The corner where Ghém is found is dominated by large coffee shops, most of which are chains. Ghém. Luckily, is not. It bills itself as “Vietnamese Cuisine & Coffee,” so you know you’re going to get some options. The fare is not particularly cheap (my black coffee was 35,000 đ, and prices rose steeply for other drinks), but does have good flavor. Non-coffee drinks are limited – only a few juices and teas show on the menu – but they do have lots of coffee options.
The shop is quite lovely on the outside – a few outdoor tables flanked by trees and vines give it a nice feel. Inside is more simple, with stark concrete walls painted over to make it a little more welcoming. Tables are the same small ones you’d expect in a stateside deli, but are sufficient. One wall is occupied by a long bench that is unfortunately just tiled, rather than padded. Music was low piano fare. They do have air conditioning running, but I think it struggles with the size of the space.
Verdict: The flavor of the coffee and availability of food will probably lure me back here, but the price will prevent it from becoming an everyday type of place.