7 Best Coffee In Saigon You Must Try

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April 24, 2019

  • Vietnam is one of the best places on Earth to enjoy coffee. So if you are planning to visit Ho Chi Minh City, you will have to scheme at least 2 coffee shop stops per day to be able to understand how awesome is the coffee culture in Saigon! Ho Chi Minh City has a plethora of cafes spread around its districts, and with so many to choose from, it can get overwhelming.

     

    If you are an expat or a traveller, finding coffee shops is a great thing to do in your journey discovering Saigon. From plastic stools on crumbling sidewalks to lavish spaces filled with creative decor and stunning art, the cafe culture in Ho Chi Minh City has it all. No matter your budget, there’s a place to get your caffeine fix.

     

    Lucky for you, we’ve tried and tested many of them and the ones listed here come out on top. Give these best coffee in Saigon a try and you won’t be regret.

     

    1. L’Usine

     

    For an amazing breakfast to start your day off right, visit L’Usine Le Loi. L’Usine, opened in 2010, has expanded into three locations in Ho Chi Minh City and all three locations are in District 1, offering similar contemporary interiors and a comfortable work space.

     

     

    L’Usine is a classic. It has been for long one of the most trendy coffee shops in town with its unique curated items in the shop as well. There’s a boutique shop and gallery on the ground floor, but head upstairs to find their inviting cafe and restaurant.

     

     

    The menus are similar at all outlets, with your usual favourites such as pastas, pancakes, paninis, and desserts – and it changes throughout the day, too. The cupcakes there are incredible so make sure to get some. L’Usine is quite popular for breakfast and lunch and if you are visiting town, go to the Dong Khoi location as it is hidden in an old complex full on great hidden gems.

     

    Address:

     

    - 151 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

    - 70B Le Loi, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

    - 19 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    2. i.d Cafe

     

    i.d Cafe is an oasis hidden amid the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City and has become a favourite among expats and local entrepreneurs who spend their afternoons taking advantage of the speedy WiFi. The atmosphere of i.d Cafe comes from the aspiration of most cafes in the city: to be a relaxing escape from the busy streets of this mega city.

     

     

    The café is extremely cosy, with comfortable couches, dim lighting and music that is subtle and not loud enough to make you want to sing along. The food and the coffee here are fantastic, despite being a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. There is an outside seating area if you wish to read a book under the sun.

     

     

    When you look at the details, you can see the care that went into every choice. This cafe feels like it’s been finely tuned to create the perfect ambiance for your relaxation, with dim lighting, plush seating and subdued art. It’s easy to see why this cafe is so popular.

     

    Address: 34D Thu Khoa Huan Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    3. The Snap Cafe

     

    The Snap Cafe is the definition of a hidden gem. From the street, it looks like a few boutique shops, but inside, you walk into a garden oasis for the whole family. Their menu features dishes from around the world, with an ample kids menu as well. They’re a good choice for any time of the day, and well worth the trip from downtown.

     

     

    This cafe is impeccable for families since it has kids menu and a playground for your children. It’s a great place if you want to find a place to relax with your family after a hard - work day with various dishes from around the world. Or if you want to take your kids out in weekend, The Snap Cafe can be your choice simply because of the tasty food and the playground.

     

     

    Address: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh city.

     

    4. Cong Cafe

     

    Cong Ca Phe is a wonderful local chain. They have coffee shops all across Vietnam including Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Sapa, … or even in Seoul, Korea. In District 1 itself there are two branches. Be aware, it’s quite crowded at the ones we’ve visited in Ho Chi Minh City!

     

     

    Cong Caphe aims to create a different feeling for visitors compared to The Workshop. Every piece of furniture, the art on the wall, flower pots, military décor and tableware, together with the dim lights and mellow music, all contribute towards creating a rustic, ’80s feeling. Their signature iced coconut coffee is exceptional and a must-try.

     

     

    Address:

     

    - 127 - 129 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

    - B3 Vincom Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    5. Dolphy Cafe

     

     

    Dolphy Cafe is popular among the many expats who live and work in the Thao Dien area. This is the perfect spot to setup your laptop and get some serious work done, making it the home base of choice for many digital nomads. Their drinks menu is both varied and delicious, so make sure to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

     

    Address: 31 Thao Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    6. Mockingbird Cafe

     

    Although the street outside may not be Saigon’s most salubrious, the four flights of stairs heading up to this hidden coffee spot lead you to views over much of the city’s downtown financial district, including the Soviet-Gothic façade of the State Bank of Vietnam.

     

     

    This coffee shop is quite rustic but there is a wonderful charm about it. It’s also located in one of Saigon’s iconic Hidden Gem buildings that is 14 Ton That Dam. If you go there, wander around and also make sure to bring your camera as it is perfect for some photos.

     

     

    A small, leafy outside balcony at Mockingbird Café allows you to sit and drink while you gaze on the bustle far below. Inside, chalk murals and art prints dot the walls. The cafe is set in an old colonial apartment block, still lived in despite its frayed edges, and the shop’s atmosphere absorbs some of the raffish, unkempt charm sported by the rest of the building. Alcoholic drinks are also served.

     

     

    Address: 4th Floor, 14 Ton That Dam Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    7. M2C Cafe

     

    M2C (Modern meets culture) is a stylish cafe on Ly Tu Trong. It has a mix of couches and tables over two levels, and it’s a good place to have Vietnamese food in a comfortable cafe environment. This café is run by the same guys who are in charge of i.d café, so expect nothing short of fantastic here.

     

     

    The café – with its simple and tasteful artistic décor, antique furniture and brick walls – creates a wonderful artisan setting where people from all walks of life can meet and interact over a cup of delicious Vietnamese coffee. Located near the War Remnants Museum, it’s a good place to get away from the Vietnam heat and enjoy some food while waiting for the museum to open after lunch break.

     

     

    Address: 44B Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.


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