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Best Cafes in Hanoi To Work Online. Digital Nomad Friendly Places in Hanoi.

Where to Find Fast Wifi And The Best Coffee in Hanoi?

Southeast Asia is one of the most visited areas in the world. Some tourists go there only for a vacation but there are others who decide to move there and live like a local. While Chiang Mai in Thailand is the most popular destination, there are many digital nomads in Hanoi as well. Why this city is great for those working online? WiFi in Vietnam is usually fast and stable. The prices are pretty low, and the country is not that touristy.

The list includes only best cafes Hanoi situated in an Old Quarter Area.

Cafe RuNam Bistro

18 Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống

This place has everything that every digital nomad Hanoi needs:

Cafe Runam speed test fast wifi Hanoi

  • fast wifi
  • quiet and cozy environment
  • comfortable seats
  • delicious food and drinks
  • nice and professional staff
  • credit cards are accepted

Cafe Runam is situated very close to St Joseph’s cathedral.


22 Lý Quốc Sư, Hàng Trống

Joma speed test fast wifi Hanoi

Joma Bakery Cafe is better than any coworking space Hanoi.

It would be our favorite if they would accept card payments. Sadly, you can only pay by cash in Joma.

This cafe has:

  • delicious food
  • fast wifi
  • friendly staff
  • comfortable seats
  • variety of drinks to choose from

Joma is close to St Joseph cathedral as well.


191 Bà Triệu, Lê Đại Hành, Recommended by Rai from A Rai of Light

Why Work Cafe is one of the best cafes in Hanoi? It:

  • is easily accessible
  • is large, modern space
  • has fast reliable wifi
  • has sufficient charging points
  • has large windows with good views of the streets below

Nest by AIA café also referred to as Work Café is a coffee shop and pastry bar that doubles as a co-working space. Located on the 4th floor inside Vincom Ba Trieu shopping mall, space has a minimalistic, modern and trendy design. I found the cafe quiet and private enough to get a lot of intensive work done with plenty of power outlets accessible to most tables. There is also a good selection of pastries and drinks, although the price is relatively high in comparison to other cafes.

Hanoi Soul Cafe

Tầng 3,7, Đinh Tiên Hoàng

Hanoi Soul Cafe speed test fast wifi HanoiNot only it’s a great Hanoi coffee shop but also a place where you can try traditional Vietnamese food and drinks while working!

Hanoi Soul Cafe is:

  • the best cafe in the building with a variety of things to try, including the famous Vietnamese Eggnog coffee (egg coffee) and Bun Cha
  • a place with one of the fastest wifi in Hanoi
  • a cafe that accepts card payments

The staff is amazing, always friendly and helpful. It’s a good place to work in Hanoi. One thing we didn’t like was the interior-Hanoi Soul Cafe is not very cozy.

It has a terrace though, so you can sit outside and enjoy the view of Hoan Kiem Lake. The cafe is situated on the 3rd floor, so it’s a pretty nice photography spot.

Captain Beans Coffee

102 Hang Buom

Captain beans coffee speed test fast wifi Hanoi

This is a very decent place to work with one of the fastest wifi in Vietnam that you can find. Unfortunately, it’s pretty dark inside which will make you feel tired after a few hours.

Captain Beans Coffee has:

  • good WiFi
  • excellent Banh Mi (famous Vietnamese sandwich)
  • quite comfortable seats
  • low prices
  • very nice staff

The Note Cafe

64 Lương Văn Can

The Note cafe speed test fast wifi HanoiThis could be our favorite cafe in Hanoi if the toilet was nicer.

The Note Cafe has:

  • amazing interior! walls are all covered with little notes
  • low prices
  • fast WiFi
  • friendly staff
  • very comfortable seatings

Oriberry Cafe (West Lake branch) 

36 Ấu Triệu, Recommended by Emily Lush from Wander-Lush

Oriberry Cafe is arguably the best Hanoï café. It:

  • is certified Fair Trade coffee
  • has natural light
  • has beautiful lake views

The Oriberry chain of cafes is beloved by Hanoi expats. When I was living in Hanoi, their West Lake branch was one of my go-to working spots.

Located in the heart of West Lake on the busy Au Trieu, the cafe is spacious and airy. Spectacular views of the lake can be seen from the tables on the top floor. Oriberry baristas are world-class, and their house brand of coffee – Certified Fair Trade beans sourced from smallholder farms in Vietnam’s Central Highlands – is hard to beat. There is a small shop on the bottom floor where you can buy bags of Oriberry coffee to take home.

WIFI at Oriberry is fast and consistent. There is also a sweets cabinet (I love the homemade cookies for a quick snack) and a light lunch and dinner menu available.

City View Cafe 

7 Đinh Tiên Hoàng

City view cafe speed test fast wifi Hanoi

This is a place every digital nomad Vietnam would love. It is situated 2 floors above the Hanoi Soul Cafe. It has an amazing view of Hanoi and Hoan Kiem Lake.

City View Cafe has:

  • the best view in Hanoi
  • tasty food at high prices
  • fast WiFi


2a Ngo Bao Khanh

Choco Matcha speed testNice, little, cozy Internet cafe Hanoi with a very friendly owner.

Choco Matcha has:

  • fast WiFi
  • little too high prices for this quality
  • nice and friendly staff

The Seed

48 Hàng Bông

The seed speed test fast wifi Hanoi

This place has one of the best interiors we saw in Hanoi. It’s beautiful inside! Unfortunately, the seats are not very comfortable. The staff wasn’t nice and the worst thing is that they have ‘visa’ and ‘master cards’ signs on the door but they refuse card payments. 

