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Because the best way to explore a city is through know-it-alls that live there, we created Trip Tips.

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About Life Coffee Brewers

About Life was brought from Japan in partnership with Pizza 4Ps, hence the great location underneath the restaurant and amongst the lush urban garden. About life is straight-forward in terms of menu, which is a good thing, you know everything is perfected. The cold brew is great.

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151B Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 6, Quận 3, TP. Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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Mon-Fri:
7:30-18:00
Sat-Sun:
8:00-18:00

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Am I Superwoman?

Am I superwoman? —The exhibition does not provide an answer but rather an invitation to dive into the complex mythical constructions of feminine roles.

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Anan Saigon

Chef Peter will never give up. This is serious. He wants you to have your best meal in Vietnam. He wants to strip away preconceptions about Vietnamese food. He wants you to have a good time. He might stand over your table and tell you how to eat your food, but it's because he loves what he does.

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Antique Street

It's a street of antique shops. Both sides. Its totally overwhelming. You know it, they know it, you're really "just looking" but you might find somnething you cannot live without. Just remember to bargain.

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Bach Suites Saigon

Hidden away in the heart of Saigon’s creative and foodie hub of Dakao, Bach Suites offers easy access to all the city's main sites and attractions. Tasteful and understated, the décor stays away from the usual colonial references making it the perfect choice for those who appreciate minimalism.

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Bam Bam

Its a small club. You can literally dance with everyone, in an empty pool, under neon light. It's good. Have fun.

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Barron Bar

A wine bar with an affordable range. Cozy space, perfect for a solo drink night by the bar, a date, or a small get-together. Lozzi also has delicious Japanese homemade bites and various seating nooks to choose from.

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Béo Ơi

You’ll become a patron of Béo Ơi before you know it. This is what a proper Hanoian crab noodle soup or fermented pig ears should be – you’ll understand after just one bite. All ingredients are brought down from the North so it’s as authentic as it can get.

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Birdy Bar

Cocktail bar meets the street. Where else can you enjoy a finely made cocktail and order “hu tieu” from a steaming soup cart next to you? Note: the Yaki Tori place in the back has a secret door they can serve you from.

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BOA Bookstore

A foreign-language bookstore with an interesting selection. The tall book shelves create a cozy reading nook, right in central Saigon.

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Bosgaurus Coffee

Coffee served in a pure white and stainless steel gallery-like zone. Sounds strange? It's a little different, and that is part of what makes BOS. So great. This lab is the ultimate commitment to making the best coffee possible. Excellence takes hard work. We think that is where the name comes from. It's all in plain minimalist sight.

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Botanical Gardens

This section of the zoo is really lush and established. It boasts some really strange plants. The concrete greenhouse is something of an architectural wonder, and we're pretty sure you'll be snapping photos in there.

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Cafe Slow

Something about getting lost in a winding residential hem makes the coffee even better. Even so, Cafe Slow has great coffee, vinyls for sale (which means great music), a beautiful space, and really nice people running the whole show. Make it slow.

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Captain Phook

Small, all hits menu served at an indoor / outdoor bar. Eat beautifully considered dishes accompanied by a good wine list, while being basically out on the street.

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Central Cho Lon

Cho Lon was there before HCMC. Its a historically rich and diverse area. We could send you to dozens of specific shops and vendors in the area, but it would need it's own Trip Tips. Go to the center and take it form there. You'll know you have arrived from the iconic smell of traditional medicine shops.

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Cheo Leo Cafe

Old school. Like really old school. Like you've never had coffee this old school. It's made in some totally unique old way. Love this hem. Love the glasses, love the atmosphere. Never change Cheo Leo!

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Cơm tấm Ba Ghiền

A bang for your buck. The portions here consistently live up to high expectations. This is THE place for an optimal hearty com tam experience. The inviting smell alone will let you know you’ve arrived.

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Danshari Coffee Cho Lon

A cafe that breathes new life to the Cho Lon area. Large windows capture plenty of sunlight, highlighting the white walls that run outside-in. The space is bright and quiet, but not at all cold or sterile, probably due to its positioning in bustling District 5.

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Đu Đủ Xanh

Creative dishes that will make you realize how rewarding it is to be vegetarian. But being vegetarian not required at all. Good food for the eyes, stomach, and soul.

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Fusion Suites Saigon

The centrally located Fusion Suites is down-to-earth but chic. Go for one of the suites featuring a standalone “floating” bathtub and enjoy a soak with panoramic views of the city. Or grab a seat on the outdoor terrace with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and watch the world go by.

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Galerie Quynh

Curator Quynh Pham owns and operates HCMC's longest running contemporary art gallery. Her roster of artists is impressive, and we see the gallery as a place of hope for Vietnamese Contemporary Art in general. Visit and spend a chunk of the day on a great street in the up and coming Da Kao Ward.

