6 June, 2017
Story M Cafe
51 Trần Nhật Duật, District 1
Wifi password: cafestorym
I have no idea what “Story M” is supposed to mean, but it’s far from being the only oddly named coffee shop in town. This is a pricy little boutique shop that (expenses aside) is quite pleasant to spend some time at. Their black coffee is strong and flavorful, but will cost you 50,000 đ. They have a rather varied menu, including alcoholic coffees, teas, juices, smoothies, ice cream, yogurt, plus, amazingly enough, various small meals and desserts. Again, it’s all more expensive than your average fare in Saigon, but it’s rare to find a coffee shop that serves meals. There are a few Western-style snacks and meals, plus Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes. Also, as a refreshing surprise, you’ll find bottles of free filtered water and clean glasses at each of the larger tables.
Décor doesn’t follow a unified theme, but is still pleasantly done. Some walls are brick, others tiled. Various photos of famous cities line many of those walls, and elsewhere you can find vintage advertisement-style prints. Like many boutique shops, you can find most any type of seating you desire, with some tables being only large enough for your glass, and others a good size for study groups. The air is comfortable, and music is soft, making this a good place for conversation.
Verdict: But for the prices, Story M is pretty ideal. I suspect the food is not gourmet, but it’s nice to see the option. If you have a couple bucks to spare, or you’re on a Western budget, give it a look!