After our trip to Vietnam, I keep hearing people say, “Saigon looks like Manila did 5 to 10 years ago.” In the context of our conversations, they are mostly referring to the nightlife, restaurant options and boutiques. Well, if there were any sign that things are moving -fast- forward, L’Usine is one of them, in my opinion. The concept is a retail store, gallery space and café – quite contemporary, right?
Jon and I walked here from our hotel, just the 2 of us, before everyone arrived. We browsed through the specialty shop on the first floor to make our way up the stairs in the back for lunch. I didn’t buy anything but I could see how tourists and residents alike would enjoy the shopping experience here; select international finds mixed in with Vietnamese homegrown brands.
The second floor was more my jam; an inviting pastry chiller, chalk board specials and baristas foaming lattes and mixing sodas. In fact, I got one of the specials – Chickpea Falafel with Avocado and Tomato salad. Jon had the Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Baguette and an Iced Soda Lime. Cilantro and lime are our favorite Vietnamese ingredients, by far!! The vibe in L’Usine really celebrates Vietnamese creativity and I could almost swear that there were painters, designers and graphic artists in the vicinity of our communal table. Next time, we’ll initiate a friendly chat…
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