i.d Cafe is usually the favorite address for expats and local entrepreneurs who spend their afternoons taking advantage of the speedy WiFi to stay away from the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. The café is extremely cozy, with comfortable couches, natural lighting and light melody 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 want to read a book under the sun.
L’Usine has already 3 stores in Ho Chi Minh City; two in District 1, and the other in District 3 since established in 2010. All serving similar contemporary interiors and comfortable workspace. The store on Le Loi Street is a part-boutique shop, part-gallery on the ground floor, with the café/restaurant situated upstairs. The menus are much the same at all outlets, with your usual favourites such as kinds of pasta, pancakes, paninis, and desserts – and it is alternatively day by day, too.
Loft Café is where is famous with an Instagram picture of a big analog clock with the hashtag #somewhereinsaigon. To come here you have to go through an old colonial building on the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Dong Khoi street, walk past an art gallery – which also apparently serves as motorbike parking spots – walk up some dirty unkempt spiral stairs, and voila! With a good environment, good menu, and good service, this café absolutely satisfies every customer.
M2C stands for “modern to culture”. 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 sophisticated artistic décor, ancient 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 great place to stay away from the Vietnam heat and enjoy some food while waiting for the museum open after lunch break.
On Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, Boo Coffee is located on the café apartment building that looms above. This complex is famous for having many cute boutique stores and themed cafes on each floor. Boo Coffee is one of those, and this café is popular for its nice décor and fun menu, where the coffee comes in glasses that are shaped like skulls. Try the signature cotton candy coffee, topped with a comically large puff of cotton candy. Hurry to visit the café apartment building before it is demolished and replaced by a glass box.
The Note Cafe
Right at the city center, The Note Cafe has the overlook to the popular backpacker street. It’s a tall, skinny, two-story cafe with a spiraling staircase that leads you to a cute small open space upstairs to escape the chaos in Bui Vien Street. As the name suggests, you can leave cute little notes for future customers on the walls, and it’s also interesting to read the ones left by travelers from around the world. A great place if you’re feeling down and need some hidden place of encouragement. Must try the egg coffee!
Padma De Fleur
Padma De Fleur is a combination of a flower shop and café. This floral wilderness is settled down an alleyway just a couple minutes’ walk from Ben Thanh Market. The set lunch menu is alternative every day — everything is homemade, and you have to take what you are given. Each one has a soup, a meat dish and vegetables look like a family meal in Vietnam. It’s a little like dining in someone’s private home and you will be embraced by floral décor around. There are only some typical drinks available, too, such as Vietnamese coffee and tea. However odd that sounds, this spot is another hidden gem in Ho Chi Minh City’s alleyways.
Chat Coffee Roasters & Bistro
Chat Coffee and Roasters & Bistro is an ultimate choice for a coffee lover that really cares about the cup being served. Located on the same alleyway as Padma De Fleur, this café is easy to catch an eye by the coffee roasting machine right at the entrance. This café has a minimalist, rustic layout to it due to the stainless steel, copper, and wooden decor that is accompanyed by the peaceful alleyway. The menu is also rather fantastic and a little expensive, but as with the golden Ho Chi Minh City rule, you get what you pay for.
The Workshop is a contemporary loft café with wooden and brick design, on top hanging lamps, tall stools, and a giant specialty coffee bar in the centre that has lots of cool tools for baristas to craft their drinks with. The windows let in the adequate amount of natural light, creating a wonderful atmosphere for customers, whether you are looking to work, read, or hang out with your friends. There is also a private space for business meetings – hence, the name – and a projector for presentations.
For the purpose of customers’ different experience in both drinks and space, Cong Caphe gets success with that concept. Every piece of furniture, the art on the wall, flower pots, military décor and tableware, together with the dim lights and mellow music, all integrate towards creating a rustic, ’80s feeling. It is a popular chain in Vietnam, having locations in Da Nang, Hanoi, and Sapa and Ho Chi Minh City. In District 1, there are two branches. Their signature iced coconut coffee is signature and a must-try.
ICHI Cat Café
ICHI Cat Café is an irreplaceable place for cat lovers, of course. ICHI Cat Café is the best of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, and for a little entrance fee of VND 40,000 (US$2.00), you can cuddle cats and play with them as you enjoy a cool drink. There are so many cats inside, in many different breeds, sizes, colours and personalities. Most of them are lazy, as cats usually are, and will probably come to poke their head inside your handbag and then proceed to sleep next to it as you enjoy your coffee. All the cats are healthy, well-fed, and well taken care of. Bear in mind, there is no food on the menu, but you’ll be too distracted by all the fluff and whiskers to care.
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