The Cafe Apartment at No.14 Ton That Dam, Saigon


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First revealed October 2018 | Words and pictures by Vietnam Coracle

The previous house block on Ton That Dam Road, in Saigon’s downtown District 1, has been colonized by cool cafes, hipster bars, style boutiques, and locations to eat. What’s more, gritty and intriguing architectural vestiges lurk in each nook & cranny of this enigmatic French colonial-era complicated. In the midst of speedy city improvement, Saigon is dropping lots of its characterful, previous flats. The irony is that many of these condo blocks are either vibrant street food zones or have develop into hip icons of recent, youthful Saigon. Virtually nothing else in the metropolis says ‘young, hipster, fashionable, and sooo Saigon’ than an previous house complicated riddled with cafes, co-working areas, boutiques, bars, and eating places. Saigon’s most well-known ‘house cafe’ is at N°42 Nguyen Hue Street. However the condominium at N°14 Ton That Dam Road (only a 10-minute stroll from its more famous sister) has lengthy been a hip hangout, too. In reality, the Ton That Dam condominium was part of Saigon’s ‘cool scene’ approach before the one on Nguyen Hue.

The Cafe Apartment at 14 Ton That Dam Street, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamThe previous condominium at N°14 Ton That Dam has been colonized by cosy cafes, hipster hang-outs & bars

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The Ton That Dam house complicated, which by some accounts dates back to the 1860s however with in depth transforming throughout the 20th century, is a sprawling maze of corridors, exterior stairwells, interior elevator shafts, mezzanine levels, house models, open shopfronts, darkish antechambers, and cramped courtyards open to the brilliant, tropical sunshine. Its partitions, flooring, and surfaces are a vibrant, textural collage of materials: chilly concrete, picket shutters, tiled floors, peeling plaster, uncovered brickwork, external piping, whirring air-conditioning models, and nests of electricity cables twisted like jungle vines. This compelling and Instagram-ready construction homes an eclectic mix of cool, stylish, elegant, and eccentric cafes, bars and boutiques, some of which might put Berlin or London to disgrace. As a common rule, anticipate to pay a premium for most things: in any case, that is downtown, hipster Saigon. Here’s a floor-by-floor information to the N°14 Ton That Dam house constructing.

*Word: Saigon’s previous flats are in a continuing state of flux: I haven’t listed every business working out of Ton That Dam on this information, and a number of the particulars are sure to vary. A lot of the cafes are open throughout the day; the bars are likely to open from the afternoon into the night time.

Click a flooring from the record under to learn more about it:

N°14 Ton That Dam ‘Cafe House’, District 1, Saigon