[Ho Chi Minh City] Known for its eclectic and vintage decor, Cong Caphe is a popular chain of coffee shops that create a vibe reminiscent of Vietnam’s past, particularly the Vietnam War era.

This theme is reflected in both the decor and the attire of the staff, who wear green, military-style uniforms.

And not forgetting about its famous Coconut Coffee.

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While Cong Caphe is a chain with locations throughout Vietnam, each café maintains a charm that reflects the local vibe and culture.

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I visited its “best outlet” at Lý Tự Trọng.

What makes this location special is its setting within a historic building, contributing to the overall ambiance and appeal.

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Upon taking the staircase up the old building, you would be amazed at the decor of Cong Caphe.

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It is a blend of vintage and eclectic elements, with mismatched furniture, retro accessories, and walls adorned with memorabilia that evoke the war era and the 20th-century Vietnamese lifestyle.

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The layout includes cozy corners, communal tables good for chatting – creating an atmosphere that is both nostalgic and thought-provoking.

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There was even a narrow outdoor seating area so that you can sit outside and people-watch (in the hot sun).

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Of course I had to have the Coconut Coffee (VND65,000), which combines the rich, boldness of Vietnamese coffee with the creamy, tropical sweetness of coconut milk.

I was pleasantly surprised that it was quite like a slushie, making it such a refreshing drink yet with a slightly butter coffee edge.

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The menu doesn’t stop there; it features a variety of coffee drink flavours ranging from Mung Bean (VND65,000), Green Rice (VND65,000), to Cocoa (VND65,000).

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There was a small snack menu offering Sunflower Seeds (VND25,00), Spicy Corn (VND25,00), Vietnamese Dried Beef (VND25,00), Rice Dumpling (VND40,00), and Noodles with Egg and Dried Beef (VND55,00).

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I opted for the Croissant with Condensed Milk (VND30,00).

While the pairing looked simple, the addition of condensed milk introduced a velvety, sweet contrast to the buttery, flaky croissant.

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With its war-era decor, inventive drink menu, and vibrant atmosphere, Cong Caphe is a place where history meets modern-day cafe culture.

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Cộng Cà phê
26/15 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 71000, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 7am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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