Bicycle Up was one of our most delightful finds in Vietnam. A vintage, thrift shop look made us feel like we were back in Wicker Park and the coffee, roasted locally at La Viet, was perhaps the best we tried in the whole country.
Entering the cafe you immediately spot an old bath tub with plants growing out of it, bicycles hanging by the walls, and old sewing machine tables strewn about haphazardly. The place certainly has a musk to it, but that good kind of musk you might find in a library. Even the employees are all wearing baggy 80's sweaters, which I thought at first was just part of the shtick, but actually they are just way cooler than me and effortlessly pull it off. I was handed what looked like a Russian novel, opening it up only to find the menu hand scrawled on the hard cover. We've been to a few retro cafes this year, but this place is on a whole other level. The toilet is under the stairs and has a 1930s era radio sitting atop the back of it...
Atmosphere is an easy 10/10 at Bicycle Up, but I was skeptical whether they actually made good coffee. We were relieved to find pour overs on the menu, a difficult ask in a country that proudly brews coffee their own way. I love Vietnamese coffee, but sometimes you just want something a little less in your face, something that can remind you of home. The pour overs were outstanding, and the next day we came back for iced Americano's which also did not disappoint. Dalat is such a chill city, with plenty of cafes to pick from, but I consider Bicycle Up to be a must-see and must-taste.
Bicycle Up Cafe
82 Trương Công Định, Phường 1, Thành phố
Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng