Saigon is where trendy vintage vibes meet new modern feels. It’s where you can sip champagne mojitos from a sky-bar or adventure through the ever growing café scene. Even on a sweltering summer day, the city has an ambiance that keeps me coming back for more. However, it’s that old school Saigon and eminent coffee culture that I love most. But, there’s nothing better than when these two come together and form their very own cafe apartment block. The old cafe apartment building on 14 Ton That Dam Street is just that, a photographer’s dream, a coffee lover’s kick and the cool kid’s hangout.
We all know Saigon’s beloved Apartment Cafe on 42 Nguyen Hue, but it’s not the only apartment block turned cafe scene in the city. Its sister cafe apartment at 14 Ton That Dam Street also has a collection of cool cafes, vintage shops, retro restaurants and chic fashion boutiques. Through a sprawling maze of stairwells, corridors, and cafes, it’s a fun and totally underrated place to get lost in for an afternoon.
With no grand entrance to this apartment block you could pass by it a thousand times and not think twice about climbing the daunting dark staircase up. Saigon is like that, you never really know if you’re going the wrong way, but eventually someone will point you in the right direction.
Once you do find your way in, its charisma and character will blow you away. Every flight of stairs leads to more beauty, every corridor is another photo opportunity and all of the cafes are a hipsters dream. Two of my absolute favourite spots to grab a cà phê sữa đá in this apartment block are Café Hoang Thi, a trendy antique homage to the old Saigon and Mockingbird Cafe, which is an ambient little coffee shop with views overlooking the gorgeous Saigon below.
Apartment Block No. 14 Ton That Dam is definitely worth a visit. Whether you’re a tourist who's just visiting or a local looking for a new trà dào spot, this cafe apartment block will instantly transport you back to an era of old school Saigon.