my favourites in saigon

(mostly in central saigon – district 1, district 3 and Thao Dien, district 2 where i hang out and live)


my favourite cafes often have some space to stretch out once in a while, good music and quiet customers : )

She – lane 158D Pasteur, D1 (i’m after the long sofas)

Cục Gạch – 79 Phan Kế Bính (juice, cafe + set menu)

~ by an architect with love for the soul of vietnamese old village house ~ i really enjoy the small details of design, material, texture, smell and feel-like-home spirit here : )

Soma Art Cafe – 6b Le Van Mien, D2 ~ ok drinks, some comfy chairs, friendly staffs with good music taste

will try out different ones at building 42 Nguyễn Huệ, D1 & 14 Tôn Thất Đạm, D1


events/ bookstore

Saigon Swing Cats – social dance on wed & sun evenings

Art House Saigon (film every friday) –  08 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, D1

saturday culture cafe – talks – discussion/ music/ films etc. (mostly in vietnamese)

  monday films curated by An Ordinary City at Yoko cafe – 22A Nguyễn Thị Diệu, D3

Kafka Bookstore – 64/7 Cù Lao, Phú Nhuận



Secret Garden (booking in advance) – rooftop lane 158 Pasteur, D1

cơm Bắc mẹ nấu ~ northern meals mum cooks – 4 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Đa Kao, D1

bún ốc riêu cua Thanh Hải ~ snail & snail/ crab noodle soup northern style ~ 14/ 12 Kỳ Đồng, D3 (so happy to find northern dish in central saigon!!)

Quán Hải Phòng ~ 45 Quốc Hương for bánh đa cua ~ crab noodle soup!!

bánh cuốn Hà Nội ~ steamed rolls ~ 26 Nguyễn Văn Hương, D2


vegetarian/ vegan

thực dưỡng Khai Minh macrobiotic food ~ 157 Điện Biên Phủ, Bình Thạnh District

Tib – Phan Ke Binh – i enjoy their welcome wet towel on a wooden leaf

Hum, Quan Bui – with whole rice options


(to be continued)

p.s. as i’m fond of hanoi taste, for drinks in saigon, i often request no/ less ice – sugar and for food less salty sauce/ oil when possible : )


related posts:

my favourites in hanoi

useful listing sites for Vietnam




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