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Sep 02, 2022

This Chocolate Heaven Wants To Win Over Local Taste Buds

From the cocoa tree in the front yard to the chocolate balsamic glaze on the side salad, The Cocoa Project in Quận 3 is the place to be for everything chocolate.
This Chocolate Heaven Wants To Win Over Local Taste Buds

The Cocoa Project

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆☆

On the busy Nguyễn Đình Chiểu street, you find the lofty building with a small, urban jungle that houses District 3’s chocolate heaven. Pass the cocoa tree in the front yard and you’re inside, getting ready to choose from their chocolate truffle options.

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These warm smiles and the delicious smell of chocolate would welcome customers upon entry to the chic cafe. | Source: The Cocoa Project Facebook

The menu is small, but sweet. And I don’t mean sweet too literally. At The Cocoa Project, they found the balance between the sweetness and the natural bitterness of the cocoa bean. Their palate is ever-evolving and really cares about adapting to the local taste buds. Like their chocolate-covered cashews. Not in the mood for chocolate? They also provide some savory lunch specials, yummy juices, and savory cakes.

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Almond Chocolate Mousse. | Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera
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Hot chocolate, anyone? | Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera

The Cocoa Project doesn’t only care about local taste buds, they also care about taking care of the local environment. Working with local farmers, and creating their entire bar from recycled plastic,... we love to see a business making efforts to be more sustainable!

I would visit this place for an afternoon pick-me-up. And, yes, it’s also a nice spot to work from. You can spot students working hard, colleagues having a meeting, and even designers with a mini-mannequin working on a dress design. Need a little more private space? You can even rent out certain spaces. If you have something important planned, you can get yourself a meeting room for 200K VND an hour.

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This spot is perfect for an afternoon break or a for a quick meeting. | Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera
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The Cocoa Project prioritizes using local ingredients to support the local farmers. | Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera

And for those who are constantly looking for the best background for their Instagram pics: yes, the café also has a great aesthetic.

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Not in the mood for chocolate? They also provide some savory lunch specials, yummy juices and savory cakes. | Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera
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Source: Lien Sterkens for Vietcetera

The Cocoa Project

143 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường 6, Quận 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

Opening hours:

Monday - Wednesday -Thursday - Friday: 07:00–20:00

Tuesday - Saturday - Sunday: 08:00–20:00