coconut shavings.

Egg Coffee

Egg coffee at madam lan.
Decadent, rich and sweet: egg coffee at Madam Lan

ca phe trung

A custard of whipped egg yolk and sweetened condensed milk is folded atop hot, strong phin coffee. Incredibly rich and smooth, this coffee is basically dessert.

White Coffee

bac xiu

The milkiest of the Vietnamese coffees, bac xiu is fresh milk and sweetened condensed milk poured over coffee and plenty of ice. 

Outdoor cafes in Da nang.

New Cafes Are Popping Up Daily

I’ve never seen so many cafes! Every block has at least one, and usually more. New cafes are always popping up, so I’m including my tried and true favorite places for tea and coffee in Da Nang, but there are many more to try.

It’s not always easy to get an excellent espresso drink, but phin coffee is deep and rich, and I always prefer it when there’s an option.

Moroccan Mint tea at Windsor

The Windsor Tea House

Owners Jan and Hein have created a haven for Anglophiles and tea lovers in their charming An Thuong tea house.  Jan, a British expat and eco tea enthusiast, has gone all out to recreate the ambiance of a country British tea house, complete with a (thankfully) faux crackling fireplace. His wife Hein is a baker, and you’ll feel spoiled by her excellent cakes and scones.

Windsor is the place to go for proper tea, plus delicious, true to the original baked goods. Too many times I’ve bought a slice of banana bread, carrot cake or a brownie from a bakery in Da Nang only to be utterly disappointed. I almost gave up until I found a few places that bake true. Windsor does an excellent cream tea with scones, Devon cream and jam. Also a big favorite: apple pie and red velvet cake.

You’ll find plenty of tea blends, from herbal to trad British favorites to rich and creamy chai — all served in china or proper tea service for the type of tea. Windsor is a wonderful place to relax alone or catch up with friends — a respite from the construction noise and debris that dominates so much of Da Nang.

Extra points for providing a clean, well provisioned loo, including loo slippers. Note: you’ll need to take your shoes off before entering Windsor.

Talented baristas at Bread N Salt

Bread n Salt

A very comfortable, modern cafe, perfect for a light meal or a chocolate croissant and coffee. As previously stated, baked goods can be very iffy, but along with consistently excellent coffee and espresso drinks, BNS also offers delicious baked goods. Terrific Wifi, ample outlets and comfortable seating make this a good cafe to work from.

The Local Beans

Open air, multi level cafe with a good selection of drinks and a cool atmosphere. They’ve got a few locations and it’s better in the cooler months, like spring, since the rest of the year is hot and humid and open air anything is just out of the question.

Nam House cafe da nang.
Vintage vibe at Nam House

Nam House

A bustling, multi level retro Viet coffee house on the city side. A really fun atmosphere, though the music/ambient noise is a bit loud for chats with friends. One of the most photogenic coffee spots in Da Nang. 

Yu Tang bubble tea da nang.
Sometimes it’s got to be bubble tea!

Bubble Milk Tea

On the uppermost level of Vincom Plaza, you’ll find a few different options for bubble tea. Yu Tang is good choice if you like sweet black boba in your milk tea. I always order the craft boba tea.

Be sure to ask them to make it not sweet or less sweet, however you prefer. It is plenty sweet without adding extra sugar. If you don’t specify, you’re drink will be astonishingly sugary.

They also have some very refreshing iced teas here.

If you want a completely sugar-free milk tea, order the Oolong Milk Tea with no sugar and no boba. 

My hands down favorite, though, is Koi Tea, which I have almost daily when I’m in Bangkok. Happily, there are now a few outlets in Da Nang.

There are also a few boba tea shops opening up that are exclusively dairy free, serving alternative milks like oat and coconut.

Six on Six Restaurant and Cafe Da Nang.
Quiet mornings at Six on Six

Six on Six

Complimentary filtered water
Espresso drinks are often very weak in Da Nang, not so at Six on Six. They serve proper espresso drinks, plus pour over options and traditional Vietnamese phin. I also like having tea here. Sadly, it’s not loose leaf, but the bagged tea comes in a small pot, which keeps it warm.

Try their affogato or coconut hot chocolate to hit the dessert/coffee sweet spot.

Je M'aime Cafe da nang
My spot for cafe au lait

Danasol

Complimentary filtered water
The only place I’ve found that serves cafe au lait, which is one of my morning favorites. It comes sweet (really sweet), but you can ask them to make it without sugar when you order.

Kurumi vegan cafe da nang.
Patio at Karumi

Karumi

Complimentary filtered water
This airy and light vegan cafe serves all kinds of coffee and tea, including lovely digestive and herbal teas and matcha latte. Brewed teas come in lovely, large tea pots. 

Alt milk options include oat and coconut milk.

Coffee with flair at Cookshop

CookShop

One of my go-to river side spots for lunch, CookShop also has an impressive drinks menu.

Excellent coffee, but don’t overlook the list of iced teas. My current favorite is hibiscus, which is slightly spicy, fruity and tangy. Very refreshing, but ask for it not sweet or less sweet. And as with everything at CookShop, it looks as beautiful as it tastes.

Love the salt coffee here.

Da Nang coffee
The best Da Nang micro roaster

Caracoli Coffee

Located on the uppermost floor of Vincom Plaza, Caracoli is the only ground coffee I buy in Da Nang. Since I make it at home every day, I rarely sit for a cup when I’m there, though sometimes I do…just to enjoy a chat with the owners, who source and roast their own coffee. The coffee is delicious and clean, no flavor enhancers, colors or fillers — just clean, true, high quality coffee.

Matcha latte at Lu Cafe.

Lu Cafe

Love the matcha latte, hot chocolate and ginger tea here. Unlike many brightly lit, glass encased places in town, Lu is a dark wood cafe, and a relaxing spot to hang out with a friend or relax with a book.

It’s not big on air con, so when the summer heat comes on, I gravitate toward other cafes that provide a chilled refuge from the swelter.

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