Being a big fan of cats in cafés, I was thrilled to see that Ban Café has its very own feline mascot. On a recent visit, Bong (Ban Café cat number three — his two predecessors are missing in action) was lounging comfortably on a large floor cushion by an open window, without a care in the world. And that probably sums up the Ban Café vibe; it’s a great place to chill.
The little leaguers striving for big league fame.
A new addition to the strip of cafés and restaurants along the tight street of Ngo Thoi Nhiem is making the street extra busy. Chanchamayo Concept is the result of putting together two of the owner’s passions, architecture and coffee.
In stark contrast to its bleak, neo-Gothic neighbour St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Eden Coffee’s aesthetic is vibrant and Bohemian. As the name suggests, the café is supposed to serve as an oasis for people to escape the hectic city. But the biblical allusions end there — the name and the location are just coincidence.
The café that was once Kafka Bookstore & Café has had a name change and facelift to become Domino Books & Coffee.
One more café may not seem like a cause for celebration, but owner Quan Dang brings 10 years of experience from the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne (for the last three years, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit).
Cafés need to find their own particular niche, and Mockingbird Cafe has done just that. Sat on the fourth floor of the first apartment building ever built in Saigon, the space mixes retro with funky vibes and is both a hideaway and a place to meet friends.
A café in Saigon that converts cash into bitcoin.
As unique concepts go, Bay la Bato is definitely up there with the best of them. Founder Thang Dinh has created an open space for arts enthusiasts and travellers, where a number of free services are provided.