When we aren’t house sitting or can easily work from an apartment we are renting, Collen and I are on the hunt for great coffee shops that are work friendly. We work between six and eight hours a day Monday to Friday, and we want a place that has minimal distractions (but still with some atmosphere), great WiFi and power points. We also want to avoid moving around when it comes to lunch time, so if we can find a place with great food and coffee that won’t break the bank, then we are happy.
Finding places that we are productive at and meet our requirements can tend to be difficult. However, it has not been an issue while we have been in Ho Chi Minh City.
We tend to stick to a place when we find it suits us, so this isn’t a post of 20 work cafes around HCMC, but rather a select few, some of which became our favourite spots.
This post contains six of our best work cafes in Ho Chi Minh City, with a Hanoi work café thrown in at the end. Locations of the six work cafes in Ho Chi Minh City are on our map at the end of the post.
Work Saigon (District 3)
Opening times: 9 am – 9 pm (weekdays), 9 am – 7 pm (weekends)
Work Saigon is a co-working space and café that we went to frequently. Being a co-working space, they are completely geared towards making your working day as easy as possible.
Most of the time it is really quiet, making it very easy to work here. You aren’t going to have tables of chatty people or loud music.
As long as you buy some food/drink you can stay and work for the day. You can also become a resident and pay a monthly fee of 2,000,000vnd ($89), giving you reserved seating upstairs, discounts off food/drinks, etc. Even if we lived here long-term, we would be unlikely to pay since the “free” version downstairs is great.
Plug points: Yes (Plenty of plug points around as well as extension cables)
Price: Americano coffee: 45,000vnd ($2), Food: 60,000 – 140,000vnd ($2.67 – $6.22)
The coffee and food at Work Saigon is great. Collen either drank Americano’s or Cappuccino’s (60,000vnd = $2.67) and I drank Fruit Fizz (50,000vnd = $2.22)
For lunch we normally shared a pita bread wrap (85,000vnd = $3.78) and sometimes added potato wedges (50,000vnd = $2.22).
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Work Café (District 1)
Opening times: 9 am – 9 pm (weekdays), 10 am – 9 pm (weekends)
The same guys that own Work Saigon, own Work Café. There are plenty of tables to work from, but Work Café is a coffee and pastry bar, rather than a co-working space.
We heard great things about it from fellow freelancers and decided to try it one Friday. It is a great location on the 2nd floor of the Bitexco Financial Towers (inside Nest). There are huge windows overlooking Ho Chi Minh City with comfy chairs.
We obviously chose a bad day as there was an event happening for the first few hours that we were there. There were also a few tables that were there for socializing rather than work, so a bit noisier than its counterpart.
Plug points: Yes (Plug points under the tables, but make sure you have an extension cord.)
Price: Same coffee/juice menu as Work Saigon; however, all items are around 15,000vnd ($0.67) more expensive. They don’t have a food menu, just pastries.
Speed test: The speed test got misplaced for Work Cafe, but the WiFi was incredibly fast here.
Paris Baguette (District 3)
Opening times: 7 am – 9 pm (daily)
Paris Baguette was within walking distance of our AirBnb, so we went there often. They also open early so if we wanted to hit work earlier than 9 am (which was rare) or wanted a change in scenery we usually headed over to Paris Baguette.
There are branches all over the world, and we tend to avoid working from chain coffee shops, but this one was close, comfortable and well priced.
It is pretty quiet upstairs most of the day but gets quite busy at lunchtime. They also had one CD they tend to play on repeat, which kind of got to us by the end of the day.
Plug points: Limited (Head upstairs and get one of the booth tables along the right-hand side. Plug points are under the seats, and it takes some flexibility to actually plug in your laptop. Also, have an extension cord handy.)
Price: Americano coffee/tea: 30,000vnd ($1.33), Food: Mini club sandwich 37,000vnd ($1.64)
There is a limited supply of savoury items, with the majority of the food offered being sweet. Their mini club sandwiches are great. Their warm cheesecake — which is crazy good — for 20,000vnd ($0.89) is a must try.
