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Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance

January 12, 2021 | 17:16

Ha Pho Cafe, quietly nestled inside a house built in the 1930s in Hanoi's Ha Dong District, attracts many visitors thanks to its ancient architecture.

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Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Passing the aged facade, pedestrians would hardly imagine the house at 8 Phan Boi Chau Street to host a cafe, with only a small elegant sign visible, according to VNExpress. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
The cafe was opened on the spur of the moment, said Hoang Anh Quan, its owner, and an architect. Once, when Quan had been looking to rent an office, he passed by this building, which immediately mesmerized him with its ancient outlook. He immediately thought of turning it into a cafe. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Quan spent a lot of time renovating the interior, preserving its original walls, pillars, window frames, and backyard. The house was later painted yellow, closely resembling its original hue. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Filled with diverse furniture of different shapes and sizes, the first-floor interior creates a cozy atmosphere, separated from the yard by a big glass window. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Most of the decorative pictures and paintings are Quan’s own works. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
The backyard is decorated with plants and boasts a small stage for live performances, all protected by a retractable canvas roof. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
From the backyard, there is a small staircase to reach the second floor. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
On the second floor, large windows provide a great view of the charming backyard. The furniture, lime walls, and cement flooring all contribute to the nostalgic ambiance. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
The cafe has preserved the building's original front windows, which provide a calming light to a second-floor nook. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance

Most of the artwork revolves around two main themes: old Vietnamese architecture and flowers.

Photo: VNExpress

Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, the cafe serves coffee (at VND25,000 or $1.1 a cup), other drinks like juice, tea, and snacks. Every Saturday night, it hosts an acoustic music performance. Photo: VNExpress
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
A tranquil Ha Pho Cafe at night. Photo: Toplist
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
A green and serene space Photo: Toplist
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Ha Pho boasts an antique beauty that serves vintage background to take photos. Photo: Nha.net.vn
Cafe inside 90-year-old house allures visitors with nostalgic ambiance
Photo: Nha.net.vn
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