This Week in Saigon: Best Events 29 December - 5 January
YUM YUMS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Kick off the new year with a full tummy at these eateries.
New Years’ Dim Sum Brunch
After a long night of partying or to ring in the new year right, why not enjoy the all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at Hotel Nikko Saigon! Try some of the chef’s signature dishes such as Emerald Sea eagle shark fin, Huadiao drunken pork knuckle and steamed lobster with black garlic. Stuff your face to your heart’s content! Advance reservations are highly recommended.
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Year End Gastronomic Events
Join the hospitable staff at Jardin Des Sens Saigon for their New Years’ Day Brunch. Tantalize your palate with the finest gourmet dishes made by some of the top chefs in the city. Entrees include a choice of red mullet, lobster, or roasted chicken accompanied by appetizers and dessert courses. If you want to enjoy your meal at home, the chefs have even prepared a scrumptious takeaway menu for your convenience. Advance reservations are highly recommended by phone or email.
Image source: Jardin Des Sens Saigon
Hit the dance floor with this week’s picks for the hottest parties!
Indika is celebrating the end of the year with The Stinking Bishop from the Banana Hustle Crew as he gets feet hopping with chill vibes and afro dance beats. Go on a journey through the unique genres of Afro Jazz, Afro Funk, Desert Blues, Afro beat, High Life, and Afro House. I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still once the groove takes over! Want a taste of what’s in store? Listen to a few tracks from on of the hottest DJ’s in Saigon on SoundCloud.
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Dương Thụ - Đánh Thức Tầm Xuân / Positive Awareness of Spring Live Music Concert
Vietnamese musician Duong Thu has been performing professionally for 40 years, and now he comes for the first time to Saigon for his 4th live music concert after performing the last 3 in Hanoi. Accompanied by a host of musicians including cellist, violinist, pianist, and other singers, this will surely be a wonderful program of Vietnamese culture and music.
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Below Whiskey Den, 41 Nguyen Hue St, D1
2 January | 9pm to 11:30pm | FREE
In the soft glow of the quaint speakeasy, Below Whiskey Den, catch Beatrice Di Carlo every Wednesday night for the Jazz Duo. Ms. Di Carlo is a fully trained singer of Italian origin who trained at the Conservatoire National Regional de Paris. She has won several first singing prizes and now lights up stages all over Saigon. Below Whiskey Den is a hidden jewel along the walking street with delectable cocktails that are specially priced at 170K during the performance.
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Bring the kids along for these fun adventures!
Core Focus Training Skills Camp
Looking for something for the kids to do during the holiday break? Core Focus Training (CFT) is offering a basketball skills training camp. CFT has trained professional players across the world and now they’re offering their high level program for the first time ever in Saigon. Your future pro ballers will have the opportunity to work with highly qualified coaches to develop individual core skills. If registered before 28 December, campers will receive a free t-shirt. Use the link to register with a special discount for students of Saigon South International School.
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Kid’s Pizza Cooking Class
Pendolasco encourages the next generation of foodies to have fun and get messy making culinary masterpieces. And what kid doesn’t love pizza? Students ages 5 and up get to work with a Pendolasco chef to make a delicious pizza. Surely, your junior chefs will make something they’re proud of and maybe even eat their vegetables -- smothered in cheese, of course! Contact Ms.Yen at 079.898 7640 or email the restaurant at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Image source: Pendolasco
KPop Wonderland Winter Party
Do you have a preteen who is obsessed with KPop Idols? Well this is for screaming fans everywhere! HopiLand KPop Store is hosting a birthday party to celebrate all of the idols who have birthdays in December. Everyone can have fun and take home something special with the mini games and giveaways. Or, show off your best moves during the dance cover.
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Looking for something a little different? Saigon always has something new to offer.
Amateur Archery Workshop
New Year, new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to try a new hobby. Trò chơi bắn cung - Archery Fun Shoot: Be Activities hosts an amateur archery workshop at Gardenia: Eat, Play, Love every weekend during January. Over 4 sessions, the aim is to challenge students to tryout traditional and olympic archery, develop proper stance, and improve skill as an archer. Due to the individualized nature of the workshop, class sizes are limited to 8 students and advance reservation is required. Attendees are required to pay a deposit of VND500,000 with the balance due at the first session.
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The First Run 2019
1-3 January | 12am - 11:59pm | VND50,000
No excuses here! If you don’t have the time to join a marathon, no problem. iRace.VN is hosting the first virtual race of 2019, which means you can participate and run anywhere, as long as your run is tracked and synced to their server. Registration includes delivery of a medal and certificate. Additionally, VND10,000 of each registration fee is donated to Operation Smile, an international charity organization that offers medical care for children with cleft lip or palate in low to middle income countries. Start the year off right by doing something great for your body and the community!
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