While exploring the many avenues of District 10, it is vital to tuck into an air-conditioned coffee shop and take a break. Here are the best cafes in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City for a taste of refreshment and relaxation.
From your typical cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese iced coffee) to espressos and more adventurous drinks like egg coffee and cheese coffee, check out these cafés to satisfy your coffee cravings.
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Boong Café is thoughtfully designed with several indoor and outdoor areas, reflective of the creative eye of its architect owners. Potted plants and antiques decorate the rooms, making for plenty of Instagrammable corners. There is even a separate area for kids to play. On occasion, you’ll find someone taking advantage of the piano and playing some tunes.
Effoc Coffee is a popular hangout for the residents of District 10. Spanning two floors, this spacious café is great for passing a couple of hours in the cool embrace of air conditioning. You’ll find many students doing so too, buried in their laptop screens or piles of books. The menu includes different types of coffee (a favourite is their Vietnamese phin-filtered coffee), as well as ice-blends and fruit teas. Their best-selling drink is tea topped with foam; choose from bold flavours such as cheese, matcha and charcoal. Effoc Coffee is not as popular as other franchises found in Vietnam, but what they lack in brand presence they make up for with quality.
Xi Gon Pho is a retro-themed café, with a uniquely-decorated large open space. Old antique items such as typewriters, radios and filament lamps are scattered thoughtfully, creating extremely photogenic pockets of inspiration. Their coffee menu is top-notch and Culture Trip recommends a slice of their durian cake to go with. Their peach tea is also a treat, with added aloe vera that gives it an interesting touch. Acoustic events are popular here over the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.
FC Good Coffee pride themselves on producing their own brew, all the way from picking the beans, to roasting and brewing them into a good cup. If you are impressed with the taste and quality, you can purchase their products to take home with you. The tables and chairs are noticeably quite low – a good opportunity for practicing the Asian squat!
The Coffee House is one of the most popular coffee chains in Vietnam, known for its modern decor, extensive menu and quick service. You’ll find each location is often full with customers staying for hours, enjoying the lively atmosphere and comfortable seats. They serve coffee, tea and cakes – a menu that is consistent with all branches in Vietnam. The branch in District 10 has a lovely balcony, if you’re keen on people-watching.
Located in a small and peaceful alleyway, DeJa Vu coffee is easily missed if you’re not paying attention. The entrance is covered by household plants, giving the illusion you’re about to enter someone’s home. The small entrance gives way to a very spacious interior. The two floors come with plenty of seating, lovely decorations and mellow lighting. This place comes highly recommend for solo travellers interested in immersing themselves in a good book.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, Sorrento Café provides many nooks to call home for a couple hours. The outdoor area is a beautiful garden, with small ponds and many potted plants, giving you respite from the metropolis. The indoor area has couches to relax on, serving as a nice workspace for the day. The menu includes full dinner service, so don’t worry if you end up staying past lunch.
Cashflow is known for its board games. This coffee shop is full of university students after (or during) class time. You can rent a game for up to three hours and are free to change the game within that time limit (as long as the new game costs the same or less than your current one). Promos are available for big groups. The café is decorated rather uniquely, with a mishmash of apparel such as brooms and broken electronic parts that come together quite nicely.
Cheese Coffee has two locations in District 10. One is on Sư Vạn Hạnh street and the other on Thành Thái street. The interiors are very stylish and sophisticated, with warm lighting and comfortable seats. The oolong macchiato ice-blended and the almond coffee macchiato have received rave reviews. Peculiarly, there isn’t much in the way of cheese.
Monkey in Black (MIB) is a coffee shop popular for its light meals such as noodle soups and fried rice. The space is ideal for both working on your laptop or playing board games with friends (as they have an impressive collection). On certain days you’ll find some interesting promotions such as free hugs, speed dating and free tarot reading. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events. Culture Trip recommends you try their peach tea bucket. This sweet and tart drink is served with a generous helping of peaches inside, yes, an actual bucket.