Cộng Cà Phê
the Vietnam version of Starbucks, but way cooler
Cộng Cà Phê
Our tour guide Dreamy introduced us to Cộng in Nha Trang and as they say….the rest is history. Leave it to me to fall in love with the only hipster coffee chain in Vietnam. With outfits inspired by the Viet Cộng and a laid back air conditioned atmosphere, we enjoyed going to as many Cộngs as possible. Not to mention their drinks. Fucking. Fantastic. I spent many a Dong at this chain, Debra as my willing witness to my undying love of weird coffee. We tried to visit as many as possible, the bulk being in Hà Nội.
Viet Coffee: Of course this place as the signature coffee of the nation! And they do it quite well, often with some coffee art of a star (Communist star since you know...Viet Cộng themed).
Black Sticky Rice Coffee: This drink always seemed to be out! I had a devil of a time find a cafe that actually had it. Definitely worth the hunt, it was surprisingly delicious!
Green Rice Smoothie: Like I said, we went here A LOT. So I tried many things on the meal. I had never seen this before so I had to try it. It was quite sweet, but it had a really rich earthy flavour as well. Definitely worth the 80,000-90,000 Dong price.
Yogurt Coffee: My go to at Cộng. Something about the sourness of the yogurt that made it all the more refreshing in the hot hot heat. Plus it was less sweet than the Viet Coffee. Which is perfect for me, since I really like the flavour of the coffee. I don’t need extra sweetness.
Coconut Coffee Smoothie: Probably one of the best things on the menu, which is a shame since Debra dislikes coconut. Even a year later I can see it and taste it in my mind’s eye. The consistency was thick (they give you a spoon), just like a milkshake. It was very rich, but didn’t have that clinging taste you find in milkshakes. Super delicious overall.
I loved everything about Cộng Cà Phê. Every Cộng that we went to (and we aspired to go to many), all the workers were super nice- they probably raised an eyebrow when I asked for more milk (meaning sweet condensed milk) for my coffee. Although they were all the same company, each cafe was different in terms of their decor or layout depending on their location.
One cafe had three levels, another one was tiny and super cozy, and another cafe had cool bookshelves. Somehow all the Cộngs maintained this homely vibe, and it made each experience of just going there so awesome.
I either ordered juice or Viet Coffee because I like super sweet and fruity drinks. Natalia had all them crazy coffee drinks, and I happily went along to get some very sweet caffeine for me. It was air-conditioned, and there was wifi. I wish there were Cộng cafes here in the U.S.! I would go there way more than Starbucks or Peet’s (Natalia Note: I wouldn't be able to pick between Cộng or Peet's, I'll gladly throw Starbucks under the bus though).