Sunday, November 18, 2007

Highlands Coffee, Hanoi

It was our first night in Hanoi city, strolling, when Jeffrey pointed to us the Highlands Coffee located just next to the Hoan Kiem Lake.
That's Vietnam's version of Starbucks, he told us.
We merely nodded, we were busy absorbing the scenery; enjoying the lovely breeze, cooling our faces. We didn't think much of coffee after dinner, in fact, we've totally forgotten about it.
We had dinner with Jeffrey again on another night..and we were so very full from dinner (shall write about that soon) that we could not think of doing anything or going anywhere else. It was a cold night, the wind was strong, it was drizzling...
What about some local coffee? and in a few minutes, we were standing in front of Highlands Coffee, the branch located at West Lake, Hanoi. It looks so pretty, the 'ship'-like cafe nestled cozily next to the breathtaking, calm West Lake. We went in and were happy with the warm interior and cozy setting. It was, surprisingly, rather noisy though. Highlands Coffee was founded by an overseas viet, who decided to start a coffee chain akin to Starbucks, Coffee Bean..you get the drift. Jeffrey noted that usually, Highlands Coffee always managed to find a fabulous location for it's branches..in Hanoi's case, it's usually by the lake :)
Though I would love, love to have a cup of coffee that night, i was just too full to have that. Decided to have a piping cuppa instead..at least it settles a near-bursting stomach. Hahaha Dragon girl had juice..
Though we did not have the coffees, I did scour through the menu. Highlands Coffee obviously had quite a large range of coffees (local roasted coffee)..from norm long, flats, black, whites; to ice blended and frappucinos. And also a range of teas (cold and hot) and juices. Hungry? No worries..they serve sandwiches, burgers, pasta and rice(i think) too :)
Guess you can give Highlands Coffee a visit if you just want to chill and sip a cup of aromatic coffee at a fraction of Starbucks' price :)

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12 Comments:

Blogger irenekay said...

I was in Hanoi during sept ....and had a blast..seems every blogs i read have a different experience in Hanoi...:)

The street food was pretty good but its hard to find others except for Pho..

19 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

irenekay: i guess so :) not that all my experience in viet was bad..i had some good times too. there's actually quite a lot of street food in hanoi, from far, all looks like pho bo/ga, but upon closer inspection, it's actually other goodies :)

19 November, 2007  
Blogger wmw said...

Hahaha...posted on Hanoi Pt 5. This would be the second time we post on our travel at the same time, the first being KB! :o)

20 November, 2007  
Blogger MeiyeN said...

okay.. noted.. so this's da hanoi's starbucks! :D

20 November, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

Nice building. Well, at least it's on the lake :)

20 November, 2007  
Blogger Christy said...

Hmmm....seems like everyone's on the hype to Hanoi...I keep hearing people going to Hanoi!:D

20 November, 2007  
Blogger Precious Pea said...

Wow..nice hangout place. I want to go Hanoi...sniff sniff.

20 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

wmw: great minds think alike! hahaha

meiyen: yup starbucks/ coffee bean :)

jason: yes, very nice looking i must say :)

christy: thanks to airasia! hehe

pea: make sure hubby goes with u!!

20 November, 2007  
Blogger tut said...

from now till march will be the best time to go especially if you yearn for chilling weather. it's winter time!

21 November, 2007  
Anonymous mama bok said...

Wow..!! didn't know that Hanoi has changed this much..! got starbucks .. some more..! when i was there .. some 15 yrs ago.. there wasn't alot.

21 November, 2007  
Blogger teckiee said...

thanks for all the food, and that hasty hotel review. i'm going in Jan.. cant wait! esp for the street food!

22 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tut: yes, nice, provided we brought the right clothings..haha

mama bok: welcome! i guess 15 years is quite long :)

teckiee: wah, jan? hope going with a larger group? take care ya?

22 November, 2007  

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