Last month, I went to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with a group of friends and we spent a good week there sightseeing, shopping (ehem, that’s a given cos #kainsgalore #telekungsgalore) and of course, cafe-hopping. Would be a waste not trying out the coffee from the second biggest exporter of coffee while we’re there.
I would like to thank the people who responded on Instagram when I asked for recommendations of cafes to check out and they are really some great ones! You guys are the best! 😉
Here’s a list of places which were recommended and we visited:
Trung Nguyên Legend Café:
The three-storied cafe was equipped with balconies so people can enjoy their coffee as they take in the sights and sounds of the busy streets.
I had a coffee drink called ‘Idea’ which they described as ‘a special blend of home-grown Arabica beans from the famous hometown of Vietnamese coffee – Buon Ma Thuot’. Had it over ice and it was oh so refreshing, especially after spending the day walking around.
Location: 96 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
L’usine Le Loi:
It’s a beautifully decorated, a shop selling intricately designed items with local flavours at the ground floor and a cafe and bistro on the first floor. The Vietnamese coffee is pretty strong.
Location: 70B Le Loi St., District 1
The Workshop Specialty Coffee:
The Workshop is my favourite! I love the huge array of options offered by The Workshop. In addition to choosing the type of blend, you also get to choose how your coffee is brewed (ie pourover, French Press, immersion to name a few). If you are not sure which one to choose, you can always ask the servers who are more than happy to answer all your queries.
After much consideration, I opted for pourover of Son’s Farm Typica, which was sourced from Dalat, Vietnam. It is described as medium-bodied, with caramel, tea-like, green apple taste notes and dark choco aftertaste. I loved it so much I even drank some of my friend’s who ordered the same.
Location: 3/F p. q. 1, 27 Ngô Đức Kế, Bến Nghé
Brainergy Coffee & Tea:
On our last day, we went to Brainergy Coffee & Tea which also sells books and various novelties. The walls were filled with inspirational quotes.
Location: 46 Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
Cafe Apartments on Saigon’s Walking Street:
I am still in love with the concept of this place. It is an old apartment block which has been transformed to levels of independent cafes, galleries and shops. Pretty amazing! Wish there’s something like this in Brunei.
There’s a LOT of coffee shops to choose from, but we managed to went in just one. Next trip to Ho Chi Minh, I’ll be sure to visit as much cafes at the Cafe Apartment.
As it was around the Lunar New Year, which is a big celebration in Vietnam, Saigon’s Walking Street below was decorated with pretty flowers and displays and many people were talking around and taking pictures with their family, friends and loved ones, some wearing Vietnamese traditional costumes áo dài. It was quite a sight to behold and experience!
You can find out more about The Cafe Apartment here.
Location: 42 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
If the opportunity arises, I’ll definitely be going back for the coffee and other things – Vietnam is rich with culture and interesting and heart-wrenching history. Perhaps next time I’ll pay the other cities like Hanoi a visit.
That’s it for my take on coffee places in Ho Chi Minh. Thank you for reading!
CGBN, signing off 🙂