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If you are a foodie and love to try out local food, then Banh Mi Hoa Ma is a must when in the city. Renowned for their breakfast delight, bánh mì ốp la (baguette, sunny side-up eggs, fried ham, Vietnamese sausages and other cold cuts), this hearty dish is served in hot pans along with side dishes and is not only fulfilling but also pocket friendly. Only open in the mornings, this place may not be a looker but its their food that shines throughout. Offering only this one dish that is freshly prepared as per order, you can relish this local delicacy in a small alley where chairs are laid out.
Opened in 2012, L'Usine Le Loi is the second outpost of L’Usine and is a popular breakfast, coffee and dessert spot in the city. Housed in a colonial building, this bi-level space has a bohemian feel to it, making it all the more appealing. The ground level store highlights vanguard labels in the lifestyle accessories, clothing and stationery sections. You will find their collection for both men and women intriguing. There is also a home-ware selection that has been carefully curated. The shop also acts as a gallery with a regular exhibitions by local artists. Head upstairs to their industrial chic cafe for a delightful feast of European all-day breakfast menu. Dig into their decadent desserts, tasty caffeinated drinks and sandwiches.
Straddled between the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral, Au Parc is set in a bi-level building dating back to the colonial times. Its decor and food is an ode to Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cultures. Taking pride in their cuisine which covers the length and breath of both these regions, diners can relish their delightful spread during breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Opened in 2003, it is also a favorite spot for breakfast and brunch. Don't miss their equally noteworthy desserts. Enjoy their happy hours with wines from Spain, Italy and France over some delicious tapas.
Opera is a contemporary Italian style restaurant located at The Park Hyatt Saigon. Enjoy the view alfresco style with delicious home made dishes, authentic wood baked pizza and filling pastas. The browns of the decor give this place a very down to earth ambiance. They also serve a variety of wines, so mix and match your meals. Call ahead for reservations.
Mekong Merchant is a peaceful getaway at just twenty minutes from the busy city center in Saigon’s posh District 2 – An Phu neighborhood. This peaceful courtyard outdoor patio blends in with the tropical surroundings situated in the shade under a canopy of trees, straw thatched rooftops, lightly tinted pastel orange walls and lime colored trimmed windows. The café offers a mix of western food such as sandwiches, pizza, pasta, burgers, a few Asian dishes, plus weekly specials. This place caters to all types of visitors and is also popular with families offering a recreation room with a pool and foosball tables.