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The View – Duc Vuong Hotel (District 1)
Opening hours: 10 am – 12 pm (weekdays), 10 am – 2 am (weekends)
This place was never intended to be a work café for us. We were looking for a rooftop bar where we could enjoy some sunset drinks at a reasonable price one Saturday.
We discovered The View two weeks before we were leaving Ho Chi Minh City, but we soon became part of the furniture. Even the covered sections are nice and open, so you get to enjoy plenty fresh air and a great view over the city.
It was never crazy busy when we were there. The majority of the day was quiet with a few tables coming in for lunch and late afternoon drinks. The staff are friendly and speak good English.
Plug points: Yes
Price: Double late: 65,000vnd ($2.89), Ginger tea 29,000vnd ($1.29)
Food items range from 35,000vnd ($1.56) to 159,000vnd ($7.06)
As The View is at the top of a hotel, they are clearly catering to all tastes. The menu has a lot of western items (pizza, pasta, French fries, steaks) as well as seafood and Vietnamese options. We only ate here on a few occasions, preferring to head out for lunch.
Internet speed test: (This speed test was done via a VPN connection.)
I.D Café 2 (District 3)
Opening times: 7 am – 11:30 pm
We never spent a full day working at I.D 2 (I.D 1 is in District 1), but did spend a couple of afternoons there completing work.
As we never spent a lot of time here, we aren’t able to give it a proper review, but it is worth a mention. I.D 2 café has a cool setting with good coffee. The only problem is their tables that make it impossible to place your legs under and hence typing on your laptop tends to be a little difficult, especially if you are a girl wearing a dress.
Plug points: Yes
Price: I can’t remember the cost of our coffees here, but it wouldn’t have differed greatly from our other work cafes.
Speed test: No speed test here, but the WiFi was reliable when we were there.
Au Parc (District 1)
Opening times: 7 am – 11 pm
Au Parc is a great place to work from if you time it right. It gets very busy at lunchtime, so you would need to split your work day into a morning session and an afternoon session. Other than the busyness over lunch, it is a great restaurant. If it isn’t one of your chosen work cafes, definitely try it out for their breakfasts and amazing bread baskets. Or just while away the hours on a Sunday with a good book on one of their comfy chairs.
Plug points: Yes
Price: The coffee is on par with other work spots we frequented, but their food is expensive.
Long flat white: 50,000vnd ($2.22). They have a wide range of items on their menu from salads to sandwiches to pasta to duck to steak to seafood. Prices range from 115,000 – 295,000vnd ($5.11 – $13.12)
Speed test: No speed test was done here, but the WiFi is pretty strong. When it fills up over lunch, it gets very slow.
Work Cafes in Hanoi, Vietnam
We didn’t work a lot from cafes while we were in Hanoi as we had a house sit for four weeks and worked from there. However, the week before and after the house sit, we were working from cafes, and our café of choice was The Hanoi Social Club.
If you are heading to Hanoi, then this is a great place to work from.
Address: 6 Hội Vũ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening Times: 8 am – 11 pm (daily)
The Hanoi Social Club is great and relatively quiet during the day making it a great spot for working. Situated in an old French colonial building, this quickly became one of our favourite spots in Hanoi. They also have live music on a Tuesday night – The Tiny Music Club.
The menu has a variety of wraps, sandwiches, salads and pasta, with a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Try their grilled tempeh Reuben sandwich, it was the first time we tried tempeh, and this sandwich was amazing.
Plug points: Yes
Price: From what we can remember the price for a coffee is approximately 50,000vnd ($2.22) while sandwiches start at around 120,000vnd ($5.33). Their sandwiches are big and can easily be shared.
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(Exchange rate used: $1 = 22,507.50vnd)
There are plenty of other work cafes that could easily make the list. We just didn’t have the urge to visit all of them when we found our favourites. Feel free to let us know which great ones we missed so that we can add them to the list for our next trip to HCMC.
Hat tip to James Clark from Nomadic Notes whose Ho Chi Minh City work cafe guide put us on to a few cafes we’ve tried out.