Not far from District 1, tucked near the city center there’s another district worth discovering: District 7, Phu My Hung.
Aside from being dubbed as Korea Town, Phu My Hung is also considered as one of Ho Chi Minh City’s future business districts. Here is where Koreans and other expats choose to stay for the convenience it offers. It is close to several shopping malls, schools, hospitals, and it is just a 15-20 minute bus ride from the city center. It’s a residential, business meet leisure and fun kind of neighborhood.
If you ever find yourself in this little, convenient neighborhood here are five things you can do.
Explore the premiere shopping scene
Phu My Hung has Crescent Mall and Vivo City where you can shop your heart out. Both malls carry local and international brands that can cater to all your shopping needs. Both malls are within walking distance and there are also taxis, buses, and xe oms available. Uber and Grab are also readily available. Not far from Phu My Hung, there’s also the Korean mall Lotte Mart, where people can tick everything off of their shopping list and more. It also offers free shuttle rides to and from the mall so getting there won’t be a problem. There are also small businesses in Sky Garden where you can purchase affordable and unique finds.
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Go café hopping
Vietnam has a rich coffee culture, so it is no doubt that this district is also decked with cafes left and right, in almost all alleys. There are the commercial cafes like Starbucks, Phuc Long, Café Bene, Angel in Us, and Gloria Jeans. But aside from these café giants, Phu My Hung also has a lot of hidden gems that would not only satisfy your coffee needs. Each café is also well-decorated that could instantly spark inspiration. Prices wouldn’t also make huge dents on your wallets for the coffees, cakes, and snacks are worth the price.
JB’s Top Picks:
Location: 994 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Tân Phong, Quận 7
Must Try: Tiramisu, cold brew coffee
Location: 108 – 110 Hà Huy Tập, Quận 7
Must Try: Walnut pie, cream cheese bread
Location: R3-60 Hung Gia 2
Must Try: Chocolate bingsu, gelato
Check out the diverse food cuisine options
Being a district populated with a lot of expats, it is not a shocker that Phu My Hung has grown into a foodie haven. It is a given that there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, but there are also restaurants that serve food from all over the globe. There are cafes and restaurants perfect for all three meals of the day, and even for the in-between snacks. The first floors of 3 or 4 apartments have also been turned into a food strip so your options are a plenty.
JB’s Top Picks:
Location: Sky Garden 2, Phu My Hung
Must Try: Chicken Tikka Masala, vegetable samosa
Location: S14 – 1 Hưng Vượng 2, Phu My Hung
Must Try: Bun cha, fried spring rolls
Location: SB11-2 Skygarden, Level 2, Nguyễn Văn linh Street, Phú Mỹ Hưng
Must Try: Sheppard’s Pie Balls, meat love pizza
Listen to live music and drink
In the morning, Phu My Hung is all about business, but at night this place also turns into a go-to hangout place. There are places for people who love to dance, karaoke bar for the singers, pubs for the casual drinkers, and an open space resto bar for a more relaxed ambiance.
JB’s Top Picks:
Location: R2-24 Hung Gia 3, Bui Bang Street, Phu My Hun
Location: 5th floor, SC Vivo City
Location: 138 Sb, 02 Khu My Phat, Nguyen Duc Cahn Street, Phu My Hung
There’s The Tavern for some live music and themed activities every night; there’s Vuvuzela, which is a bar and restaurant inside a mall. For a more relaxed ambiance, you can go to The Elephant in My Phat for some drinks while listening to local and expat performances.
Learn something new
Sometimes, shopping and eating aren’t enough to fully experience a new place, so why not enroll in different workshops. It won’t just expand your knowledge and hone your skills, but you also get to meet new friends along the process. When in Phu My Hung you can learn how to make your own coffee, make candles, practice yoga – aerial yoga even, and art for the kids and adults alike.
Location: 35 Nội Hưng Gia 4, Phu My Hung
Location: S53-2 Sky Garden 3, Phu My Hung
Nicky’s Zumba Fitness
Location: Little Genius Kindergarten, 200 – 202 Ta Huy Tap Street, Phu My Hung, D7, Ho Chi Minh City