Shelter coffee & tea, a warm and cozy cafe in Japantown, D1

Hours: 8:00am - 23:00pm

Address: 13 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam


A cozy little coffee and tea shop located in the heart of Le Thanh Ton’s  “little Tokyo”.

🕞 8:00 – 22:00  |  📍 13 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1

Driving down Le Thanh Ton in the pouring rain, I stopped at the nearest cafe that offered shelter; the irony of this thought would sink in later. When I walked in to this charming coffee and tea shop I was greeted with a mix of friendly smiles and amusement at my “wet-rat”-like appearance. To say shelter cafe is cozy is an understatement. Situated on the corner with windows surrounding you on all sides, taking it all in with the rain pouring down as you sip your hot brew is a comfort all should experience. Anyone who has not yet witnessed that unique sense of comfort and warmth of being inside sipping a hot chocolate while it pours outside hasn’t lived.

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the star drink

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Situated in the heart of Le Thanh Ton’s “Japanese town” neighborhood, Shelter Cafe attracts an eclectic crowd of locals and expats of all ages, chatting and studying. With three floors, make your way up the rickety stairs and find the coziest room, with simple, comfortable furniture and some basic art pieces adorning the walls adding to the overall cozy vibes. Come rain or shine the staff are always welcoming and the drinks are always delectable.

Situated on the corner with windows surrounding you on all sides, hearing the rain pour down as you sip your hot brew is a comfort all should experience.

Their choice of drinks includes the usual selection of local and western coffee as well as an array of tea: hot, cold with tapioca bubbles, and without bubbles. The star of the show, however, is a drink combining a mix of ingredients you don’t usually find together: The Avocado Coffee.

It’s essentially an avocado milkshake with some local robusta coffee and condensed milk to bring them both together in a surprisingly delicious drink. Give it a try at least once.

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The friendly staff

For more fantastic coffee shops pop on over to our CAFE section.

Founder and editor behind streatery.net. Joel has lived and eaten in Saigon for the last 4.5 years and is dedicated to improve the local eating and drinking experience to anyone who stumbles upon his site.

July 18, 2018

By Joel Zorrilla

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