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    Finding the past of Saigon in those cafes of the old days

    Getting bored of fast pace life, in modern cafes, or just want to look back time, to find a piece of memories of the past? Those cafes will make you feel like the old days of Saigon is still somewhere around.

    Cua Hang Cafe 81

    Easily distinguishable from afar, the cafe releases a sense of nostalgia through its old walls and now-extinct ventilation outlets. While the sense of nostalgia in the exterior is intrinsic, the feeling that lingers inside is achieved through the deliberate choice of furniture.

    The cafe is now officially the hottest one for the Instagram generation, thanks mostly to the exotic antiquities and partly to the lack of air-conditioning.

    Address: 216B Nguyen Van Nguyen, Tan Dinh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

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    Photo by Huyvespa (Instagram)

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    Photo by Anges Selene (Instagram)

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    Photo by Kellankhuu

    Lao Hac

    Named after an uber poor character whose life is known by almost every Vietnamese, Lao Hac offers a tranquil, somewhat nostalgic and sombre vibe. One can find here mostly groups of no more than three people. Lone customers are not rare too.

    Listed on the menu are some of the drinks you can’t find anywhere else like nuoc voi (herbal water) and tao pho (tofu dessert). Surprisingly, Lao Hac lies right next to 81 Cafe.

    Address: 212 Nguyen Van Nguyen, Tan Dinh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

    Photo by VnExpress

    Photo by VnExpress

    Photo by VnExpress

    Photo by VnExpress

    Photo by VnExpress

    Photo by VnExpress