The Vietnamese have a love for coffee that is bordering on obsession. This is evidenced by the many cafes dotted along the alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City. Here are our top picks for District 3.
Vung Oi Mora is located on the first floor of an old decaying French colonial building in a popular café street, and is accessed by a narrow staircase that seems to be crumbling apart. You will be welcomed by a dim-lit, cozy and very intimate setting, with walls adorned with prints and sketches, and inviting dark colored couches. Vung Oi Mora is better if you are with some friends or a significant other, as come night time, the venue lights up with candles and the sounds of piano, guitar, violin and soft vocals fills the air. This cafe is well hidden in the alleys of Ho Chi Minh City, and you will find that it is mostly locals who come here.
For cups of nostalgia, head to Café Saigon Retro. As the name suggests, this café is decorated in a retro manner, with sofas, coffee tables, a writing desk, music played on a cassette player, and plenty of antique ornaments, taken straight from the ‘60s. The menu is not overwhelming and includes very creative items, such as the Saigon Prune. Enjoy this in the cool interior or on the leafy balcony and picture yourself looking over Ho Chi Minh City 40 years ago.
If you are looking for information on bikes or help planning biking routes in Vietnam, hit up the friendly people in Bike Café. This is not only a café with great coffee, a great interior and great people, but it is also the headquarters for everything bike related in the city. You can rent bikes, repair your bike, learn about bikes, or join others on biking adventures to the mountains and forests around the country.
If you are looking for a calm oasis in the hectic metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, head over to Fly Cupcake Garden Café. The interior is charming and resembles a secret garden, with white string lights, bird cages and bird figurines, foliage and quirky furniture. The food quality here is excellent but the portion sizes may be a little small. But, at least you will still have room for cupcakes for dessert! There is a glass display cabinet with a variety of cupcakes, such as velvet, chocolate, lime, matcha, etc., all looking like delicate, delicious works of art.