where: Cầu Giấy (83 Nguyễn Ngọc Vũ)
price range: 30k+ VND
setting: Instagram-able cafe
group friendly: yes
hot tip: arrive during lunchtime to have the photo spots all to yourself
Park in the underground lot and take the elevator up to the 8th floor, where photo-centric Cafe 1994 awaits. Complete with mini photo sets of both modern rooms and a traditional tea house, traditional Chinese & Vietnamese clothing to rent, and a menu of eye-catching drinks, this cafe is a spot to be seen, rather than relax. The young clientele enjoy the sweet, colorful juices and teas and didn't seem to mind the long wait time for beverages (the server told us blended drinks would take 45 minutes). The beverages and limited dessert options are eye-catching, but their sweetness level certainly caters to younger palates.
verdict: Come for the photos ops, stay for the... photo ops. Pass if you're looking for a relaxing cafe experience.