Ho Chi Minh City blends nicely the old with the new: Independence Palace lies near the energetic Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Tomb of Le Van Duyet overlooks Phan Xich Long street’s bustling nightlife. Now, to complement the Notre Dame Cathedral, there’s Nguyen Van Binh Book Street - a peaceful nook that’ll get you hooked immediately.
As the name suggests, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is filled with book stalls of different publishers which will definitely make your inner bookworms ecstatic. The street is about 100 meters long, which will take you 10 minutes to roam from end to end.
For over 2 years, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street has been a popular attraction.
Business hours: 8 AM – 10 PM, Monday - Sunday
Address: Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Located right beside the City Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is reachable via many ways:
Diamond Plaza: D1, 18, 30, 42
City Post Office: 03, 19, 45
Le Duan street: 03, 18
Bus fare is VND 5,000 – 10,000/ride.
Grab/Go-Viet: Download these ride-hailing apps from App Store, Google Play. Many drivers don’t speak English, but the instructions on the app are super clear and straightforward. The only thing you need is mobile data.
Motorbike For Rent: You can rent a motorbike for VND 120,000 – 300,000/day. There are parking lots on both ends of the street, Fahasa Nguyen Hue, Ho Tung Mau and Ton That Thiep Street.
On Foot: Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is within walking distance from Ben Thanh Market, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Mariamman Hindu Temple, Independence Palace…
Note: Carry Vietnam dong in small cash for easier exchange.
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There are around 20 stalls from well-known publishers with different genres: comic, fiction, non-fiction … in both English and Vietnamese. If you have time and some patience, you can buy a good, old book at outdoor stalls for next to nothing. They also sell lovely souvenirs like coasters, tote bags, and petite decorations… The staffs are friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.
There’s a book bus which would be perfect for your next viral pictures. If you visit here during the daytime, you can borrow a book too.
The book bus is modeled after the eco-friendly buses in HCMC.
After sightseeing, take a rest at Phuong Nam Book Café, Dep Café or McDonald’s. The price will vary from VND 20,000 – 100,000. In return, you get a nice and peaceful view. All the cafés are beautifully adorned so don’t forget to snap some photos. There’s also a playground so your kids won’t get bored.
Cafes on Nguyen Van Binh Book Street is great for working, reading and mingling.
The playground was designed in the theme of road safety.
Book lover or not we’re sure that Nguyen Van Binh Book Street can cater to your taste. After a trip to the bustling city, a visit to this quiet place would be a nice change. Find out more at our Day Tours in Saigon.
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