The Workshop, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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The Workshop, Saigon

| 20 Aug 2015
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The Workshop, Saigon
27 Ngo Duc Ke, (upstairs, just off Dong Khoi), Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City


Price guide: $$$

Our rating
20 Aug 2015

The Workshop is a serious downtown Saigon cafe, serving serious coffee, busy with serious young aspirational folk, looking like they’re doing important things. It’s a workshop for the digital age, it’s well located and a good spot for a look and a drink.

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I wonder how much longer the rickety staircase to The Workshop can hold out. May it be a long time. It’s a fabulous piece of work and a nice introduction to cool a cafe.

Saigon’s been bitten hard by the vintage industrial bug - The Workshop is another example. It has the usual features - polished concrete floors, repurposed timber and steel tables and chairs. The setting is an impressive, open, colonial era space with high ceilings that also features some industrial strength coffee roasting machinery.

There’s a serious coffee menu as well as juices, pasta, burgers and sandwiches.

The Workshop is busy with laptop laden young folk working, catching up for a chat, and taking time out for the odd selfie.

A favourite feature is the plentiful natural light. It also has views across the tree tops to Dong Khoi St evoking an old world Saigon that is being demolished as fast as the city’s cool young folk can create retro-cafes.

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