1. Crossroads of Alexandre de Rhodes Street and Phạm Ngọc Thạch Street
The crossroads of Alexandre de Rhodes Street and Phạm Ngọc Thạch Street is a place you can see local daily life at its fullest. On the pavement of Alexandre de Rhodes near the crossroads, there are some simple coffee stalls with some old chair chairs. These are places Saigon people choose to sit, enjoy some black coffee, look over the lines of traffic and talk to each other or the owners.
On Phạm Ngọc Thạch Street near the crossroads, many young people and foreign tourists gather under coffee stalls under the shadow of the green old tree, listen to cicada songs. This is a good way to see a wide range of traffic on the roads, food shoulder poles and people walking…
2. Hàn Thuyên – Công xã Paris
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The crossroads of Hàn Thuyên – Công xã Paris is known as “Notre Dame Cathedral coffee sitting-plump area” where hundreds of young people sit on their legs to enjoy coffee every morning and evening. The view from this place is very beautiful and the air is fresh with lots of green trees. Children love this place because they can feed nice and friendly pigeons there. You can choose for yourself a refreshing drink (coffee, soft drink, coconut water with kumquat juice, sugarcane juice, salt-preserved lemon with sugar…). In addition, many snacks (ice cream, mixed fruits, foods on a stick…) are available for whom loving light meals. Many young people come here just to relax after a hard-working day by drinking and eating.
3. Trần Hưng Đạo – Nguyễn Cư Trinh
In the evening, it’s not bad idea to sit at drink stall on the pavement or cafe which is located opposite of Pullman Saigon hotel. Or you can walk along the street, see local life and stop at food stalls to enjoy Pho, barbecue and desserts.
4. Công trường Quốc tế – Trần Cao Vân
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At the crossroads of Công trường Quốc Tế Street and Trần Cao Vân Street, you can see the Turtle Lake which is one of the symbols of Saigon. This is a famous place where young people come to walk, sit, eat snacks and drink. You can buy something to enjoy at the lake or enter quiet cafes with a glass window or balcony so that you can look over the lake and the streets. On Trần Cao Vân Street, you can sit under the trees and enjoy some coffee at drink stalls on the pavement.
Coming to Saigon, enjoying delicious dishes at luxury restaurants and sleeping in 5-star hotels are the right ways to make your trip perfect. But walking around the city, sitting at cafes on the streets and see how locals have fun, relax and make their livings are some ways to learn more about one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam and immerse yourself into Saigon life. A Saigon motorbike tour with a local tour guide is a good choice to explore the city.