11 June, 2017
City House Coffee
28 Huỳnh Khương An, Gò Vấp District
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City House is one of a series of expansive boutique shops in Gò Vấp District (see my related Happy House review here). Behind the boring exterior walls you’ll find tiered outdoor seating areas separated by trees, fountains, and little artificial streams. High walls block out not only the ugly Gò Vấp streets, but also much of the noise. The shop uses a variety of decors to give each little area its own character. And if, like I was, you’re there on a particularly hot day, there is a large air-conditioned room where you can keep cool. I think the volume of the music depends on the time of day (or maybe the mood of the manager), but today it was low. Chairs range from couch-style to hard wood, but most of the tables are lower than might be ideal for the laptop-warrior (not the Vietnam standard mini-table, but still lower than ideal).
The menu at City House offers a very large selection of coffees, teas, smoothies, yogurt drinks, juices, and ice cream, plus some alcoholic drinks. They also have a good selection of meals, though that’s not the place’s focus. For such a fancy shop, prices for plain coffee are reasonable (my black coffee cost 29,000đ), but rise steeply for other items. The coffee was brewed very strong, but still had a good flavor, so I was happy with it.
Something to take note of: this place is nowhere near downtown Saigon. City House and its sister shops cater heavily to university students and couples in the northern part of the city. It’s worth giving a shot, but realize it will take a while to get there if you’re staying in District 1.
Verdict: City House is certainly worth your time. It can offer you a nice afternoon for writing away from the din of the street, or a nice date out with someone special.