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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

| 19 Nov 2018
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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
3rd Floor 63/11 Pasteur St, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City - down the alley right by Liberty Citypoint Hotel
+84 28 38232969
Sun - Wed 08.30AM - 2300PM; Thu, Fri - Sat 08.30AM - midnight

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Price guide: $$$

Our rating
19 Nov 2018

The Old Compass Cafe and Bar is a little sanctuary of calm, local flavours and wine in Saigon's chaotic centre. It’s a great place for an experience of Vietnamese home-style cooking. By day, The Old Compass also serves western and Vietnamese breakfast, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, lunches and great coffee. It’s a lovely place to chill, chat or read a book over a glass of wine. The Old Compass is the home of Rusty Compass in Ho Chi Minh City.

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We’re always on the lookout for places with local character and great local flavours - where you feel comfortable to unwind from the intensity of the city, but retains a connection to the city. In cities like Saigon, that’s even more important.

That’s why we opened the Old Compass Cafe in 2016.

Since then it’s become a hub of local flavours, wine, coffee and great conversations - with a distinct Saigon vibe.

The food concept is based around daily set menus inspired by the Vietnamese family meal - there’s always a vegetarian option. At dinner the set is more extensive.

I’ve been a fan of Vietnam’s home-cooked cuisine for a long time - yet many travellers never get to experience what Vietnamese people really eat at home. So that’s what we’re offering - in a cosy old Saigon setting. There’s a concise wine list and a selection of local craft beers on offer too.

There’s plenty more on the menu - including banh mi Vietnam sandwiches and gourmet baguettes a cheese plate and bar bites.

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

 

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

 

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

 

The Old Compass also keeps a selection of books and magazines about Vietnam and the world for reading - a few are available for sale too.

We also host regular talks on history, architecture, art and live music performances.

We’re right in the heart of Saigon - but hidden down an alley next door to the Liberty Citypoint Hotel. It takes a little effort to find us. Come by and say hi.

You can also ask about our Saigon Tales of the City heritage walking tour - a half day walk focused on history, heritage as well as the contemporary life of the city. For more on our heritage walk, check the website.


Disclosure
The Old Compass Cafe is our place in Saigon - so yes, we’re biased. But we’ve been very flattered by the response we’ve had from our customers over the past two years. Come by for a special Saigon experience.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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