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Coffee culture in Saigon: Where you must add to your Saigon travel trip

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Mention Saigon, people often think of the beautiful scenery, the traditional customs and habits, and the hectic pace of life. But if you have lived here for a long time, there is one thing always appears in daily life – the coffee culture.

In many Saigon travel reviews blog, the theme Vietnamese coffee is never enough. To the people who live in Saigon, coffee is not just a beverage; it is part of their lives. No one knows exactly how many coffee shops in Saigon. Go around any corner of the city, you can suddenly run into a coffee shop. What is worth mentioning is that the diversity of coffee shops, from many gorgeous ones on the main streets to the tiny shops in meandering alleys.

Street Coffee

This is the most common coffee stall in Saigon. There are some stalls that have been here for a long time. The way they make coffee is different from the rest of the world. If you refer hot black coffee, they are going to load coffee into a filter and then left it to drip about 15 minutes, it called “ca phe phin”. In this way, coffee always brings an unforgettable distinctive taste. Normally with the heat in Saigon, iced black coffee (ca phe den) and iced coffee with condensed milk (ca phe sua) are the favorite choices.

Net coffee

“Ca phe Vot” (net coffee) is a unique coffee style in Vietnam

“Bet” Coffee

“Bet” Coffee is a kind of coffee on the flat ground. This style of enjoying coffee is just like the people live here: easy-going, enthusiastic and sociable. Everyone often gathers around to gossip with their friends, playing guitar, drawing, even working or just simply observing the city. It has become one of a unique feature of Saigon.

Bet Coffee

“Bet” Coffee is the favorite of young people

Local Coffee Chains

When you come to any country, you should visit the local stores. The Vietnamese have taken coffee to new levels. In Saigon, there are many famous brands popular with Vietnamese people such as Trung Nguyen Coffee, Phuc Long, Highlands Coffee.

Phuc Long

Phuc Long is a popular brand for all ages

24/7

Saigon is known as the city that never sleeps. The tourist must be surprised that even 3 am in the 24/7 coffee still crowded. Most of the young people love going to the coffee chatting with their friends or even go alone to work. If you want to know more about Saigon, you have to see the nightlife of this place. Just choose any of 24/7 coffee shop you like, come in the midnight and enjoy. It will surely be different!

Kai Coffee

Kai Coffee with the spacious and comfortable space

Retro Coffee shop

Tourists are always attracted by the traditional customs and habits of Vietnam. Among a lot of modern coffee brands, there are always the old styles of coffee shops exist in the heart of Saigon. I highly recommend Cong Coffee; this must be the highlight of the retro coffee shop style. Cong Coffee was designed like Saigon in the 90s. Every single corner of this place brings memories of the past. The coffee quality is another signature of Cong Coffee. They have some great variations of iced coffees such as coconut coffee, yogurt coffee. It may sound weird but it worth trying. Coconut brings rich flavor combine with bitter coffee, like a harmony to the taste.

Ut Lanh Coffee

Ut Lanh Coffee – the childhood coffee

Modern Coffee Shop

The different of these coffee shops is the way they make coffee. The traditional method is drip coffee; it naturally maintains a strong taste and a thicker brew. In the modern method, coffee will be easier to drink – strong but not too bitter.

 

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