Guidebook for Nguyễn Thái Bình

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Guidebook for Nguyễn Thái Bình

Food Scene

Award winning Marou chocolate is sold here. One step into this place and you’re immersed in chocolate heaven. They have a showroom where you can taste test some of their chocolates and they also offer beautifully delicious pastries, chocolate drinks and coffees. You can buy a few chocolate bars as they make great gifts!
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Maison Marou Saigon
169 Calmette
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Award winning Marou chocolate is sold here. One step into this place and you’re immersed in chocolate heaven. They have a showroom where you can taste test some of their chocolates and they also offer beautifully delicious pastries, chocolate drinks and coffees. You can buy a few chocolate bars as they make great gifts!
The most trendy coffee shop in Saigon. All the youth go here for a drink at night. You sit on the sidewalk (pathway), drink and watch Vietnamese social life. A must do to understand the Vietnamese youth. Go late.
Heritage ChinaTown
10 Pasteur
The most trendy coffee shop in Saigon. All the youth go here for a drink at night. You sit on the sidewalk (pathway), drink and watch Vietnamese social life. A must do to understand the Vietnamese youth. Go late.
A local favorite when needing to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Fanny Ice Cream
6 Trần Hưng Đạo
A local favorite when needing to satisfy your sweet tooth.
One of Vietnam’s largest coffee chains. Similar in atmosphere and price cheaper than Starbucks. Very popular with locals and expats, always busy.
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Highlands Coffee
89/1 Hàm Nghi
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One of Vietnam’s largest coffee chains. Similar in atmosphere and price cheaper than Starbucks. Very popular with locals and expats, always busy.
A great place to send emails, read and Facebook in a very modern space. I consider this place my office.
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The Workshop Coffee
27 Ngô Đức Kế
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A great place to send emails, read and Facebook in a very modern space. I consider this place my office.
One of my favorite coffee shops. In the Japanese area so can find many great Japanese restaurants nearby. It’s a small coffee shop with just a few tables inside, but a very friendly environment. Highly trained staff actually know something about coffee instead of simply serving it.
Vietnam Coffee Republic
8a/7b2 Thái Văn Lung
One of my favorite coffee shops. In the Japanese area so can find many great Japanese restaurants nearby. It’s a small coffee shop with just a few tables inside, but a very friendly environment. Highly trained staff actually know something about coffee instead of simply serving it.
Japanese style coffee shop serving lots of desserts, from ice cream to chocolate pastries. Very stylish and friendly. Have bento set lunches.
Morico - Contemporary Japanese Lifestyle Restaurant Cafe - Lê Lợi
30 Lê Lợi
Japanese style coffee shop serving lots of desserts, from ice cream to chocolate pastries. Very stylish and friendly. Have bento set lunches.
Small vintage coffee shop. It's quite cosy so if you happen to walk by the area, stop in :)
M2C cafe
44B Ly Tu Trong
Small vintage coffee shop. It's quite cosy so if you happen to walk by the area, stop in :)
One of the newest and best coffee shops in town. Barista serve coffee with passion and waitresses are friendly. Most staff can speak English. Really great atmosphere in the afternoon with a good book in hand. To find it, go down a little alley and up a few flights of stairs. As of writing, they don’t serve food.
Saigon Coffee Roastery
151/5 Đồng Khởi
One of the newest and best coffee shops in town. Barista serve coffee with passion and waitresses are friendly. Most staff can speak English. Really great atmosphere in the afternoon with a good book in hand. To find it, go down a little alley and up a few flights of stairs. As of writing, they don’t serve food.
Artsy coffee shop near Ben Thanh market and famous shopping street Dong Khoi. It's quite pricey but you can walk in for an orange juice :) Le Loi is on the first level so get a seat on the balcony and observe one of Saigon’s most famous and busiest streets.
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L’Usine Le Loi
70B Lê Lợi
