I have been in Ho Chi Minh City for 10 months now, and I never tried one of their big coffee company, Highlands Coffee. On the other hand, I’ve been visited their competitor quite often (basically every time I have a guest they always want to go there). I heard about Highlands Coffee from my brother in law. He tried it couple years ago on his trip to Vietnam. He told me that for hot coffee Trung Nguyen still the best, while Highlands Coffee excel on their ice coffee.
And finally I had a chance to try it out. I went with my friend to Vivo City Mall, and she wanted to sit and relax on a coffee shop. There are several coffee shop in that mall, but I definitely don’t want to drink Starbucks (sorry!). She suggested we sit at Highlands Coffee because she likes it. I don’t mind, this is my chance! (Well, I could go alone to nearby Highlands Coffee shop but I’m just too lazy xD)
Since I didn’t know yet how strong is their coffee, I ordered ice coffee with milk (cha phe sua da) medium size. At least with ice and milk, if it’s a strong coffee I still can manage it. I have a weak stomach for coffee 😦
Just 1 sip and I can feel that this coffee is strong. It was really good, but it’s a strong coffee. I was struggling to finish it because my stomach started to hurt a bit.
I think this ice coffee is better than Trung Nguyen’s, but mind that this one is stronger. So if you can’t stand strong coffee, just order small size (or just ask your friend order this then you sip a little to try xD).