Another Hidden Cafe
Just another day in Hanoi. We were on the search for a cool cafe, even better if it could be made of glass windows and full of plants inside. You know, those are the things we love so much, and we found them at The Garden Café. When we were walking along some of the narrow streets of Hanoi, one café managed to get our attention. Through the window, it seemed nice but when I looked inside there was not much to see. It was a hipster style bar, with a lot of dust and a huge vitrine full of small porcelain cups. When it comes to special and cute cups, Vivi is all in, but we didn’t have time for this café nor was there any special reason to visit it.
We were heading to have a coffee in a place with an outstanding indoor garden and natural atmosphere. Five minutes later, we got to this cafe and we were surprised to learn that it was closed. They had some sort of renovation and plants upkeeping to take care of. It looked like the universe wanted us to go to that little café we just spotted, we both thought! Vivi was so happy!
This little cafe named Phoi Cafe definitely makes it on our list of hidden cafés – it is very well hidden among this small street and we were the only non-local people there. The coffee was nice and Vivi’s tea with milk was surprisingly flavourful. The ambiance here was truly peaceful and laid back, but it’s not enough for us to really call this place special – it’s good enough to have decent coffee and that’s about it.
New Rock Star in the Corner
Back in a corner, I heard a guy playing the electric guitar that he plugged into a small portable speaker. His chords sounded nice and he got my attention. I didn’t stare at him or anything weird, I just enjoyed listening to his music. After a few minutes, he asked me if I knew how to play the guitar and my thoughts here “Ouuu, so you are the reason we are here!” I knew there was some energy inviting us into this café!
“I don’t know how to play any instrument, but I know what sounds nice and what doesn’t. I must say, your playing sounds amazing, so you must be talented”, I told him. After that, we chatted a while, about where we both came from and what we were doing. I must admit, this guy was interesting, he was smart, musically talented and full of positive energy. He continued playing his guitar in the rhythms of Aerosmith and the Eagles.
I took some pictures of him and told him that I will have them for later when he is famous. The expression on his face was surprised and at the same time, he was flattered. I spoke from my heart. This boy is talented and if he pursues his dreams he can get there. Why do I talk about a talent like this? He just recently gathered enough money to buy himself a guitar and started playing it three months ago. So yeah, maybe I was in that cafe to encourage this young guy.