{Cafe Crush} AQ Coffee, Saigon


If you like your cafe sua da served up with a dash of colonial-era grandeur, AQ Coffee is the perfect place. A restored villa complete with high ceilings and requisite patterned tiles offers a charming alternative to Saigon’s newer mega-cafes with their floor-to-ceiling glass and vinyl lounge chairs.

Outside is a cool, curved bamboo structure emitting a cooling mist, while indoors and upstairs is the best place to relax and escape the relentless traffic noise.ย My only gripe? The olive coloured interior is a little grim – a coat of bright white paint would much better suit the surrounds!

Go for: a strong, smooth and sweet cafe sua da (iced coffee with milk) served with a cute ice box and tongs
Not for: sandwiches, brownies, that kind of thing – this is a young, trendy local haunt with a Vietnamese food menu to match

AQ Coffee, 32 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3, Saigon

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  1. Anonymous July 2, 2010 / 4:02 pm

    I heard there’s a quirky place in Dist 1 that combined haute coulture with fine dining. What’s that all about??? FB Villa is the name, I think.

  2. Lauren Jackson November 3, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks for these fun posts about places you like to go in Saigon. We recently moved here from Seattle and are so thankful for any tips.

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