I didn’t have a whole lot of time to go searching for a cafe today. The good thing is that there are hidden gems on every corner of this massive city. Plastic chairs and smoothie shops line the busy streets, but if you step down an alley or into some shrubbery, you might find yourself in a place like An cafe off of Thao Dien in district 2. It looks like a parking lot for construction workers from the outside, but inside are large plants, wooden tables, old window shutters and traditional Vietnamese flute playing in the background. It just feels nice to be here.
I needed a quick pick me up and I couldn't resist the deliciousness of a freshly blended coconut smoothie with coffee. I like to think I invented this magnificent combination. Add a banana cake with vanilla ice cream and wow! I hope heaven is this good.
To make things better, I got struck here as it started raining. Its quite the tantric place for a drizzle, but there is no such thing as drizzle in Vietnam. As the trickle of rain on the bamboo leafed ceiling began to grow heavy, I quickly moved my belongings inside and ordered some more food. This storm wasn’t gonna end anytime soon. Puddles of water began to collect nearby and my electronics lay vulnerable at my own expense. You can't hold a restaurant accountable here when something goes wrong. I kind of like it that way.
Lemongrass wrapped with beef and spicy peanut sauce. Total cost for the evening: $9
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