Hoi An: Sweet escape

For those with a sweet tooth, Vietnam offers much temptation with its myriad baked goods – cakes, donuts, breads, tarts, croissants, baguettes, mousses and more are readily available. There’s no doubt the French influenced this trend, though Vietnamese people have an obvious penchant for sugar – you should see how much condensed milk goes into a local-style coffee!

During our recent stay in Hoi An we paid a visit (or two..or was it three?) to Cargo Club. A busy, bustling, multi-storey tourist haven, it seems a bit overrun – and it is, but for good reason. The dessert counter offers a luscious array of sweets made fresh in their onsite bakery, from a cashew-laden caramel tart to a decadent chocolate mousse.
One rainy afternoon we tucked into these almost-so-big-they-were-sickening cakes – one white chocolate kahlua, the other double chocolate. Meanwhile, rain pelted down just outside the doorway and people waded and cycled through the flooded streets as the river had broken its banks – definitely a good day for an indoor coffee and cake.
Cargo Club & Patisserie, 107-109 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An

2 Responses

  1. Xander December 6, 2008 / 3:27 pm

    Did it really flood like that while you were there? I saw photos of that, but it seemed so unbelievable!

    Mmm… the cargo club… I’d go back just for their pastries… -X

  2. A Girl in Asia December 7, 2008 / 2:18 am

    Yes – it was really that flooded, though you could still walk around most of the streets (just got drenched by the rain)!

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