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Artsy coffee shop near Ben Thanh market and famous shopping street Dong Khoi. It's quite pricey but you can walk in for an orange juice :) Le Loi is on the first level so get a seat on the balcony and observe one of Saigon’s most famous and busiest streets.
Chinese restaurant that offers the best dim sum in town :)
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Nhà Hàng Trung Hoa Ocean Palace
2 Lê Duẩn
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Chinese restaurant that offers the best dim sum in town :)
Another interesting place for homemade Vietnamese food. Don't go here during lunch because it's quite hot. Go in the late afternoon for the Saigon breeze.
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Secret Garden Restaurant
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Another interesting place for homemade Vietnamese food. Don't go here during lunch because it's quite hot. Go in the late afternoon for the Saigon breeze.
Excellent, authentic Vietnamese food. When friends come to town this is where I take them.
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Quan Bui - Original
17a Ngô Văn Năm
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Excellent, authentic Vietnamese food. When friends come to town this is where I take them.
My absolute favorite Japanese restaurant. A little bit pricey but the quality speaks for itself.
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Nhân Sushi-Bito
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My absolute favorite Japanese restaurant. A little bit pricey but the quality speaks for itself.
Best Thai food in town, better than the Thai food in Thailand :D
Nhà Hàng Lạc Thái
71 Mạc Thị Bưởi
Best Thai food in town, better than the Thai food in Thailand :D
Japanese pizza at its best. Sushi Pizza. Homemade cheese. Very popular and is always full.
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Pizza 4P's Ben Thanh
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Japanese pizza at its best. Sushi Pizza. Homemade cheese. Very popular and is always full.
Superb Mediterranean staples. Delicious, stylish, tasty and a wide menu with daily specials. The Pope’s Pillow dessert is to die for.
Saffron Mediterranean Bistro
51 Hai Bà Trưng
Superb Mediterranean staples. Delicious, stylish, tasty and a wide menu with daily specials. The Pope’s Pillow dessert is to die for.
Extremely well made Italian food at a reasonable price. The space is cozy, the location is right downtown and the staff are friendly and attentive.
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Ciao Bella
11 Đông Du
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Extremely well made Italian food at a reasonable price. The space is cozy, the location is right downtown and the staff are friendly and attentive.
Dining that makes a difference. This is an NGO that trains disadvantaged youth in hospitality and cooking. An excellent happy hour of 50% off all drinks from 4-7pm every day and a nice set lunch menu. Asian fusion food.
KOTO Saigon - a Training Restaurant
39 Lê Duẩn
Dining that makes a difference. This is an NGO that trains disadvantaged youth in hospitality and cooking. An excellent happy hour of 50% off all drinks from 4-7pm every day and a nice set lunch menu. Asian fusion food.
Great outdoor place by the road, very busy most nights. Interesting place with graffiti on the walls and low tables and chairs. BBQ style where you cook for yourself at the table. Very lively atmosphere. Good mix of Vietnamese, tourists and expats. Good staff and service.
5KU Station
27 Lê Thánh Tôn
Great outdoor place by the road, very busy most nights. Interesting place with graffiti on the walls and low tables and chairs. BBQ style where you cook for yourself at the table. Very lively atmosphere. Good mix of Vietnamese, tourists and expats. Good staff and service.
Mostly French inspired food, but also has burgers, nachos, and spaghetti. Steaks, salmon and lamb are all superb. Terrace and rooftop seating gives you stunning views the of tallest building in Saigon (Bitexco). Service can be a bit slow but worth the wait.
Chanh Bistro Rooftop Saigon LTT
Mostly French inspired food, but also has burgers, nachos, and spaghetti. Steaks, salmon and lamb are all superb. Terrace and rooftop seating gives you stunning views the of tallest building in Saigon (Bitexco). Service can be a bit slow but worth the wait.
Some of the best cocktails in town. 50% all drinks during happy hour (5-8pm M-S) Sunday, all drinks 100,000vnd. The food is good too! It’s a good place to start the evening.
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The Racha Room
12-14 Mạc Thị Bưởi
