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 creates a link between book lovers and art lovers, bookstore chains and readers. It is considered as a literary gateway in the city.
Several book stores
Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is the paradise of book lovers of all ages. There are more than 20 book shops (kiosks), 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. A large number of authors choose to introduce their new books and converse with the fans at this place. 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.
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 a 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.
What to eat around the book street?
At the beginning of the street, there is a Mc Donald fast food restaurant where you can find some Western foods and drinks at reasonable prices.
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. It is open from 7:00 to 21:00 daily. You can take a taxi or motorbike taxi to the street or stop at the street when you visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office.
Scooter Saigon Tour provides many Ho Chi Minh City Tours including private motorbike tours around the city. On the tour, you can stop at any place at your wish. You can let the guides know that you would like to see Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, they will take you there.