9 Popular Drinks In Vietnam That You Can Like To Try

Located in the tropics, that helps to create many unique drinks in Vietnam that you may not find elsewhere.

Across the country, there are many tasty beverages in any season, rain or shine. Each drink has a deep culture that makes you love it.

Let’s find out about popular drinks in this beautiful country!

1. Green tea

The tea trees are popularly grown in the north of Vietnam, especially in Thai Nguyen, so the people have created this popular drink throughout the country.

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Drinking green tea is popular in Vietnam. ©Vietnamdrive

Green tea becomes an important part of life, seen as the start of most conversations. You will be invited for a teacup if you have an opportunity to visit a Vietnamese family during your journey here.

Even when sitting at a coffee shop, you can get a free cup of tea, which you think is beer because the color is very similar to the beer color.

Drinking tea is a time to relax and rest. So it is drunk slowly to enjoy the taste, except for iced tea.

Besides being used as a daily drink, many tea shops have upgraded this drink into an art of enjoyment. Along with green tea, many other kinds are served, such as lotus tea, herbal tea, and jasmine tea.

Tea drinkers are usually elderly people who want to slow down their lives because of the unhurried way to enjoy it and its taste that can cling to nostalgic thinking.

The local people often sell green tea in packages, and each package ranges from 20,000 VND to 120,000 VND, depending on the quality of the tea. However, a few kinds of teas can surprise you when their cost comes to over 1,500,000 VND/500gram.

>> Please see more about tea in Vietnam here.

2. Coffee

The second most popular Vietnamese drink is coffee. Coming to a country that is the second largest coffee exporter in the world, you will have a good chance to try many coffee versions under the constant creativity of the locals, such as egg coffee, salted coffee, and coconut coffee.

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Coconut coffee is a unique one to try. ©Vietnamdrive

With the basalt red soil of the Central Highlands, this region has become the capital of growing robusta coffee for domestic and international markets. Thus, you can find a wide variety of beans and coffee powder around the country in small stalls to supermarkets.

Every morning, many people often sip a coffee cup before going to work or when interacting with friends.

No rush, and no drinking like in other parts of the world. In Vietnam, most people drink coffee in sips, slowly, and relaxed. Even with takeaway coffee, drinkers don’t try it all at once. Therefore, many people can bring it to offices and slowly enjoy it while working.

Previously only men drank Vietnamese coffee, but now both genders taste this beverage. However, more men still use it than women.

A cup of coffee is not too high, only from 15,000 VND in a small shop, from 25,000 VND to 50,000 VND in a luxury place. If you want to buy coffee beans or powder to take home after traveling in Vietnam, the price is from 60,000 VND to 110,000 VND per 500 grams.

3. Beer

Beer is everywhere in Vietnam, from the countryside to the city, from sidewalk stalls to luxury restaurants.

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Drinking beer comes in most of the parties. ©Vietnamdrive

In the past, there was a typical beer – bia hoi or draft beer, which was handcrafted at a low cost. But, nowadays, many large-scale factories have become prominent beer brands in Vietnam. Therefore, bottled beer and cans become familiar to the locals, so Bia Hoi is only found in a few places, mainly in Hanoi, especially Ta Hien beer street.

If coffee is drunk in the morning, beer is for the late afternoon after work, when staying with friends or socializing with business partners. Beer also appears at parties, such as weddings, housewarmings, grand openings, etc.

With a different habit of drinking beer, when someone invites you to drink, you almost finish the glass – bottom-up! Not just one or two bottles or cans at a time, but a person can finish between 5 and 10 units. This habit contributes to putting Vietnam in the top 10 beer-consuming countries in the world, at 3.8 million liters by 2022.

Of course, beer is an alcoholic beverage, so the majority are men, in the group of young and middle-aged people, making a large contribution to beer consumption in Vietnam.

Beer in Vietnam is cheap, so it is also one of the factors contributing to more beer drinking here. The price of a can is only 15,000 VND. If you drink it at a restaurant, it will cost from 20,000 VND to 25,000 VND.

4. Vietnamese yogurt

Not the home of milk, but Vietnam is famous for its yogurt, a unique drink fermented from sweetened condensed milk. Many housewives make yogurt at home, but you can buy it in stores with a different taste.

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Vietnamese yogurt is tasty for both children and adults. ©Vietnamdrive

Yogurt contributes to digestion and provides various vitamins for health. Many children like it and try it when cooled or eaten when frozen. Lots of people eat yogurt after or between meals as snacks.

Yogurt in small plastic bags is usually eaten directly. The canned yogurts of big companies are often mixed with ice, adding fruits according to their preferences, such as mango, and strawberry, becoming a tasty drink for both children and adults.

The cost of a box of yogurts is under 10,000 VND. You can easily find them in grocery stores in Vietnam, but we recommend you buy them in supermarkets where they have better storage capacity. And a yogurt glass after being processed in the cafe costs from 25,000 VND to 60,000 thousand VND.

5. Fruit juice

You can find various fruits in Vietnam almost all year round because the country locates in the tropical region. Each fruit season comes, and the farmers can’t sell them all, so they take them to juice to drink.

