[Hanoi] Away from the hustle and bustle of The Old Quarter lies a gem – All Day Coffee.
It is roughly a 20 minutes’ drive (or Grab) away from the heart of the Old Quarter.
You feel that strong European vibes even before entering the café, and it is so interesting how it stands out from the older buildings along the same street.
The place was bustling with people in their 20s to 30s, an age group that I have not seen much since my trip to Hanoi.
So, is this where they were all hiding?
I knew that egg coffee was a thing here in Hanoi, but I wanted to try other things as well. I ordered the All Day Cream Espresso (68000 VND, SGD4) which was coffee, whipping cream and condensed milk all blended into one drink.
It was sweet, which is something I realised that in Hanoi most of their coffee is towards the extreme sweet side.
I wasn’t complaining, it was refreshing since it felt like 39 degrees outside.
The All Day Egg Coffee (59000VND, SGD3.50) was definitely the star of the café. You could even get a whiff of that egg aroma, which was weird for me, yet the drink did not taste of egg at all.
Calling a drink “Egg Coffee” could put some people off, because the texture of egg coffee was smooth like mousse.
You could treat this more of a dessert rather than a drink.
I also tried their bestseller, the Bánh Kếp Hoa Quả, otherwise known as the Mixed Fruit Pancake (85000VND, SGD5) which was served with an assortment of fruits and yoghurt and chocolate drizzle.
They weren’t joking when they said mixed fruits, it came with a variety from apple, pear, peach, strawberry and dragonfruit, just to name a few.
While the strawberries were way too sour, the apples and pear were pleasantly fresh and crunchy.
Eating one whole portion by yourself would be too filling so I suggest sharing it with a friend or two.
The Matcha in me was screaming when I saw a Matcha Crème Brûlée on the menu.
I was so tempted but ended up getting distracted by the Genmaicha Mousse. You don’t really get a lot of Genmaicha stuff in cafes, as they are usually found in the Japanese themed cafes.
To be honest, the Genmaicha Mousse (79000VND, SGD4.60) was more of cake rather than a mousse.
First bite into the cake, you get that nice nutty notes. Would be great if it was slightly more fragrant.
I was shocked to see something black in the middle of the cake, and I was honestly hoping it to be black sesame filling, but to my disappointment, it wasn’t.
I’m guessing charcoal infused cake or something along that line.
The 3 storey café also boasts a nice outdoor seating experience on the third floor, where I predict would be more popular during the colder seasons of Hanoi.
If you are lucky, you can even see the staff roasting the coffee beans within the café.
For someone who is spending a couple of days in Hanoi and have no where to go, I would really suggest this place.
Come and try the coffee and bask in their local coffee culture. Also quite a place to people-watch.
All Day Coffee
37 Quang Trung, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
Tel: +84 24 6686 8090
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 7am – 2am (Fri – Sun)
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.