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Vietcetera’s Go-To Coffee Shops In Saigon

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Vietnamese coffee is known for its intense, complex and, to some, bitter flavor. It is not only the distinctive taste of freshly roasted Robusta beans, however, that makes the coffee scene in Vietnam, and particularly in Saigon, so rich and vibrant. For many locals and expats, coffee is not simply a beverage; it’s a way of life. A coffee shop can be a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of a chaotic city, to hide from the intense heat of Saigon, to catch up with old friends and make new ones, or to sit alone and chill. Today, numerous coffee shops with unique concoctions, appealing decor and ambience are bursting into every corner of the city. Here is a round-up of Vietcetera’s editors go-to coffee shops serving up standout brews in equally impressive settings.

Nomad Cold Brew Coffee

Nomad Cold Brew Coffee
Elegant interior design of Nomad Cafe. | Source: Nomad Cold Brew Coffee

Tucked away in a quiet alley on Vo Van Tan street, Nomad Cold Brew Coffee is an intimate and lively coffee shop dotted with numerous indoor plants. Besides a ‘bar-centric’ design, Nomad uses black and white as its main color theme, giving the cafe a sleek and edgy look. On the menu side, Nomad is known for infusing its cold brews with tropical fruits.

Nomad Cold Brew Coffee
Nomad’s well-loved cold brew mix | Source: Fanpage Nomad Cold Brew Coffee

Location: 93b Vo Van Tan Street, District 3.
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About Life Coffee Brewers

 About Life Coffee Brewers
About Life is located underneath Pizza 4P’s Hai Ba Trung. | Source: About Life Coffee Brewers

Tokyo’s favorite specialty coffee stand, About Life Coffee Brewers is a gift to Saigon coffee heads from the founders of Pizza 4P’s. The cafe uses premium beans imported from their exclusive coffee roaster in Tokyo, Onibus Coffee, and offers a small, but well-curated menu featuring espressos, cold brew lattes, drip coffee and other popular Arabica-based beverages.

About Life Coffee Brewers
Cold Brew Tonic – a mixture of refreshing tonic, concentrated coffee, and house-made pickled plum syrup. | Source: About Life Coffee Brewers

Location: 151 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3.
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Okkio Caffe

 Okkio Caffe
Okkio Caffe’s design has an aesthetic retro vibe. | Source: Okkio Caffe

Located in the heart of downtown, Okkio Caffe is a sleek retro coffee shop reminiscing about old Saigon. The venue, awash with natural daylight streaming in through the wrap-around windows, features exposed brick walls, turquoise ceramic tiles and a large open bar in the center. Try their excellent latte – creamy, sweet and aromatic.

Okkio Caffe
Okkio’s most loved latte. | Source: Okkio Caffe

Location:
120-122 Le Loi Street, District 1.
35 Nguyen Van Trang Street, District 1.
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The Fig Cafe

The Fig Cafe
The Fig Cafe is a green oasis in the heart of Saigon’s District 7. | Source: Fanpage The Fig Cafe

Picked by the majority of Vietcetera’s editors, The Fig Cafe offers a much-needed break far from the madding crowd. Nestled in a quiet area in District 7, The Fig Cafe is instantly recognizable thanks to a life-size Buddha statue overlooking a serene fish pond. Inside, the place is filled with potted plants and natural light creating a relaxing and calming ambience. You could easily spend an entire day here, sustained by a variety of healthy food and beverage options. This is the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a long work week.

The Fig Cafe
The Fig’s Che – sweet and refreshing. | Source: The Fig Cafe

Location: 7A Nguyen Binh Street, District 7.
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La Viet Coffee Saigon

La Viet Coffee Saigon
La Viet Saigon bright and intimate ambience | Source: La Viet Coffee Saigon

Joining Saigon’s coffee scene with its first location on Hai Ba Trung Street, La Viet Coffee has been making waves in its hometown of Dalat since opening there three years ago. As a Vietnamese coffee brand, La Viet Coffee’s menu is centered on authentic drip coffee, specialty coffee cocktails and sandwiches.

La Viet Coffee Saigon
They offer high-quality and delicious drip coffee. | Source: La Viet Coffee Saigon

Location:
191 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3.
16 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street, District 3.
6D Tran Quang Dieu, District 3.
57A Tu Xuong, District 3.
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Danshari Coffee

Danshari Coffee
Minimalistic and aesthetic design of Danshari coffee shop. | Source: Danshari Coffee

Nestled in the heart of District 1, Danshari Coffee is a haven of studied minimalism. A concept gaining popularity in Vietnam, minimalism is reflected in everything from fashion to architecture to your neighborhood coffee shop’s decor. The beverage menu is built around high-quality ingredients including coffee, matcha powder, cacao powder and dried tea leaves. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either.

Danshari Coffee
Danshari’s Iko Milk Chocolate bottle has a better taste when served with ice. | Source: Danshari Coffee

Location: 156B Ly Tu Trong, District 1.
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Cliche Coffee and Music

Cliche Coffee and Music
Cliche has a unique and remarkable design. | Source: Cliche Coffee and Music

At the end of a picturesque alley on Tran Cao Van Street, an old-style coffee shop serves one of Saigon’s best egg coffees, its thick texture a combination of whipped egg yolk and Robusta coffee mixed with condensed milk. At Cliche, vintage decor, soulful retro music and the occasional sound of creaking floorboards combine to create an ambience of nostalgia and heritage.

Cliche Coffee and Music
Besides traditional coffee drinks, Cliche has its own coffee cocktail offering. | Source: Cliche Coffee and Music

Location: 20 Tran Cao Van Street, District 1.
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Hoang Thi Cafe

Hoang Thi Cafe
Hoang Thi’s distressed wall – a signature of the cafe. | Source: Hoang Thi Cafe

Hoang Thi Cafe is an artsy, hipster coffee shop located in a quiet alley. With a decor of distressed walls, dim lighting, paintings and pencil sketches made by the cafe’s owner, the cosy, beautiful space of Hoang Thi is a good destination for chilling. Melodious jazz music flows out of the speakers adding to the calming ambience of the shop.

Hoang Thi Cafe
Hoang Thi has a secret recipe for mixing beer into their drinks. | Source: Hoang Thi Cafe

Location:
33/72 Nguyen Trung Truc Street, District 1.
Level 1, 14 Ton That Dam Street, District 1.
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The Loft Cafe & Bistro

The Loft Cafe & Bistro
The Loft cafe has outdoors seats overviewing the streets. | Source: The Loft Cafe & Bistro

Despite being located in one of Saigon’s oldest heritage buildings, The Loft Cafe & Bistro has a decidedly youthful vibe. At lunch time, the white-collar crowd from the nearby offices fills the lofty, rustic space with lively chatter. A great spot to catch up with colleagues or to relax after work.

The Loft Cafe & Bistro
The Loft menu offers a wide range of choice, from black coffee to cortados. | Source: The Loft Cafe & Bistro

Location: 26 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1.
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Soma Saigon

Soma Saigon
Soma is a local, wholesome space: organic coffee by day, crafted cocktails by night. | Source: Soma Saigon

A coffee shop by day and a bar-cum-event space by night, Soma Saigon draws a loyal crowd of digital nomads and creatives flocking to this quiet corner of Thao Dien for freshly brewed coffee. Soma’s leafy courtyard features a striking mural by a local graffiti artist, while inside, upcycled furniture and rotating art exhibits offer cosy working areas and visual inspiration, respectively.

Soma Saigon
Soma uses K’Ho’s Arabica coffee to make their freshly brewed coffee. | Source: Soma Saigon

Location: 6 Le Van Mien Street, District 2.
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