Coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City
We all end up in coffee shops when we travel – a place to get wifi, a place to rest and refuel between sites, or a destination in and of itself. Something striking about Vietnam is the sheer variety of coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City. In one day alone we were able to visit a Japanese themed tea house and coffee shop, a hole in the wall shop covered in murals, a hundred year old coffee chain, a bacon sandwich and coffee shop, a minimally designed coffee shop with specialty smoothies for youth and/or beauty, a curated boutique with its own industrial coffee bar, and an out of the way, quirky and coffee shop in a building with a Banksy themed cafe downstairs.
And yet, despite the variety, there was a shared quality in all of the coffee shops we visited in Ho Chi Minh City. It was as if something beautiful could occur in the “third space” that cannot exist in our other spheres – its functional adaptability. One moment it can be a place to hermit and the next a place to socialize; it can be a haven from responsibility and the spot where productivity soars. Either way, the coffee better be good.