Okay, so it’s not really a café, but more like an open workshop space. Bike diagrams dot the walls, and there’s a real gearhead feel.

Phuc owns the place, and has been cycling since 2010. He and his friends used to be into motocross, then they got into mountain biking. Recently, Phuc opened up his workshop space to the public, but as of now it’s really just a hangout for his fellow bike nuts. “There weren’t any places like this in Saigon, so I decided to open one.”



Supposedly they have coffee — we were told the guy who knows how to work the oversized grinders we saw wasn’t in on the day we visited — but a handful of bike geeks were drinking beers and water at 11.30am. As good a way to kill time during rush hour as any. — Ed Weinberg


Bike Café is at 133 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, Q3, Ho Chi Minh City

Ed Weinberg

Ed Weinberg is a writer with passing interest in psychedelic realism, indie comics, jaunty coming-of-age tales and those crazy Russian writers. After graduating from McGill University in 2004, he's worked in magazine editing, freelance writing and odd jobs. He is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City and working on a longer thing about two months spent looking for the largest, oldest (fake) pyramid in the world in small-town Bosnia. Follow his whimsicalities at @presidentninja

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