The Workshop Coffee

27 Ngô Đức Kế, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Editor's Review

The Workshop Coffee is perhaps the most well-known specialty coffee house in Vietnam and early contender for the first mover in Vietnam’s specialty coffee scene. The entrance is hidden at the bottom of a 100+ year old building, just off Saigon’s walking street. If you manage to spot it, start climbing the century old colonial staircase, past the dimly lit cigar lounge, until you see a glimmer of light on the upper floor. Head to the top, draw open the Workshop’s doors and let the sunlight wash over you in a warm liquid glow.

Beneath the high ceiling, the giant square coffee bar draws the eye. Approachable from all sides, it’s a theatrical stage for baristas to perform. Japanese siphons bubbling above a flame, drip kettles swirling and steam pumping from the La Marzocco. It reminds us that first and foremost, the Workshop is about the coffee. Before ordering, we suggest opening a menu and taking a look at the beans on offer. Pull out the detachable coffee cards for details on each coffee, including tasting notes, geography and a date stamp for when that particularly batch was harvested.

Operations Manager, Quynh, tells us of The Workshop Coffee’s past, recounting how the café’s managing partners had led a life of international business, before returning with aspirations of promoting and cultivating good coffee in Vietnam. Quynh goes on to share his prediction for Vietnam’s specialty coffee scene: “Around 80% of our customers used to be expat and now, 50% Vietnamese. Slowly things are changing…”. The Workshop Coffee is certainly an unmissable destination on any Saigon coffee tour.

Reviewed by Micah Thompson.


Cafe Features

Buy Beans
Loose Leaf Tea
Brunch/Lunch
Table Seating
Toilets
Wifi

Coffee + Drinks

Cold Brew
Decaf
Filter Coffee
Iced Coffee
House Roaster
The Workshop Coffee
Filter Brew Methods
v60, siphon, phin, kalita wave, chemex, aeropress, french press, woodneck
Grinder
Mahlkonig EK43, Mazzer
Coffee Machine
La Marzocco Linea
Opening Hours
Monday:
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday:
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday:
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday:
08:00 - 21:00
Friday:
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday:
08:00 - 21:00
Sunday:
08:00 - 21:00