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

We're not saying the collection is amazing. Or is it, just because it would be the only collection like it? Anyhow, part of an afternoon getting lost in these incredible (former) houses is really worth it.

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Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Part classical Indochine-style hotel, part art museum, MGallery encourages guests to peruse the owner’s personal collection of paintings and antiques, which adorn every wall. For sunset cocktails, head to the popular rooftop bar.

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Huy Cuong Antique

Endless piles of antique furniture (probably made with wood that would be illegal to log today). Its an overload, but you might want to change the decor of your place to accomodate.

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In The Mood Bar

Locally-owned cocktail bar with a great selection of rare whiskeys. Located in one of the city's old-shophouses on Dong Khoi street. Perfect charm. Great scale.

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Izakaya Ten

Izakaya’s are always a fun time. The authentically Japanese style is out of the ordinary when placed in the setting of Saigon streets, and yet it somehow feels right. Make sure to bring people and just try everything your wallet and stomach will allow (which will be a lot).

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Khoai Bar

Extensive beer list. Lively. Diverse area. Maximum quirk, DIY kind of space. A place to make friends, drunk friends.

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Kiyota

Best Omakase in town. 3 options: Small, Medium, Large. Choose large. Let the itamae do the rest. You'll have to make a reservation (ask for bar).

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Koheis

Kohei's bar shares a space with a local barbers shop in one of the city’s rare kept shophouses. Owned by an eccentric Japanese cocktail expert and self proclaimed drinks-man, Kohei offers creative, well crafted and delicious drinks!

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Lai Day Refill Station

Its a place to buy soap, basically, but its nice smelling and natural soap! Helly Tong (the star of sustainability in Vietnam) was first to open this kind of refill concept, where you can bring your old containers and refill them with your daily soap.

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Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel

The epitome of urban chic, Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint has everything a discerning traveler can ask for: a standout spa, great F&B concepts and a rooftop swimming pool. It even boasts an in-house cinema, so you can catch the latest movie releases.

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Lief Sara Sai Gon

Capturing the essence of life in a traditional Saigon neighborhood, Lief Sara décor’ is infused with just the right amount of nostalgia. Those who know their way around the kitchen will appreciate fully equipped kitchenettes, plus the dining areas to enjoy all that homemade goodness at.

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Lozzi

A wine bar with an affordable range. Cozy space, perfect for a solo drink night by the bar, a date, or a small get-together. Lozzi also has delicious Japanese homemade bites and various seating nooks to choose from.

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Mai House Saigon

The Mai House Saigon is glamorous and is not afraid to show it. Here, French-Indochinese design meets charming colonial flair – resulting in plush interiors and sumptuously appointed rooms, suites, and serviced apartments.

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Maison De Camille Boutique Hotel

If you want peace and quiet, Maison De Camille is just the ticket. Tastefully appointed rooms, refined service, outdoor dining and free breakfast make it a popular staycation choice. If you prefer staying it to venturing out, ask for a room with a terrace.

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Maison Marou Saigon

Vietnamese cacao tastes better than other cacaos. What's better? You are IN VIETNAM! That iced chocolate drink, or opera cake, was made with fresh cacao from up the street. NYT says it's the best chocolate you've never tasted. Taste it.

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Mập Thôn Vintage

A vintage store with an obvious style. All items are curated and high quality finds. The store is really cute (small, but cute) and worth a visit.

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Monkey Gallery

Monkey Gallery was created by two ambitious local chefs. It is a fun evening. We can sense the fun that the chefs are having creating dishes that are sophisticated, adventurous but somehow laid back. They say this isn't fine dining, but it really looks like it. Perfect combination?

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Nhà Phạm

An oasis for lovers of good music and creativity. Nha Pham is located in an old apartment building that brings feelings of nostalgia. It’s not uncommon to see groups of friends sitting by the windowsill playing guitar and singing soothing songs.

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OHQuao

A thoughtful selection of local art and all-things stationery, run by a husband-wife duo with a passion for design. Everything here is designed and made Vietnam.

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Okkio Thao Dien

Okkio perfectly adorns the vibrant Thao Dien vibe. Their walls are covered in brilliant red-green tones, interesting color choices for a specialty coffee shop. The open bar is placed dead-center, making the diligent work of their baristas more obvious to their guests.

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One Zine at a Time

The first ever zine fair in Saigon, hosted by Kho Muc Studio – the only risograph print shop in town and an exciting platform for the local creative community.

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Pizza 4P's Hai Ba Trung

The founders are on a mission. They have a vision to make the world smile for peace. What does this mean for you? Your food is going to be great, and you're going to have a great time. Everytime. With a few fantastic locations, its hard to choose, but architect Nishizawa worked wonders at the Hai Ba Trung location.

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Powers Bar

Tiny Dive bar smack in the middle of Saigon's "Little Tokyo" & red light district. Chill, Dive-y vibe, Great drinks.

