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Saigon coffee style: 11 shops where the locals often drink

Saigon coffee style: 11 shops where the locals often drink

Enjoying coffee in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City is unlike anywhere else in the world. Here, coffee is the drink that gives energy to the people of a vibrant city. The more you drink, the more you understand that it is very suitable for the climate and human lifestyle here.


1. Sidewalk Coffee


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Cheap prices and crowds are typical of sidewalk cafes. This place attracts all classes of locals to drink. You can just sit on the sidewalk enjoying coffee, chatting and watching the street. Usually, men will choose iced black coffee with a pack of cigarettes and women will choose sweet and fat iced milk coffee. In the city center, you can go to Vy shop on the corner of Le Thanh Ton - Le Anh Xuan Streets and countless other shops along the sidewalks, markets and deep alleys at all times of the day.

2. Racquet coffee

“Coffee racket named after the tool used to make it. Coffee water is continuously filtered through a cloth rack, boiled in a super crockery which specialize for cooking oriental medicine more thick, which used to be a very popular traditional brewing style in Saigon. The aroma and taste are characteristics that filter coffee or machine-made coffee cannot have.”

Having existed for more than a century, the popular racket cafes in the city still retain their old appearance, opening very early with affordable prices. You can find and enjoy at:


Phan Dinh Phung Racket Coffee: No. 330, Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ward 1, Phu Nhuan District

Uncle Thanh's Racquet Coffee: No. 480, Tan Phuoc Street, Ward 6, District 11

Ba Lu racket coffee: No. 193, Phung Hung Street, Ward 14, District 5

Cheo Leo Coffee: No. 109-36, Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 2, District 3.


3. Bet coffee


“Bet” is the Vietnamese name that describes the way you sit on the ground to enjoy this coffee. Drinking “Bet” coffee in the right style is obligatory on the sidewalk or the park, under the shady trees and sitting close to comfortably chatting, watching the street, singing. Come around Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the Turtle Lake roundabout or the 30/4 park for a cup of “Bet” coffee. You find and signal to people with thick rolls of newspapers in their hands, they will give you a few sheets to sit and process coffee on the spot.


4. Trung Nguyen Legend Coffee


Trung Nguyen is the leading famous coffee brand in Vietnam. The best is the energy coffee line inspired by the success stories of great people. At 12 Alexandre de Rhodes, District 1, you can drink a special weasel coffee and enjoy quite a feat of art installation, recreating the historical story of three world coffee civilizations: Ottoman, Roman and Zen.


5. La Viet Coffee


The site Big 7 Travel has ranked La Viet ranked 6th among the 50 best coffee shops in Southeast Asia in 2019. Here, coffee is grown, selected and processed as a craft, not just a beverage. The shop has a very delicious and unique coconut milk coffee, drinking in a strange taste. You can visit and enjoy at:


No. 191, Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 6, District 3

No. 16, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street, Ward 6, District 3

No. 57A, Tu Xuong Street, Ward 7, District 3

No. 6D, Tran Quang Dieu Street, Ward 13, District 3.


6. Okkio Caffe


Okkio is a famous brand with quality drinks and impressive space, especially for young people who love to take pictures and check-in. The brand begins its story with its first store in a small attic on the side of Ben Thanh market. Each Okkio store has a distinct style. However, the common point of all stores is many glass doors, natural light and green trees always makes you feel comfortable and close, with a sophisticated and meticulous dispensary located in the center of every view point. Egg coffee, almond coffee and banana bread are the dishes that make the Okkio brand name. You can visit and enjoy at:


3rd floor, number 35, Nguyen Van Trang street, Ben Thanh ward, District 1

No. 120-122, Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

No. 110, Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2

No. 41/1, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Ward 6, District 3.


6. Co Ba Saigon Cafe

The shop is located on the rooftop of a building overlooking the Saigon River, opposite the Majestic Saigon Hotel. With a nostalgic look and interior decoration with a strong Saigon spirit, Mobylette motorbikes, phonographs and chicken irons are what you can find at the shop. The best time to visit the shop is early in the morning or late in the evening when the city lights up. Sitting in the romantic balcony corridor with many green trees, watching the bustling city and sipping a delicious coffee will be a great experience. You can visit and enjoy at:


5th floor, number 2-4-6, Dong Khoi street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1.


8. Brodard Cafe

Located on the prestigious Dong Khoi street, locals see the shop as a small corner of Paris in the heart of the city. You can find the right taste of European coffee, from espresso to latte or cappuccino at the shop. Even delicious French-style cakes and croissants with a gentle buttery aroma always captivate and make you fall in love. You can visit and enjoy at:


No. 131-133, Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.


9. The Workshop Cafe


The site Big7travel has ranked The Workshop at the 3rd position with the best coffee in Southeast Asia in 2019. Coffee is selected from coffee trees dating back to the French colonial period grown in the central highlands of Vietnam. Visiting the shop, you definitely have to enjoy coffee brewed in the style of funnel, syphon or mixed with ice beside delicious espresso or cappuccino. The shop is on the 2nd floor of the building at Ngo Duc Ke Street, looking over the ancient and poetic Grand Saigon Hotel. You can visit and enjoy at:


2nd floor, Number 27, Ngo Duc Ke street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1


10. Do Phu Coffee Shop


The cafe is located right at the historic site of the Secret Mailbox and the Floating Cellar of the Saigon Rangers on Dang Dung Street, District 1. If you love Saigon's history and coffee, you can come to the shop to enjoy coffee-dipped biscuits for breakfast and learn about the activities of the Saigon Rangers in the past. In particular, the restaurant also has Korean broken rice that is skillfully processed between Vietnamese broken rice and Korean kimchi. You can visit and enjoy at:


No. 113A, Dang Dung Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1.


11. Coffee shops at apartment 42 Nguyen Hue street

The photo of the apartment building at 42 Nguyen Hue pedestrian street was reported by National Geographic. This apartment building was built in the early 1960s, witnessing the ups and downs of the city's history. Currently, this place is the coffee paradise of the city, especially for those who love to take pictures, even though the architecture is quite old. The cafe inside the apartment has a variety of styles, you can sip coffee while watching the bustling pedestrian street below. Thinker and Dreamer - a space for people who love to take photos, The Letter with the imprint of cherry blossom country or Saigon Oi Cafe nostalgic for old Saigon memories are great cafes that you can visit when you come. Apartment number 42 on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street.