L’Usine is something of an institution among Saigon’s fashionable crowd, and a haven for digital nomads. This café and concept store likes as a connection between past and present Saigon, capturing the spirit of the city perfectly. There’s an amazing all-day breakfast menu makes sure to keep you full and happy while you work, and the coffee is excellent. There are several stylish branches across the city to choose from and once you’ve been to one, you’ll definitely want to visit them all.
The Kamakura coffee and dessert shop follows to Japanese style in District 1. Its light music and minimalist decor create a chilled-out, focused vibe that makes it easy to concentrate on the task at hand. There’s an excellent range of coffees, smoothies and juices for various choice, as well as some delectable desserts and a small lunch menu. Working at a popular working spot, but it never feels crowded or hectic, will push your motivation in advance.
3. Saigon Oi
No café guide to Saigon is complete without a mention of the famous cafe apartment block at 42 Nguyen Hue. Saigon Oi is located on the fifth floor of this Instagram hotspot and is by far the most spacious café in the building. It’s a young, artistic space decorated with plenty of plants, hanging lanterns and wicker chairs. There’s also a balcony for those who like to people-watch as they work, or just want to take a break.
4. Oromia Coffee
This is the place where converges all the creatives, Oromia Coffee. Its graceful inside attracts artists in their droves, and there’s even a piano for the musically-minded to take advantage of. The café takes back a feeling of being tucked away somehow; a secluded oasis in a manic city. Days spent working at Oromia will be very pleasant indeed, not least because the café is also home to some adorable feline friends to pet.
5. Metropolis Coffee
On a busy main road in Go Vap district, Metropolis Coffee really a great shelter from the commotion. The café has two very different rooms like two venues into one, giving patrons the best of both worlds. With its bookshelves as dividers, bare brick walls and soft lighting, Metropolis’ front room is a warm and peaceful place to work or study.
The backroom is a Japanese-inspired working space, with low tables and floor pillows. Natural light floods the room and there are charging ports everywhere, which is suitable for laptop users. Metropolis offers many different kinds of drinks, snacks and meals on the menu, meaning where all you need in a whole day.
6. The Loop
The Loop is a large, peaceful café which is very suitable for work or study. With an extensive menu that includes some great vegetarian options and an extremely tempting selection of cakes, there’s a lot to like about The Loop. It’s relaxed, but with a creative buzz. The seats are comfortable, the Wi-Fi is fast and there’s an upbeat, cheerful vibe about the place. You’ll see plenty of expats there, happily working away on their laptops.
7. The Workshop
The name shows it all, The Workshop is the right place to work or study. Its functional-chic decor creates just the right relaxed-yet-productive atmosphere – as well as making it a bit of a hipster hotspot. The Wi-Fi is strong, the staff is helpful and the cheesecake is off the charts. It’s no reason to refuse that The Workshop is a firm favourite among professionals, digital nomads and students.
8. The Open Space
The Open Space café is, well, just that. It’s a bright, spacious and beautiful café designed for work and study. There are sockets everywhere and the Wi-Fi is strong, so there’s no excuse not to be productive. The glass walls and minimal industrialist decor set a calm tone, and there’s even a small garden if you need to take a breather. The staff is incredibly welcoming, so you don’t need to feel worried about hanging out here for hours on end. There’s an excellent range of desserts to keep you going and the café is always quiet, so distractions are at a minimum.
9. Dolphy Cafe
Dolphy’s is so popular in the Thao Dien neighbourhood that there are multiple branches within walking distance of one another. The sight of that smiling dolphin logo promises a productive session fuelled by delicious coffee, smoothies and milkshakes – and the prices are so reasonable that it’s definitely worth trying more than one flavour. The ever-present assembly of expats and laptops pays testament to the fact that this chilled-out, the open-air coffee shop is perfect for a working session.
A slight rainforest feel will surround you by the leafy decor and water feature at Bliss Coffee. Patrons benefit from an influx of natural light as they work thanks to the café’s three-side glass walls. There’s even a small garden, ideal for taking a quick nap. With plenty of space and peaceful music, Bliss is a very tranquil location to bash out an essay or crunch some numbers. The wide opening hours make it perfect for study at almost any time of the day. At this place, either coffee or snack will absolutely satisfy you.