Cafe crush: La Fenetre Soleil

I was just in Saigon for a few days and spent much time checking out the cafes. One of my favourites was La Fenetre Soleil – not as much for the food (there’s not too much to choose from apart from fried snacks and some desserts) but its eclectic Parisian style décor. With wooden floorboards, exposed brick walls, a super high ceiling and massive French glass doors, the space is dramatic in scale with a grungy European feel. Mismatched vintage furniture, a crystal chandelier and a massive vase of birds of paradise complete the look.

La Fenetre Soleil’s drinks menu is a drawcard – the spicy ginger juice is delicious and there’s a selection of teas made with fresh ingredients (like mint and lemongrass). Despite its dingy stairway entrance (though it kind of adds to the charm) I wish La Fenetre Soleil was my own apartment!

La Fenetre Soleil, 2nd Floor, 135 Le Thanh Ton, D1, Saigon

9 Responses

  1. Xander September 30, 2008 / 12:38 pm

    This was my favorite spot last time I was in Saigon, and it was one of the first spots I visited when I returned this week. My only complaint this time was the music- or should I say muzak? Their earl grey muffins are delicious enough to distract from that, thankfully. -X

  2. Xander October 14, 2008 / 4:37 am

    PS- Have you had the Vietnamese coffee flavored french toast there? It’s delicious. -X

  3. Liz Ledden October 14, 2008 / 2:40 pm

    That sounds great – will have to try it next time!

  4. Haiko January 9, 2010 / 4:41 pm

    love that place, took heaps of photos. will visit again in January 2010

  5. nice December 21, 2010 / 10:08 pm

    excellent place thank you.

  6. Anonymous April 14, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Hi Liz – do you know if La Fenestre Du Soliel rents rooms with the same feel ? Barry

  7. h2onewmedia December 1, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    Awesome article thank you for sharing!

  8. A Girl in Asia December 5, 2011 / 9:35 am

    Hi Mike – I believe it moved premises a while ago. Apparently it’s now at 2nd floor, 44 Ly Tu Trong Street, cnr of Pasteur Street, D1. Not sure if it’s the same owners or vibe or anything but they have some photos of the interior on their Facebook page and it looks quite nice (though not as authentically vintage as the old place).

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