One of the best things to do while on holiday is to relax over a cup of warm tea. While coffee is a beverage that is more commonly associated with Vietnam, being in Asia means that tea is also equally abundant here. Hotel Des Arts walks you through several unique ways local Saigonese enjoy their brews.
Iced tea is popular here because tropical climate can mean occasional sweltering heat. Trà đá is a ubiquitous light iced green tea served in almost every café and eatery in Saigon. Often free and seldom more than VND3000 for a glass, the unsweetened drink may not impress tea connoisseurs but is an excellent refreshment with warm food.
The British habit of enjoying English breakfast tea with lemon has also penetrated much of Asia including Vietnam. Trà Chanh is a sweetened iced tea flavored with lime juice; often enjoyed by young locals on the sidewalks.
The Taiwanese cultural import of boba milk tea, an iced milk tea served with tapioca balls, has become so popular that one could probably not traverse a distance exceeding 200 meters without spotting a kiosk selling Trà Sữa.
Colonial French tea culture has been hybridized with the Saigonese love of song and dance. Phòng Trà, which translates as ‘tea room’, are live music lounges where locals relax over light drinks.
With all that said, It is regrettably still relatively difficult to find an establishment that resembles a European tea house. Hotel Des Arts is offering the opportunity for guests to enjoy a French-style afternoon tea in downtown Saigon. Café des Beaux-Arts recently introduced the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea which combines the café’s elegant French interior with 1930s Indochinese nostalgia. The café offers one of the best brunch in Saigon so rest assured that delectable light bites, sweet treats, and international teas await you.
The Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea is available from VND550,000++ per guest, every Monday to Saturday from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.