Best Chocolate Desserts in Saigon

By: Leroy Nguyen

Vietnam’s premier chocolate

Chocolate gelato

Chocolate birthday cakes

Chocolate art

Chocolate doughnuts & freakshakes

Studies have shown that chocolate (mainly the dark kind) eaten in moderation has many health benefits. Full of nutrients such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, it is a powerful source of antioxidants, may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, may reduce the risk of heart disease, improves brain function, and even aids to protect our skin from the sun! 

Most importantly though, chocolate in all its glorious forms, shades and delectable flavours is oh so good for the soul. We’ve searched high and low for the best chocolate desserts in Saigon, created by true chocolate artisans that are passionate about bringing a satisfied smile to the face of many, one sweet tooth at a time.

MAISON MAROU SAIGON

167-169, Calmette, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1

028 7300 5010

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm | Friday - Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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To write an article on chocolate without mentioning Maison Marou Saigon would be a sin. The closest thing we have to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory lies just within their teal and gold framed glass doors. From the fresh roasting of Vietnamese grown cacao beans to spinning vats of melted chocolate, the intoxicating smells from the open kitchen and the smorgasboard of chocolate bars and made to order desserts on display are enough to make any sweet fiend feel like they’ve just died and woken up in chocolate heaven. 

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Marou’s best selling dessert, the Chocolate Mousse Mug, consists of a generous serving of light and airy milk chocolate mousse with strong toffee notes, encased in an original thin chocolate biscuit sponge. Developed by the French mastermind behind all of Marou’s creations, Head Pastry Chef Stephanie Aubriot, the dish was inspired by the strong hot chocolate culture of Switzerland, where Stephanie was based for several years. This splendid dessert is the perfect balance of sophistication, innovation and whimsy. The caramelised cashews and cacao nibs are a superb textural break from the freshly whipped chantilly cream and surprisingly, after scraping the plate clean, you’ll find yourself ready for more as the Chocolate Mousse Mug cake is not as heavy, rich or sweet as expected.

As with all their in house delights, all dine in desserts served at Marou are made to order, ensuring freshness, optimal flavour and ultimate beauty. Stephanie proudly serves up the Chocolate Tiramisu, a gorgeous tower of mascarpone cream, chocolate sponge and La Viet espresso coffee which is incredibly delicate and light in the mouth as she avoids using any gelatin. With the strong coffee culture inherit in this country, it is no surprise that Marou’s Tiramisu, with its heavenly marriage of coffee and chocolate, is the most popular dessert among their Vietnamese clientele. 

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RALF’S ARTISAN GELATO

39 Dang Thi Nhu, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1

097 932 79 05

Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Monday CLOSED

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Just around the corner from Maison Marou Saigon is Ralf’s Artisan Gelato. Hailing from Germany, Ralf towers over most of Saigon’s local residents, but the man is humble, gentle and kind with a clear passion for the quality and authenticity of his craft. Ralf prides himself on providing the best artisanal gelato by carefully selecting the highest quality natural ingredients. He focuses on daily small batches to ensure that his gelato has a short shelf life and his customer tastes only the freshest product. He avoids the use of additives, preservatives or artificial flavours/colours and in what he terms as his Gelato Laboratory, Ralf produces four outstanding chocolate gelatos that are completely unique from one another.

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The best selling Belgian Chocolate (and personal favourite of Ralf himself) is decadent, rich, smooth and velvety. It is absolutely everything you want a chocolate gelato to be and more, without being cloyingly sweet. The Marou Chocolate gelato is made from non alkalised cocoa, which results in a much brighter flavour, with an addictive tang that maintains the nuances of the locally grown cacao bean. Stracciatella provides a satisfying crunch from the generous amount of chocolate shavings found throughout the creamy milk gelato. And for our vegan sweet teeth, the Chocolate Sorbet at Ralf’s is to die for, with the deepest, most intense hit of chocolate out of all the four flavours.

BAKES

267/2 Dien Bien Phu, Ward 7, District 3

090 277 4244 

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Head Pastry Chef Sara Wu originally hails from Jilin, China. She studied pastry in Malaysia and relocated to Saigon only one and a half years ago. The petite chef is bright and bubbly behind her large framed spectacles and works tirelessly with her small team in her kitchen to produce signature choux pastries, single serve and larger sized cakes, as well as catering packages.

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For the ultimate chocolate lover’s cake, the Choconana Rum Birthday Cake from BAKES hits all the sweet spots. Layers of incredibly dense chocolate mud sponge are soaked in rum syrup, generously slathered with banana pastry cream and banana rum jam, and beautifully frosted in thick milk chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is decorated with giant chocolate curls, kumquat filled chocolate truffles, candied walnuts and dried rose petals. For all its bells and whistles, a slice of the decadent cake tastes surprisingly clean to the palate. After demolishing a generous serving, you’ll be left feeling surprisingly energised and not burdened by the usual sugar coma of other rich chocolate cakes. Able to feed 10-12 people, the cake is sure to bring the WOW factor to your next special occasion.

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IVOIRE

57 Nguyen Du, Ben Nghe, District 1

096 659 58 57

Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm | Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Monday CLOSED

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Since opening in November 2018, Ivoire has become the talk of the town for making the prettiest sweet treats to have ever graced Saigon. A signature pastry of theirs which has been with Ivoire since day one is the Black Mandarin. It is impossible to resist the siren call of the adorable pastry orange sitting proudly atop the highly reflective glossy surface of the dark chocolate glazed confection. Bursts of fresh mandarin fruit shine brightly through the layers of burnt manadarin creme, orange marmalade, cocoa sponge, 55% dark chocolate, passion fruit gelee and chocolate mousse. 

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For lovers of everything hazelnut, Ivoire’s Chocolate Marvelous is an absolute dream. The impressive dessert displays a sophisticated, well thought out balance of flavours and textures. Layers of light hazelnut dacquoise and airy gianduja mousse reveal a surprise pocket of thick hazelnut paste and a rich chocolate cremeux. The addictive toasted flavours of crushed roasted hazelnuts and deep caramel praline add a satisfying crunch that will have you reaching for another spoonful.

DOSH DOUGHNUTS

3rd floor, 42 Nguyen Hue, District 1

090 996 22 05

7 days 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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DOSH is famous for serving up instagram worthy doughnut delights that sell out fast every day. They pride themselves on producing 100% handmade doughnuts from scratch, with no premade mixes or industrial mass production machinery. The team at DOSH have created over 100 unique flavours to date with doughnuts made fresh every 8 hours (two doughnut batches per day, one at 7am, and one at 1pm). As impressive as their doughnuts are, it is their freakshakes that stole our chocolate loving hearts.

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The Iced Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallow Cream is made from homemade chocolate ganache sauce and finished with a generous crown of irresistibly thick, creamy, sticky, toasted marshmallow cream. This good looking creation will have you reminiscing of happier times, of guilty pleasures savoured over childhood campfires.

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DOSH is one of the first stores in Saigon to bring the iconic ‘Freakshake’ made famous by Australia and the United States. The Chocolate Madness Freakshake is truly a heart stopping sight to behold. Sweet, creamy, chocolate thick shake is topped with an enormous homemade chocolate brownie, lashings of whipped cream, chocolate dipped marshmallows, and a generous handful of chocolate buttons. We always encourage our readers to ‘treat yourself’ but this naughty beverage you may want to consider sharing.

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