Brooklyn in Saigon
Those who step off the sidewalk and into L’Usine ought to prepare themselves for shock. Though it’s only a few blocks away from the bustling Ben Thanh Market, L’Usine seems like it ought to be in Brooklyn as opposed to Ho Chi Minh City. Chic black-and-white tile walls and mason jar lights make this combination boutique and bistro seem hipper than hip.
Vietnamese Expat Life
Inside the shop, visitors will find shelves lined with attractive, high-end items that cater to the interests of Vietnamese expats. Soft designer clothing, delicate jewelry, handmade journals, organic jams. Some of the posters and other art may make good souvenirs for particularly fashionable individuals.
The bistro is upstairs, long wooden tables lined up next to cozy bookshelves and decorative trees. The menu is full of flavorful Western dishes such as Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad and a Lamb Loin Baguette. As for drinks, the cafe serves everything from Vietnamese coffee to microbrews from the local Pasteur Street Brewing Company. The food is definitely on the expensive side, but worth it for those who need a break from Vietnamese.