8am – 9pm
130 Tran Phu
+84 (0) 91 410 88 66
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For some, Faifo Coffee has the best coffee in Hoi An. It is piping hot, strong and full of flavor. The full range of Western and Vietnamese styles is available – cappuccino, late, espresso – even ristretto – alongside the standard Vietnamese options including egg and coconut.

But it’s the views from the top floor that have visitors flocking. Rated as offering the best panaroma over Hoi An Old Town’s rustic rooftops, Faifo Coffee is a must see location for ‘instagramers’. Be warned, queues of happy snappers may form around the rooftop entrance.

The heart of Faifo Coffee is found below the rooftop splendor in a sympathetically renovated building in the Old Town. The ground floor is perfectly set up for people watching from the front windows, the second is relaxed and breezy with large lounges. These spaces have been tastefully decorated – the net result a dark, romantic setting with a touch of mystery, the constant march of ‘instagramers’ aside.

For coffee aficionados the beans roasted on the premises are arabica from the Dalat highlands, ‘roasted [lighter] to let their character come through’. Faifo Coffee owns the coffee farm too, so it’s in control of the process every step of the way.

An early review on this site exclaimed: ‘For those who have watched the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, when Sayuri climbs to the roof and sees the view of Kyoto, well this is same same, but different. I almost cried when I saw the view, pure poetry in a vision!’ The famed rooftop should be avoided however when the sun is high in the sky if you want to dwell there, but once the hot sting of the day has dissipated it is sublime … unless you just want to grab a quick selfie of course.

Written By
Stuart Neal

Former publisher at ABC Books and Consultant Publisher at Allen & Unwin in Australia, Stuart Neal is co-founder of the travel website, Hoi An Now.

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