13 October, 2017
Café Cõi Xưa
55 Tân Canh, Tân Bình District, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours: 8:00am – 11:00pm
Wifi password: 33339999
Cõi Xưa (no relation to Cafe Cội, my previous review) is a large rustic shop that does more business as a restaurant than a coffee joint. It doesn’t look like much from outside, but inside is an open-air courtyard composed of brick arches and several balconies, with a small pond in the center. They play classic Vietnamese music that I can’t remember hearing elsewhere. There are hidden tables here and there, but all the spaces appear to be open to the air, so it may not be the best option on particularly hot days.
The menu is large, and features Viet coffees, chocolate drinks, juices (with a special selection of lemon juices), lots of tea, yogurt, ice cream, smoothies, and a fair selection of cocktails. Additionally, the second half of the menu is meal options. If you come around noontime, expect the shop to be full of local workers getting their fill for lunch. The basic black coffee costs 31,000đ by itself or 34,000đ with ice. They deliver it still dripping from the phin, but sadly it’s not a pure blend – they cut the grounds with something else that makes it a little weaker and sweeter. It’s not a bad flavor, but not what I’m usually after.
Verdict: I don’t think I’ll return for coffee. The shop is beautiful to look at, and I’ll certainly consider it if I’m in the area for lunch, but when looking for my caffeine fix, they don’t deliver the way I’d like