Cozy and cool
Located in the northern edges of District 1 around the corner from a local market, The Nguyen Cafe delivers a comfortable experience in a more local, less touristy part of downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
The main building straddles two quiet local lanes (confusingly both lanes bearing the same address), with additional rooms of the same style in another building nearby. The ground floor is a cafe while upstairs is the accommodation in the form of fashionable rooms reminiscent of cozy condo living.
The palette is fresh, the furnishings modern, the air-con is cold and there are large windows. Rooms have a wardrobe, flatscreen TV and WiFi. One disappointment is the brightly lit but slightly mildewy bathroom, which is on the small side and is wet room style, which seems out of sync with the rest of the room’s contemporary style.
There’s two general types of rooms to choose from: small rooms or large rooms, the latter of which which can accommodate up to four people (note that it is just a bed and then a sofa bed or futon).
The Nguyen Cafe is not for everyone. It’s 1.6km northwest of Notre Dame Cathedral, 3km to Ben Thanh market. However, the owner is eager to help guests and you won’t see other tourists in the neighbourhood except perhaps at the famous Banh Xeo 46A Dinh Cong Trang just around the corner.
Address: 81/14 Nguyen Huu Cau St, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
T: (016) 4576 0401;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'28.92" E, 10º47'23.83" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$35||US$35|
|Deluxe double room||US$40||US$40|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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