23 June, 2017
14, Tôn Thất Đạm, District 1, Floor 4
Wifi password: 244466666
Mockingbird is a shop you’ll find on some Saigon cuisine guides. Unlike The Workshop, I’d say this one is deserving of its accolades. It’s not easy to find, however, if you don’t have a guide. The building is a nondescript old apartment complex deep downtown near the Bến Nghé Canal and the Sài Gòn River, and not far from Walking Street. You’ll find the motorbike parking lot/entryway on Tôn Thất Đạm street, across from the giant grey Central Bank building that appears straight out of a dystopian Christian Bale movie. Wander in the entryway (it looks almost like an alley) and head up the stairs you’ll see on the right. Yes, this building looks like it was built a hundred years ago by twenty different architects. I think it’s a little charming, actually. You’ll find all types of shops here: cosmetics, custom fashion, lingerie, jewelry, and of course, coffee.
The Mockingbird shop itself is small, quaint, and rustic. Some furniture is antique-y wooden stuff, though in truth, there’s not a ton of seating space overall. The air conditioners struggle against the greenhouse created by its large window. If it’s a nice day, you may also enjoy the small balcony with its single booth. Today the music was set very low and sounded like very old classic country music.
The menu consists of Vietnamese style coffees (including some alcoholic ones), tea, smoothies, yogurt drinks, juices, cocktails, and a small selection of desserts. Unfortunately, its location and fame make Mockingbird rather expensive; my black coffee was 37,000đ. It was tasty, but not quite thick and rich enough to rate the highest marks from me.
Verdict: I’ve been here several times, and I’ll certainly return, but it’s not going to become a regular workspace. The atmosphere is great, and it’s a fantastic place to bring a special someone for a relaxing chat.