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Tucked away in a little alley near Truc Bach Lake lies Bluebirds’ Nest, an 18-month-old cafe perfect for groups of creative collaborators, freelancers or students.

There are times when you just have the urge for something that is fried, but are you game to go this far?

Since opening four years ago, BMV has become a staple of the drinking scene in District 2. It brings a schnitzel-sized slice of Germany to this corner of Saigon, and is open daily from 11am to 2am.

Edward Dalton scrubs up and hits the cocktail bars of Hanoi to roadtest the best they’ve got to offer.

Vegetarians tend to miss out in this city when it comes to restaurant options — the choices are limited. However, there’s one in District 2 that’s worthy of adding to a growing list of places that offer vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Anyone who has visited Thao Dien knows about Dolphy Thao Dien. It sits right on the corner of two central streets, bright blue and open to the traffic, catering to a steady stream of District 2 coffee lovers from first light to late evening. Dolphy Thao Dien is a Saigon favourite.

If there is one street dish that is well-and-truly Vietnamese, it’s banh cuon or steamed rice paper rolls.

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