They also provided a pleasing contrast to the otherwise cold dish. Rolled in rice paper, the mix of grilled Vietnamese pork patty, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, herbs, and vermicelli offered a perfectly fresh and tasty starter. At the end of the corridor, Mêlee specializes in Japanese-style chicken and beer. The building, which is an attraction in itself, is like a library of coffee shops: browse each floor, checking out the décor of each cafe, before deciding which one to settle into. Next door, Muteki offers casual Japanese dining in a minimally furnished, but very spacious, apartment.
Drinks, cakes and salads are all good quality, including creative mixes of fruit juices, spices and herbs. Thanks for all your info, Tom. But, in Saigon and other major Vietnamese cities, the vast majority of people stick to a handful of well-known, well-loved spots, some of which have been student hangouts for generations. Vietnamese Coffee with passion and integrity We aim to produce consistent styles of coffee, but as a small producer of an agricultural product it can be subject to seasonal differences, depending on harvests and other variable factors. Friday — Saturday; 4-9 p.
Find a cosy, cushioned corner and choose from several refreshing juice combinations, such as calamansi and Chinese plum tắc xí muội. Mêlee is at its best in the evenings, when candles adorn the tables and the city views are excellent. The Maker fashion boutique — to the right as you climb the stairs to the first floor landing — is a chic little outfit with whitewashed brick walls and exposed light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. A few minutes later, he popped back around the corner, shaking his head to indicate that indeed, the cake was not ready. On the left of the stairwell, this floor belongs entirely to Saigon Ơi Cafe. A few sell drinks and snacks here while young Vietnamese mostly couples enjoy the breeze off the river and watch the city lights over in District 1.
I call it the Cafe Apartment, and this is my complete, floor-by-floor guide. But the spiciness of this signature dish did nothing to enhance its flavors; instead, it overpowered everything. The first floor may only offer one shop, but keep climbing those stairs, because things get a lot more diverse and exciting on the other floors. Saigon Vieux is a stylish coffee shop with sleek interior design and a good-sized balcony. Spent about 2hrs wandering through the floors, and of course have some coffee.
Instead, students lay newspaper or cardboard on the grass or bare concrete. At the end of the 8th floor corridor, Boo Cafe is a cutesy milk-tea house with a playful, nursery-like interior. The former sells an obscure collection of clothes, laptop and mobile phone covers, and anime-themed slippers; the latter is a clothing store. Only the faint taste of celery could be detected. A staircase leads to all floors or you can pay 3,000vnd to use the elevator cafes will refund this fee when you pay your bill.
Wander from floor to floor — up the twisting stone staircase and along the tiled corridors — ducking into any coffee shop that takes your fancy. The tiled floors are dotted with low wooden furniture, and the walls are hung with drapes and textiles. Follow the tiled floor around to the left of the staircase until it opens onto a corridor: this is where the cafe bonanza begins. Wooden and glass doors open onto a good-sized balcony with excellent views over the Walking Street below. From sunset till late at night, hundreds of 16 to 24 year-olds in smart-casual attire, gather under the big tropical trees of central , in the shadow of Notre Dame.
. About Us At Pho Street, we are determined to bringing you delicious and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. To order a box of pastries, please call 24 hours in advance. Reunification Palace At one end of the park is the famous , formerly the residence of the president of South Vietnam. With child-like murals on the walls, a mango mascot, and staff in luminous uniform, it feels a bit like a chain aimed at teenagers and indeed it will be, once a new store opens in District 7.
Paid parking is available next door at 1503 South First. To the left of the stairwell, The Letter Cafe is a pretty space painted in pastel tones and filled with Japanese-style pottery and bric-a-brac, some of which is for sale. Nuoc mam — a traditional fish sauce made with chilis, garlic, and lime — is also available. Lennie Omalza, who writes the Home of the Week column for Courier Journal , is filling her shoes and plate! Cardboard seats To witness Cà Phê Bệt as an outsider, it seems to be an expression of the optimism and youth of this generation. Hoping it was just the crepe itself, I peeled it away and attempted to eat some of the fillings — but the burnt flavor had seeped through to everything. We produce our coffee working with an independent roaster and small coffee growers, keeping all production in Vietnam to benefit its domestic economy.
That was a time of social upheaval and rebellion in Paris, and while no one would suggest that the youth enjoying coffee and conversation in Reunification Park today are plotting a social revolution in Vietnam, there is something rebellious about street coffee in this location: The students are not supposed to be sitting on the grass, and the vendors are not supposed to be selling food and drink on the sidewalk. Follow this around to the right until it reaches a little back terrace with good city views. Vendors are everywhere; try the famous homemade coconut ice cream at. Police occasionally ride by on their big motorbikes to break things up: vendors take flight and a loud, sarcastic cheer goes up from the groups of students, as they realize that their fun is over for the night. We are a small neighborhood spot, so come on by and if we are full, grab a seat on our front porch for a beer or refreshing punch while you wait.