Stella

If suffering from rice overload

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What we say: 3.5 stars

In the heart of the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker district on Bui Vien, Stella (or "New Stellar" depending on which sign you see first) offers some of Saigon's best pizza and pasta.

The Italian goes hand in hand with a range of Vietnamese selections, served up in bright and clean air-con surrounds. Hop in one of the 1960s malt-shop style red booths downstairs, head upstairs to the sports bar for a round of pool, darts, or a peak at the latest football match, or pull up a chair in the outdoor cafe area for some people watching from above. Apart from the pizza (try the "Stella special" at 109,000 VND), Stella also claims to offer the "best coffee in town". While we find statements like this to rarely hold water, we must admit that Stella's Western-style espressos are well done at 30,000 VND. A healthy mix of juices, shakes and alcoholic drinks are also available, and if you're holed up in your guesthouse during a rainstorm, Stella will even deliver that pie right to your door.

Contact details
119-121 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 3836 9220
http://www.stellacaffe.com

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