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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon

| 28 Aug 2017
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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon
151/5 Dong Khoi (1st floor), Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 6674 3565
7am to 10.30pm

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Price guide: Sandwiches from around 120K VND

Our rating
28 Aug 2017

L'Usine has had a big impact on the Saigon boutique and cafe scene since opening in 2010. So big that there are now 3, as well as a few imitators. They're all cool, design-focused spaces in different parts of central Saigon.

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Review

Part cafe, part boutique, part gallery, L’Usine is a great spot for a coffee, a light lunch, or a relaxed dinner - and a chance to mix it with Saigon’s young creative set.

The original L'Usine is right in the heart of the city nearby the Caravelle and Continental hotels in a huge French era, warehouse-style space with high ceilings and polished concrete floors. It's the nicest of the three.

Next door to L'Usine Dong Khoi is a gallery of the work of Hoi An based French photographer, Rehahn. It's worth a look too. Rehahn's shoots portraits of Vietnam's ethnic minority people.

The other two L'Usine outlets are also centrally located.

The second is at 70B Le Loi St, District 1, HCMC on the strip between the Rex Hotel and Ben Thanh Market. It feels slightly smaller than the original but the concept and vintage feel are unchanged. There's a downstairs store selling a selection of fashion items and an upstairs cafe.

The menus are similar at both outlets with paninis, sandwiches, cupcakes, pasta, juices and coffee. L'Usine Dong Khoi has expanded its kitchen and has a more extensive menu including some tasty dinnner options.

The newest L'Usine opened in 2017 and is located at 19 Le Thanh Ton St, also downtown. It's considered the new "flagship" location. Unlike its heritage predecessors, L'Usine Le Thanh Ton was built from scratch in deco style.

If you only have time for one, check out the original hidden away off Dong Khoi St - it's still our favourite. And if you have time, take a tour of all three.

Brief
No smoking indoors. Free wifi.

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1 comment so far

We liked L'Usine so much that we went there three times. Latte was excellent as were the salads and sandwiches. Max said that it was THE BEST turkish bread sandwich he has EVER had! The salads were fresh, tasty and not overpowered with dressing. Very uber cool shop attached to the cafe which sells beautiful cotton shirts, shoes and gifts. Try to get seated in the front room as the air conditioning fan in the clothing shop is very very very loud.

  • kat
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Friday, 29 September 2017 15:17