As smooth as the name sounds, this cafe — which can be admired through the window from the busy street where it is located — remains a peaceful spot in which to sample a large selection of drinks and cakes. This may be a reflection of the owner Yun Lukas, a person with style, creativity and originality, who has brought together his inspiration and his experience from around the globe to create Vanilla & Butter.

The creator of this Japanese-style and simple-looking café developed his passion for baking during his childhood and hasn’t let go of it since. As a result, as well as working at a fashion company, he has written a few cookbooks and opened this sophisticated bakery-café with help from his sister.


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The menu contains an appealing variety of drinks such as coffees, frappuccinos, teas, smoothies and sodas. The moment I saw the words ‘coconut coffee’ on the board, I knew what I was going to order. And it was certainly worth it. A beautiful long glass containing just both the right amount of iced coffee and the right amount of coconut milk, it was a one-way ticket to heaven with some coconut tips and coffee beans as topping.


Be advised that it may take you a while to get away from the counter after checking out and salivating at all their gorgeous-looking cakes. There are just so many options to indulge in. In a close decision, I chose the pistachio and coffee cake and the red velvet cake.


The cakes looked so beautiful that it was hard to imagine despoiling them with a fork, but I overcame this feeling and dug in. The cake was impressively tender, smooth and spongy, but perhaps lacking a bit of intense flavour. But I’m sure I will have more opportunities to stare at that counter again and fulfil my mission of finding the best cake of all. — Natalia Martinez


Vanilla & Butter is at 51 Tran Quoc Toan, Q3, HCMC

Natalia Martinez

Natalia Martínez is a Spanish girl who moved to Vietnam after graduating in journalism. Having worked for Spain's premier radio station, she is now a freelance journalist and teaches English and Spanish in Ho Chi Minh City. Despite being so busy, she still finds time to share silly stories on her blog and eat ridiculous amounts of cheese.


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