Vietnamese coffee is one of the best in the world, so if you’re ever in the mood to grab a cup of joe or a Frappuccino in Saigon, you’re in for a treat! Coffee shops are everywhere in all districts of Ho Chi Minh City, walk down any street and you’ll soon run out of fingers to count the number of cafes you walk by. Below are a few of our favourites. Take your pick!
There are a couple of obvious international players in the city’s coffee chain game, such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Then you have Vietnam’s home-grown chains like Highlands, Trung Nguyên, The Coffee House, Phuc Long, Thuc Coffee and Cong Ca Phe, which all boast numerous city outlets and are generally thriving.
Bang Khuang Cafe
Floor 2, 9 Thai Van Lung, D1; 090 387 86 67
High ceilings and a spacious interior make this cafe a comfortable spot to while away an afternoon reading or mingling with friends. It’s a bit hard to find at first, so ask a security guard to point you in the right direction. English is limited.
Buihaus Coffee & Workshop
Floor 7, 42 Nguyen Hue, D1; 090 921 27 42
An airy balcony provides charming views of the charming Nguyen Hue pedestrian street below. The tiramisu is excellent, and the environment has a modern atmosphere. English is spoken.
121 Le Loi, D1;+84 28 38211099
Located by Saigon Square, Caffe Fresco is a good place to rest after shopping around. There is a nice view of the road to people watch and they serve excellent espresso. English is spoken.
Highlands originated as a packaged coffee business in Hanoi in 2000. The company has quickly grown into a chain of well-known coffee shops that have been expanding throughout Vietnam and abroad since 2002. English is spoken.
Highlands is a major player in the Vietnam coffee game and has many locations in District 1. For locations and contact details follow the link below…
Loft 1: 1st floor, 26 Ly Tu Trong, D1 +84 901 84 0901
A small but elegant space inside a centrally-located heritage building. Customers should try the strawberry mint soda, apple tea and mocha. English is limited.
The House of Saigon
258 Le Thanh Ton, D1; (+84) 28 3520 8179 / 8178
Upper-floor coffee shop. Centrally located, near Ben Thanh market. There is a cute souvenir and artisan craft shop downstairs. English is spoken.
27 Ngo Duc Ke, D1; 028 3824 6801
This hidden upstairs artisan coffee shop near the popular Indian restaurant Tandoor offers select beans from farmers they have partnerships with. The amazing variety of different brewing methods will open up a new perspective on coffee culture for you, but you can of course get your regular cappuccino or latte if you like.
L’Usine Thao Dien
24 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2; 028 3898 9111
With multiple locations in District 1, L’Usine has finally expanded over to expat hub Thao Dien and local residents are rejoicing. A lofty warehouse serves up charcuterie boards, burgers, salads, elevated local fare and an excellent brunch menu. Our particular favourites are their caphe sua da and delightful smoothies. English is well spoken at all L’Usine locations.
2 Nguyen Cu, Thao Dien, D2; +84 9 1291 3665
An awesome place to fulfil all your board game needs. Join other like-minded people and get stuck into one of the wide range of games available over a coffee, beer, and yummy food. There is also a rooftop with lovely views that is great for small parties and events. The owner speaks fluent English and is also a passionate board gamer, so make sure to introduce yourself!
Highlands is a major player in the Vietnam coffee game and has many locations in District 7. For locations and contact details follow the link below. English is spoken.
653 Le Van Luong, Tan Phong Ward, District 7; +84 86 262 2858
Cafe CoMMa sells itself as the ultimate place to relax. The quaint book cafe is full of cushioned cubby holes, bean bags and booths for you and your friends to quietly lounge and spend the day. They are popular for their chocolate fondue and Korean style corn dogs.
Awesome Coffee Roasters
+84 28 62718850
Awesome Coffee Roasters is one of the best cafes in Saigon to work remotely from. With a second level dedicated to digital nomads, complete with powerboards to juice up any device, cozy mood lighting, comfortable seating and gentle jazz music.
193A/D3 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D3; +84 9 0886 1136
Oromia (formerly Cucuta Coffee) is a modern yet cosy coffee shop for bookaholics or workaholics. You can try a great range of coffee, salads, pasta dishes, and yummy desserts. English is limited.
23B Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D3; +84 28 3933 0934
Opening in August 2014, this shop is definitely worth a visit, with a green, airy space and open windows, fresh coffee and juice. C.On Cafe is ideal for groups of friends, couples and students. English is spoken.
Số 7 Cafe
7 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D3; +84 9 4777 0810
In an alleyway right next to the famous Marie Curie High School, this cafe is a popular meeting point for students and artists, with a student-friendly price range for its beverages.
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Also, check out this feature on Hidden coffee shops in Saigon