3 Types of coffee you MUST try while in HCMC!

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Vietnamese people love their coffee. Strong. 

I didn’t know much about Vietnamese coffee culture until coming to Ho Chi Minh City, but I’m so glad I do now. 

If you ever visit Ho Chi Minh City, you must try these 3 types of Vietnamese coffee. 


330/2 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Phu Nhuan District Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 

Vietnamese iced coffee is made from medium ground, dark roast coffee filtered with a metal drip filter and topped with condensed milk. You can find this sort of coffee on almost street corner.

However, I decided to go to the best of the best in town and went to Ca Phe Vot. 

Ca Phe Vot has been serving traditional Vietnamese coffee for over 80 years in their hole in the wall shop, tucked away in an unassuming alleyway.  

A never-ending stream of motorists and pedestrians alike where getting their coffee fix while I was there at this no-fuss coffee institution. The lady brewed coffee non-stop as the orders kept coming in. 

Instead of a metal drip filter, the coffee was filtered by a stocking -like contraption similar to how Hong Kong style tea is made. The coffee is rich and strong with a distinct bitterness to it, but the condensed milk balances the mixture out, making it smooth and addictive. 


183 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

The Note Coffee is this tiny cafe located in the backpacker area I had to go visit because I got my inspiration from Kara and Nate; two YouTubers that got me to start travelling in the first place. So when I saw their challenge to find their note at the cafe…

I just had to go and find it myself. 

Also they said the coffee was great. 

And it was. 

I ordered their recommendations, egg coffee and coconut coffee. Both of these coffees are traditional Vietnamese creations that I fell in love with. 

The egg coffee was creamy and sweet with a slight caramel flavour, while the coconut coffee was delightfully refreshing on a hot day. 

Janice Fung

Janice Fung

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