Saigon: Cafes In District 1
I was really surprised when I found an abundance of coffee shops in Vietnam. Of course, I knew about their coveted Cafe Sua Da (Vietnamese Coffee). However, I didn't take Ho Chi Minh City as a hipster city with little cafes at every corner.
L’USINE LE LOI
L’Usine Lê Lợi is probably my favorite cafe in Ho Chi Minh City. The cafe is on the second floor of a shop. I love the architecture and design of the place. Definitely, a place I would work and blog. I ordered a Vietnamese coffee and it didn't disappoint one bit, granted you can probably get a cheaper drink locally, but it is still much cheaper compared to U.S. prices. L’Usine also serves brunch, so it's a great place to socialize and catch up with friends.
I was especially surprised about this Starbucks because the look and feel are amazing! Usually, I expect Starbucks to look a certain way, but I was intrigued by the design of this one. The big windows and artwork give off a local cafe feeling. Of course, I would still recommend going to the local cafes, but this is a great place to see if you're a Starbucks lover.
KATINAT SAIGON KAFE
Katinat Saigon Kafe is another place to people watch. I love their balcony seating area on the second floor. Like everything in Vietnam, you will fall in love with the big windows and open wide businesses. I had the Crazy Green Tea and Honey and Lemon Tea. Both were refreshing and delicious! Perfect pair as I watched people.