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Villa Royale Antiques and Tea Rooms, Saigon

| 20 Feb 2017
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Villa Royale Antiques and Tea Rooms, Saigon
25 Ho Tung Mau, level 1, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 838 210 088

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20 Feb 2017

If high tea in a classic colonial era building packed with European antiques sounds appealing, spend an afternoon at Villa Royale - in the heart of Saigon.  It’s located in the historic banking district near Bitexco Tower.

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Villa Royale feels like a recreation of a French colonial antique collector’s home. In fact, it’s an antique shop and tea room rolled into one - in a spectacular 1930s building. It’s self-consciously over the top - with a sense of humour. Despite the decor, it's casual and friendly.

Australian co-owner David Campbell collects wares from around the world to sell at Villa Royale. He’s also a chef. So a cafe, cake and tearoom selling antiques makes good sense.

The antique collection brings together items from Europe and Asia and includes some Vietnamese pieces.

David describes the food as “fare you’d find at Mum and Grandma’s home - pastries, cakes, tarts and scones.” They have 50 different teas on offer and serve proper high tea each afternoon.

We received a warm welcome from Tracey and the team and we’re looking forward to heading back.

 

Travel tip

Villa Royale is located in an historic part of Saigon. Directly opposite at 39 Ham Nghi is a former US Embassy. It was closed after a Viet Cong bombing in 1965.

The colonial era banking district is close by too, with some interesting architecture. It remains the banking district to this day. Head south (turn right, away from Bitexco) out of Villa Royale towards the canal and then turn right again on to Vo Van Kiet St, past the imposing State Bank of Vietnam building. Wander along the canal past Gustav Eiffel's Cau Mong bridge. Further along is the Ho Chi Minh City stock exchange.


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Rusty Compass listings are always independent. We recommend the places we think you should know about. That’s it. We paid our way at Villa Royale.  David is a friend and we’re admirers of his work. We look forward to getting back. No inducement was received for this listing.

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Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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