24-hour Cafes in Saigon07 Dec 2014
There are few cities in the world that have a demand as high as Saigon’s for coffee, wifi, and a place to hang out throughout the day and night. This demand allows for more than a half-dozen cafes in Districts 1 and 3 to stay open (and busy) at all hours. If you are in Saigon and haven’t done so, I recommend walking down Pasteur street at 1AM on a weeknight to see for yourself: crowds of people on clusters of plastic stools hanging out with their friends, drinking coffee, playing on their phones, and enjoying the cooler temperatures.
There are probably many more than what I’ve found, but here’s a list of 24-hour cafes with wifi in District 1 and District 3 Ho Chi Minh City:
Thức in Vietnamese means ‘awaken’ or ‘wake up’ (or 醒). Thức has four locations in District 1 (two are within 200 meters of each other), and all are busy, especially at night. Iced milk coffee is served in paper cups for Đ30,000; the quality is average. Each location has an indoor area which is busy during the day and sidewalk space that becomes crowded at night. Unlike the other cafes on this list, Thức locations are designed and branded rather generically, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t pleasant places to hang out.
156B Pasteur, D.1 180A Pasteur, D.1 60 Huynh Thuc Khang, D.1 37 Ly Tu Trong, D.1
This cafe also has several locations, though I believe only the location on Pasteur Street is open 24 hours (the hours posted on Foody.vn are incorrect). The Coffee Factory stays true to its name by using oil barrels for tables, serving iced drinks in large metal mugs, and sticking with a black-and-metal aesthetic inside and out.
184 Pasteur, D.1 53H Nguyễn Du, D.1 7 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, D.1 107A Trương Định, D.3
G Coffee is covered in wood with purple signage. It has three locations in central Saigon, and all three are open around the clock. Unlike the others, G Coffee’s iced coffee is served in a glass without mixing in the condensed milk. Sidewalk seating is on wood barrel-like stools with a wood barrel-like table.
60 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, D.1 42 Lý Tự Trọng, D.1 65 Hồ Xuân Hương, D.3
Anh Coffee is close to Bến Thành market and the Phạm Ngũ Lão backpacker area. Its interior is enclosed and fully air conditioned (most of the others on this list, except for the Thức Coffee location at 156B Pasteur, are not air conditioned). when I visited the baristas were playing and singing along to K-Pop songs, so keep that in mind when deciding whether to sit inside. Outside is well-lit and crowded at night, and it’s a great place to people-watch.
47 Trần Hưng Đạo, D.1
Heritage has spray-painted moustaches on the outside, which is where most people choose to sit. Inside, the open-air cafe has a collection of antique luggage, telephones, typewriters, bicycles, and music equipment. The staff plays Vietnamese oldies from cassette and open reel tape decks. The owner has two english bulldogs that greet customers who order or bring food. While the other cafes on this list tend to have a medley of customers, this cafe attracts a more hip crowd. The location is central but on a quieter street than many of the others with far less foot traffic.
10 Pasteur Street