The Seed Bakery and Cafe has:

  • beautiful interiors
  • good WiFi
  • unfriendly and rude staff
  • uncomfortable seatings

Tổ Chim Xanh – Bluebirds’ Nest

19 Đặng Dung, Recommended by Emily Lush from Wander-Lush

Bluebirds’ Nest is where you can have one of the best coffee Hanoi. It’s also a great place to work online, as it:

  • is cozy
  • has affordable meals
  • has a local vibe

Tổ Chim Xanh – Bluebirds’ Nest is a locally run cafe in Hanoi’s Truc Bach neighbourhood. Plentiful seating, reliable WIFI and an affordable food menu make it a favorite among Vietnamese students. Most weekends, you’ll find the cafe packed with young people working from their laptops.

The cafe is hidden down a back alley in a quiet residential area. Downstairs, there’s a spacious shoes-off floor seating area. Walls lined with bookcases give the cafe a cosy, library-like feel. I prefer to sit upstairs on the terrace, which looks directly over a residential courtyard. Watching the neighbors hang out their washing and water their plants is a welcome distraction from whatever you’re working on.

Tổ Chim Xanh serves Vietnamese-style coffee, a small selection of cakes, and a simple and affordable lunch menu (think chicken with rice). It’s open late until 10.30pm every day.


2 Ngo Quyen Street

Pepronis speed testIt is more like a restaurant than a cafe but we work there once and we really liked it!

Peperonis has:

  • superfast WiFi
  • delicious western food
  • friendly staff
  • comfortable seatings

Urban Station

47 Phố Huế

Urban station speedtest

Two waitresses were singing all the time. It was very cute at the beginning but started to be very annoying after a few hours. How long can you listen to Justin Bieber?

Urban Station is:

  • a place with good WiFi
  • the coffee and drinks are delicious
  • a dark place with little access to daylight
  • cafe with quite comfortable seatings

Cong Caphe 

15 Trúc Bạch, Recommended by Ann Marie from Murphy from Ecoconscious Traveller

Cong Caphe in Ba Dinh is definitely one of the best places to work in Hanoi! You’ll find Cong Caphe all over Hanoi and throughout Vietnam but one of my favorite branches in the city is its cafe in Truc Bach.

Cong Caphe:

  • It has a great view of the river and therefore makes a change from all of the other noisy spots in the city!
  • It also offers great and unique drinks. Of course, you can get egg coffee there but they also have their special coconut coffee (iced) which is hugely popular! Once you try it once you’ll be addicted.
  • Another pro is that as long as you’re sitting in they won’t serve your drink to you in plastic. Unfortunately many cafes in Hanoi waste a lot of plastic so this is definitely a plus!
  • The decor is also awesome – wooden architecture, funky designs on the walls and colorful pillows!

Now it is time for the places we didn’t like

Loft Stop Cafe 

11b Bảo Khánh

loft stop cafe speedtest

  • crazy high prices
  • tasteless food (the worst coffee in Hanoi)
  • Wifi is slow
  • owner is speaking French so loudly that you can’t even hear your thoughts

They think they are a great cafe but in fact, they are terrible. No wonder we were the only guests there.

Coffee Club 

3B Le Thai To

Coffee club Hanoi wifi speed test

This place would be a lovely cafe if… the WiFi would have been working. Vietnam internet speed can really be fast, so I can’t understand why it was super slow at Coffee Club. When we asked the waiter to help us, he said that there are many people in the cafe today, so the WiFi is slow. When we looked around we hadn’t seen anyone working online or even using his smartphone.

Coffee Club has:

  • terrible WiFi
  • amazing view on Hanoi and Hoan Kiem lake
  • good drinks and food
  • comfortable seats

Highlands Coffee Hanoi

We have been there once but the Internet was too slow to even make a speed test! Don’t be fooled by the nice name- Highlands coffee is the worst place to work online in Hanoi.

See also: Hanoi Food Guide

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9 Responses

  1. Hi Guys,

    now, that was a useful post! We are in Hanoi right now looking for a coffee to work at right now. We will head now over to Cafe Runam. We’ve seen it already walk passing by, and now you confirmed it. THANKS!

  2. Great blog, indeed Bistro RuNam is one of the best choices and really helped me get some work done. Thanks for this, Karolina!

  3. Hello,
    Thanks for listing these places.
    We tried the Note Cafe which is cute with some friendly staff. But guys be aware that if you want the AC to be put on, as they close the windows there won’t be much natural light, the windows being covered by all the stickers.
    About RuNam Bistro : you didn’t mention the prices which are pretty expensive. That is rather a fancy place and should be noted. We took one of the cheapest options that was a orange tea pot to share (around 180k).
    Bluebirds’ Nest was alright, but it was pretty hot when we were there. We asked for the AC but they put the temperature quite high so it didn’t make much difference actually. The service in general was not the best to be honest.
    The nicest cafe we’ve tried so far was the Blackbird Coffee, pretty decent internet, average prices for Hanoi (not really cheap, around 50k for a Bac Xiu) and pretty quiet with some nice tables to work on.

  4. Hello, firstly – thanks for putting this article together. I chose to go to WORK cafe today, but unfortunately couldn’t find it. I searched around 2 buildings and asked various people – but no one seemed to know about it at the Vincom centre. I suspect it has closed down – there appears to be a vacant space that’s boarded up on the 4th floor.

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