Food GuideHo Chi Minh CityVietnamNấp Saigon

‘Nấp’ means ‘hidden’ in Vietnamese, and in a city where nearly every nook and cranny hides one café or another, this one in particular is worth the effort of finding.
Tayne EphraimApril 11, 201915 min

Hours 9:00 – 21:00 | Address 3/5 Nguyễn Văn Thủ, Ward Dakao, District 1

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Their exquisite desserts

Tucked away in a quiet alley in the creative quarter of District 1, Nap, captures perfectly the modern blend of minimalist design and Saigon throwback aesthetic. The café itself is as pleasing to the eye as its offering of drinks and bites are to the taste buds. Owner Hoang Dai, Saigonite blogger and creative powerhouse, is also the brains behind Thinker & Dreamer Coffee on Nguyen Hue Boulevard and Mo Concept interior store. He travels widely in his downtime and the little bits and pieces from these excursions abroad show up in both the blending of taste and design.

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Nap’s youthful clientele

Not for nothing has Nap taken out top awards for its excellence, for even in a city crammed full of stylish cafés both modern and retro, this one really is a step up from the crowd. The drinks and desserts are next level, with malt coconut ice cream (kem dua, VND 50,000), coconut affogato (ca phe kem dua, VND 60,000) and black jelly in caramel sauce (suong sao, VND 45,000) in particular sure to blow taste buds into many a return visit. The menu leaves no shortage of marvel, with a fat selection of exotic juices and homemade yoghurt blends also on hand, in addition to excellent iced coffee (ca phe sua doc, VND 50,000) and Hanoi’s famous egg coffee (ca phe trung, VND 60,000). Unfortunately a café of such delights cannot be kept a secret for long, and by day it can be hard to secure a table.

Nap functions as a Café-Hostel, with the upper floors serving as the hostel (you can also book yourself a dorm for a couple of hours’ worth of quality nap time in a special afternoon offer), and as such closes earlier than the norm at 9pm, so if you plan on dropping in at night, be careful not to leave it too late.

One comment

  • Ann Ann

    April 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    It was an useful article for me when I came this country in the first time. Delicious dishes, impressive tastes and friendly people! All of them are my best memories until now.

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