Saigon’s past relived in Indochine Corner

If you want to get away from the noisy streets and hot weather for a short time then Indochine Corner is a good choice.

Located at 43 Tran Nhat Duat Street, Tan Dinh Ward in the city’s District 1, it is an ideal spot to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee after a shopping trip. There are also a number of quality vegetarian meals on offer.

Indochine Corner (Goc Dong Duong) is the third coffee shop run by Dzambala Corp. System which owns Tibetan Coffee Shop at Ton That Tung Street, District 1 and European-style Tara Coffee Lounge at Thich Quang Duc Street, Phu Nhuan District.

Indochine Corner will bring you back to 1940s or 50s Saigon. Dzambala owner Kathy Ngoc Lan told the Daily that the corporation will also open some more coffee shops in the city in the future.  “I want to bring some of the old Saigon to the current generation,” she said.

To make Indochine Corner possible, Lan rebuilt and decorated a dilapidated house on Tran Nhat Duat Street. She wanted to go with warm colors such as red or yellow. She bought old doors and windows and then painted them red.

On the walls hang numerous photos capturing Saigon’s past. The ground floor and first floor feature ancient motorbikes Mobylette and Vespa.

On the first floor, the owners also put some Buddhist statues for local people to worship. All the furniture is produced by Dzambala Corp. and guests can buy items from the coffee shop if interested.

Lunchtime from Monday to Friday, Indochine Corner serves office lunch at VND25,000 for a combo. Other dishes are priced at VND35,000 with drinks at VND45,000 or less.

All dishes are vegetarian and there are 73 different kinds of drinks.

Lan says her target customers are young city workers, art lovers, people who love a quiet space and religious people.

Truong Thi Kim Phuong, a Saigonese on her first visit to Indochine Corner, said: “It is an ideal place for friends to reunite at an affordable cost.” By Tuong Vi in HCMC

A customer sips a glass of nutrient fruit smoothie at Indochine Corner cafe – Photo: Tuong Vi

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