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Have you heard about this Japanese corner inside HCMC center?

Quan PhamQuan Pham4 months ago
Have you heard about this Japanese corner inside HCMC center?

Hiding deep behind a wall of shop houses, this corner is seemingly a portal to one neighborhood in Japan, with Japanese restaurants, Japanese signs, bill boards, a completely thrilling experience in Saigon, almost like a side quest in video game .

Where is it?

The Japanese have had a long history of building trading settlement in Vietnam. Hoi An is an apparent example, the town shows multi-cultural influences by Japanese, Chinese, and south Eastern merchants. A smaller corner in Ho Chi Minh Center has been incidentally transformed to a Japanese neighborhood, where a tiny Japanese population in Saigon set up their shops.

This neighborhood is created as a result of a constant influx of Japanese companies expanding their branches out in Saigon. These companies subsequently relocated their personnels back in Japan to Saigon, hence these shops opened to serve this cash loaded foodies.

You'll easily find these shops, restaurants, bars around the section of Thai Van Lung - Le Thanh Ton street.

What do they offer?

Ramen restaurant

麺屋ふた葉 Futaba
Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, Bến Nghé, Thái Văn Lung, 麺屋ふた葉 Futaba

Pork cutly restaurant

Nhà hàng Nhật Bản Fujiro
Nhà hàng Nhật Bản Fujiro, Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bonus

Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Phó Đức Chính, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

In May 2022, there's one Japanese traditional doll from 13 to 29 May 2022 in Museum of Fine art, around 15 min walking from Thai Van Lung.

Then for lunch, just 5 minutes walking from the exhibition is Takashimaya shopping center, walk in, get down to the 3rd basement, find this take away sushi, they sell affordable and fresh sushi just like in Japan.

Nakajima Suisan - Sushi & Sashimi
Nakajima Suisan - Sushi & Sashimi, Đường Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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