Things To Do

The Alchemist Cafe, Saigon: Gothic-Style Cafe & Tattoo Shop With Skulls And Taxidermy

The Alchemist Cafe – a gothic-themed cafe with taxidermy and body art


It’s not often that the words “gothic” and “cafe” would go together, but The Alchemist Cafe has managed to make this combination work flawlessly – as a wild, yet hauntingly beautiful cafe with taxidermied animals.

This coffee shop with a tattoo parlor feels like a hidden gem in Saigon’s District 1 waiting to be found.


An alfresco-style patio and a creepy cabinet with strange oddities


The Alchemist Cafe is hidden on the second floor of an apartment building inside an alleyway, a sight that would be easily missed by many passers-by. 

The patio area of the cafe is an open balcony that offers a quaint environment, with green plants, patchwork flooring, and metallic furniture – giving the place a vintage vibe. However, the real items of interest lie inside the cafe. 

Through the door and into the cafe is a different aesthetic entirely, with neon signs, walls adorned with skulls and creepy paintings, and a big cabinet filled with skulls and taxidermied animals – one of the cafe’s most striking features.

Not only is this an excellent backdrop for photos, but it also makes for a great conversation piece if you’re into biology and want to guess the animals from the shapes of their skulls. We suggest bringing friends or even a date to this place if they’re interested in this subject. 


Sit and chill with coconut coffee


Of course, being a cafe, this place also offers some quality concoctions that will keep you company, be it for work, or just hanging out with friends. 

Coconut coffee

We had the pleasure of trying out the cafe’s coconut coffee, a refreshingly cold concoction with a strong taste of coconuts that would dispel the heat of Saigon for VND55,000 (~USD2.28).


Get a tattoo alongside your drinks


A surprising fact about this cafe is that it started as a tattoo parlor known as Tiệm xăm Alchemist – one of the more recognizable names in Saigon’s tattoo scene.

Even when this space expanded into a cafe, the tattoo service remains, so you can browse for some unique ink designs the next time you want to get some gorgeous art on your skin.

According to Nhut Bé – the shop’s owner and an experienced artist himself – tattoo services usually start from VND500,000 (~USD20.83) and increase depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo. If you’re looking for a specific design but don’t know the cost, be sure to contact them first. 


The Alchemist Cafe – ideal hangout spot for goths in Saigon


The Alchemist Cafe is a great hangout spot for people who love all things edgy and gothic, as well as people who are interested in tattoo art. If you want to enjoy a little bit of Halloween all year long, check out this location!

Address: Left side of the alley, on the second floor of 158D Pasteur Street, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
Price: 

  • Drinks menu from VND40,000 to VND100,000 (~USD1.68, ~USD4.20)
  • Tattoo art price may vary, but usually starts at VND500,000 (~USD20.83)

Opening hours: 

  • The Alchemist Cafe: 10am-9pm, Daily
  • Tiệm xăm Alchemist:10am-8pm, Daily

Contact: 090 851 89 77 | The Alchemist Cafe’s Facebook page | Tiệm xăm Alchemist’s Facebook Page | Instagram 

For more cafes in Saigon, check out:

Thế Anh

Recent Posts

9 Things To Do In Hanoi For Tết 2023 – Fireworks, Flower Shopping, And Traditional Festivals

If you're in Hanoi this Tết, here are some activities you can look into to…

January 17, 2023

6 Gorgeous Vietnamese Calendars for 2023: From Dancing Cats, Trippy Cyberpunk To Giant Towels

Vietnamese Calendars for 2023 - made with love by local craftsmen Now that the new…

January 13, 2023

Mầm Coffee Tea Beer, Saigon: Country-Style Cafe With Nostalgic Decor And Flowing River

Mầm coffee tea beer is a perfect getaway for those who are tired of the…

January 5, 2023

Ante Café – An European-Style Café In Da Nang For A Cozy Drink & Photo Session With Friends

With a chic decor featuring wooden floors, raw brick walls, and European-style furniture, Ante Cafe…

January 4, 2023

9 Things To Do In Saigon – From Visiting A Floating Temple To Munching On Local Comfort Food

Saigon features some of the best of what Vietnam has to offer. If you're at…

January 4, 2023

Caman Village – A Rustic Vietnamese Recreation At Hoi An’s Outskirts

Caman Village is a cafe/event venue just outside of Hoi An that resembles a small…

January 3, 2023