Hanoi's icy coffee shop proves popular during heat wave

Last update: 11:30 | 06/07/2018

An ice cafe in Hanoi has become an ideal place for Hanoians, especially young people, to escape from the summer heat.

While the temperature outside sometimes goes up to 40 degrees Celsius, it is minus 10 degrees inside the Ice Coffee cafe, the first of its kind in Hanoi.

The coffee shop opened in late June. It has attracted a large number of customers, who are willing to wait from 15-20 minutes to get inside. While waiting, they have time to order hot drinks.

Customers are equipped with warm jackets before entering an intermediate room to adapt to the low temperature. After several minutes, they are led to another room with temperature at -10 degrees Celsius.

“I feel as if it’s winter here while it’s summer outside. I don’t want to go out,” said Na Nau, a visitor to the coffee shop.

In the icing room, the wall, the tables and chairs are all made from ice. Guests also have a chance to discover iced statues with colourful visual effects.

Quach Manh Duong, Ice Coffee founder, said to keep the temperature at -10 degrees, the room is completely heat-insulating.

“We also have a refrigerating system and provide fresh air for customers”, Duong said, adding he hopes to create “the most wonderful place for customers to experience” and escape from scorching sunlight and heat in Hanoi.

Over the past days, Hanoi has been scorched by a heat wave with the highest average temperature during the daytime hovering around 36-38 degrees Celsius and even reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

For those seeking a unique place to escape from the severe heat, Ice Coffee is an ideal place.


The coffee shop on Dai Co Viet Street, Hai Ba Trung District, chills down to -10 degrees Celsius and everything is made of ice 


According to the shop owner, customers only have to pay for drinks which are around VND80,000-130,000 (USD3.63-USD5.91). 


The shop is divided into different areas 


Young people waiting for their turn to enjoy the service 


The shop attracts around 500 people daily, rising 700 at the weekend 


Jackets prepared for customers 


Decorations are also made of ice 


Bui Thi Phuong from the northern province of Vinh Phuc said the service prices at the shop were quite reasonable when customers could enjoy the ice space besides drinking coffee. 


Customers pose in the ice space


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