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The 10 Weirdest Cafes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Updated: 23 January 2018

If drinking coffee alone is a little boring to you, then head over to any of these cafes for some added fun as you drink. Whether it be cats lazying about near you, lizards running through your hair, or simply just the freezing cold because the whole venue is made out of ice, Ho Chi Minh City’s weird cafe scene has got you covered.

ICE Coffee

Only in Vietnam can you enjoy a cup of coffee in a freezing venue while it is boiling hot outside. It’s freezing cold inside this cafe because the whole interior and décor is made out of ice — yes, even the chairs you will be sitting on. Guests are handed thermal jackets, fur hats and gloves by the café to stay warm, but no shoes. To sort of add insult into injury, they serve ice cream. Sometimes there’s a queue waiting to get inside, so calling ahead and reserving a spot is a good idea.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
La Ngon Boat Café

This boat café once consisted of two wooden river boats somewhat between a rice barge and river junk, moored at right angles to the Kenh Te canal bank so that they protruded out into the murky water. The upper and lower decks of these boats have been converted into a dining space with comfortable couches, tables, potted plants and spotlights. Unfortunately, one of the boats burned down. However, the other still remains for you to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking District 4 on the other side of the canal. If you don’t have time to experience the Mekong Delta on a boat, these will have to do as they once belonged there.

Opening Hours
Wed - Mon :
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$
ICHI Cat Cafe

For a mere entrance fee of just VND$40,000 (USD$2.00), you are able to pet cats all day long in a cosy environment. At ICHI Cat Cafe, you can boop all the cat noses you want, bury your face in endless fluff and squeal at adorable little toe beans as you enjoy a cool drink away from the hustle and bustle of the chaotic city. The cats are extremely lazy, so are bound to put you in a lazy mood too. Don’t expect to get any work done here – the cute cats are too distracting. Either that or they’ll come sleep on your keyboard.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
Kujuz Centro Café

Kujuz Centro Café is akin to a cafeteria — self-made and served drinks and you pay at the counter. All drinks are VND$50,000 (US$2.00), and if you pay VND$100,00, you can make as many drinks as you like and can leave and return to the shop as you want during the day. It’s kind of like your own house. But unlike your own house, the structure of the café is made entirely from window panels and old distressed doors, painted in tasteful colours and arranged absolutely randomly, yet coming together quite nicely. Upstairs is a cosy area with bohemian furniture where you can get some work done in a unique environment. What makes this café even better is that there is absolutely no music being played. Nada. Nil. None. You’ll be especially happy about this during Christmas time when in Vietnam the only Christmas song you will hear is Last Christmas by Wham, and every possible cover of it.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
La Kafeine

La Kafeine – Container Café attracts the young and trendy Vietnamese crowd looking to take a few artsy shots to spice up their Instagram. Why? This café is housed in two old shipping containers, remodelled and decorated using old junk such as tanks, barrels and tires as furniture. The menu is another reason this café is worth visiting as the items come cheap. For just USD$2.00, the seafood spaghetti is a steal.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Budget
$
Ken's House

If there’s a cat cafe in this list, there has to be a dog cafe, too. Ken’s House is the best of its kind, and all animals are well-groomed and taken care of. Unlike the sleepy cats over at ICHI Cat Cafe, the dogs at Ken’s love to jump around and play, and are big energetic bundles of furry fun. You will find all sorts of breeds, from huskies and Alaskan malamutes to Dalmatians and all types in between. Every doggo here is undoubtedly a good boy. The drinks are also wonderful.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Babo Cafe

If you’ve already been to too many cat and dog cafes and would like to play with a different animal as you indulge in a cold drink, head over to Babo Café — the very first reptile-themed café in Ho Chi Minh City. There are over 10 cold-blooded reptilians inside that you could make friends with, such as snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles, and we promise that none of them are shape-shifting humans. Well maybe just the frog, but he’s not gonna turn into a prince, so don’t go kissing him.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Du Mien Garden Cafe

This spacious eco-friendly garden café is tucked in a small alley in a residential area, and is the perfect place for you to escape your daily stresses. The venue is full of trees, waterfalls and ponds, creating a slight hill-country Da Lat type of vibe, totally out of place in a city like Ho Chi Minh. There is also a giant tree house-slash-cabin built around the trunks of a sturdy, century-old tree, where you can enjoy something off their delicious menu or a cool, refreshing coffee.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Three Brooms Town

The Three Brooms Town is a world of fantasy inspired by witches and wizards. It goes by many names including Ba Cay Choi, Somewhereland, and Elf Village. This unique attraction is a magic-themed café originally intended for parents to take their children on a weekend to enjoy a range of fun learning activities like baking cakes and cupcakes, candle-making, face-painting, doll-making, creating mosaics, etc. Now you will see more than a few shameless adults around enjoying some coffee and games, and taking plenty of selfies. The space is large, with many uniquely decorated indoor cave-like rooms where the activities happen.

 

Padma De Fleur

Padma De Fleur is a floral wilderness in the concrete jungle that is Ho Chi Minh City. Hidden in an alleyway near Ben Thanh Market, it is not the overwhelming amount of flowers inside that make this café unusual. It is actually how the menu is served. Think of it as dining in someone’s home — you have to eat what the family are eating that day. Each lunch set will have a soup, a meat dish and vegetables, which is exactly like a typical Vietnamese meal. There is no breakfast or dinner, and there are only a few drinks available, too, such as Vietnamese coffee and tea.

Opening Hours
Tue - Sun :
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Budget
$$