For our monthly café hunt, the scenery chosen this time was one of the old art-deco apartment blocks in Nguyen Hue. This semi-pedestrianised street holds a few hidden spots that are worth checking out, and you can add 3 Amis to the list.
Venture through one of the galleries that will give you access to the heart of the building. The staircase branches out into the different businesses that the complex hosts, and on the first floor you will find 3 Amis.
This café, owned by a Frenchman and two Vietnamese, is divided into two areas; a spacious main room that is quite dark and sparsely decorated, and the terrace, which is the main attraction. Offering a privileged view of the walking street that gets very busy in the late afternoon, arriving here between 5pm and 6pm is the perfect time to catch the beautiful colours that the sunset brings before night descends. You might even be lucky enough to enjoy some of the popular revolutionary tunes that blare from the massive speakers spread along the boulevard.
Coffee and Crab
The menu here offers an extended list of drinks and food at affordable prices. I went for the classic ca phe sua da (VND40,000), which landed on the table looking tasty and caffeine-infused, with a big shot of condensed milk which will never disappoint a sweet tooth. And to make it even sweeter, we got the cookies ‘n’ cream blend (VND40,000). This was a total burst of Oreo with a generous scoop of cream on top.
To accompany these delicious treats we decided to give a try to the crab noodles — recommended to us by the staff. It’s not the most intuitive of combinations — coffee and crab noodles — but we judged it to be a pretty good success.
3 Amis is at 90 Nguyen Hue, Q1, HCMC