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“Vietnamese Coffee”

Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by French colonists in the 19th century. The first coffee plantations were established in the Da Lat region, where the climate was conducive to coffee cultivation.

Over the years, coffee cultivation expanded to other regions of Vietnam, notably to Buôn Ma Thuột in the Đắk Lắk province, which became renowned for its coffee plantations. Vietnam is now one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of coffee, predominantly of robusta.

Vietnamese coffee has developed its distinctive characteristics, particularly with the creation of “cà phê sữa đá” (Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk). This beverage has become emblematic of Vietnamese coffee culture.

During the Vietnam War, coffee was cultivated and consumed despite the challenges. Local cafés, often referred to as “cà phê vỉa hè” (sidewalk cafés), played a crucial social role during this difficult period.

Vietnam is also known for its innovations in the coffee industry, including “cà phê trứng” (egg coffee), which is unique and delicious. New coffee variations continue to emerge, showcasing the creativity of the Vietnamese coffee scene.


Here is a list of some of the most artisanal and popular cafes in the city: 


L’Usine Le Loi:

Address: 19 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

 A trendy café located in a historic building, offering an industrial ambiance, a diverse menu, and outdoor seating options.


The Coffee House Signature:

Address: 97B Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

A premium version of The Coffee House chain, providing a more refined experience with superior quality coffees.


Café Apartments (Kỳ Đồng):

Address: 42 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Located in an apartment building, these cafes offer a panoramic view of the city. Each floor has its own unique café.


Shin Coffee:

Address: 13 Nguyễn Thiep, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

A café specializing in traditional Vietnamese coffee, with artisanal brewing methods and an authentic atmosphere.


Bach Dang Ice Cream:

Address: 75 Đông Du, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

 A renowned spot for Vietnamese coffee and delicious artisanal ice creams, offering a view of the Saigon River.

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