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A wealth of eating, drinking and café options are now at the disposal of residents of Phu My Hung. Matt Cowan checks out what’s available.
Not all beautiful things cry for attention; Ocafé is a rose in a thorn bush hidden on the second floor of an old colonial town house in the Old Quarter.
Found along the roadside, Awesome Coffee is a simple yet standout establishment among a strip of banks, real estate agencies and other businesses on District 7’s Nguyen Van Linh.
Although Thuong Tra opened only three months ago, the concept dates back to 2010, when Nguyen Viet Bac opened his first teahouse. Inspired while travelling through the mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, Bac knew he needed to bring the traditional tea culture to Hanoi, while giving the practice the respect it deserved. He admired the art of tea ceremonies, and decided to create his own place where everyone could enjoy tea from all around Vietnam, in the heart of Hanoi.
A miniature artery from District 1 to District 5, Pham Viet Chanh is one of Saigon’s most hectic streets. Motorbikes scream down this road, cars make no apologies, local businesses line one side, a rather alarming hospital sits back from the tarmac, and in the middle of it all is a little slice of quiet, polite delicacy — 1985 Cafe.
Many Vietnamese coffee drinkers are casual about what goes into their daily brew. But for one man from Dalat, it is unthinkable that consumers in the second-largest coffee exporting country in the world have to drink additive-filled coffee.
The word “trill” comes from American hip-hop vernacular, a combination of the words “true” and “real”. Trill Cafe, then, might be a bit deceptive. It’s not limited to being a café — there’s a pool, a gym, a dinner menu, an event space — in fact, I’m not sure what it is.
Take one step through the door at Typograf Café and Restaurant and you know you’re in for something different.
A vegan cafe and meditation studio has recently opened on To Ngoc Van, offering a small menu of Vietnamese fare (from VND48,000) and fruit teas (VND38,000), and a selection of organic cosmetics and essential oils.
Located in a complex off Nguyen Van Giai, Indika is a newly opened café and restaurant with a style and interior that combines the décor of Saigon Outcast and deciBel. The café and restaurant is divided into two sections including an indoor space and garden seating where there is a stage.