Orchidee is a light and bright little hideaway down the same alleyway as La Camargue restaurant (off Hai Ba Trung, across the road from Tous Les Jours bakery). It offers the perfect pitstop when exploring Hai Ba Trung’s shops, and serves great iced coffees and ice-cream in martini glasses.
The ground floor feels a little like a cubbyhouse with its rounded windows and colourful stools. If a citrus colour theme isn’t your taste (and I can’t say I love the ‘tropical’ lime/yellow/orange combo) head upstairs to the cute terrace where orchid motifs decorate the cushions and chairs.
Go for: Sweet relief to escape the Saigon-sun mid-shopping spree/street exploration
Not for: The ultimate Saigon cafe experience – more of a cute and convenient pitstop than the next La Fenetre Soleil (this might be more of a short-term cafe crush than a full-blown love affair!)
Orchidee, 195B Hai Ba Trung, D3 (nb:it’s down an alley, not actually on Hai Ba Trung…this is just their address….gotta love Saigon addresses!)