Located in a restored French colonial-era villa in a quiet hem between the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Dien Bien Phu, the entrance to My Place resembles a quasi botanical-cum-Zen garden with ferns, coleus, devil’s ivy, bamboo and lotus leaves sprouting out around a short wooden track that gives way to an under-glass fishpond walkway.
Nguyen Thi Minh Khai is one of the longest, main transit veins of Ho Chi Minh City. Serving as a channel from the boarder of District 5, skirting through District 3, and arriving in Binh Thanh, it’s used by almost everyone. So it goes without saying that there is a lot going on along it, however, Hem 18A is a particular highlight.
Having established itself as one of Hanoi’s most popular restaurants since the opening of its flagship eatery in 2003, Highway4 has expanded into a successful franchise with five outlets now scattered across the capital, one in Ho Chi Minh City, and another due to open soon in Hoi An.
As you travel down Tran Hung Dao into District 5, the growing Chinese influence becomes evident with shop signs beginning to display Chinese calligraphy. Following the one way system at Nguyen Tri Phuong you arrive at Cat Tuong’s (105 Tran Hung Dao) impressive imperial archway.
It’s always refreshing when you’re walking down the same street you walk down each and every day and something new crops up, seemingly out of nowhere. It’s a testament to this evolving metropolis. On the corner of Nguyen Cu Trinh and Tran Hung Dao is a welcoming and newly set up quan nhau — Nuong 5KU An Phe.
In its central location just behind the Bitexco Tower, Ham Nghi serves as a pertinent place to host the plethora of food outlets that line the street. From the all day market that has bubbling tubs of fresh fish to the mini-marts specialising in western brands, it’s a street with something for everyone. But it is at 66–68 Ham Nghi that the biggest name of all, Nhu Lan, presides over the competition. Open 24 hours and standing as a delicatessen, bakery, butcher, roadside barbecue and Vietnamese street food restaurant all in one, this corner property has been here for over 40 years.