Opened from 1st September 2016, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street has been not only a favorite place to buy good books but also to walk, take photographs, gather, sip some coffee and relax. The 100-meter-long book street stretches from Hai Ba Trung Street to Notre Dame Cathedral, it is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The book street attracts most of the people in Saigon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City), especially the youth and families with kids. The street is the most crowded at weekends and at night when locals do not go to work and would like to spend their time in a great way.
Nguyen Van Binh Book Street features stalls of famous bookstore chains, book cafes, magazine and newspapers area, playing area, old book area, area for book, painting, photography and magazine exhibition, stalls selling artworks including pottery items, handicrafts, postcards, 3D popup cards. All of the things in the street create a link between book lovers and art lovers, bookstore chains and readers. It is considered as a literary gateway in the city.
Location and opening hours of Nguyen Van Binh Book Street
For more information, the book street is located on Nguyen Van Binh Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, next to Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office. The book street starts from the crossroads of Nguyen Van Binh and Cong Xa Paris to the crossroads of Nguyen Van Binh and Hai Ba Trung Streets.
The sculpture entitled “Thinking” (Suy ngẫm), created by sculptor Nguyen Thanh Tam in 2015, is placed at the beginning of Nguyen Van Binh Book Street (crossroads of Nguyen Van Binh and Cong Xa Paris Streets).
Several book stores
Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is the paradise of book lovers of all ages. There are more than 20 book shops (bookstores), each of which belongs to a publisher or bookstore. At the book shops, many people comfortably choose their favorite books from thousands of books on different topics, by different authors. Old book shops sell many rare old books which are valuable to some people. Most of the book lovers can find the appropriate in the book street. Most of the shops and the areas are decorated beautifully and spectacularly with lanterns, flowers, plants, lights, statues, etc. The street has become one of the best places to take photographs in Saigon. If you have time in the city, do not miss trolling into Nguyen Van Binh Book Street.
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Book coffee shops
Many teenagers usually gather in the book street, after walking around for the books and other nice items, they choose to relax at nice coffee shops where they can enjoy the drinks, take a rest, and leisurely chat about everything in the world. It is totally different to sit at tea/coffee shops, surrounded by books to enjoy coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, or bubble tea. The atmosphere is warm, relaxing, and comfortable. The smell of coffee spreads in the air, blends with the smell of new books can win the hearts of any person.
Nguyen Van Binh Street is always cool during the day and at night thanks to two lines of green old tree with big shades. In addition, they place lots of pots of plants in the streets, in front of the bookstores and hung the pots of plants on the canopies and ceilings. Nguyen Van Binh is known as one of the greenest streets in the city where more and more buildings grow up.
A blue miniature of the blue bus is placed in the middle of the street. It is considered an interesting small library or a bus for transferring knowledge. In the bus there are lots of great books and readers can read these free books from 8:30 to 12:00, from 15:30 to 19:00. The bus stop with shelters is for visitors to have a seat, talk, relax in a pleasant atmosphere or enjoy clean air in the book street. .
A small playground for kids is designed to have lots of road symbol signs, a tunnel, traffic lights and many others so that children learn more about transportation while playing. The transparent multicolorful roof makes the playground impressed and attracts children.
A large number of authors choose to introduce their new books and converse with the fans at this place. Important publishing events, book fairs are held in Nguyen Van Binh Book Street.
What to eat around the book street?
At the beginning of the street, there is a McDonald fast food restaurant where you can find some Western foods and drinks at reasonable prices. The restaurant opens 24 hours at weekends.
Nguyen Van Binh Book Street at night
Ho Chi Minh City is known as a non-sleeping city, local people and visitors love to go out at night when the sun goes down, the weather is cool, everybody enjoy the nice view and nightlife after work. Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is usually more crowded at night. The stores and coffee shops become splendid thanks to colorful lights.