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Where to Sip Vietnamese Iced Coffee in Houston

Strong and sweet, this highly-caffeinated beverage is a Houston icon

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Thanks to Houston’s thriving Vietnamese dining scene, the sweet, strongly-caffeinated nectar that is Vietnamese iced coffee is readily available throughout the city. What makes Vietnamese coffee so unique is that it must slowly drip through a specialized drip filter into a cup where a thick slick of sweetened condensed milk awaits at the bottom. Combine the two, and you’ve found coffee bliss.

Use this map as a guide to 10 of the city’s best Vietnamese iced coffee destinations, both inside and out of the loop. Go forth, and get ready to find a seriously delicious buzz.

Note: For clarity, cà phê sữa đá refers to coffee that is served with ice, while cà phê sữa nóng or just cà phê sữa refers to the hot beverage. On this map, you’ll find the terms that each shop uses to describe the drinks on their menus.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Les Givral's

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2704 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1736

This Saigon-inspired restaurant has been a Houston fixture for almost 40 years, and in that time, they’ve perfected their massive cups of Vietnamese iced coffee. Don’t forget to snag a budget-friendly banh mi for lunch later, or an impromptu snack to pair with the caffeine.

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2. Nguyễn Ngọ

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11210 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 495-2528

Pick up a cafe đá or café nóng with Nguyen Ngo’s croissant-style banh mi, laden with chicken, pork, pate, meatballs, or ham. The café đá is made to order, leaving room to specify just how strong and sweet each cup should be. Nguyen Ngo does share a parking lot with Lee’s Sandwiches, but the style of coffee is quite different.

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3. Lee's Sandwiches

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11210 Bellaire Blvd #113
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 933-9988
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Don’t be put-off by the fact that the coffee here is pre-bottled — this strong brew is a staple for many in the Bellaire community, and for those who regularly make the pilgrimage to stock up. Enjoy it poured over crushed ice either in-store or at home. Make sure to grab another community favorite while there: freshly-made delimanjoo, or fish-shaped waffles with vanilla custard filling.

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4. Magic Cup Cafe

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11724 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 906-2200
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Magic Cup serves up café sữa đá in a way that few other shops do, with a dark, rich coloring, and a thick creamy flavor, which enhances the classic flavor of Vietnamese coffee. The shop’s sweet Magic Puffs, or mini-beignets doused in powdered sugar, are an essential pairing.

5. Long Coffee

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10611 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 983-5700

Vietnamese iced coffee is a popular order from Long Coffee’s extensive list of teas, smoothies, and coffee. The line may be out the door, and the drive-thru may wrap around the building at this bustling shop, but the wait is worth it.

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6. Nam Giao Restaurant & Bakery

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6938 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 568-4888

Nam Giao, made even more popular after being featured on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, is widely known for its excellent Vietnamese small plates like banh beo chen and banh quai vac. These dishes pair perfectly with their dark roast cà phê sữa đá, which is served still dripping through the metal French filter into a cup of sweetened condensed milk. When the coffee has finished dripping, mix it, then pour it over a provided cup of ice.

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7. Pho Danh

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11209 Bellaire Blvd # C-25
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 879-9940

Tucked away inside the bustling Hong Kong Market shopping mall is Pho Danh, popular for large bowls of flavorful pho served with the traditional mountain of herbs. Ordering cà phê sữa nóng or cà phê sữa đá means being presented with an individual French drip atop a cup of sweetened condensed milk and cup of ice for the perfect customizable blend.

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8. Njoi Coffee + Tea

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10868 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 568-2181
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Just south of the heart of Houston’s Vietnamese community, nJoi’s Iced Vietnamese Coffee keeps caffeine junkies coming back, along with a solid menu of milk teas and smoothies. Inconspicuously operating at the corner of Beechnut and Wilcrest, nJoi pours a sweet and refreshing cup of coffee, with or without boba.

9. SmooTea Cafe

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203 Dulles Ave #100
Stafford, TX 77477
(281) 969-5477
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Inside the Loop in Braeswood, Smootea Cafe’s teas, smoothies, and coffees can satisfy pretty much any thirst, and the Vietnamese iced coffee is no exception. Pro-tip: add boba.

