When you sip a cup of tea in a peaceful teahouse of Saigon, what you will enjoy is not simply the unique flavor. Saigon is big but it’s the timeless coffee shops, and most especially the teahouses, that create the charm of this tight community. The unique flavor is but the welcoming sip.
“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
(William Ewart Glastone)
And if you ever wish to find a sliver of peace in the emerging city of Saigon, tea will shelter you. The modern Saigonese have a daily habit of drinking coffee and milk tea. Because of this, many people assume that the people of this city do not know how to enjoy the original elegant flavor of tea. However, if you spend a little effort discovering deep into the alleyways of Saigon, you will find the tea gems that warm the heart of this city.
Hatvala Tea House
Located near the facade of the expensive Le Thanh Ton street, Hatvala makes its exquisite home. Premium tea collections from across Vietnam are showcased here, and the staff can give you thorough knowledge of each tea.
Our mission to discover the best teas the country has to offer and present them in an honest and straightforward manner. Starting out with six teas in 2012 our range has grown steadily as we continue to search for teas of character and distinction that we hope will appeal to customers at home and around the world.
With a hope to communicate the value of Vietnamese tea to the world, one founder of this tea house – Ms. Ngoc Thu – operates workshops that explore the flavors and stories behind Vietnamese tea. Ms. Thu has been traveling for five years to the tea regions of Vietnam, China, and India to consolidate her insights about this herbal drink. You will not only gain an understanding of the history and typical tastes of tea in Vietnam, but you will also learn a thing or two about how different types of tea suit your health and regional conditions.
- Address: 5 Nguyen Van Mai street, District 3, HCMC
- Opening hours: 8AM – 6:30PM
- Website: https://hatvala.com/
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/Hatvala
Muni Vegetarian & Tea house
Miracle tea recipe from founder Muni – Nowadays, enjoying tea is growing and becoming a delicate pleasure in Vietnamese life.
According to Founder Muni – Msr. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam, a delicious teapot should go through 4 steps:
Nhat Nuoc: in the past, the source of water used to make delicious tea was distilled from rain or dew on pure lotus leaves. Today, we can use clean filtered tap water, store it in a crock pot for 2-3 days to make the water softer and sweeter.
Nhi Pha: tea making tools include kettle, tongs, troops, filters, kettles, tea tools.
First use hot water to warm the items, then add 1g of tea to 20ml of water. Then, “wake up” the tea flavor with the first water. Use tea for the first time to flavor the utensils and tea cups. The appropriate temperature when making teas: Green tea 80-85 degrees Celsius, Red tea 90-95 degrees Celsius, Black tea and Pu-erh tea is 100 degrees Celsius. Next to water 2, pour through the filter to filter and pour the tea into the army. (cup of tea) can be enjoyed.
Tam Tra: Good tea must be grown on high mountains, when mixed, the color is light and not acrid. In particular, the longer the tea is, the longer it is, or marinated in natural flavors that will both smell good and have an effect on the digestive system.
Tu Am: porcelain and glass pots for scented tea or other teas. In particular, the zisha pot, an unglazed, high-temperature terracotta pot from the Yixing region (Jiangsu, China) will bring the experience to a higher level of tea flavor.
- Address: 15B Song Da, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, HCM City
- Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/MuniRestaurant/
- Phone: 0339818048
Mao A Chai – Tea & Herbal Drinks
Let’s sit together to understand more about the drink from the past, review the culture that has been deeply rooted in not only the Vietnamese people, the “Tea” culture.
The balcony of the Rabbit house had bees flying to earn nectar from star fruit. Honey bees should not sting customers! Nature is so amazing!
If you come here for a drink, I recommend the lotus tea. Lotus flower is not just the symbolic flower of Vietnam, it also grows beautifully upon the swamp and makes for an aromatic sip. You can also buy some crackers that match well with your cup of tea.
I cordially invite you to come home to drink a cup of fragrant tea and a cup of cool water. Nice to see some pretty things
- Address: Floor 4, 26 Ly Tu Trong street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 7:30AM – 10:30PM
- Phone: 093 300 75 89
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079107909151
Home Tea An Yen
In Tan Binh District hides yet another silent alley. At no. 29/14A Yen The, turn right onto a small alley, walk to the end of it, turn right and keep going to the wall at the end.
Home Tea An Yen welcomes you with their handmade boho door, which introduces their blue and orange theme colors. Once you step inside, you will find yourself lost in another world – the world of realistic dreamers, the world of blue and green, books and tea, paintings and dry jams. Home Tea is the common house of all brothers and sisters together towards the Thuan Natural lifestyle. And if you are a fan of the sustainable lifestyle, you probably will burst into happy tears with their little library just as I did upon discovering it.
There are various tea sets for you to try, most are for a group of two to four people. I highly recommend the brown rice tea, which gives a strong flavor of brown rice, beans, and herbs. The outdoor seats are perfect for a morning chill, and the indoor setting will set you at peace with your book if you go alone.
- Address: 29/14A Yen The, 2 Ward, Tan Binh Dis tricht, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 8AM – 1PM & 4PM – 10PM
- Phone: +84 0987613454
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/ngoinhachungbinhyen
Update: permanently closed
Dear Teahouse appears at the end of a narrow and quiet alleyway in District 1. While Saigon is the busiest region of Vietnam, and District 1 is the busiest area of the city, this alley whispers the charm of a small town clinging to the past.
In the historically old yet charming streets of Saigon, this teahouse welcomes customers with its pure white walls and simple decor. Open the door and you will be greeted with a very pleasant aroma and gentle music. The bar is in the back, where the tea makers will kindly explain their different sets of tea, and let you watch their clever manners while preparing your beautiful set.
While waiting, you can grab a travel book on their shelves. Each book was designed and written by a local artist, hence not only will you be exposed to a new destination, you will also experience a new point of view!
- Address: 58/4 Truong Dinh, District 1, HCMC
- Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
- Website: https://www.dearteahouse.com/
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/dearteahouse
You may already know the basic differences between Western and Eastern tea, it’s just the size of the cups. Eastern countries (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam) favor very small teacups, and they like to drink five cups per teapot. This is because the main purpose of the tea is not just about the tea itself, but about gathering together. There is so much more to know about our tea that words cannot encapsulate. Instead, you need to visit a few of these special teahouses.
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