Digital nomads are finding Vietnam to be a unique place to temporarily settle and work. Conveniently, the cafe scene here is also rapidly growing as people are more fond of finding hidden coffee shop gems, straying away from popular chains. There are many great cafes suitable for people to quietly work and get their creative energy flowing. Here are some of the best cafes for digital nomads in Saigon:
M2C Cafe is the perfect balance between a modern and classic twist. Every single one of their locations have unique designs. M2C at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai is the epitome of a minimalist space with geometric decorations, lively potted plants, and wooden plain furniture. Their cafe at Ly Tu Trong is more rustic, designed with exposed brick walls and copper lighting hanging over tables. And at Le Quy Don, their cafe oozes a lively ambience with vibrant colors, including checkered flooring. M2C is a place for creative minds to come together to work independently or together in a diverse atmosphere, with great food and drink options as well.
Locations: 230 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City | 44B Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City | 4B Le Quy Don, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
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The Workshop is the ultimate place for coffee lovers, boasting a specialty coffee bar with tons of cool tools to craft their drinks. A spacious loft cafe, it has perfect lighting coming from large windows spewing in natural light and sturdy overhead lights hanging above. The detailed contemporary design of the cafe means that even if you’re not a coffee fanatic, you can still come to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. The Workshop has single tables for those who wish to work alone, large coworking tables for team members to gather, and stools set in front of the coffee bar. There’s also a private space with a projector to accommodate business meetings.
Location: 27 Ngô Đức Kế Street, 3rd Floor, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
ID Cafe deliberately wants to remain a hidden gem, as opposed to be a popularized coffee shop chain. This desire allows ID Cafe to boast a cosy and tranquil ambience, perfect for those who are looking to focus on their work away from the bustling city atmosphere. The cafe plays quiet jazz music in the background, of which customers can listen to whilst lounging on comfy sofas. ID Cafe aims to create an environment where customers can come in, relinquish their stress, and ease their minds.
Locations: 34D Thu Khoa Huan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City | 61B Tu Xuong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The Morning Cafe
The Morning Cafe is a “writer’s hideout” and a “booklover’s corner” as stated on their business card. The philosophy behind this coffee shop is that we are faced with two choices when we wake up: go back to sleep or chase our dreams. The Morning Cafe is for avid dreamers and thinkers who are looking for a cosy working environment. With charming decorations and soft music playing in the background, it’s an ideal place to work or relax. This cafe is somewhat secluded hence its peace and quiet, so finding it can be a little hard at first. But it’s worth it according to many customers, as finding a hidden gem in one of the busiest streets in the city is always rewarding.
Location: 36 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Oromia Coffee is a cafe tucked away from the overwhelming hustle of Saigon and is a place for those who are looking for a secluded place to work, relax, eat, or even listen to acoustic music. The contemporary interior design of Oromia Coffee is highly praised by visitors as there’s a variety of seating options in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There’s a lot of greenery to be found throughout the entire premises of Oromia and there’s even a fish pond outside. Every now and then, you can spot a few cats in the cafe.
Location: 193A/D3 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City