Cộng Caphe – a coffee shop that carries a pure Vietnamese theme with propaganda posters and communism has been driving the whole community by storm; especially with the youngsters, it’s great to have a cup of coffee at the end of the day in such a cozy atmosphere and listen to some Vietnamese tunes.
Why is it called Cộng anyways? Cộng means Việt Cộng in Vietnamese; this term was used in the socialist era and the team made a great twist on it by adding such humors in their shops like propaganda posters, funny quotes around the place (even in the restrooms) and unique designs with brick wood walls and old set of tables and chairs. Founded in 2007, and 16 stores have been opened in Hanoi, Da Nang and Saigon. Cộng Café is surely a hit in Vietnam these days.
The coffee quality is another plus (it also means cộng in Vietnamese). Because they do take coffee seriously and the coffee selection is well-defined. Their signature drink is ice blended coconut coffee; coconut and coffee? First, you may think “Seriously?”, but after just one sip that thought goes away completely. You get this really rich flavor from the coconut from the first sip and once it goes down to your throat, the coffee flavor bursts in, giving it a harmony to the taste. Having that with sunflower seeds is also a must at Cộng, you can have endless conversations with your buds with that combination of drinks and snack, such perfection! You can try out some other signatures as well: nâu đá coffee (iced milk coffee), đen nóng (hot black coffee) and sữa chua café (coffee with yoghurt).
Here in Saigon, you can visit these following branches of Cộng Café:
- 26 Lý Tự Trọng Street, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1.
- 127-129 Bùi Viện, District 1.
Have fun and in Vietnamese we say “Cộng! Cộng nữa! Cộng mãi!”
Cộng Café: http://congcaphe.com/about-us/