I now feel a little bit more in the secret Saigon know with reader Franziska’s revelation of a stockpile of charming old, restored furniture – the kind you wish you could find but seems few and far between in rapidly modernising Saigon.
Wrought iron lanterns, antique wooden chests, art deco sideboards and gorgeous chests of drawers compete for space in a rustic old tin roofed shed, with a further (and better) treasure trove inside a dark, cavernous warehouse through an old wooden blue door to the right.
No purchases were made (this time) but thoughts of sending pieces home by the shipping crate load definitely crossed my mind!
Where? Look for the Pho 2000 on Pasteur, just off Le Loi and across the road from the Paris Deli and Cafe Terrace at Saigon Centre. Enter the decrepit looking archway to the right that leads to a motorbike parking area, and all will be revealed!
Le Van Au Furniture, 122 Pasteur, D1, Saigon, Tel: 0903 701 426
Sounds great! Brings back memories of the shady parts of Chatuchak market in Bangkok 🙂
Oh yes, the old furniture! I always dream that when we finally afford to buy a house, part of the bank loan could be used on a trip back to VN for furniture. I also love the beautiful tiles people are selling out on the main roads between cities. I cross my fngers everyday that they still have “those green and white” ones when we are ready for them.
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I LOVE!!!! this type of furniture, I’d be happy living in that shop 🙂
I’m the son of this shop owner : ) It will be interesting if you have a chance to meet my dad.