Coffee Culture "has long become the idyllic lifestyle of Hanoi Vietnam. But in the eyes of foreigners, it can be explored with unique features. You'll feel it through the posts of women Journalist Katherine Zoepf The New York Times.
At first you will not find that place where. Located between two stores forced himself on a silk road city of Hang Gai crowded, narrow end of a path leading to small garden in the backyard, cafe quarter has a sense of discovery, Whether you come here first or the 50th.

Several residents said Hanoi to it as a secret cafe, an island almost separate from the crowded streets of old town motorcycle. The low table placed next few lotus flowers. The Japanese pigeons with hairy legs and tail spread fan shape crept softly among the tables and chairs. Collection of the art hanging on the wall restaurant. The canvas had been rain tarnishing. "The inkling," the owner said. Half morning coffee shrink away, except some old chess team inside their coffee.

Ancient custom is one of the finest coffee in Hanoi Vietnam. Unlike the rest of Asia - a continent of tea in general, a land of light compatible with Nescafé soluble packages for tourists like Java coffee, Vietnam has a culture other coffee Italy completely. Along with colonial architecture and chopsticks bread sold on street corners, coffee is one of the most pleasant that ruins the year domination of the French left.

Skip the traffic problem, still rhythm of life here calmly and almost any Vietnamese person you meet, whether young and old, rich and poor, have a coffee shop where they like, where they can spend hours to chat, smoking and sipping a cup of very strong coffee and fresh milk (coffee filter placed on a tall glass with ice dams and small condensed milk). It is commonly used brewing here for 20 to 40 cents for a glass (3000-6000 contract - TS).

It's a coffee culture restraint: No umbrellas fanfare, no table overhang placed curbside. Watch passersby is not its goal. Typical cafes in Hanoi is a small scene, often just a storefront with a picture frame isolated from the streets. Hanoi's Old Quarter - 36 streets, the 13th century, each town are named after the trade guilds of their kind - are small businesses of the family.

Inside the café, such as coffee Quynh Street Bat Dan, usually dark - contrary to the tropical sun outside. Each cup of coffee is a luxury that can accept in a country where annual household income is approximately 300 USD. The residents of Hanoi to the cafe to escape the heat of the day, to relax, and to sip a cup of coffee bitter sweet mix of the city.

Like much else in Vietnam, coffee has a history of bitter sweet and fleshy. The same colonial master France in Indochina has established the first coffee plantations in Vietnam, in late 19th century, exploiting their cheap labor of local farmers. 90 years ago, the cafes are scattered on the streets of Hanoi primarily for wealthy foreigners ...

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