Coffee by the beach, coffee on a mountain, coffee in the city. Vung Tau has it all.
Just about the only place you can’t drink coffee here is in the ocean, but you can take that business idea and run with it. Don’t worry, it’s on the house.
This is part 2 of my Vung Tau cafe roundup, with 3 more great places to get your caffeine fix when you’re in town.
Address: 7 Trần Hưng Đạo • Show me! Iced Coffee: 22k VND/$0.98
Smoking: No Hours: 7 am to 10 pm Contact: 0996 693 399
Hathy Coffee is one of the few cafes in Vung Tau that looks like a Saigon establishment. Despite their tendency to blast music, it’s a good place to get work done if you can ignore the noise. Internet is strong.
The coffee doesn’t taste like Vietnamese beans, though. Very weak. Maybe they make it especially for me.
Hathy also makes espresso drinks for cheap. I don’t know enough about coffee to tell you how good those drinks are, but I like them.
This place gets really crowded during peak hours. If you plan on sticking around for a while, come before or after lunch and grab one of the big couches before someone else does.
Address: 155/2 Ba Cu • Show me! Iced Coffee: 12k VND/$0.53
Smoking: Yes Hours: 7 am to 10 pm Contact: 0169 819 4494
Bohemiens Cafe looks like a bunch of hipsters kicked grandma out on the street and spent the weekend painting her house in the brightest colors on planet Earth.
Inside, it’s still grandma’s house. Both the bottom and top floors are crowded with rickety antique shop furniture, sewing machines and other heaps of vintage goods.
You can sit out front on granny’s stoop and watch the odd bike putter through the alley, or do what I did—assemble your climbing gear and haul your ample western ass up a staircase that must have been built for chimpanzees.
On the second floor, try not to step on a weak board and collapse through the floor. Every step I took sounded like Zeus was tossing thunderbolts at the mortals beneath me.
Take refuge on the balcony and drink your coffee alone. Stop scaring everyone.
Address: 28A Hải Đăng • Show me! Iced Coffee: 28k VND/$1.25
Smoking: Yes Hours: 6 am to 10 pm Contact: 09 19 918 844
This is one of the coolest cafes I’ve ever seen.
Son Dang is carved into (and dangling off of) the side of Small Mountain, about 2/3 of the way to the top. The view from the top is absolutely fantastic.
This place really has everything you could ask for. A steady breeze, relaxed atmosphere, and front-row seats looking out all across Vung Tau to the north.
Watch the coastline vanish into the haze far off in the distance as you sip your glass of black adrenaline. Contemplate mindfulness as your phin gently drips away, never disturbing the perfectly smooth layer of condensed milk in the bottom of your glass.
And if you come to Vung Tau during the rainy season, there’s no better place (well, maybe one) to watch it pour.
Well, what do you think?