Saigon Cafés: Oromia Coffee & Lounge

Where: 193A/D3 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh City

Type: Indoor Café

Offer: Drinks and food

Price: $$$

This rather lovely cafe is in small hem off busy Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, so well hidden from the main traffic.Turn right just before Cosmopolitan Hotel, the cafe is then at the end of the first hem to your left. However, the parking space for the bike is on the main hem on your right hand side. There is a sign for Oromia (which I did not see as I turned left before that). So some might struggle to find the parking lot.

You enter the cafe via a little yard covered with water and stones offering a little path. Try not to get wet feet. The interior is simple, but ervy pleasant with white walls and some photos and phrases on the wall. Along the wall are some benches and tables and then some tables in the center of the room just with chairs. Overall it has a very relaxed atmosphere. The music in the background is pleasant and not too loud.

They have a little yard to sit outside on the ground floor. They also have a first floor where I have not been yet.

If you are looking for a cafe to work from, the benches are perfect as there are plenty of sockets to charge your laptop. Very very convenient I must admit.

They offer a the usual drink list of coffee and juice, but also offer some special iced teas, from the usual peach to honey lemon and more exotic like Aloe Vera. The prices are not and cheap though. The blended teas cost between 70.000 and 90.000 VND. My Lemon Honey Tea was not bad, but I had better drinks for lower prices.

They also serve food there. The breakfast menu is on until 10am, and from 11am they offer lunch deals. I had my first ever baked Com Bo dish, with cheese on top of it (called Com Bo Xao Phu Pho Mai) – and it actually tasted very nice. The rice had a different but very lovely flavor to the normal rice dishes. I really enjoyed that dish. The lunch meals are served with a juice and soup – all for 96.000 Dong, which is not cheap but reasonable.

The rest of the food menu looks rather good, so I certainly need to return, at least to try some of the toasted bread.

According to their menu they also have Piano Night

Overall I like this cafe, despite for the higher prices. The food is nice, but more important I found it a great place to do some work. Not too loud (it only got busy between 2 and 4pm, when the noice increases) and good WiFi. I also need to try some of the food and cakes. So this might become a more regular place for me.

Rating: 8/10
(First visited April 2019)

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