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Que Kaarem

KAAREM is making some of the most considered and beautiful garments we know of. Already a success abroad, the people behind the brand have opened a space where their creative director, Chuong Pham, can finally sell not only his masterful clothes, but also bread, ceramics, and the occasianal cocktail (that he makes!)

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QUINCE Eatery

We really sense the work that went into not only the menu, but the entire operation. We feel like they have done everything the hard way: from sourcing ingredients to opening in a seemingly out-of-the-way, up-and-coming location. All of this is what makes Quince great.

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Reading Cabin

Cute, unexpected, thoughtful little stationary shop. Every city needs these. You just feel like you have to buy everything.

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Saigon Street Photography Club

Whether you prefer the newness of digital or the craftiness or film, this is THE space for photography enthusiasts. Every Sunday, SSPC holds social gatherings at different locations around the city. For new Saigon comers, this is the perfect way to explore the city. As for locals, this may be a great opportunity to refresh your list of favorite places.

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TP. Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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Every Sunday

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Seeker Saigon

Calling all those into mixology—this is the store for you. Within their line of decorative objects for the home, Seeker has a wonderful selection of cups and glasses. Find all you need to start your own pub, or to spice up your night-ins.

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Sheraton Saigon

You can’t beat Sheraton Saigon’s location. With excellent dining, shopping, and nightlife right on the doorstep – this is a great base to make the most of your sojourn in the city. Being part of the Marriott empire, service is impeccable.

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Smog

A small kunsei (smoked) snacks & drinks bar in the midst of Saigon. The eccentric and almost other-worldly technological creations used as decor makes it feel like accidentally discovering a mad scientist’s lab, but it’s strangely inviting enough for you to stay.

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Tao Đàn Park

A lung of District 1. Tao Dan park has a lot to offer. We especially like the moderninst Socialist sculptures in the park. The botanical aspect of the park is well considered. It's also nice to see how much use the park gets.

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The Alcove Library Hotel

As the name suggests, The Alcove Library Hotel is a bookworm’s haven. Browse the property’s extensive library, offering a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, to find the perfect tome to bury your nose in while enjoying breakfast at the elegant rooftop restaurant.

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The Cafe Apartments

One building. 1000 (or so) cafes, tiny fashion labels, or whateverelse is inside. We love to see whats going on with young fresh entrepreneurs here. We love the architecture, and the young crowd. All well worth getting lost at 42 Nguyen Hue.

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The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

The Factory has created a really ambitious space, and you can be sure that there is always something going on. If there isn't, then the library is always worth the vist.

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The First Bar

This is THE Japanese cocktail bar. Solid. Classics ✓ Try to sit at the bar. If you're feeling peckish, there's also an eclectic food menu.

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The Hummingbird Cafe Saigon

A comfy getaway in an attic – rustic yet classy. Hummingbird often hosts small exhibitions with interesting works by local artists in their space. The drinks are simple but perfected. Something about retreating to a nice nook in the middle of a busy street feels so rewarding.

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The Independence Palace

Not to miss. Must tour. We go back sometimes. Don't miss the 70's lounge room. The incredible rugs, the bunker, the door handles on the theater! The grounds are a great place for a walk. We would spend half a day there. Epic palace.

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The Myst Dong Khoi

Steps away from the buzzing riverfront, Myst Dong Khoi feels hushed and cool. Rooms are modern and feature relics of Saigon’s storied past – stained-glass details, wrought iron roses and cherished local artifacts.

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The Workshop Coffee

It's the original specialty coffee joint in town, and it;s still relevant. It had a lot of babies. You can enjoy world class specialty coffee all over town now, thanks to these guys. The original never lets down. The amazing location, always a big bonus. You may just have trouble finding space.

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Thien Hau Temple

While there are many noteworthy temples in town, we chose to include Thien Hau because it's a little more obscure. There is a lot to discover, and details-wise we find it a never-ending wonderland. The original temple is quite old (1760) but some of the structure feels almost modern. The temple is also very well taken care of. All around realy impressive.

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Thuỷ Nguyễn: Mộng Bình Thường

Comfort, convenience, feminity, and elegance – these are things that Thuy Nguyen's garments embody. This exhibition is a show of Thuy's most significant designs throughout her career. A tribute to contemporary fashion in Vietnam.

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Times Records

An independent record store! We have been waiting for you! The shop is cozy with organized shelves filled with vinyl, cassettes and CDs. For locals, this place certainly brings you back to your childhood. A blessing in the heart of Saigon.

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Turtle Lake

That thing! It's nice to go hang out at the turtle lake spike-needle. Cool kids hang out around it, there is a lot of life, and the design and craft of the monument in itself is really special.

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Because the best way to explore a city is through know-it-alls that live there, we created Trip Tips.

With a tightly scrutinized, 10 entries per category, ‘tips’ is kept up-to-date in a rapidly refreshing world.

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