lifestyle • 18 Jul, 2016
10 Cafes We Love in Saigon
For the coffee addicts in town, we’re serving up our favorite caffeine pit stops in D1
The kinetic energy that hums throughout Saigon is partially a consequence of the liquid rocket fuel that is consumed on the daily. Unlike the grab-and-go habits practiced by North Americans, the Vietnamese embrace the act of slow drinking. The environs upon which the drinking takes place is as great of an import as the quality of the brew itself. Within the vicinity of District 1, independent ‘indie’ cafes are found on almost every corner, occupying every nook and cranny. Crane your head upwards to take into account the second-story coffee houses you may have missed during your initial recon.
Are you finding yourself getting overwhelmed by the countless number of options? Our list of ten of our favorite spots caters to all kinds of moods. Whether you’re feeling listless and in need of quick pick-me-up or hankering for a divine slice of tiramisu to compliment your cup of joe, AnyArena has all the bases covered. Let the caffeine high commence!
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Images courtesy of @christinexplores, @thinker.dreamer.coffee
If you’re looking for… a celebrity stakeout.
Vibes: French minimalism with a neutral-colour pallette and an affinity for florals.
Flavors: Despite the specialty coffee menu, set your sights on their charming tea sets and homemade desserts, especially the salted egg croissant!
Don’t forget to… Browse through a highly-select vinyl collection ranging from the greatest classics to French gems and make sure that record gets it's time on the in-house turntable.
Address: 4th Floor, 42 Nguyen Hue, D1
Images courtesy of @venturology, @teasmoked, @lesaigonaisboutiquecafe
If you’re looking for… some peace of mind.
Vibes: A tranquil hideaway with an unassertive shopping component and a good amount of natural light lending to the dreamy ambiance.
Flavors: The sochi tasting plate, a trio that comes either savory or sweet.
Don’t forget to… Scribble down all the motivational quotes stamped onto the back of their chairs for some inspirational reminders.
Address: 1st Floor, 77-79 Ly Tu Trong, D1
Images courtesy of @lem0n
If you’re looking for… a view worth remembering.
Vibes: A chilled rooftop space. Park yourself right before sunset to watch the sun fall into the horizon, surrounded by a mix of earthy decors. Film fanatics welcomed.
Flavors: All the flavored coffees are worth a try --- pumpkin or peanut butter coffee, anyone?
Don’t forget to… Check out their movie screening schedule (which features all the movies that should have been in the theatres) and come before 8PM for the best seats in the house.
Address: 104 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D1
Images courtesy of @sevenadr, @ulrichsterrn, @daodutay, @workshopsaigon
If you’re looking for… a dose of inspiration.
Vibes: An artist’s studio loft with grandiose windows that welcome in an ample amount of natural light and offer a view of Dong Khoi’s finest in colonial architecture.
Flavors: A well-equipped brew bar worthy of any coffee connoisseur.
Don’t forget to… Immerse yourself in the beautiful artwork from the current exhibition
Address: 27 Ngo Duc Ke, D1
Images courtesy of @bunrieuu, @sophiee_lam, @tdmh0108, @workcafesaigon
If you’re looking for… a productive environment.
Vibes: An open bar and bookshelves doubling as the walls are sure to get you in a more serious mindset.
Flavors: Devout pastry addicts, go for the Sea Salt Brownie and Tiramisu in a cup.
Don’t forget to… Put down your phone and take the time to explore to the plethora of books and magazines available for your reading pleasure.
Address: Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, D1
Images courtesy of @mthg, @wonderminimal, @shincoffeehcm
If you’re looking for… complicated brewing techniques.
Vibes: A well-styled hub with clean and smart look for the city’s in-crow.
Flavors: One of the few specialty coffee shops around, the beans are sourced from all over the world. Even if the coffee preparation is not featured on the menu, they'll still cater to any request provided you have the recipe.
Don’t forget to… Ask the barista to whip up a batch of coffee via the siphon and make sure to watch.
Address: 13 Nguyen Thiep, D1
If you’re looking for… a touch of greenery.
Vibes: Feel the instant freshness of a zen garden, where a bathtub of plants are growing in the room and succulents are hanging from the ceiling.
Flavors: While you’re feeling light and green, have a fresh salad with a yogurt with chia seeds.
Don’t forget to… bring home some of the mini terrariums.
Address: 5F, 42 Nguyễn Huệ, D1
Images courtesy of @klasik_coffee_roasters, @acupofmine
If you’re looking for… a bite to eat.
Vibes: Elegant industrial-inspired interiors and the non-existence of background music create a placid retreat where time is suspended.
Flavors: Delicious homemade pastas with a funky twist of fusion flavors.
Don’t forget to…Have a taste of their exquisite coffee. Browse through their well-curated selection of bean varieties and pick your favorite brewing method to follow suit. If intimidated, try the nitro cold brew or espresso tonic.
Address: 40 Mac Thi Buoi, D1
Images courtesy of @dymth, @dfgvietnam, @marouchocolate
If you’re looking for… a sweet tooth fix.
Vibes: Playful and colorful, with the comforting aroma of chocolate wafting in the air.
Flavors: Rich cups of hot chocolate made from Marou’s own chocolate bars, ranging in flavors from chili to passion fruit and candied ginger chocolate cheesecake.
Don’t forget to… Pass through the in-house shop to handpick a set of your favorite truffles.
Address: 167 Calmette, D1
Images courtesy of @partea.tearoom, @__jsthuw__, @lindskrause
If you’re looking for… a quirky gimmick.
Vibes: Bright and kitschy, a caricature of an English parlor with lots of vintage crockery.
Flavors: A round of scones with clotted cream and jam go well with any of the herbal teas on stock.
Don’t forget to… Choose your own darling fine China tea cup set before taking a seat.
Address: 4F, 42 Nguyễn Huệ, D1
All photos taken from Instagram
Words by Izzy Pulido, Hoa Pham
Graphics by Thanh Duong