Drinks · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Cua Hang Cafe81 – Retro Style Coffee Shop

Going to a coffee shop is actually not my thing. Not because I don’t like coffee but more to the ability of my stomach to cope with coffee! Yup, I have a weak stomach… So then why did I go to this coffee shop?! It was actually a coincidence. I was looking for a place with traditional looking and some grit for a photoshoot. I’ve been in Saigon for 3 years but I rarely walking around the city. Now that I’m leaving Saigon soon, I feel like I need to know the city better. This is what they called to take it for granted. I’ve had all my time in this city but I always thought I could do it later (or more like procrastinating I guess?).

When I researched for something I could go on and on until it’s just too much, including this one. I found an article / blog about the unique coffee shop in Saigon. I noted down the places and decided to visit them. My plan was to invite my coffee drinker friends, but my impulsive side couldn’t wait any longer so I went to one of them by myself.

Cua Hang Cafe 81 Coffee Shop Saigon

I checked the list and picked one nearest to my place, which is Cua Hang Cafe81 in District 1. It was around 13 minutes by car. I have their address but when I entered on google map, it didn’t show up the correct location. Hence we got lost until the end of the road. Apparently, it listed as 81cafe on google map, and it is very near from the intersection. At first, I just want to take photos from my car without hopping off, but when I arrived there I couldn’t hold the urge to enter the place!

They have a very classic, retro interior. I love it. Inside has 2 rooms filled with tables. The room where I sat was a bit dark, while the next room was brighter. The waiter can’t speak English but he was friendly. I looked at the menu and they are mostly Vietnamese drinks, from coffee, chanh muoi to beer. No snack or food available. No smoothies. Their price is still reasonable for a cafe. Coffee was 30k – 35k vnd. Chanh Muoi 40k vnd (this one is a bit expensive for chanh muoi but maybe they are good (?). I’ll try it next time.

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A table opposite of mine

I placed an order of ca phe sua da (Vietnamese Ice Coffee with Milk) and waited. The guy brought water to my table. Nice! A proper coffee shop. I took out my camera and started taking photos. Unfortunately, I don’t have a suitable lens for this. My shortest focal length is the 35mm prime lens, and it was too tight to take a photo there. I need a wide lens. In the end, I used my phone to take some photos. Good enough 😀

When the coffee came, I was hesitating to drink since I just recovered from upset stomach. I questioned myself whether this was a good idea or not… After contemplating for a while, I took a sip to try the coffee. It was delicious. Not too sweet. I took my time on drinking that coffee. One sip at a time while editing photos on my phone.

I showed the photos to my friends, in Indonesia and in Saigon (Japanese and European ladies). Funny though that they have different opinions. My Indonesia friends said something like “That looks scary”, “Looks like my grandma’s house”, “Wow, now I know my house can be a cafe as well if it gets a little messier”, “That looks like my old house”. While my friends in Saigon said “That is cute! Are you there now? Where is it?”, “That looks lovely! I want to go there too”, “Nice, retro looking cafe”.

For me, this cafe is cute and very classic. It is quiet enough (aside from some students who keep talking while doing their homework). I think next time I will go there if I want to work in different atmosphere.

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cua hang cafe 81 coffee shop interior

What do you think? Would you go there as well after looking at the pictures? The place is good for an Instagram post. Let me know in the comment below.

Ciao.

PS : My stomach was okay after drinking the coffee, so I guess I can go back there! Yay.

 

Place : 81Cafe, 216 B Nguyen van Nguyen, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Food

The Loop

I have been to the Loop for several times, and my favorite dish there is Chicken Caesar Salad. They make it really good. The veggies are fresh, the chicken is tasty, and bacon is crispy and crunchy. Yum! So this time I decided to try another menu.

I went there with my friend and she ordered Fresh Mint Ice Coffee. It was really good! I never tried it before and I fell in love with it. The coffee are made into ice cubes. Recommended!

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Fresh Mint Ice Coffee

I ordered Salmon Roll. When I read the description, I didn’t think this dish was big portion. Okay they did mentioned many things there, but I thought it’s small portion. But look at this! Really big portion. I finished it though .__. And it’s worth the price. Very yummy as well. Spinach, cream cheese and salmon.. mmmm.. Then add the potato hashbrown, and then fresh salad with dressing. Happy tummy!

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Fresh Mint Ice Coffee

Do you have any favorite dish in The Loop? Let me know and I will try it next time 😉

Drinks · Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

The Vintage Emporium Saigon – first try

When I have no idea what to have for lunch or dinner, I often use Foursquare to help me out. I find the reviews there are reliable. So this time I also used it to find a lunch place.

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The Vintage Emporium

There was 1 interesting restaurant that I wanted to try before. The Vintage Emporium at 95B Nguyen Van Thu, Ho Chi Minh City. It is a European style small restaurant. I have it on my list on foursquare and the review also really good. A very high review score. So I went there for lunch.

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The Vintage Emporium first floor

The place is not too big but really comfortable to sit and have coffee or meal. They are famous for their breakfast, brunch and lunch, but I think in the evening will be nice to hang out there as well. They are open from 8.30 am to 10.00 pm. When I came, there were many customers in first floor so the waitress ushered me to second floor.

 

I sat on a long table near window, and then she gave me the menu and wifi password. I like the ambiance, feels homey and relaxing. I like the interior design as well. Classic.

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Lunch Combo

I saw the menu and mostly costs above 100.000 vnd. There is lunch combo from 11.30 to 13.30 with several choices for only 99k vnd. Better try the combo then. I picked saigon baguette and vietnamese ice coffee with milk. I found out later that they charge 5.000 vnd for the milk.

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Saigon Baguette

Saigon Baguette. One word. Loved it! The bread is crunchy outside and soft inside, with fresh vegetables and BBQ pork on top of it. Very recommended!

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Vietnamese Ice Coffee

Their ice coffee also good. It’s a bit strong for me but I like the taste.

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Another thing that I like here is that they serve free water for you!

This is The Vintage Emporium menu just in case you want to see what they are serving there.

All-in-all this is a very good place to go alone or with friend(s), to have a chat or just enjoying morning / afternoon.

Have you been there as well? What do you think of this restaurant? Let me know in comment below 😉