19th century American memorabilia sets the theme and mood in a coffee shop in Saigon’s backpacker area.
The 80-square-meter café is located in a small alley on Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1. “This 120-year-old house is a rare antique building that remains intact in this area,” said Luu Minh Giang, who runs the coffee shop.
The coffee shop’s interiors are influenced by classical American bars in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“I was inspired by the film adaptation of the novel Little house on the prairie. The film tells the story of American life in the 19th century and it fascinated me. When I opened this coffee house, I was trying to recreate a bar in the movie,” said Giang.
The main structure of the house with brick walls, tile roofs and a loft … is well preserved even after 120 years.
Cabinets, phones, wooden boxes and brand logos on display are designed to give an impression of the American Far West.
All the items used as decoration relate to the coffee house’s main theme.
While several items were acquired from Saigon’s flea markets, others were sent from several foreign countries.
The café hosts live music performances with international songs on weekends.
The café opens from morning until midnight. It has become a popular haunt of both locals and foreigners.
“Customers are greeted by friendly employees who can explain the style and the history of the house. This helps people understand the vibe of the place better,” Giang said.