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SNOB café – a hideaway in town
As temperatures in southern Vietnam have begun rising in the lead up to summer, people in HCMC tend to find somewhere to shield themselves from blistering hot weather, and enjoy some cool drinks. SNOB Coffee might be one of the places which are worth dropping by.
A facade of Snob Cafe in HCMC’s District 1
Unlike other busy and colorful coffee shops in HCMC, the quiet and peaceful ambience is what makes the café attractive. Located in the center of town, the coffee house attracts passers-by by its black wall and white sign.
First time comers may be captivated by its splendid and luxurious interior décor and its wooden tables and white sofas. Given limited space on the ground floor, patrons enjoy being seated in the cozy first floor.
The café is in walking distance to the foreign-backpackers quarter surrounded by Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and De Tham streets in District 1.
From the balcony of this café, guests can take a good view of Tran Hung Dao Street
SNOB coffee shop offers various drinks such as lychee tea, iced peach and lemon tea, cappuccino, matcha, chocolate, yogurt, and hot milk, with prices starting from VND30,000 each.
The café is at 147A Tran Hung Dao Street, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1. The café could be an ideal gathering place for those staying up late as it is open round the clock.
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