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10 Places to Drink Vietnamese Coffee in New Orleans

07:00 February 16, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

New Orleans is a diverse and multicultural city, making it a food capital of the United States. The city has a thriving Vietnamese population, making for a plethora of delicious places to go enjoy many locals' favorite cuisine. At Vietnamese restaurants, those looking for a caffeine boost and tasty treat will be happy to find Vietnamese coffee on most menus.

NOLA is a city with great coffee shops, and Vietnamese coffee is no exception. This delicious beverage is made by brewing coffee over sweetened condensed milk and is often served cold, although it can be served hot. Sometimes, the coffee can even have boba pearls added in. Whether you've been craving one all week or are looking to try one for the first time, NOLA has you covered. Here are 10 spots to grab a Vietnamese coffee in New Orleans.

10 Local Spots for Vietnamese Coffee

1. Lilly's Café

1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999, instagram.com/lillyscafenola

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Lilly's is a local favorite that serves all the most incredible Vietnamese bites. This cozy spot on Magazine Street has fast service, fresh food, and, of course, delicious Vietnamese ice coffee.

Order with or without boba for that extra chewy caffeinated treat. Lilly's is the perfect spot to grab a Vietnamese ice coffee to go or to sip on one while dining in.

2. Mint Modern Vietnamese

5100 Freret St., (504) 218-5534, instagram.com/mintmodernbistro

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Mint is a classic spot for Tulane students and Uptown residents alike to enjoy an affordable and delicious meal. Order a Vietnamese coffee and a fresh steam bun for the perfect start to any Vietnamese meal.

Mint is centrally located on Freret Street, making it ideal for anyone strolling and looking to stop by and have a quick bite. The coffee also pairs well with Mint's unique chicken and pandan waffle dish.

3. Le's Baguette Bahn Mi Café

4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620, facebook.com/lesbaguettenola

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Located right off Napoleon and St. Charles avenues, Le's is the perfect spot to stop by for a casual lunch. Order any of the bánh mìs on fresh bread and enjoy the perfect pairing of their Vietnamese coffee.

This family owned restaurant is always serving fresh and delicious meals with a smile and great service. Consider also ordering Le's shrimp and pork spring rolls or an order of the steamed flour buns.

4. Elizabeth Street Café

1507 Magazine St., (504) 350-2435, elizabethstreetcafe.com/new-orleans

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Elizabeth Street Café is the perfect spot for those looking for a more upscale experience. This French-influenced Vietnamese café and bakery is next to the Hotel Saint Vincent and is serving up some delicious bites.

Their drink menu includes craft cocktails, signature coffee drinks, and, of course, Vietnamese coffee. Enjoy your coffee with one of Elizabeth Street Café's little bites like the Nutella morning bun or the lychee and raspberry jam beignets.

5. Mr. Bubbles Café

1441 Canal St., (504) 516-2994, mrbubblescafe.square.site

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Mr. Bubbles is located right outside the French Quarter, making it a nice place to stop by for an affordable and delicious bite and to take a break away from the tourist-oriented Quarter establishments. Relax and cool off with their Vietnamese ice coffee or even their blended take on one.

Mr. Bubbles sells a wide range of milk teas and coffees to grab before heading into the Quarter for a day of shopping and exploring. While ordering your coffee, make sure to also order one of Mr. Bubbles delicious bánh mìs.

6. Feng Cha

2131 Magazine St., (504) 510-2244, fengchausa.com

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Feng Cha is a classic bubble tea spot serving a wide range of fruit and milk teas. Grab a Vietnamese coffee and one of their tasty cakes to go with it.

Enjoy their wide selection of teas and coffees for anyone wanting a refreshing beverage. This location is the perfect place to recharge after a day of shopping on Magazine Street.

7. Bahn Mi Boys

3244 Magazine St., (504) 354-8502, banhmiboysuptown.com

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Bahn Mi Boys is a perfect Magazine Street spot to have a fresh and delicious lunch any day of the week. Their perfect combination of classic Vietnamese bites, along with twists on bar staples like wings, guarantee a great meal.

Of course, no meal is complete without their Vietnamese coffee. Pair your coffee with one of Banh Mi Boys traditional Vietnamese bánh mìs or one of the specialty bánh mìs including the chicken katsu bánh mì or the bang bang shrimp bánh mì.

8. Dong Phuong

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., (504) 254-0214, dpbakery.com

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Dong Phuong is one of the oldest and most popular Vietnamese restaurants and bakeries in New Orleans. Known for their seasonal king cakes and fresh bread baked daily, this is the perfect spot to grab a delicious bite in New Orleans East and is worth the trip in and of itself.

Order fresh pastries and one of their many bánh mì options from the bakery or sit in the restaurant and pair of their traditional dishes with either their hot or cold Vietnamese coffee. Make sure to try their unique and tasty pressed vermicelli dish.


514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845, mophonola.com

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MOPHO is located right by City Park and is serving some delicious upscale Vietnamese-fusion bites. Their fresh takes on classic dishes pair perfectly with a Vietnamese coffee.

Their take on Vietnamese coffee is called the Mocho; it's cream-based, served iced, and is finished of with classic tapioca boba pearls. Use it to cool down while enjoying MOPHO's spicy dishes like the Indonesian fried chicken plate or the crispy chicken hot honey vindaloo sandwich.

10. Café Minh

4139 Canal St., (504) 482-6266, cafeminh.com

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This bistro-style Vietnamese spot is a Mid-City favorite. Come in for lunch for a casual bánh mì or stop by for dinner to enjoy any of their many upscale takes on Vietnamese/French cuisine.

Whatever you choose, make sure to order a Vietnamese coffee with dessert. Order the hot version watch as the coffee drips right into your cup as you enjoy an order of banana creme brûlée

Eat, Sip, Repeat

Take the time to enjoy some of these incredible local restaurants, known for their delicious Vietnamese dishes. Order phở, bánh mì, or steam flour buns to go along with your Vietnamese ice coffee, and enjoy the amazing culinary experiences NOLA has to offer. Support these local businesses, which are all not to miss New Orleans staples!

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