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Some of the best cocktails in town. 50% all drinks during happy hour (5-8pm M-S) Sunday, all drinks 100,000vnd. The food is good too! It’s a good place to start the evening.
A great French restaurant that is very reasonably priced with outdoor seating. Must book in advance to get a table and they give your table away if you’re 15 mins late. Closed Sundays.
Le Jardin
31 Thái Văn Lung
A great French restaurant that is very reasonably priced with outdoor seating. Must book in advance to get a table and they give your table away if you’re 15 mins late. Closed Sundays.
Best steakhouse in town but very expensive.
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El Gaucho | Hai Ba Trung
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Best steakhouse in town but very expensive.
Located on the other side of town, will take you 40 minutes to get there from the apartment, but the experience is worth it, with the river and sunset view. Call to book a table outside before you go. Expensive though. Next to it is a very good Vietnamese restaurant which is also along the river, A cheaper alternative with the same view. It’s called 13 Restaurant.
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The Deck Saigon
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Located on the other side of town, will take you 40 minutes to get there from the apartment, but the experience is worth it, with the river and sunset view. Call to book a table outside before you go. Expensive though. Next to it is a very good Vietnamese restaurant which is also along the river, A cheaper alternative with the same view. It’s called 13 Restaurant.
with Mediterranean inspired food. The food is really good and the place is always filled with expats and locals.
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Au Parc
23 Hàn Thuyên
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with Mediterranean inspired food. The food is really good and the place is always filled with expats and locals.
Offers upscale Vietnamese food. They are known for their many types of fresh spring rolls. I love their pho because they use Australian beef and the portions are large.
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Propaganda
21 Hàn Thuyên
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Offers upscale Vietnamese food. They are known for their many types of fresh spring rolls. I love their pho because they use Australian beef and the portions are large.
Very good Mediterranean food, they have extremely an decadent lava cake.
Skewers Restaurant
Very good Mediterranean food, they have extremely an decadent lava cake.
Original shop that brought the concept of homemade Vietnamese food to a new level. It's quite crowded and touristy now but the food is still very good :)
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Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant
10 Đặng Tất
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Original shop that brought the concept of homemade Vietnamese food to a new level. It's quite crowded and touristy now but the food is still very good :)
BEST vegetarian food in town. I prefer the one on Thi Sach as it’s more open and lively. Excellent cocktails.
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Hum Vegetarian, Café & Restaurant
32 Võ Văn Tần
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BEST vegetarian food in town. I prefer the one on Thi Sach as it’s more open and lively. Excellent cocktails.
Korean BBQ. Very reasonable price to go and have very good food.
Nhà Hàng Gogi House
189 Nguyễn Thái Học
Korean BBQ. Very reasonable price to go and have very good food.
If you’re interested in Vietnam’s many other soups, try this place. They offer a very nice Bun Bo Hue (from the city Hue), in small or large bowls. The restaurant is decorated in an indochine style and is open air on the second level.
Bún Bò Gánh
88 Hồ Tùng Mậu
If you’re interested in Vietnam’s many other soups, try this place. They offer a very nice Bun Bo Hue (from the city Hue), in small or large bowls. The restaurant is decorated in an indochine style and is open air on the second level.
The best Banh Mi in town
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Huynh Hoa Bakery
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The best Banh Mi in town
The best burgers in town. Can be hard to find as it’s upstairs from a small hallway so look carefully. They’re not cheap but you won’t be disappointed.
Soul Burger
4 Phan Bội Châu
