NEO-, Saigon: Newtro-Style Cafe With Nachos, Craft Beer, And Vibrant Decor

NEO- Cafe in Saigon – a hidden art cafe with a contemporary retro feel

Inside an alleyway that passers-by wouldn’t typically see, NEO- is a stylish establishment where you can go for a weekend hangout with friends, accompanied by saucy grub and a fancy-looking drinks menu.

If you’re interested in taking pictures with a colorful backdrop, or just want a fun environment to enjoy your drinks, this cafe might be for you.

A contemporary-style cafe hidden inside an alleyway

Located inside an alley on Hai Bà Trưng Street, NEO- is easily recognizable by its bright entrance. Going up the stairs and into the cafe, you’ll find an explosion of colors welcoming you inside. This stylish space feels more like a modern art museum, with many angles for some gorgeous photos. 

From smooth-looking plastic chairs that come in primary colors to abstract paintings that brighten up the space, Neo-’s carefully curated choice of color-blocked decor has turned the cafe into a chic-looking space that is perfect for photo-taking. 

If you’re looking for fresh air, the balcony is accessible to all and offers a great view of the surrounding roofs. We recommend going up there during the late afternoon for a fantastic view of the sunset. It’s also around this time that NEO- offers some great craft beers to enjoy.

The upstairs balcony is often the place for beer during the evening.

Share some nachos and drinks with friends

Being both a cafe and a bar space, NEO- offers some tasty bar bites that is perfect for sharing, such as fries, nachos, and sausages. 

A crunchy Nachos Chợ Lớn to share.

We highly recommend the Nachos Chợ Lớn (VND99,999, ~USD4.24) – a simple dish of fried nachos with juicy, aromatic bits of ground meat, onions, and tomatoes, great as a dish to share with friends, and even better when paired with their craft beer.

While we didn’t have the chance to try out their beer, the cafe concocts tasty non-alcoholic options if you want to enjoy your hangout sober, featuring some very tropical tastes. 

Sữa Huế, a non-alcoholic drink with tropical flavors.

A refreshing, yet full-bodied drink that we recommend is the Sữa Huế (VND39,000, ~USD1.65), a flavorful concoction made from yogurt, condensed milk, and lime juice that leaves a fantastic sour note. 

NEO- Cafe in Saigon – a retro art cafe with great food and drinks

NEO- is a terrific new addition to Saigon’s cafe landscape and a great refreshing place to hang out if you want something different from Saigon’s quaint and green-looking cafes. Check out this cafe next time you’re in Saigon!

Address: 393/7 Hai Bà Trưng Street, Ward 8, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City
Opening hours: 8am-11.45pm, Daily
Contact: 070 728 5069 | NEO-’s Facebook page

While in HCMC, check out our guide to things to do in Saigon. And for more cafes in Saigon, check out Cheese Coffee on Lê Thánh Tôn StreetCú Trên Cây Coffee & Beer, and Trênboong Concept.

Thế Anh

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