City Guide: District 2 of SaigonWritten by Hive Life
Only 15 minutes from the beeping streets of Ho Chi Minh’s business district, is the neighbouring vibrant District 2. Here’s the Hive Life’s go-to guide filled with hidden gems.
Only 15 minutes from the beeping streets of Ho Chi Minh’s business district, is the neighbouring vibrant District 2. This plush metropolitan along the meanders of the Saigon River is popular for both locals and expats.
Synchronically, hip luxurious cafes, restaurants and resorts are briskly sprouting up. Prioritised by investors, this area is unstoppable aiming for innovative infrastructure and modern architecture not far behind district 1 which is just right across the river.
During the day, take a river cruise that will give you a panoramic view of the skyscrapers – this is definitely a memorable way to enjoy Ho Chi Minh. Antique shops and cafes can take you back in time during the French colonisation through homemade treats and historic decor.The Hive Life Vietnam team has explored all the street corners to bring you the best of District 2
Located on the bank of Saigon River this elegant restaurant has a great selection of modern Pan Asian cuisines. With a sleek design and open air feel it blends nicely with the natural beauty of river. We highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasions and suggest trying the Pan Fried Duck Breast.
Address: 38 Nguyen U Di Street, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84 (0) 8 3744 6632
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 8.00am till 12.00am
Step back in time and away from the millions of motorbikes and the hustle bustle of Saigon in this unique antique shop & cafe. Villa Royale is decorated sky high with hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces of history and a delicious selection of homemade treats. Spend your afternoon here seeking for new treasures for your home while enjoying their signature high-tea.
Address: 25 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am till 5:00pm (Closed Mondays)
One of the most popular bar and restaurant in Thao Dien, D2, for 11 years, Buddha Bar is by far the longest establishment. Newly renovated and expanded, it has 2 big Screens and various TVs for sports, 2 Pool Tables (voted the best in Saigon) with plenty of rooms to play, Dart, Quiz, Live Music, good International Food Menu and Great Happy Hour Deals.
Address: 07 Thao Dien, An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 8 3744 2080
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 2:00pm till 4:00am
A space where Vietnamese Contemporary art shows all its colours, The Factory is not only a world-class creative hub in Saigon but is also the perfect place to grab the best cocktails in town. This creative modern building hides a tranquil bar & lounge surrounded by art and greenery.
Address:The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward, D.2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Tel: +84 (0)8 3744 2589
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am till 11:00pm (Closed Mondays)
Spa Lá Sen
An authentic spa focusing on traditional Vietnamese beauty & body treatments. Spa Lá Sen, which translates to Lotus Leaf Spa in English, uses an ancient Vietnamese recipe and create natural homemade herbal oils, creams, scrubs and more. Welcoming you with rustic wooden doors, a small garden and a cool, fresh lotus pond. The perfect place to retreat to after a hard day of work.
Address: La Sen Spa, 0967017595, 104 Xuan Thuy, District 2, HCMC, Vietnam