From plastic stools on crumbling sidewalks to lavish spaces filled with creative decor and stunning art, the cafe culture in Ho Chi Minh City has it all. No matter your budget, there’s a place to get your caffeine fix. But we’re here for the best — so here they are.
1. The Coffee Ship
Many cafes in Ho Chi Minh City try to differentiate themselves with trendy decor and a unique atmosphere, but none can compare to The Coffee Ship. It floats on the canal that separates Districts 4 and 7, built into a boat that once worked on the Mekong River. In a city of approximately 10 million people, it’s always nice to find a place with a breeze — a place to escape the traffic madness. Enjoy your coffee as you watch barges meandering by, leaving gentle waves as they go.
Address: 759 Tran Xuan Soan Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
2. The Gallery Café
This cafe is hidden at the southern edges of Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl. Their decor welcomes you in with its refined simplicity, but its their wonderful coffee and other drinks that will keep you in your seat for hours. This is the kind of place where you can get work done or just chat away with friends.
Address: 156-158 Ha Huy Tap Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
3. The Coffee Connect
Featuring three levels of seating areas, The Coffee Connect is a wonderful spot for digital nomads, students and professionals looking to enjoy amazing drinks as they get their work done. And this cafe has a rarity among shops in this city: an elevator! That’s right, no need to break into a sweat getting up to their lovely rooftop.
Address: 5 Road number 38, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
4. The Workshop Specialty Coffee
The Workshop’s atmosphere is all about functionality. The decor feels industrial in a way, yet still fun and lively. It’s the kind of place where you could spend all day being productive, which is exactly why they count many professionals as repeat customers. They’ve struck a wonderful balance between business and pleasure, with great food and an impressive selection of specialty coffees.
Address: 27 Ngo Duc Ke Street , District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
5. Yoko Cafe
Yoko Cafe hosts some of the best live music in the city. It’s a popular nightlife spot, especially among the artistic set, attracting a cool and hip crowd. On most evenings, they have local musicians playing sets, but in the day, they’re a cool little cafe where you can lounge with nice drinks — or get up and play some tunes if you’re musically inclined.
Address: 22 Nguyen Thi Dieu Street , District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
6. i.d Cafe
The atmosphere of i.d Cafe comes from the aspiration of most cafes in the city: to be a relaxing escape from the busy streets of this mega city. When you look at the details, you can see the care that went into every choice. This cafe feels like it’s been finely tuned to create the perfect ambiance for your relaxation, with dim lighting, plush seating and subdued art. It’s easy to see why this cafe is so popular.
Address: 34D Thu Khoa Huan Street , Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
7. The Snap Cafe
The Snap Cafe is the definition of a hidden gem. From the street, it looks like a few boutique shops, but inside, you walk into a garden oasis for the whole family. Their menu features dishes from around the world, with an ample kids menu as well. They’re a good choice for any time of the day, and well worth the trip from downtown.
Address: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
8. The Old Compass Cafe and Bar
Situated on the 3rd floor of an older-style building on Pasteur, The Old Compass Cafe and Bar is about as central as it gets in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s difficult to put a label on this place because of all the different kinds of events they host. On any given night, you might find a live band or an academic giving a speech. They’re something of a cultural hub, with tasty food, quality coffee and all the wine you could ever want.
Address: 63/11 Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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