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?
麺屋ふた葉 Futaba8a/a3 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Pork cutly restaurant
Nhà hàng Nhật Bản Fujiro8A/8B1 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts97A P. Đức Chính, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, 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.