Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar on the ninth floor of the Caravelle Saigon will be forever immortalised for its role in the Vietnam War as the location of the daily war correspondents briefing, and it was the professions’ watering hole of choice all through the decade long conflict. In those days – before the construction of the much taller Sheraton Hotel nearby – the view from the rooftop bar looked uninterruptedly across the Saigon River so the journalists had a clean view of the fighting as they relaxed with a few beers and shared war stories.
This living history is palpable at Saigon Saigon and its famous past is reinforced with wooden fixtures, sepia photographs and a chequered black and white marble floor. Although the bar is only on the ninth floor, the view is majestic with many of Ho Chi Minh City’s most famous sites laid out beneath the right hand side of the bar. Directly below the hotel is Lam Son Square with the ornate Saigon Opera House and equally famous Rex Hotel facing each other, and stretching into the distance, the People’s Committee Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral. This is without doubt the best view of historical Saigon and a must for anyone interested in the tumultuous history of the city.
Chairs on the right hand side of the bar are mostly laid out in pairs with a small table, fairy lights and plenty of foliage to keep your experience private and romantic; to the left of the bar there are larger tables for bigger groups and good views of the stage. There is a daily happy hour from 18:00 to 20:00 when draft beers and wine are buy one get one free and every night at Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar there is an excellent live band performing Latino style lounge music from 20:00 that adds a lively touch to dinner or a few drinks. The cocktail menu at Saigon Saigon runs several pages and the menu has an excellent range of western favourites with some of the best steaks and burgers in town. All drinks are served with a sort of bento-box selection of nibbles that includes nuts, dried fruit chips and small crunchy shrimp.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:45
Address: 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +(84-8) 3823 4999