White and Bright
This new hangout place in District 3 is drowned out by lush greens on the outside, hiding the simple white facade with wooden accents of the café. It only has one floor, but it can seat plenty of people. To make the most of the space, tables and chairs are put up outside on the mini-garden and veranda, which is the most photographed part of the café. A swing set is also hung outside, and is popular with children and the young at heart.
Chanchamayo Concept is a café and showroom in one. The interior is cabin- inspired with white walls, wooden furniture and shelves, leather cushions, and some succulents for more colour. The café is bright, lit up by one-of-a-kind wooden chandeliers, and the white glass wall allows in plenty of natural light.
Young adults meeting their friends frequent the café on the weekends and order a glass of houjicha for VND96,000. This rustic tea from Japan is its best seller, and it is great paired with a slice of Pick You Up, which is the café’s version of tiramisu, for VND96,000. The drink is quite similar to the taste of matcha and complements the sweet taste of tiramisu well.
On weekdays, it gets packed with office workers having their lunch breaks or business meetings. Most of them order from the salad list, which has fruit, cereal and fruit, tuna fish, chicken and teriyaki sauce, and salmon and creamy corn sauce, from VND136,000 to VND189,000.
Chachamayo Concept’s drinks menu also caters to the health-conscious. There are fresh, mixed juices, and healthy drinks starting from VND86,000. These drinks are good day-starters or after-workout thirst quenchers. Those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth can get a scoop or two from the list of gelato, crepes, waffles and cakes.
Vietnamese and Italian coffees come either hot or cold, priced between VND58,000 and VND83,000. Tea sets for two cost from VND168,000, served with English fruitcake and muse, which is an original creation of the in-house baker. This sponge cake with lemon zest comes in the shape of a mussel, and one side is dipped in chocolate. The baker recommends that the cakes be consumed right away to fully taste the rich flavours, and to wait for five minutes before drinking the tea. Reflecting the architecture and design interest of the owner, each drink is also served in glasses with embossed designs.
Fully operational since July, this café has already attracted a good following. Apart from the food and drinks, customers also enjoy taking photos in every corner as they are all Instagram-ready. The white walls and wooden tables make a good background for portrait or flat lay photos. Certain areas of the café can also be rented for photo shoots.
If you are looking for a place to work or people-watch, Chanchamayo Concept is a new place that allows for it. But make sure you come in early as the place is packed from lunchtime until closing, especially on the weekends.
Chanchamayo Concept is at 6A Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Q3. For more information, go to facebook.com/chanchamayo.coffee
PHOTOS BY BAO ZOAN