Ho Chi Minh City is one of the best places to visit in the South Vietnam. The city offers a lot of interesting things to do and explore. These are must-see coffee shops in this bustling city.
Id Café – For Lounging
Id Cafe has an unassuming frontage, but once inside this two storey coffee shop the modern-retro theme is really funky. The 70s style armchairs are comfy as well as stylish and the decor of vinyl records and stencils lining the walls, and period radios and typewriters positioned here and there mean there’s always something to catch your eye. Located just one block north of Ben Thanh Market, Id Cafe offers shoppers the perfect respite from the frenzy of the market. The coffee here is great, but it’s also popular for a beer or glass of wine over a meal. The menu is a bit of a mix-and-match with Vietnamese and European fusion dishes; think baguettes, burgers and, obviously, noodle soups.
Hideaway Café – For Peace and Quite
L’usine – For Hipsters
L’usine is at the forefront of the part coffee shop, part fashion boutique establishments that are springing up all over the city. Downstairs there is a clothing store with both male and female fashion, and on the first floor there is a minimalist and extremely cool coffee shop. The whitewashed brick walls, brushed concrete and antique lighting create a bohemian vibe that suits the clientele of Ho Chi Minh’s scenesters. Alongside their excellent range Vietnamese style coffees, and European style cappuccinos and lattes, there is a cute little deli with croissants, quiches, cupcakes and macarons. There is also a large balcony for looking out onto Le Loi, one of the main thoroughfares of the city.
42 Café – For the coffee lovers
One of several cafes located around Turtle Pond roundabout on the boarder of District 1 and 3. It won’t win any awards for its fairly nondescript furnishings, but for our money this is the best iced coffee in Saigon. Coffee is served in a traditional Vietnamese drip filter with a glass of fragrant green tea on the side. There is a small courtyard usually full of elder Vietnamese gentlemen, a downstairs area with air conditioning, and plenty more comfy armchairs upstairs, scattered behind large windows looking out at the centrepiece of Turtle Lake and the endless motorbikes zipping around the wide-arcing roundabout. The upstairs is a smoking room which might be off-putting for some; however, for the quality of their brew and the intriguing view, it’s worth a coffee…or two.
MOF – For delicious Japanese cakes
MOF – or Ministry of Food, to give it its full name – is a Japanese sweets and coffee shop, meaning you can get a delicious afternoon snack to go with your coffee, or even a full meal as they have several savoury dishes on the menu as well. The theme at MOF is health conscious treats that spare the calories but not the taste. The menu of desserts, chocolates, smoothies, gelatos contain classic Japanese options such as mochi sprinkled with green tea powder as well as European staples like crème brulee. MOF have several branches spread throughout the city, but the one on Le Loi is our favourite. Look out for their excellent lunch sets, including bento boxes, curry and ramen.
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