L'Usine Cafe, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon

| 18 Nov 2018
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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


Price guide: Sandwiches from around 120K VND

Our rating
18 Nov 2018

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 outlets spread across District 1. They're design-focused heritage spaces that combine dining with cool retail.

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Part cafe, part boutique, part gallery, L’Usine is a great spot for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or a casual 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 outlets. This is where Saigon's love of hidden vintage cafes began.

Eat drink and shop - L'Usine Dong Khoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Eat drink and shop - L'Usine Dong Khoi
The original L'Usine - Dong Khoi St
Photo: Mark Bowyer The original L'Usine - Dong Khoi St
L'Usine Le Thanh Ton
Photo: Mark Bowyer L'Usine Le Thanh Ton
Art on display - L'Usine Le Thanh Ton
Photo: Mark Bowyer Art on display - L'Usine Le Thanh Ton

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. The cafe's upstairs.

The menus are similar across the three 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 dinner 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.

No smoking indoors. Free wifi.

Travel Tips
L'Usine Dong Khoi is located down one of Saigon's "Art Alleys". There's a lot of cool stuff hiding out in the block including a gallery by Hoi An based artist Rehann - right next to L'Usine.

Rusty Compass reviews are always independent. We list the stuff we think is worth knowing about. We've always paid our way over many, many, visits to L'Usine. No inducement was received for this listing.

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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