Even though Vietnamese coffee is the most popular drink, but there are more and more people use tea because of the health benefits and variety of flavors. There are many coffee shops also serving tea in their supplementary menu, but in this guide, we will introduce you tea houses in Ho Chi Minh City where you can find many healthy drinks.
Specialized Tea Houses
These tea houses have many kinds of tea and tea mixes that you may not have heard of before, and you can buy tea packages from them. Sometimes, the shop owner can talk and explain to you more about different types of tea and their benefits. If you are looking for traditional tea houses with a quiet and peaceful environment or experts in tea, you should drop by these places.
Tea House Styled Cafes
Hot tea was more popular with people in the North where it could get cold in the winter. But many tea-house-styled cafes are opened in Ho Chi Minh City, a tropical city, because of the tea's health benefits. Most of the shops are English afternoon tea style or take-away style. These stores serve basic kinds of tea and sometimes, sell tea packages as well. This type of tea house is popular with the young who like to go to stores with nice decorations and with people who want some quiet place to work outside of the office.
In tea houses in Ho Chi Minh City, you will find not only herbal tea but also fruity tea. Some regular on the menus are earl grey, green tea, black tea, white tea, blooming tea, rose, hibiscus, jasmine, chamomile, camellia, butterfly pea, ginseng, ginger, and mint. The fruity ones are usually made from the peel of citrus food like orange and pomelo.
You can also choose to have hot or cold tea or mix them to enhance the flavor and increase the benefits of these herbs and fruits. These natural ingredients are good for digestion, skin, eyes, or the heart.
These are the tea houses we recommend travelers visit to understand more about Vietnamese tea; the reviews are independently done and we do not receive any sponsorship for recommending these places.
(Drink Vietnam has now been closed)
Drink Vietnam has been only opened in 2017 inside an inn. You can feel the vibe of a traditional tea house with simple decoration, using fresh air instead of air conditioning, dim yellow light, bamboo chairs, tables, and shelves. The shop is located in a quiet alley of a busy district; it is a gem for any explorers looking for a nice getaway from the noise outside.
You can either have a drink at the store or buy the tea packages as a gift from your Vietnamese trip. There are about 100 kinds of tea for you to choose from. If you drink at the shop, you will be given a menu with many types of tea, mixed tea, and other healthy drinks. The menu also includes detailed explanations about the taste of the teas, whether they should be combined with others, and their benefits. If you want to buy the package, you will also get a taste and consultation from the staff.
Besides tea, the shop also sells and serves Vietnamese fruit and herb spirits, Vietnamese coffee beans, and some dried candied Vietnamese fruits.
Address: 6/15 Cach Mang Thang 8, District 1
Opening hours: 9 AM - 9 PM
Price range: VND 30,000/cup and VND 50,000/teapot
A sweet and elegant five-flavor tea
A soothing tea mix of ginger, lemongrass, chamomile, mint, and chrysanthemum
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38 Flower Market and Tea House
(38 Flower Markt and Tea House has now been closed)
This tea house-styled cafe is also newly opened in 2017. At 38 Flower Market and Tea House, you can enjoy not only delicious tea but also buy fresh flowers from other Vietnam provinces or imported from other countries. Many colorful flowers and plants are placed in every corner of the shops, highlighted by bright light and natural light from large glass panels and peaceful blue-painted walls. It could be your regular shop and a great alternative for coffee shops if you want to look for a place to hang out or work outside the office.
You can choose a seat and look through their menu before making your order and payment at the counter. There are about 10 options of popular tea-like rose, lavender, and green tea. Besides, you can have cold drinks like iced tea, smoothies, and coffee or cakes. They might also include some sweet treats in your tea set.
Address: 62 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3
Opening hours: 9 AM - 11 PM
Price range: hot tea: VND 60,000 - VND 85,00/set, iced tea: VND 35,000 - VND 50,000/cup
Tea set with honey and candied ginger and lotus seed
Red velvet cake
(Orientea has now been closed)
Orientea has been opened for about a year, serving and selling traditional Eastern tea. A special thing about this shop is that it is located upstairs in an old apartment, a hip trend of Vietnamese youth's hangout spots. The store is divided into two spaces: one with a counter to make your order and payment and shelves displaying sell items like tea packages, tea sets, and utilities, and another room with wooden tables and chairs to enjoy your tea.
The store has a way to use the small apartment room space to create a traditional tea house feel by putting decorations like a zither and porcelains. There is also a balcony where you can enjoy the fresh air and a beautiful view from above to Nguyen Hue Walking Street.
There are about 50 options of hot tea, iced tea, and their healthy tea mix. They also include in their tea set sweet treats like cookies and buns. The price is a little bit higher, but it could be a new and interesting experience besides common cafe shops.
Address: 7th floor, 42 Nguyen Hue, District 1
(you will have to pay VND 3,000/person to use the apartment's elevator, but the shop will refund this money)
Opening hours: 9 AM - 10:30 PM
Price range: VND 65,000 - VND 75,000/person
A combination of bitter from green tea, sweet from walnut cookies, and tangy jam-filled buns.
Song Hy Tea House
Located just a few steps away from the War Remnant Museum in Ho Chi Minh, this small tea house sells dried tea leaves and intricately handcrafted teapots. Depending on the origin and materials made, the prices reflect the quality. You can stop by and have a look at the teapots and enjoy complimentary tea brewed in front of you with mung bean cake as a side condiment. The place was marked as closed on Google but we last visited this tea house in July 2018 and it was still in operation.
Address: 6A Le Quy Don, District 3
Opening hours: 9 AM - 6 PM
Price range: varies, depending on tea leaves and teapots
Tea is liquid wisdom
Most people know about Vietnamese coffee but not Vietnamese tea. Many tea houses in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam are hidden in many corners, waiting for you to discover. These places are perfect to spend your afternoon with an aromatic and healthy drink in a tranquil atmosphere.
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The 38 tea house is amazing. The space is small, but it is great to be surrounded by fresh and beautiful plants and flowers