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Cafe in Lao Cai

Pineapple

A Sapa-esque cafe. Try the full English breakfast or a salad, pizza or baguette. To find it from the train station, cross the main road and head west down the street directly in front of you for around 100m.
Cafe in Lao Cai

Viet Emotion

This branch is an offshoot of the successful Sapa cafe, with a handy location near the train station. It does good breakfasts and decent pizza.