Jan 26 2012
There are probably thousands of cafés in Saigon. Seriously. Yesterday, while walking around the Crescent, I counted five cafes on just one corner. It’s crazy! I’ve already written about my selections for Saigon’s best cafes. While I would say that these are still some of the cream of the crop, I wanted to let you know that I will never stop searching for new, great cafes (ed: it’s hard taking bullets for the team, isn’t it?). Here’s a round up of some new Saigon coffee shops I found that you should definitely check out.
An extremely hidden, down a narrow alley off of Tran Huy Lieu, but incredibly cute spot is Journey Café in Phu Nhuan District. A 15-minute ride outside of downtown, Journey’s dollhouse looks would be perfect for a little girl’s tea party; it’s kind of like sitting in a shadow box. The menu has a solid range of drink and desserts and the coffee is quite good; this is probably why they command District 1 prices in this small Phu Nhuan District shop. During the day this quiet café is a peaceful spot but, during the evenings, be sure to arrive early because it quickly fills up with patrons wanting to listen to the nightly live music performances.
The next café on my list, L’Usine off Dong Khoi in District 1, I found while searching for the city’s best cupcakes. Besides having great cupcakes this is probably one of the cooler places in town to just hang out and have a latte, which is top notch. Their retro, hipster atmosphere will make you feel like you’re part of the in crowd and, once you’re done with your drink, browse their store, which sells vintage-styled art, clothes and accessories.
Café Vung, which was shown to me when I went around the city with Saigon Vespa Adventures, is another great but hard-to-find café in District 3 on Ngo Thoi Nhiem. Hidden on the second floor of a nondescript building, this café is particularly nice at night when they play live music. The drinks jump in price during performances though and the shop usually fills to capacity — you might have to go with Vespa Adventures just to make sure you get a seat! If you can get in however, this candlelit hang out is perfect for a romantic cup of coffee.
Another cute and hard to find place is Floramisu Café, which sits right next door to Pizza 4P’s. Floramisu specialises in herbal tea, which is imported from all over the globe, a variety of homemade cakes, and narrow staircases. The café has a very comfortable, homely feel; it’s kind of like going to grandma’s house. The coffee and tea is nice too; plus the cakes are delicious and ever changing. It’s worth a visit, especially to recoup after filling up on pizza next door.
Certainly there are more great Saigon cafés for me to find, so I will leave you with these and continue my quest.
158/12 Tran Huy Lieu, Phu Nhuan
T: (08) 3997 6213
Open daily 08:00–23:00
151 Dong Khoi, 1st Floor, District 1
T: (08) 6674 3565
Open daily 10:00–22:00
17 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3
T: (08) 2215 7813
Open daily 08:00–22:30
8/11 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
T: (08) 7300 8957
Open Mon–Sat 7:30–23:00, Sun 08:30–23:00
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