Saigon 2017 – 5 Hipster Cafes To Visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Coffee and Vietnam are synonymous with one another. Do you know that Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee, just behind Brazil? So, its no wonder that you can find many coffee-shops along every alley in Ho Chi Minh City. Ever since the cafe scene boomed around the world, Saigon has also seen its cafe scene become much more vibrant. Thinking of visiting some cafes in Saigon? We checked out a few during this trip and here’s my story to tell – 5 Cafes to visit in Saigon

1. The Workshop Coffee

Our first stop after touching down in Ho Chi Minh City was The Workshop Coffee. As it was raining heavily, we ubered over to this cafe near the river that was on the 3rd floor. When you step in, you’re greeted by a huge space with many expats working on their laptops, locals gathering for a cup of coffee. Something that you shouldn’t be surprised in Saigon is that the prices of the stuffs here are relatively more expensive than the local food. A coffee can go for around VND80k (SGD6), while food can go range anything upward from VND100k (SGD7).

Coffee here was decent, ambiance on point, but i’d prolly skip the food. Spend hours reading a book here at The Workshop Cofeee or simply gaze out of the window and watch the sleepy city pass by.

The Workshop Coffee

27 Ngô Đức Kế,

Bến Nghé, Quận 1,

Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

2. Phuc Loong Coffee

I’m not sure why, but everytime you ask a local in Saigon to recommend you a coffee-shop to visit, their first few recommendations would be Phuc Loong Coffee and Tea Cafe. Prolly its their sense of pride that Vietnam has its own local coffee joint to compete with the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean, but yas, I tried it and i liked it. I went for the green tea latte which was highly recommended by my Airbnb host. However, one thing to note when in Vietnam, always ask for less sugar in your beverages.

We visited a couple of Phuc Loong around District 1 but settled for this Phuc Loong Coffee and Tea outlet at the corner of this round-about intersecting Ly Tu Trong and Pham hong Thai road. The reason was that you can go up to the second floor with your drinks and watch the everyday crazy traffic unfold in front of you by the window.

Phuc Loong Coffee

325 Lý Tự Trọng,

Bến Thành, Quận 1,

Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

(You can find it all over Ho Chi Minh City)

3. L’Usine

The only cafe we tried that had really good food. We had the Rainbow Zoodle Salad and Pork, Pumkin, Potato Hash & Fried egg which were wonderful done. Google map shows L’Usine at the end of this row of shophouses, but to get up to the second floor, you have to enter through the middle of the lot turn into a small alley and climb up the stairs.

Besides coffee and tea, L’Usine also serves Pasteur Street Brewing Company pints. Great to hang out for brunch or lunch.

L’usine

157 Đồng Khởi,

Bến Nghé, Quận 1,

Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

4. Tram Cafe

Further away from the heart of the city, located in the Phu Nhuan district this could be one of Saigon’s hidden cafe secrets – Tram Cafe. When you alight from your taxi outside, you wouldn’t imagine what it would look like inside Tram Cafe.

You follow a line of red lanterns to this  old wooden door, push it open, and you’re brought into a whole new environment. Trend carefully as you enter this huge pond with just stone steps to guide you to the main part of the cafe – you either choose to sit outdoors and enjoy the lush green scenery or indoors where Tram Cafe brings you into the world of dark ambience to sip your tea.

Cafe Tram

100 Trần Huy Liệu, phường 15,

Phú Nhuận,

Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

5. The Open Space

We ventured by foot around Tram Cafe in search for something interesting and we were rewarded with this cafe along the main railroad. Called The Open Space, they have a second floor which resembles a mini hall as you can chill away the afternoons with some coffee while watching the local folks do their stuffs and the thrill of the building vibrating as the train zooms by.

The Open Space

221 Nguyễn Trọng Tuyển,

phường 8, Phú Nhuận,

Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Well guys, that’s it from my Ho Chi Minh City edition of cafes in Saigon, both hipster and entrepreneurial that I visited during my recent trip. These coffee-houses are every where in Saigon and some open till the wee hours of the night. My bet is you’d find something more interesting if you are to venture away from District 1.

Let me know if you come across a new cool establishment. Till next time!

Looking for more about Ho Chi Minh City? I recently wrote about tips to look out for there.

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