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My favorite Saturday afternoon cafe - Le Creperie in District 1

Continuing my blog entry last time, one of my typical Saturday afternoons in Saigon is to sit at a favorite cafĂ© in District 1, with my handy laptop and tow, and blog the whole afternoon. It’s called Le Creperie on 15 Hanh Thuyen St. What is so great about this place is that it overlooks this small park with towering leafy green trees that provides the needed oxygen for city folks like us. It kinda gives you a bit of a countryside feel, even though the sound of motorbikes is not too distant away.

The staff are friendly at Le Creperie. Dishes are French-influenced. I recommend the Crepe Florentine with mushrooms and spinach lightly steeped in olive oil. Only a few doors away from Le Creperie is Au Pain, also a French-style/Mediterranean restaurant with a predominantly farang (Thai word for “foreigner”) clientele.

The charming lady owner is as charming as her restaurant. Although the dishes are tailored more for foreigners’ taste (the spaghetti with anchovies is not as hot nor salty as I had expected but more with a sour taste) and the meat dishes lack the proverbial spices that I knew Mediterranean food would at least have, the ambiance is definitely cozy and well-worth a leisurely meeting with your friends on a sultry Saturday afternoon.

Furnishings remind you of a Moroccan haveli with drapes looking like they’re floating on the ceiling and very comfy and colorful divans with patchwork cushions. A must visit!

The green and peaceful park beside Hanh Thuyen Street overlooking a row of restaurants.

Motorbikes and lover in the park in front of Le Creperie

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