Available in : Vietnamese
November 26. 2021
Whether you’re looking for a new book or just want to find the best place to dive into your latest novel, these are Saigon’s best places to go and relax with a good book.
The Hidden Elephant books & coffee embodies the quintessential Vietnamese bookstore café and pays homage to Saigon’s long-gone literary coffeehouses. The café, which has an impressive book collection, offers a comfortable retreat both inside and out, where you can sit down with your latest novel or literary purchase. This cafe also sells foreign and English literature books.
The Hidden Elephant: 2nd Floor, 35 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh City
Open from 9 am – 10 pm
Since 2002, the Nam Phong bookstore has served as a resource for the French expatriate community, with a catalog of 5,500 books by French or translated authors.
At the Nam Phong bookstore, you’ll find new and used books of all genres. Whether you’re looking for novels, beautiful books, or comics, you will enjoy the latest novelties at reasonable prices with arrivals every 4 months, and should be even able to relax in their intimate Café Colette nested inside the library.
Librairie Nam Phong: 88 Truong Dinh. Quân 1. HCMC
Opening hour: 9 am – 12.30 pm/2 pm – 6.30 pm
The Reading Cabin is located in a charming alley off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, away from the chaotic streets of district 1. This location was originally built as a stationery store, but the owner later added a small library upstairs so that visitors could browse through books in a welcoming environment. They also sell pens, papers, notebooks, and other small items, as well as coffee and soft drinks, so you could get lost there for hours, buying, reading, writing, and everything in between.
Reading cabin: 18A/33 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, D1. HCMC
Opening hours: 9.30 – 10.30 pm
Saigon is a fantastic city for feeling content and losing yourself in the moment. With this in mind, you’ll realize how unique this little bookstore and café is when you visit District 1. Not only because it’s an old building, but also because this 60-square-meter library, which opened its doors nearly four years ago, houses around 10,000 books. Music posters, old book covers, and old paintings hang on the stairs leading to the second floor, which is exclusively used for reading, lending a nostalgic touch to this one-of-a-kind cafe.
Bookstore – café : 50 Nguyen Khac Nhu Street.D1 HCMC
Ca Chep Bookstore provides a true Saigon experience. The bookstore, which is open until 10 p.m. and houses 20,000 books and novels under one roof, has a distinct social atmosphere, is located on the roof of the bookstore and offers an unobstructed view of the city.
Ca Chep Bookstores : 4 floor, 223 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward D1.
Ca Chep Bookstores : 213 Vo Van Tan street, ward 5, D3, HCMC
Open 8 am to 10 pm
Nha Nam Books & Coffee is a true book-lovers’ haven in Saigon. Visitors will want to explore every nook and cranny of the cozy interior, as well as the carefully curated selection of books that line the shop’s walls. The outdoor courtyard has a staircase with the titles of literary classics written on each step. Following that, the stairs lead to individual workrooms named after literary heroes.
Nha Nam Books & coffee: 24A Đường D5, Phường 25, Bình Thạnh, Ho Chi Minh City
Open from 7 am to 10 pm
Bookworm’s Cafe is located in the heart of Bui Vien, a well-known backpacker party street. Bookworm’s has a lively atmosphere and is run by a friendly English Expat and his family. This charming establishment has something for everyone’s interests: cheap books, delicious treats, wonderful coffee, and board games to play. Bookworm’s Coffee, is ideal for a good meal with vegan options, catching up with friends, or picking up a second-hand book for next to nothing.
Bookworm’s café: 4 Do Quang Dau, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Open from 7 am to 11 pm
Niched in a nice and quiet small alley Domino Coffe & Books is the place to be if you want to read a book or drink authentic Vietnamese coffee. The staff is extremely friendly, and if you have any questions or require assistance, they will gladly assist you.
Domino Coffee & Book: 54/2 Nguyễn Cư Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh City
Close at 9 pm
Available in : Vietnamese