Starbucks in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Starbucks is now in Vietnam.  I won’t lie to you, the first time I visited Vietnam, I could not imagine Starbucks in the streets of Ho Chi Minh. The streets  are changing quickly but I still can’t figure out if it’s for the best.

This is the New World Starbucks which stands on a major roundabout in the heart of Ho Chi Minh.  I only visited one shop during my stay, just out of curiosity.

The shop has this nice mural.

This particular shop has two floors.  It was busy and for the whole lenght of my stay in Vietnam, it seem to be always full.

This is the second floor.

Something familiar in Vietnam. Tasted the same as the one I order in Japan.

The dessert selection in Ho Chi Minh was better than the one found in Japan.

I had the chocolate cake which was quite good.

I think the best part of going to Starbucks in Vietnam was the people watching.  As usual the foreigners were very casual, most of them wearing flip flops (I was very casual too).  The Vietnamese were not casual at all, most of them seem like business people and the rest were very well dressed.  While the foreigners might go for the  coffee, it seem that the locals are more interested in the status symbol brought by Starbucks. I saw numerous people taking selfies inside or in front of the Starbucks.

If you need a coffee fix and don’t feel adventurous, Starbucks will feel like a home away from home.  If you want to drink the original Vietnamese coffee, I suggest you start looking for these little plastic chairs on the sidewalk.

Hồng Thái 76 Lê Lai, quận 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam