Hanoi’s famous egg coffee, with a difference

Although a few friends had recommended having a drink at the Metropole, our tour guide, Duc, suggested some other places to enjoy the sunset. Duc said the Metropole was a little expensive, so he pointed us in the direction of a few bars around a square in the middle of town. We started off at the Coffee Club, which was pretty average. It kinda felt like the place locals might go for a “Western Experience”.

We ended up San’s Restaurant & Rooftop Garden. The views were breathtaking, and the drinks were excellent. The first round of drinks arrived promptly, but the second round took a painfully long time. We were about to leave when the bar manager explained that the person serving drinks was a trainee. Groan.

San’s Restaurant & Rooftop Garden, Hanoi

After drinks, we headed back to our accommodation, and that’s when I started feeling unwell. While my friends went out for a meal, I went into my room, fell sound asleep for a couple of hours, and then woke up feeling okay. I even managed to publish a couple of blog posts.

Since I missed dinner, I woke up feeling hungry, and my first thought was to have breakfast at the the Chalcedony Hotel. It’s one of those all-you-can-eat buffets which really fills you up for the day.

After breakfast, we set out in search of a legendary Hanoi delicacy: egg coffee.

First created in Hanoi in 1946, egg coffee is the brainchild of Nguyen Van Giang. In response to the pressures of a milk shortage caused by the French War (also known as the First Indochina War), Giang whisked in egg as a much-needed substitute while bartending at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.


Both Ross and Andrea agreed the coffee was terrific. I was, however, a little more adventurous. #yolo

I’m not sure if it’s the drinks we had last night, the coffee I had this morning, or maybe it’s just the heat, but I’ve been feeling a bit unwell today.

I was already starting to feel a little sick by the time our morning tour began.

Visting a Taoist temple in Hanoi

Many of the larger trees in the centre of Hanoi are protected from demolition, as it is believed gods live in them.

We were near the end of a walking tour around Hanoi when I suddenly felt the urgent need to return to the hotel. Our guide arranged a taxi, and my friends came along. I thought I might collapse.

Initially, I thought I might be well enough to join the tour group for lunch, but once I stepped outside again, I quickly realized it was better to stay in the comfort of the lobby, armed with a couple of small bottles of Pepsi. Maybe it was the heat, or perhaps my sugar levels were low. I might need to get myself checked for mature onset diabetes when I return to Sydney. In the end, we’ve concluded it’s the lack of salts, since I’ve also had those characteristic leg cramps.

With only an hour left before checkout, I went straight to my room, took a half-hour nap, and then woke up to take a shower.

While everyone else went out for lunch and planned to try the egg coffee, I stayed in the foyer, waiting for our bus to the airport for the next part of our tour.

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