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Fruit juice has become a nutritious drink. ©Vietnamdrive

Because the taste is quite flavorful, fruit juice is more popular throughout the country, becoming a familiar daily nutritious drink. To serve the large demand in the neighborhoods, many fruit-juice shops have emerged, and even in a few cafes, you can order a glass of refreshing juice.

Various fruit juices, such as mango, pineapple, guava, and watermelon juice, are added with sugar and ice to serve. A glass of cold fruit juice is great for hot days in Vietnam. Let’s try a glass!

The price is very suitable for most people’s needs, only 15,000 VND or 20,000 VND per glass to take away, depending on the type of fruit. The price can be higher if you drink in the on-site service shops.

6. Sugarcane juice

Along the streets or local markets in Vietnam, you occasionally notice a wheeled cart and a bunch of sugar cane nearby, which serves fresh sugar cane juice.

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Sugarcane juice is a natural drink, good during hot days. ©Vietnamdrive

Juice from sugarcane comes into an ice glass, which is good for those who work hard, need rehydration and energy, or for anyone who wants to be refreshed in hot weather. Sugarcane juice has a mild sweet taste that is easy to consume for most people.

Usually, people buy sugarcane juice to take away and rarely sit back because they drink it very quickly to quench their thirst. A sugarcane-juice glass will have a straw, so you can enjoy this beverage right away. However, most of the ice used for this juice comes from ordinary tap water, so be mindful of this.

Sugarcane juice has a natural aroma, so most children and adults love this drink. Additionally, the price is very affordable, only 10,000 VND a glass, so most people can buy it.

7. Fresh coconut water

Coconut trees are grown a lot in Central and Southern Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta. Since then, coconuts are carried around the country to fulfill the needs of users, in which the product of young coconut water, also known as fresh coconut juice, becomes familiar to everyone.

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Drinking coconut juice directly from its fruit is a nice way to enjoy it.

Coconut water is used as a refreshment beverage, supplementing energy and nutrition for the body. People often drink it in the morning – noon – afternoon, but do not drink coconut water in the evening.

It is simple to drink coconut water, just cut a part of coconut fruit and use a straw to enjoy this tasty drink right away. Another way is that many people can take coconut juice in a glass and add sugar and ice to cool it down before tasting it.

Almost anyone can drink fresh coconut water. However, when working or jogging with a lot of sweat, coconut water may not be suitable because it can cause fatigue.

A coconut at sidewalk shops costs 20,000 VND. However, in restaurants, prices can be much higher at 40,000VND because of the serving free.

8. Vietnamese rice wine

Originating from an agricultural country, rice is the main crop. The Vietnamese farmers have created many products from rice, including rice wine that is fermented from white rice with yeast. Rice wine is a strong alcoholic beverage – but imbued with indigenous culture.

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The local people often drink rice wine in a small cup. @ms.lanhuynh

In the past, rice wine often appeared at parties. However, with the strong development of breweries, this wine gradually has fewer users. Despite that, in worshiping ceremonies, weddings, and New Year’s Day, rice wine still plays an important role compared to other offerings.

Rice wine can be contained in porcelain or glass bottles for long-term preservation. As drinking it, drinkers pour it into small crockery or porcelain glasses. And, a person drinks a whole small glass like that at once.

Because of the high alcohol content in rice wine, only people over 18 years old can drink this wine. Currently, Vietnam has restrictions on the production and sale of rice wine, and consumers are no longer passionate about it, so it is difficult to find a place to produce rice wine in the big cities in Vietnam.

A liter of good rice wine is quite expensive because it is cooked manually, costing from 50,000 VND to 100,000 VND, depending on the quality of the rice and yeast used. The price of sticky rice wine can be much higher, around 250,000 VND.

9. Ginger tea

Referring to ginger tea, you are probably familiar with it. But, when you enjoy ginger tea in Vietnam, specifically in cafes, you will find a complete difference.

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Vietnamese ginger tea has various ingredients. ©Vietnamdrive

Vietnamese ginger tea contains a variety of ingredients. Besides ginger, there are oranges, lemons, licorice, salt, salted plum, and sugar or honey. Lots of things, right?

Many people choose ginger tea to drink after meals, in the early morning, in the evening, and in winter when the weather is cold. Plenty of guests order a cup of tea instead of coffee when they gather with friends at cafes to chat.

When drinking ginger tea, you put all ingredients in a glass, mix well and enjoy. Of course, it’s a cup of hot ginger tea, so you can’t and shouldn’t drink it once, but sip it slowly. Sometimes, a few shops can serve cold ginger tea with ice, but Vietnamdrive does not recommend drinking it. Hot ginger tea might be better.

A cup of ginger tea costs from 25,000 VND to 40,000 VND, depending on different coffee shops in Vietnam.

With thousands of drinks in Vietnam, Vietnamdrive only selects typical beverages to introduce to you. We choose them according to the criteria of popularity and culture of these drinks to include in the article.

Never miss the opportunity to enjoy some of these drinks when coming to Vietnam!

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