“How many coffee shop in Saigon?” “uncountable”
Nevertheless, these 10,000 vnd-coffee cups still have a mysterious attraction to Saigoneses.
Saigon, the dynamic city continuously opens for not only any citizen in the S-shaped country, but also expats, travelers around the world. Just type “cà phê sữa đá” in the Google search box, the engine will deliver a massive number, 13.600.000 results in 0,5 second, the variations of coffee in Sai Gon is abundant.
Saigoneses love old-world coffee shop
In the past, Vietnameses used a sweep-net for filtering coffee grind. Water of the first filter would be poached one more time on coal stove. This made an amazing aroma amplifying to neighbor’s house.
Nowaday, you barely finds a coffee shop in Saigon which makes coffee with this traditional method due to the convenient of phin (filter) or coffee machine. Beso house could show you 2 special vendors that only local people know:
- Cà phê vợt chú Thanh 478-480 Tân Phước, Ward 6, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
- Cà phê Ba Lù, 193 Phùng Hưng, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Try a great sip of Vietnam coffee made by …a Frenchman
Demailly Vincent, a coffee shop owner who lives in Saigon over 5 years. This guy is making coffee for Vietnamese with just 15.000 VNĐ/cup. In order to making a delicious cup of cofffee, the Frenchman buys superb coffee beans from Lam Dong province and keeps it clean. Believe me, his product won’t let you down.
Interestingly, he is able to communicate with Vietnamese and pronounce some words like a local, especially “cà phê sữa đá”. If you are going to visit this guy , not only you have a excellent drink, but also his experience of 5 years in Saigon, just get and share story through your trips.
Experience street coffee (cà phê bệt), a must-do for enjoying coffee in Saigon
Saigoneses love the little corner in April 30 Park, located in the midst of the Independence Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral. People sits on the flat ground taking a sip of coffee with condensed milk and tasting street food around, talking and laughing constantly. Some groups playing and singing acoustic guitar.
The name “cà phê bệt” was stem from its style, sitting on the ground. It was also called student coffee because of its main customers, or due to its cheap price, 15.000-20.000 VNĐ that any student can afford to buy one drink in a diversified menu of black coffee, coffee with milk, peach tea, lime tea, cool coconut, soft drink, etc.
One tip for foreigner, come and walk around Han Thuyen street, there are groups of youngster who love to talk with tourists, those students love getting into conversation with foreigners in order to improve their English skills. In case you are couple travelers, find the Alexandre De Rhode street for fresh air, less noise and tree shadow.
And the best is yet to come…
Coffee is a huge part of life in Saigon, in the morning or the night, indoor or outdoor, coffee is more than a friend. Coffee is a way of commmunication, a super simple networking method. Everytime someone want to invite their friend to hangout, just say “Hey dude, wanna coffee?”, it’s where the conversation start.
Wanna know more about Saigon and coffee? Visit Beso house in your Saigon trip, we’ll share you how to live in Saigon like a local.
But first, enjoy this song – Saigon coffee with milk.