The best burgers in town. Can be hard to find as it’s upstairs from a small hallway so look carefully. They’re not cheap but you won’t be disappointed.
A flower shop that offers beautifully homemade Vietnamese lunch (120,000vnd/person). Each day is a different set meal, delicious and authentic. A very laid back dining experience so don’t be in a hurry. Walk ins taken although reservations are suggested. Ask for QA (Quynh Anh) if you have dietary restrictions. You won’t find this on Tripadvisor, YET!
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Padma de Fleur
55/6 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm
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A flower shop that offers beautifully homemade Vietnamese lunch (120,000vnd/person). Each day is a different set meal, delicious and authentic. A very laid back dining experience so don’t be in a hurry. Walk ins taken although reservations are suggested. Ask for QA (Quynh Anh) if you have dietary restrictions. You won’t find this on Tripadvisor, YET!
Excellent sushi at a reasonable price (reasonable is relative). It has a lounge-like ambiance featuring house music in a multi-level space with excellent cocktails and drinks. The owner is always there to offer advice and speaks good English. Something a bit different.
Ichiba Sushi Vietnam
204 Lê Lai
Excellent sushi at a reasonable price (reasonable is relative). It has a lounge-like ambiance featuring house music in a multi-level space with excellent cocktails and drinks. The owner is always there to offer advice and speaks good English. Something a bit different.
Upscale sushi with a panoramic view of the city. Perfect for a date away from home.
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Sorae Restaurant & Lounge
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Upscale sushi with a panoramic view of the city. Perfect for a date away from home.
A perfect marriage of contemporary style decor and culinary spectacle with authentic Cantonese and Peking cuisine. I like the dim sum and noodle soup.
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San Fu Lou Cantonese Restaurant
76 Lê Lai
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A perfect marriage of contemporary style decor and culinary spectacle with authentic Cantonese and Peking cuisine. I like the dim sum and noodle soup.
Bakery chain providing French style breads, pastries and coffee. A delightful way to start your day.
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Tous Les Jours
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Bakery chain providing French style breads, pastries and coffee. A delightful way to start your day.
French cafe with great breads, pastries and espresso. Staff is excellent as well. Run and owned by French so its pretty authentic.
Une Journée à Paris
234 Lê Thánh Tôn
French cafe with great breads, pastries and espresso. Staff is excellent as well. Run and owned by French so its pretty authentic.
A rooftop restaurant serving excellent Vietnamese food, try the soft-shelled crab, it’s my favorite. Has a birdseye view of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi streets; the best part of the restaurant. Might want to make reservations if you’re a large group as it often gets full.
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SH Garden
98 Nguyễn Huệ
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A rooftop restaurant serving excellent Vietnamese food, try the soft-shelled crab, it’s my favorite. Has a birdseye view of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi streets; the best part of the restaurant. Might want to make reservations if you’re a large group as it often gets full.
Down a little alley, on the fifth floor. Authentic Northern mountain Vietnamese food. Relaxing atmosphere on the rooftop. Can be a bit pricey.
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Mountain Retreat Vietnamese Restaurant
36 Lê Lợi
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Down a little alley, on the fifth floor. Authentic Northern mountain Vietnamese food. Relaxing atmosphere on the rooftop. Can be a bit pricey.
Really nice tea: milk tea, lemon ice tea, lotus tea, ask them make less sugar
Phuc Long Coffee & Tea Express
157-159 Nguyễn Thái Học
Really nice tea: milk tea, lemon ice tea, lotus tea, ask them make less sugar
Best Japanese BBQ in town
Uraetei Yakiniku Restaurant
69 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa
Best Japanese BBQ in town
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McDonald's Bến Thành
2-2A Trần Hưng Đạo
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Drinks & Nightlife

