Fun at Ho Chi Minh

When I announced that I am going to Ho Chi Minh City for 6 days, many people wondered what I would be doing there.  The frequent question I got was "Aren't 6 days too long?"  Well, 6 days are just right for Ho Chi Minh City.  We visited many museums and cafes.  Here are some interesting places I went.

Shopping and Food

Ben Thant Market

Ben Thant Market is popular among tourists.  Things sold there can be more expensive than other markets.  There are small stalls selling food and handicrafts, textiles and clothings.  Some textiles stalls also double as tailors.

Vendors can be quite agressive.  They will touch you when you pass their stalls.  Just kindly shake your head or hands to indicate that you are not interested.

Food at Ben Thant market

Usually we avoid eating food from street hawkers.  It is quite safe to have a meal at Ben Thant market.  You can find quite a variety of local food such as Pho and Ban Mi.

Banh Mi and Chicken Pho
Egg crepe with tons of bean sprouts 

The Workshop Coffee

Rest and relax at The Workshop Coffee.  Good coffee and cakes.

AMA Cafe

This is cafe is opened by a young Taiwanese.  This is where you can get a good cup of coffee.

Address :   29, Lưu Văn Lang, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

The Note Coffee

This is a tiny shop decorated with post its. The ice cream is 30000 VND per scoop. Try the is thick and good.

Address :  83 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Fanny Ice Cream

Fanny ice cream ...good old ice cream made from natural ingredients.

Address :  29-31 Tôn Thất Thiệp, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Pasteur Street Brewing Co

This small cafe is hidden in one small alley.  Set lunch comes with three small glasses of flavoured beer.

Address :  144 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Bến Nghé Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Fish and Chips served with beer

Bunker Bed Breakfast Bar

I love this café.  We went there for breakfast and since it's still breezy, we sat at the courtyard.  It is a place where you want to spend the whole day sipping a cup of coffee and read a book.

Address  :  79/2/1 Phan Kế Bính, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Thick and juicy chicken burger
Big Breakfast and Classy French Toast


Interesting décor, interesting fusion food.  

Address:  21 Hàn Thuyên, Bến Nghé, 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam  
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Beautiful mural

Chicken with broken rice.  

Rice noodles salad with peanut crunch top with BBQ pork & fried spring rolls 

Fresh chicken rolls with avocado, brown rice & spicy peanut dip

Rans Bien

A local friend brought us to this seafood restaurant.  The seafood is fresh. I personally like the crayfish with a thick layer of cheese and grilled prawns.  I also managed to take a picture of grilled oyster with cheese as my the time I remembered to take pictures, all the food were gone.

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Grilled oyster with a thick layer of cheese (looks like durian right) 

Pizza 4P's

This place is recommended by a friend who lived in Ho Chi Minh for a few years.  I had to wait for 40 min for a table.  Handmade mozzarella cheese on the pizza was fantastic.

Address :   8 Thủ Khoa Huân, Bến Thành, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
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Vietcetera Cafe & Shoppe
This is the place where I found Kaya Toast.  Not as great as Killiney Kopitiam kaya toast but not too bad.

Address :  77-79 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
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Kaya Toast with soft boiled egg
Chicken Chop pasta

Di Mai

We stayed at The One Saigon.  Di Mai was just at the ground floor, so it was very convenient for us.  Good food and service.  

Address :  136 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Cầu Ông Lãnh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
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Fried beef noodles with lots of vegetables

Banh Mi and Pho


A chance for us to pretend to be ladies and gentleman when we dined at KOKOis.  Ladies can shop around while waiting for their food.

Address :  24 Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Maison Marou

This is where you get good chocolate in Ho Chi Minh.  It is quite pricey but worth buying some back.

Address :  167-169 Calmette, Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Guess what is inside 
Thick hot chocolate and melt in your mouth pastries.  Egg coffee is a must-try
Open kitchen to view the chocolate making process
Chocolate for sale

Other Shopping Malls

1.  Sagion Centre  

This is where you find Takashimaya, Topshop, Converse etc

2.  Saigon Square :  

This place is almost similar to Hong Kong Ladies Street.  It is air-con unlike Ben Thant Market.

3.  Diamond Plaza

This mall is just like any regularly mall.  We went there to check the food court.
The food court is surprisingly clean.  You are given a number stand once you order and food served.  There is even a store selling Singapore dim sum, noodles and rice.

Address :  34 Lê Duẩn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam

Place the number stand on the table and wait for your food to be served

3.  Phuong Vy

This shop sells many different types of coffee beans.  Coffee beans can be grinded upon request.

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Aroma of coffee fills the air once you enter the shop

Staff grinding the pack of coffee beans we ordered

4.  Chi Chi

This is my favourite shops.  I planned to tailor a cheong sam at Vietnam.  I happened to see a lady wearing a nice cheong sam walking into this shop and followed her.  The shop sells modernised cheong sam.  I paid around $200 for a cheong sam in Singapore, but I got one in this shop for only $30.  I also bought a top for only $19.  If you are into cheong sam, you can get a custom-made one for USD58.

Address  :  138 Pasteur St, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Overall Ho Chi Minh is an interesting city which waits for us to discover.  There are so many cafes and small shops still waiting for us to explore.

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