The Artfolio is located in a fancy looking apartment building on the 5A alley of Trần Phú street at the edge of District 5. It advertises itself as a laptop-warrior’s destination, and also has several conference/studio rooms available to rent for groups in need of a working space. If you’re going it alone like me, though, the main lobby is more than sufficient. Trần Phú is a busy street, but inside the shop’s air conditioned doors you won’t get much street noise. They seem to keep things pretty relaxed at this shop, but unfortunately, during my entire time there, played only a single piano song on continual repeat. They could definitely use some variety.
The menu is limited; Artfolio offers basic Viet and Western coffees, smoothies, juices and a few teas. It’s fairly middle-of-the-road as far as prices are concerned – a black coffee goes for 30,000đ. That coffee is relatively strong, but served with a lot of ice, and doesn’t really stand out. Something that did stand out to me was the lax service. The attendant did not seem particularly interested in taking my order when I first arrived, and would often go absent for 15 minutes at a time – sometimes for a smoke break and others disappearing into the back room. I was the lone customer for the majority of my time there, but I did see the barista lose a customer because he was nowhere to be found. Gotta wonder if this business will survive long like that.
Verdict: Artfolio was designed for customers like me, but the service and mediocre coffee are working against it. If you’re in need of a conference or presentation space, however, it could be a very good option. Have a look at their website for more about that.