25 July, 2017
48/17M Hồ Biểu Chánh, Phú Nhuận District, Hồ Chí Minh
Wifi password: comaysaigon
S Café is another of Saigon’s extremely fancy coffee shops. Its seating balconies are very stylized and beautiful, trees and vines line the rock walls, and a fish pond with multiple fountains dominates the outdoor portion. Indoors you’ll find couch-style seating and your choice of table height, all serenaded by relaxing Vietnamese-language music. The ambient noise can get a bit high if its busy, but if you visit off-peak hours, you’ll have a nice quiet experience. There does appear to be a small stage outdoors, so if you’re lucky, you may be treated to some live music.
The menu is large, featuring Viet and Western coffees, teas, lots of yogurt drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies and more. There are alcoholic variations of many of them. Plus you can snag a meal there as well. I, however, have started bringing a bánh mì or some other simple street food to the cafés on occasion, since it is far cheaper, and because coffee shop food is rarely much good. The coffee, however, is worth your time. A black iced coffee at S Café is rather pricy, at 39,000đ, but does have a strong, full flavor. If you’ve got an extra 16k worth of đồng to spend, try the cà phê rhum – the strong coffee flavor goes well with the rum.
Verdict: I can’t expect the fancy places like S Café to be cheap, but I also couldn’t justify going every day. Have a look at it and treat yourself, or bring a date for a nice afternoon cup away from the din of the city.