Founded by designer Moon Doan, this popular market has helped to establish the city’s creative community. As one of the first handmade and vintage flea markets in Vietnam, it is an inspiration for many alternative artisans and is a shopping haven for expats and travellers alike. Now found at the Boomerang Restaurant (107 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7), the market hosts local talent and continues to be a landmark event on Saigon’s shopping calendar.
A cafe-retail concept store, L’Usine epitomises the city’s shift to modernity. Set in a renovated warehouse with a Scandi-chic industrial feel, it’s one of the places to go for like-minded locals, expats and tourists to eat, shop and hang out. The team behind L’Uisine is at the forefront of promoting the city’s talented youth through art exhibitions, and products from local artisans. They’ve also very quickly, and successfully, built a brand that people trust and recognise, and it is one that’s destined to expand and develop.
Touted as a ‘third wave coffee shop’, this progressive place is an example of how the city’s cafe experience is changing. Ho Chi Minh City is renowned for its small cafes with low plastic chairs serving ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced milk coffee), and Vietcetera is a breath of fresh air in an overpopulated market. Its speciality coffee and boutique setting are yet another sign of development in a city which is being rapidly altered by its youth and their discerning tastes.
– TEXT BY TIFFANY ESLICK
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.