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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

| 06 Sep 2016
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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


Price guide: $$$

Our rating
06 Sep 2016

The Old Compass Cafe is a little sanctuary of calm in Saigon's chaotic centre.  Stop by for great coffee, breakfast, a Vietnamese baguette, home cooked Vietnamese lunches and dinners, juices, craft beers, wines and more. It’s a lovely place to chill, chat or read a book. It's also the Saigon home of Rusty Compass.

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Rusty Compass has created a little home in Saigon - the Old Compass Cafe. Come by and say hi.

This is not a review of course - it’s our place. We’ll leave the reviews to others.

On the food front, we serve breakfast from 8.30AM, daily Vietnamese family lunches and dinners from a set menu - there's always a vegetarian option as well. We also serve Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and selection of western-style gourmet sandwiches.

The coffee's special too.

I’ve been a fan of Vietnam’s simple 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 homely setting.

We also have a selection of books and magazines about Vietnam, the region and the world.

By night the feel changes. The Old Compass becomes a wine bar with a small, solid selection of Old and New World wines, Pasteur St craft beer on tap, Cooper's Ale from Australia, and local beers.

We also host regular talks on history, architecture, art and more. 

We’re down the alley right next door to the Liberty Citypoint Hotel.

The Old Compass Cafe is non-smoking. There's a small outdoor area for smokers.

This time we have lots to declare. We’re completely biased. This place is ours and we love it. We hope to see you soon!

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