Most Vietnamese shops are nondescript and indistinct. And then there's the Royal Tea House.

Royal Tea House

28 June, 2017
Royal Tea House by Tiến Đạt
1 BIS Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Bến Nghé, District 1
Wifi password: tiendat1956

Royal Tea House is a large shop with a loud sign out front proclaiming “Tea & Coffee.” It’s hard to miss. It’s got some seating outdoors on the patio and more inside, behind its expansive windows. It’s a comfortable to sit around for a while and relax, and is very close to major attractions like the Saigon Central Post Office and Diamond Plaza.

As the name suggests, this “Royal House” specializes in tea, and most of the decoration is tea-related as well. The menu, as such, lists lots of different teas, but also makes room for a few coffees, juices, and smoothies. All coffees and juices appear to be served in to-go cups, but they have some fancy tea sets that I’m guessing get used by large parties to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese tea experience. But, since it’s downtown, it’s a bit expensive. I got my regular black coffee, which ran 35,000đ, and that was the cheap end of the menu. Sadly, the flavor was bitter, and rather un-Vietnam-like.

Coffee: 5/10
Workspace: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Price: 5/10
Verdict: Since it’s a large shop downtown, I knew going in this wouldn’t become an everyday location, if for no other reason than price. The poor coffee quality just made that decision easier. Come here if you’re after fancy tea and need to get out of the heat. Otherwise, there’s better options.

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