Vietnam is a coffee drinking country. Coffee shops are where you will see many locals taking their afternoon breaks to have some of the local varieties of coffee such as egg coffee (Cà Phê Trứng) and iced coffee with condensed milk (Cà Phê Sữa Đá). Even chains from around the world have sunk their roots throughout Ho Chi Minh City. However, for some of us, we want not just good coffee, but excellent coffee. Here are six artisanal coffees spots that show the real potential of the local beans.
1 – The Workshop
Now the name of this place might be confusing as it isn’t a place to make your own coffee, but instead, The Workshop is one of the many co-working spaces/ artisanal coffee spots that dot the landscape of Saigon. However, what sets this place apart from other co-working spaces is the attention to detail in their coffee.
You will notice at first by all of the different ways they have for brewing, to even the small selection of carefully curated beans that in the menu give you way more information than most will ever need to know. Watching them make your coffee is almost a show in of itself. They produce your hot or cold brew with scientific precision, measuring everything from the weight to the ideal water temperature. They even have a great food menu, so The Workshop is an excellent start of your day right in District 1.
Location: The Workshop – 27 Ngo Duc Ke, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
2 – Bosgaurus Coffee
This is an artisanal coffee spot that is a retreat from the hectic city center. In fact, when you are at Bosgaurus Coffee, it feels like you are in another place. Nestled along the Saigon River behind Saigon Pearl you could spend the afternoon decompressing from the busy inner city. Plus, they are an award-winning coffee place with their awards displayed with pride in the shop.
The design is so clean and modern with the stainless coffee bar and high-tech machinery. It would be hard to find yourself peeling away from this coffee retreat. Of course, despite all of the fancy espresso machinery, they do not forget that making good coffee is simple at its core. They still use the pour over methods for those seeking it black and use K’ho beans which are known as the best in the country by many.
Location: Bosgaurus Coffee – 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Saigon Pearl, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City (all the way in the back)
3 – Talk Barista
This café is a small little escape from the noise of the big city. An excellent place for an excellently made cup of coffee from your usual expresso types to a well-made pour over. This is an artisanal coffee spot that understands coffee and gives you personal attention when creating your perfect cup. So much so you can even learn about the barista arts from the café’s zen-like master.
Considering the quality of their brews, you definitely would want to learn from such a master. The place may be small, but the coffee and design of the café make it feel more significant than it is. This place like many others on the list have found that things should be well made and in an environment that shows you they care. Coffee may be a tradition in Vietnam, but these places show its future.
Locations: Talk Barista Saigon – 81 Truong Dinh, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh
4 – La Viet Coffee
Other places know truly well that coffee begins with sourcing an artisanal bean right from the source in Dalat. Hidden in an alleyway in District 3, this place will fill up fast with patrons. Serving excellent pour over coffee to more traditional likes such as Ca Phe Sua Da to even strange concoctions like a spicy coffee. This is a place to try!
The artisanal coffee spot from Dalat has now taken hold in its little corner in Ho Chi Minh City. It is a nice place to be amongst the locals who also appreciate a more exceptional cup of coffee.
Locations: La Viet Coffee – Alley 193, 191 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh
5 – Hue Café Roastery
Now, this stop is not like the others as it is more of an upscale Vietnamese style café, but they take the usual local styles and elevate it for some quality coffee. While they do make excellent espresso-based coffees, the stand out is the Ca Phe Sua Da. They take this favorite brew and make it truly good.
Unlike other places, the taste of the coffee is still prevalent and not masked up with sweetness. Somehow Hue Café seems to have found the perfect balance of the sweetness and the roasted coffee to create this alchemical wonder of a Ca Phe Sua Da. For someone who likes the taste of coffee, this is a wonderful compromised between tradition and artisanal coffee.
Locations: Hue Café Roastery – 40 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh
6 – Saigon Coffee Roastery
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Our final artisanal coffee spot knows quality coffee. Saigon Coffee Roastery shows this with their Dong Khoi location open about three years now and another spot on Dang Thi Nhu Street now as well. This is another exceptional place and the barista at least at the newer location is a master of his craft and can share with you everything you ever would need to know about coffee. This place shows they care with their staff and the top-quality equipment they use. No short cuts here.
Saigon Coffee Roastery 1 – 151 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Saigon Coffee Roastery 2 – 12 Dang Thi Nhu, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
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