Where to go for a cup of coffee in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh city also known as Saigon has an extensive coffee culture.
There is something for everyone. Whatever kind of coffee you like in whatever kind of ambiance; you will find it in Saigon.
The typical Vietnamese coffee (drip coffee over condensed milk) is of course widely available. But it’s (almost) as easy to get your lattes, cappuccinos and americanos.
There are street stalls with tiny plastic stools, indie cafes, coffee chains (like Starbucks), barista cafes, speakeasy cafes, hipster spots…. you name it, it’s there.
In one of those articles I read about this unlikely building with a whiff of decay, that houses a number of speakeasy cafes. That intrigued me immediately and I was
obsessed determined to find it and include it in one of our walks.
And believe me: it takes a bit of determination and effort to find the building and the cafes.
Imagine this: it’s very hot outside. You’re huffing and puffing and sweating after one or two hours walk (in fact, already after 10 mins). It feels like your head is gonna explode and you can’t even think straight anymore.
You cannot read the street signs (in Vietnamese, with all those incomprehensible signs) and you can not ask for directions, since 1. or people don’t speak english, 2. and you can’t pronounce the address that you are looking for and 3. or they can’t read (what’s on your map) or 4. all of that. In other words: hail and praise for a thorough preparation and….for Google maps.
We were in the street where it was supposed to be, so I kept an eye out and I saw a building that could be it,….
…. we looked into the staircase… and yay!…this was IT!!!
We found it! I was so proud with myself.
Inside 14 Tôn Thất Đạm, Nguyễn Thái Bình.
That’s the address : 14 Ton That Dam, Nguyen Thai Binh. Minus all the weird symbols, hahaha. Too difficult.
What was inside the building was way better than I expected.
No, we did not manage to find all the cafes on my bucket-list, but we ran into so much more.
We stumbled upon a cosplay-video in-the-making. Weird, but in a fun way.
There were several dogs and kittens walking around. LIKE!
The floors were filled with tiny shops, studios and even a restaurant.
Everything scored high on the cool, funky and quirky meters.
We ended our visit to the building with a drink at Mockingbird Cafe on the fourth floor.
In my next post I will show you a couple of hipster cafes we went to. A totally different experience, but very nice as well.
Do you drink coffee? What’s your favourite kind? And whats your favourite cafe or coffee place?