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10. Ca Phe Phin

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1354 E NASA Pkwy
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 333-0729
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Open since 2018, Ca Phe Phin offers a variety of Vietnamese coffee options, ranging from the classic iced version to the “HoneyB” a mix of black coffee, cream, and honey served hot or over ice. Looking for something that’s a little more like dessert? Try an frozen iced coffee frappe, topped with whipped cream.

1. Les Givral's

2704 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

This Saigon-inspired restaurant has been a Houston fixture for almost 40 years, and in that time, they’ve perfected their massive cups of Vietnamese iced coffee. Don’t forget to snag a budget-friendly banh mi for lunch later, or an impromptu snack to pair with the caffeine.

2704 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006

2. Nguyễn Ngọ

11210 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/EHOU

Pick up a cafe đá or café nóng with Nguyen Ngo’s croissant-style banh mi, laden with chicken, pork, pate, meatballs, or ham. The café đá is made to order, leaving room to specify just how strong and sweet each cup should be. Nguyen Ngo does share a parking lot with Lee’s Sandwiches, but the style of coffee is quite different.

11210 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

3. Lee's Sandwiches

11210 Bellaire Blvd #113, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/EHOU

Don’t be put-off by the fact that the coffee here is pre-bottled — this strong brew is a staple for many in the Bellaire community, and for those who regularly make the pilgrimage to stock up. Enjoy it poured over crushed ice either in-store or at home. Make sure to grab another community favorite while there: freshly-made delimanjoo, or fish-shaped waffles with vanilla custard filling.

11210 Bellaire Blvd #113
Houston, TX 77072

4. Magic Cup Cafe

11724 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

Magic Cup serves up café sữa đá in a way that few other shops do, with a dark, rich coloring, and a thick creamy flavor, which enhances the classic flavor of Vietnamese coffee. The shop’s sweet Magic Puffs, or mini-beignets doused in powdered sugar, are an essential pairing.

11724 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

5. Long Coffee

10611 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/EHOU

Vietnamese iced coffee is a popular order from Long Coffee’s extensive list of teas, smoothies, and coffee. The line may be out the door, and the drive-thru may wrap around the building at this bustling shop, but the wait is worth it.

10611 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

6. Nam Giao Restaurant & Bakery

6938 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/EHOU

Nam Giao, made even more popular after being featured on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, is widely known for its excellent Vietnamese small plates like banh beo chen and banh quai vac. These dishes pair perfectly with their dark roast cà phê sữa đá, which is served still dripping through the metal French filter into a cup of sweetened condensed milk. When the coffee has finished dripping, mix it, then pour it over a provided cup of ice.

6938 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

7. Pho Danh

11209 Bellaire Blvd # C-25, Houston, TX 77072
Christina Autry/Eater

Tucked away inside the bustling Hong Kong Market shopping mall is Pho Danh, popular for large bowls of flavorful pho served with the traditional mountain of herbs. Ordering cà phê sữa nóng or cà phê sữa đá means being presented with an individual French drip atop a cup of sweetened condensed milk and cup of ice for the perfect customizable blend.

11209 Bellaire Blvd # C-25
Houston, TX 77072

8. Njoi Coffee + Tea

10868 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77072

Just south of the heart of Houston’s Vietnamese community, nJoi’s Iced Vietnamese Coffee keeps caffeine junkies coming back, along with a solid menu of milk teas and smoothies. Inconspicuously operating at the corner of Beechnut and Wilcrest, nJoi pours a sweet and refreshing cup of coffee, with or without boba.

10868 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77072

9. SmooTea Cafe

203 Dulles Ave #100, Stafford, TX 77477
SmooTea Cafe/Yelp

Inside the Loop in Braeswood, Smootea Cafe’s teas, smoothies, and coffees can satisfy pretty much any thirst, and the Vietnamese iced coffee is no exception. Pro-tip: add boba.

203 Dulles Ave #100
Stafford, TX 77477

10. Ca Phe Phin

1354 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

Open since 2018, Ca Phe Phin offers a variety of Vietnamese coffee options, ranging from the classic iced version to the “HoneyB” a mix of black coffee, cream, and honey served hot or over ice. Looking for something that’s a little more like dessert? Try an frozen iced coffee frappe, topped with whipped cream.

1354 E NASA Pkwy
Houston, TX 77058

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