…it’s more French restaurants. No, seriously! In a city with a crowded French dining scene, it only takes one visit to L’Essentiel to notice a difference between it and every other French restaurant in town.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomes a brand new wine bistro, Le Rendez-vous de Saigon. The bistro promises a warm and friendly atmosphere to wind down after a day of work with a stylish downstairs bar, or lounge on cosy leather seating in the upstairs section with a balcony to enjoy the fresh air.
The French season is upon us, and this isn’t just about crepes and fine cheeses. On the auspicious occasion of France’s 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Vietnam, they’re rolling out a whole year of lectures, concerts, activities and other clever French contributions to the world.
IDECAF welcomes the rap-influenced, acoustic foursome Jesers to Ho Chi Minh City on Friday Mar. 29.
The Institute for Cultural Exchange with France has another slate of wacky, whimsical, chaotic movies lined up for January, all covering a range of themes but always with that inimitable French charm.
Surely I cannot be the only person in Saigon that was unaware until now that Long Phi is more than just a purveyor of late night libations. My nocturnal outings rarely take me in the direction of Pham Ngu Lao so my lunchtime visit is my first time to the establishment in question. It turns out to be a very pleasant surprise.
Hardly a soul wanders the streets of Ke Sat as the high noon heat rains down on the town square on a Saturday afternoon. But all that will change tomorrow because it’s Sunday and it’ll be time for church, and the bells will be ringing as the streets fill up with the area’s Catholic devotees, who have come to attend one of the day’s three masses. The colonial cathedral of behemoth proportions in the town serves as both the physical and cultural epicenter for Ke Sat’s catholic community.