6 premier places for dining, drinking, shopping, and luxury living in Thao Dien

The buzzing Thao Dien neighbourhood in Ho Chi Minh City dishes out an eclectic mix of quirky cafes, trendy dining options, and modern shopping malls

Ho Chi Minh City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at night. HamdanYoshida/Shutterstock

Once a sleepy area beloved of expatriates, Thao Dien has become a lively urban haven by the river, poised for significant growth after recently becoming one of the trendiest enclaves in Ho Chi Minh City. Still hugely popular among the city’s sizeable community of foreign residents, this charming and increasingly sought-after neighbourhood caters to every mood and whim, drawing in both travellers and potential long-termers. Home to some of the best international schools and Saigon’s newest buildings and skyscrapers, Thao Dien is fast turning prime with ample real estate opportunities for both investors and those seeking to experience laidback urban living in Vietnam’s southern hub.

The Nassim

Situated in the heart of Thao Dien, The Nassim offers sophisticated living spaces, stunning landscaping and abundance of greenery. Luxury can be seen in every design detail of the project. Highlights include stylish interiors, carefully selected finishing, and large windows. Residents may enjoy such modern facilities as a 25-metre pool, relaxing loungers, a gym, yoga room and sauna area. An outdoor play area and children’s pool are also available. With seven different designs, The Nassim features cosy one- to spacious five-bedroom units with thoughtful layouts and plenty of flair.

d’Edge Thao Dien

Nestled along the river, d’Edge Thao Dien offers the ultimate urban living experience in Ho Chi Minh City. Boasting a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, this luxury property is surrounded by luscious green landscaping to promote well-being, and generously cut spaces to suit all family needs. The area is also home to many international schools, shopping malls, trendy cafes and restaurants, fitness and health facilities. With impressive design, the project features one- to four-bed units for small to large families, ensuring that residents can fully experience a luxurious urban lifestyle in a relaxing, but increasingly vital neighbourhood.

BiaCraft Artisan Ales

If you’re hunting for craft beers in Ho Chi Minh City, BiaCraft Artisan Ales offers one of the most extensive – and most interesting – selections. BiaCraft is known for carrying a range of brews that incorporate local ingredients such as dragon fruit, durian, papaya, and other exotic fruits and spices. The bar’s atmosphere is laid-back and lively, making it the perfect spot to lounge around with friends, grab a drink, and take in the good vibes. A broad-ranging menu encompasses everything from bar ballast such as American buffalo wings and a grilled cheese sandwich to more adventurous options such as chicken satay ramen and steak frites.

The Loop

Whether you’re stopping by for a quick drink, brushing up on some work, or chatting with friends, The Loop is a fantastic place to be. This chic bistro boasts contemporary decor with pleasant vibes and a chilled-out but smart setting, making it an ideal venue for private dinners, seminars or group meetings. The hip all-day dining place offers homemade Mediterranean cuisine with premium ingredients. Try their Hausbrandt Coffee, an Italian heritage brand that pairs well with organic bread and pretzel specialties.

Villa Royale

Relax and unwind in this gorgeous French colonial style pile stocked with antiques and collectables from all over the world. Villa Royale offers a fine selection of homemade meals with hearty favourites including Swedish meatballs, Italian beef lasagne, and Aussie beef sausage roll. Afternoons in the restaurant feature a high-tea set served with sandwiches, cakes, quiches, and scones. Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate decadent endings like a zesty lemon meringue pie, millionaire shortbread chocolate and caramel slice, and chocolate and macadamia tart.

Vincom Mega Mall Thao Dien

Opened in 2015, this modern shopping complex has a total operating space of almost 90,000 square metres. Located right next to the city’s metro line, Vincom Mega Mall Thao Dien is well-known for housing both local and foreign designer brands. It is the only place in town with an indoor ice-skating rink covering an area of over 1,200 square metres. Visitors may enjoy a range of local and international dishes at the food court before heading to BHD Star Cineplex, Vietnam’s first international-standard cinema complex with 2D and 3D technology, to catch up on the latest movies. Other entertainment options include a play area for children, a fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

This article originally appeared in Issue No. 155 of PropertyGuru Property Report Magazine