Locally made craft beer in a new swanky pub. It’s fairly new so more quit than other pubs. It’s delicious tasting beer for that evening when you don’t want to go to far from home. They have more room upstairs and serve food.
Winking Seal Beer Co.
50 Đặng Thị Nhu
Locally made craft beer in a new swanky pub. It’s fairly new so more quit than other pubs. It’s delicious tasting beer for that evening when you don’t want to go to far from home. They have more room upstairs and serve food.
Actually not too far from the Cathedral, this place is packed almost every night with Vietnamese. Lots of drinking, cheering and enjoying. This is what Vietnamese drinking looks like! Get a group of friends and enjoy a loud and fun night.
POC POC Beer Garden
39 Phạm Ngọc Thạch
Actually not too far from the Cathedral, this place is packed almost every night with Vietnamese. Lots of drinking, cheering and enjoying. This is what Vietnamese drinking looks like! Get a group of friends and enjoy a loud and fun night.
After wandering around the night market in Ben Thanh market, just stop here for a rooftop drink. They make decent cocktails and food. Pretty laid back atmosphere.
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OMG Rooftop Bar
14 Lê Lai
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After wandering around the night market in Ben Thanh market, just stop here for a rooftop drink. They make decent cocktails and food. Pretty laid back atmosphere.
A swanky new bar and lounge. The place is fairly new so doesn’t get too busy, YET. The place is chill with decent cocktails and snacks. Has a massive selection of alcohol. Some nights they have a DJ.
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The Alley Cocktail Bar & Kitchen
63/1 Pasteur
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A swanky new bar and lounge. The place is fairly new so doesn’t get too busy, YET. The place is chill with decent cocktails and snacks. Has a massive selection of alcohol. Some nights they have a DJ.
All kinds of craft beers. Level three rooftop in a very quiet part of the city but very close to the central business district. They only sell beer, water and beers snacks.
Rogue Saigon
All kinds of craft beers. Level three rooftop in a very quiet part of the city but very close to the central business district. They only sell beer, water and beers snacks.
Local craft beers using local ingredients such as passion fruit and ginger. Can order a taster tray and try all their beers. They have 12 beers on tap (all locally made). Excellent gourmet pub food. Can buy 1L growlers to take.
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Pasteur Street Brewing Co.
144 Pasteur
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Local craft beers using local ingredients such as passion fruit and ginger. Can order a taster tray and try all their beers. They have 12 beers on tap (all locally made). Excellent gourmet pub food. Can buy 1L growlers to take.
On the roof of the Duc Vuong Hotel. Although on Bui Vien street (backpacker street) it’s nothing like it. It’s a great alternative to the upscale, expensive rooftop bars. A decent view of the city with reasonably priced drinks.
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The View Rooftop Bar
195 Bùi Viện
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On the roof of the Duc Vuong Hotel. Although on Bui Vien street (backpacker street) it’s nothing like it. It’s a great alternative to the upscale, expensive rooftop bars. A decent view of the city with reasonably priced drinks.
Australian sports bar. Plays sports from around the world.
Phatty's Sports Bar and Grill
Australian sports bar. Plays sports from around the world.
MY MOST favorite wine & cheese place. Very reasonable yet provides the best wine selection in town.
Cork & Bottle
7 Thái Văn Lung
MY MOST favorite wine & cheese place. Very reasonable yet provides the best wine selection in town.
Best view of Saigon. One of the first rooftop bars.
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Chill Skybar
76A Lê Lai
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Best view of Saigon. One of the first rooftop bars.
The sky bar for the Vietnamese upper class. This is the hippest sky bar as of writing. They have the best coctails in the city!
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Glow Skybar
93 Nguyễn Du
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The sky bar for the Vietnamese upper class. This is the hippest sky bar as of writing. They have the best coctails in the city!
Happy hour half price on all drinks Monday to Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm. I get drunk before dinner all the time. Excellent food upstairs.
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Xu Restaurant Lounge
71 75 Hai Bà Trưng
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Happy hour half price on all drinks Monday to Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm. I get drunk before dinner all the time. Excellent food upstairs.
Hajine (first in Japanese), owner and bartender loves to share his love for alcohol, specifically whisky. He makes all kinds of cocktails, just tell him your preference and he’ll make you something unique. It’s a quaint, quiet place and the food is excellent.
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The First Bar
23 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng
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Hajine (first in Japanese), owner and bartender loves to share his love for alcohol, specifically whisky. He makes all kinds of cocktails, just tell him your preference and he’ll make you something unique. It’s a quaint, quiet place and the food is excellent.

Sightseeing

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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
01 Công xã Paris
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Saigon Central Post Office
Số 125 Công xã Paris
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Ben Thanh Market
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Arts & Culture

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War Remnants Museum
28 Võ Văn Tần
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Hồ Chí Minh City Museum of Fine Arts
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Shopping

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Takashimaya Vietnam
92-94 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa
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Asiana Food Town (Chợ Ẩm Thực Dưới Lòng Đất)
23/9 Phạm Ngũ Lão

Essentials

Circle K Viet Nam
71 Nguyễn Thái Bình
Open 24/7
Open till 22:00
Foodcomart Shop
Open till 22:00