Ho Chi Minh City

42 Nguyen Hue

This block of apartments is a magical space to explore on the popular Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

What Will You Find?

Originally a residential building, 42 Nguyen Hue became prime real estate when the city converted the street into an open space for pedestrians. Rather than knock down the building and start over, people simply began turning each of the apartments into independent boutiques and cafes. Now the building holds nine floors of fun for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City.

A Shopping Adventure

Exploration itself is one of the best parts of visiting 42 Nguyen Hue. There’s a 3,000 dong fee to take the elevator, so it’s better simply to climb each flight of stairs slowly and meander the many hallways until one shop or another strikes your fancy. Inside there are jewelry stores like Shimmer Silver and fashion boutiques like The Twin. There’s even a furniture shop called Toi Lam Moc–though how someone would get the pieces back down the stairs is a mystery.

The building is most known for its many cafes–far too many to list here. Some of the most popular include The Letter, Thinker & Dreamer, and Metsign. Visitors can grab a coffee at one of these cozy, bohemian shops and sit on the balcony for a great view of the city.