About Café Hopping
Café Hopping is a lifestyle here in Saigon among youngsters and middle aged people – depending on the coffee shop style and target. I enjoy going around the different café, drinking their signature drinks and food. This is, in fact, my favorite hobby – or time killing method – during weekend. But sometimes, weeknights work as well.
District 1 and 2 are two places I go for Café Hopping because of their chic design and nicest drinks and food in town. Last week, I have featured quite a lot of different places in District 2 (Villa Royale, Le Café de La Mer, etc.) This week, let’s go back to my beloved district, District 1.
Cakes & Ale
Hidden well away from urban life of Saigon in an old District 1 apartment building, this café – also a cake vendor – captures me right at the first moment stepping into the cozy atmosphere.
The whole café is an L-shaped structure, with the opening is the industrial table, and few chairs and tables for guests, while the end of it to the right is the sofa and kitchen. Outside seatings are not available at the balcony, since they are occupied by the apartment residents. I can see the clothes left hanging all over – not a nice view but a local one, which you might pump into whenever you go to a Vietnamese apartment.
Cakes & Ale has a feminine decoration and set-up, from the flowery pattern on the cushion, the mat to the delicate tea set, all of which hint a girly touch to it. I was here with two other male friends and they had to admit this place was quite girly for them. But it’s alright to me since the cake is what will keep me from coming back. Maybe a take away will do. Besides, the music taste is not really nice, the stereo is small and we would love to hear some other bubble pop songs to fit the girly settings instead of Maroon 5’s ‘One More Night.’
As I have mentioned on the previous paragraph and the title, Cakes & Ale‘s cake is the best thing happens to me here in this girlish café. I order only one Charcoal Cheesecake because I wasn’t expecting much from them, and because I had tried charcoal flavor once in Japan, so I thought it would be nice to try it again in a cheesecake. It is indeed delicious. The sour taste of the Japanese charcoal and richness of the cheesecake blend well together. The cake is tender and moist making it easy to chew and digest. The jasmine tea is like other tea set but they use Vietnamese porcelain tea pot along with the minimal set-up which shows the owner’s aesthetics.
I will definitely come back for another slice of cake. Make sure you come and try as well. Enjoy the photos and find their information below.
Opening hours: Sun – Mon, 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Address: 1F, 6B Cong Truong Quoc Te, Dist. 1, Saigon, VIETNAM
Phone number: 08. 668.42825 – 0906.840.500
Price range: 30,000 – 80,000 VND