Romance is a given on Valentine's Day - the question is, what will that look like this year? There are so many options. It all depends on what you and your valentine personally prefer, but just to make the selection easier we thought we’d give you a nice cut of our seven favourite Saigon venues and a little taste of what they offer.
As its name suggests, the 1985 cafe is a haven of vintage charm, nestled between workshops among Saigon’s usual clamour. The space is small and intimate with cute, flowery decor, books to read and many cosy corners to hide in. Serving fragrant tea in glass pots, delicious coffees and a range of special Valentine’s Day cakes and sweets, the 1985 cafe is an ideal place to escape for something sweet with that special someone this February.
Situated in The Reverie Saigon, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, R&J (which stands for Romeo and Juliet) features gorgeous displays of wall-to-wall mosaics, comfortable plush seating, and an intimate ambiance that is only excelled by the authentic Italian food. The nearby lounge opens a bit earlier and is a great place to enjoy a drink with your partner before settling for dinner.
Shri is one of our favourite dinner and drinks venues, and now includes a new tapas menu from Spanish Executive Chef Javier Gomez. Promoting themselves as an “informal” space to unwind and relax, Shri Restaurant & Lounge pairs delicious dishes from a range of cuisines and the best of international wines, with the quiet and calm of a rooftop refuge. We recommend making the best of their extensive wine list of over 300 bottles, or dabbling in one of their excellent craft cocktails.
Seated as you are in the front hall of one of Saigon’s most exquisite villas, nestled under the arc of the house staircase or next to a wide window, it’s hard not to feel romantic when you dine at La Villa. Sit down with your Valentine and celebrate together over a table of La Villa’s authentic Michelin-quality French cuisine, with crisp bread baked on site and one of the biggest cheese selections we’ve ever seen in Vietnam. Not to mention the huge wine “book” featuring 230 wines.
2 Lam Son
Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, D1 Mon - Sun, 5 p.m. - late
2 Lam Son is the premier space for high-quality drinks in one of Saigon’s most prestigious hotel bars. The bar offers a number of different seating areas, from intimate private booths to a loft with views across sparkling Ho Chi Minh City, and its rich dark wooden furnishings and golden-red lighting lend a layer of romance to the establishment’s undeniable class. With a vast range of imported wines, spirits and premium beers, and a selection of unique house cocktails you and your Valentine will be spoiled for choice here.
AB Tower, 76A Le Lai, D1 Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dinner & Lounge 5:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
With an exciting number of different seating options and areas, Sorae is a very suave and beautiful place to make yourself at home with your Valentine and indulge in the finest of Japanese cuisine. The establishment is lit with a warm, gold glow from countless candles and subtle wall insets, creating the perfect ambience for intimacy. Sorae serves both lunch and dinner, with a plush lounge area and bar for a sparkling cocktail or a glass of something cool.
La Fenetre Soleil
44 Ly Tu Trong, D1 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
If you and your valentine are attracted to things bohemian, the gorgeous La Fenetre Soleil is your perfect setting. Go for a mid-morning coffee amidst swathes of flowing cotton, or a late-night soiree over a bottle of rich, deep red, and enjoy the ancient wood and elaborate furnishings of this unique venue. Romance seems to float in the very air of this place, and as you sit daringly close together to watch the house band play its lilting jazz, it’s hard not to feel a spark of something.