August 14, 2013

what the pho?

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Our second trip to Vietnam proved just as awesome as the first. Crazy good food for even crazier good value and amazing chill out spots - you really can't go wrong. We hit up Saigon for two days to pregame before some serious doing-nothingness on Phu Quoc Island. 5 meals a day and lounging by the pool singing Taylor Swift (no shame) is all I need to keep me occupied. Here are some of my Ho Chi Minh City musts:

Saigon Travel Diary-9 L'usine - Easily our favorite hang out in HCM and what seems like the only hipster cafe-store-gallery in this city, this cutie little place on the 1st floor of a sorta run-down building serves some light food, cupcakes and killer iced vietnamese coffee. Head to the store for a gander and you'll find brands like Cheap Monday, Baxter of California and local furniture/lighting brand District Eight Design.

151/1 Dong Khoi St., 1st Floor | District 1

Saigon Travel Diary-19 Pho Hoa - The best pho you'll probably eat in your life. Two bowls will almost definitely be necessary. It's kinda grimey, sorta noisy and so friggin good. Don't skip the communal lime, mint or chili because you will most definitely miss out on making your own concoction of epicness.

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Saigon Travel Diary-16 May - This one was a first time for us, but we decided to try something new for our anniversary. It's set in a restored French colonial villa and it feels like you're eating at your super baller friend's house for dinner. It's homey Vietnamese food with a French twist and the added bonus of no MSG or added preservatives. I recommend the mushroom clay pot as an alternative to all the pho-crazy meals you would have had.

3/5 Hoang Sa | District 1

That's it! Phu Quoc Island is up next.
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Kiki said...

I wanna eat my laptop screen now.

Anonymous said...

Your food photos always look so delicious! (Also have been having lots of cravings for Vietnamese food these days haha.) Looks like you had a lovely second trip to Vietnam! xx

Lynnsuperman said...

If I knew you were in Saigon I would definitely went to meet you >.<

Sam said...

Sha, this is so cool! I've been wanting to go to Ho Chi Minh (come on CX fanfaresss) and seeing your photos makes me wanna go even more for the cheap eats! :)


Akiko said...

You take the best photos!! I always love your travel post and this one made me want to visit Vietnam so badly. Pho is my favorite food too :) Great post as always. Love it! xo akiko
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Anonymous said...

your trip,is my dream trip!
the pho photos makes my mouth water!
thank you!

Unknown said...

really so pretty and cool!!!

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