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Food & Drinks

Decades-old cafes in Saigon

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Saigon, . Although there have been many luxurious and modern cafes springing up in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Saigon, for Saigon people somewhere there are still cafes with unforgettable old flavors.

Racket Cafe (Phan Dinh Phung Racket Coffee)

The shop has a fairly small premises and simple layout with old images mixed with a bit of modernity of Saigon. Born in the 1950s, it has been more than 70 years, but the racket still retains its extremely delicious taste. Every day, the shop welcomes more than hundred thousand visitors. Because it is open all day, Racket is almost a famous destination for all Saigon people.

Address: 330 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ward 1, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City HCM

Price: 12,000 – 20,000 VND

Opening hours: All day (24/24)


Cheo Leo Cafe

Having existed for more than 80 years in Saigon, Cheo Leo is considered a veteran café for the people here. The special feature of the shop is not only in the taste of coffee but also in the love songs that accompany the years such as Trinh music, French music,... Although the shop is old, in order to keep intact "a bit of old Saigon" in the heart of the city, the owner is adamant not to repair anything.

According to the boss, water for making coffee is an easy to find but extremely important ingredient. It is necessary to treat the water thoroughly, soup the fire of the coffee warehouse properly to bring a good coffee. The fire is too big the coffee will not be aromatic, but the small fire will make the coffee sour.

Address: 109 – 36 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Ward 2, District 3, HCMC HCM

Price: VND 15,000

Opening hours: 05:15 – 12:00 | 13:00 – 18:45



Ba Lu Racket Coffee

Up to now, Ba Lu Coffee still maintains the style of roasting coffee with wood, adding butter, salt, wine to bring up the characteristic aroma. This café is also more than 70 years old located on Phung Hung Street. Visitors here can take their own old nostalgic photos, listen to the noise from the market scene outside.

From grinding coffee, distilling, splitting firewood from the kettle group to roasting coffee with a pan, brewing coffee with a crockpot are all done by hand. The aroma and taste of standard Chinese coffee should be quite light, and aromatic, suitable for even beginners.

Address: 193 Phung Hung, Ward 14, District 5, HCMC HCM

Pricing: VND 15,000

Opening hours: 02:00 – 17:00

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Uncle Thanh Racket Coffee

Also known as Tin Market Racket Coffee, the shop is more than half a century old. The old space with Chinese architecture is imbued with time. Like many other old cafes, they do not have modern facilities, but they attract a lot of customers, most of whom are middle and elderly.

Uncle Thanh Racket coffee is brewed in a traditional way, so it keeps the rich flavor of coffee. The small kitchen is always smoky with super terracotta, red charcoal coffee is the signature highlight of the shop.

Address: 480 Tan Phuoc Street, Ward 6, District 11, HCMC HCM

Price: VND 10,000

Opening hours: 05:00 – 17:00


Writer: My Dieu

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