Everyone is familiar with traditional Vietnamese-style coffee: strong, robust coffee dripped from the phin (the metal filter) and stirred with a generous dollop of condensed milk. As much as the Viets still love their local coffee, a new wave of coffee appreciation is taking over the city — the third-wave kind. With the country experiencing rapid development and its young denizens taking over, we’re seeing an appreciation for international trends. Artisanal coffee in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) particularly is a growing market with more cafes and micro roasteries popping up.
If you’re curating your HCMC itinerary and you’d like to fit in some coffee tasting sessions, we suggest you forgo the ones you’ll find in the Cafe Apartment for these specialty coffee places instead. Cutting away the extra frills of pretty interiors with subpar drinks, these cafes with artisanal coffee in HCMC will increase your appreciation of quality third-wave coffee, even if it may be made of the same beans as the coffee you find in banh mi shops.
Ready to kick back with a nice cup of joe? Find our list of five specialty coffee cafes in HCMC below.
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While most third-wave coffee cafes prefer to take on a raw and rustic interior, Bosgaurus Coffee Roasters goes the way of science instead. It is housed in an all-white, almost clinical laboratory-like cafe. After all, roasting and brewing coffee is all about the science. Vietnamese Barista Champion Tr’ân Hân and AeroPress Champion Le Dan Nha Thi, so you know you’ll be getting the best brewed stuff.
Bosgaurus Coffee, 92 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, , Villa 1D5, Sai Gon Pearl, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 90 142 68 77.
Established in 2014, The Workshop is HCMC’s first specialty roaster. The coffee here showcases none of the frills one would expect from your typical Instagram-friendly cafes with unicorn rainbows — it is as serious as it gets. But that doesn’t mean you can’t continue taking pictures in here, because the space is still a gorgeous one nonetheless. Take your pick of brewing methods: they have the V60, AeroPress, syphon, and more.
The Workshop, 27 Ngo Duc Ke, P. Ben Nghe, Q.1 (2nd floor), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 3824 6801.
There are two outposts of Shin Coffee, but they are within walking distance of each other. Its founder, Nguyen Huu Long has had years of experience in the coffee industry working in both Japan and Vietnam. Other than providing quality Vietnamese beans to its patrons, Shin Coffee is also working towards an academy to spread the knowledge of third-wave coffee.
Shin Coffee, 18 Hồ Huấn Nghiệp, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 90 310 08 93.
Step into this cafe a floor above the busy streets and you’ll find a mish-mash of Italian espresso bar inspiration, but made with Vietnamese coffee. The owner aspired to take on what most people thought of as “low-quality Vietnamese coffee” and take out all the filler ingredients like soy and cornmeal. Having a cup of coffee here is living proof that local coffee can be quality ones too.
Saigon Coffee Roastery, 151/5 Dong Khoi St ( 1st floor ), District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 6278 3236.
It may look casual, but the coffee you get at Chat Coffee Roasters & Bistro is as serious as it gets. Easily identifiable by the large roasting machine outside, the cafe otherwise boasts rustic vibes of wood and steel. If you’re lucky, you may even be present when there’s a live band performing there.
Chat Coffee Roasters & Bistro, 53/1 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Nguyen Thai Binh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 6685 3391.