My friend suggested this Tea Room out of the blue when we were so bored of all the industrial coffee shop in the central of Saigon and sought seclusion in District 2, Saigon. Neither of us had been here, so I was in doubt of my friend suggestion.
At the entrance, I could witness the vintage ambiance where an old model car and a stylish red cyclo – old transportation of Saigon – were parked. Some couches situated next to a rectangular swimming pool. There were two Vietnamese legendary bird statues guarding the door, which brought me a cultural feel to it. According to Vietnamese myth, these birds flew endlessly and could not find any soil to land due to flood season in the Northern Vietnam, but then some turtles appeared and let these birds land on them instead. Thus, the birds could survive through the flooding season. This story is to commemorate friendship between the two animals. These bird statues later on are placed in many temples in the North of Vietnam. Touching these birds’ legs is said to bring you good friends.
Entering the place is a mind-blown experience. It is hard to imagine that you can be drowned in a pool of antiques and treasuries. From vintage clocks to statues, from Western to Eastern culture items. You can see Christian decoration and a Chinese dragon. These items are collected and arranged by the villa’s owner, David J. Campbell, a Scottish and Polish born who was raised in Australia. He now has his residency in the villa and showcase his collectables for the public for sales or just for pure contemplation. The villa was founded in 2013 and has been well received by the local press.
The house is divided into two main spaces: one behind the entrance is for antiques, and the other to its right is the tea room and kitchen. The villa possesses 3 stories but only 2 are allowed for guests while the top is the owner’s residence.
The tea room serves TWG premium tea all imported and serves high tea upon reservation. Menu can be found on their website with only 450,000 VND/pax. Pastries and delights are served as well with relatively average price.
What I like best about Villa Royale is its atmosphere, slow and mild which is very suitable for an afternoon relax with friends. The guests come here don’t talk loudly which we can expect from an English influenced tea room. Enjoy my photos and here are some information you can find helpful upon finding this royal place right in Saigon.
Address: 3 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Dist. 2, HCMC, VIETNAM
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays & Public Holidays
Price range: 60,000 – 200,000 VND (450,000 VND for high tea)