30 August, 2017
<a href=http://www.trungnguyen.com.vn>Trung Nguyen Legend</a>
<a href=https://goo.gl/maps/sci2xXUMNKv>44 Hoa Hồng, Phú Nhuận District, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm
Wifi password: trungnguyencoffee
If you ask the average Vietnamese person what brand of coffee beans to buy at the store, the answer is likely to be “Trung Nguyen.” It’s probably the largest coffee roaster/distributer in this country of java-fanatics, so it’s little wonder they would have their own line of brick-and-mortar shops as well. They’re always very well-appointed, usually with a rather open layout and, of course, lots of branding. The one I visited today was a member of the little ring of shops where Trường Sa and Nguyễn Công Hoan streets collide. You’ll also find such names as Thừc Coffee, The Coffee House, and Cộng Cà Phê in the same spot.
This Trung Nguyen location is rather quiet, with comfortable chairs and little deli-style tables, and based on the clientele definitely appears to cater to mobile workers. Both floors feature air-conditioned space, and the upper floor also has a large balcony. They had no music going, so bring your own if you need a little background noise.
Trung Nguyen boasts about it’s various different roasts, so you have lots of options for phin-style coffee. They don’t come cheap, though, ranging in price from 40,000đ to a whopping 75,000đ per cup. Other options include Western brews, teas, juices, smoothies, shakes, and a small selection of food and desserts. I tried the middle-of-the road (in terms of price) “creative-3” style and was rewarded with a small, but strong and flavorful cup.
Do note that prices vary by location. The first Trung Nguyen Legend I ever visited was downtown, just off Walking Street, and charged 90,000đ for a single coffee, which is far and away the most expensive cup I’ve ever seen in Vietnam. Get out of the city center and it’s a little more reasonable.
Verdict: I can’t say don’t go to Trung Nguyen Legend, because the flavor does measure up to the hype, but realize it won’t be a cheap proposition.