Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Ho Chi Minh City -

Dis­trict 1 is for­ever evolv­ing, a mish­mash of old and new, clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary. Along­side decades-old restau­rants and bars are a con­stantly up­dated breed. Here are some of the coolest new places in re­cent times:

Viet­nam House (viet­nam­hous­e­

Aus­tralian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has re­turned to his roots, set­ting up shop in one of D1’s most cen­tral spa­ces. Viet­nam House is about tra­di­tions, and how the rules can some­times be bent, with the colo­nial high-end set­ting con­trast­ing per­fectly with the con­tem­po­rary cui­sine.

Anan (anan­

An­other Viet chef who’s re­turned home is Peter Cuong Franklin, who made his name in Hong Kong. His new restau­rant Anan show­cases tra­di­tional Viet­namese dishes given Franklin’s sig­na­ture mod­ern spin, in a stun­ning mul­ti­storey lo­ca­tion over­look­ing an out­door mar­ket.

Quince (quince­

The Saigon sis­ter lo­ca­tion of the famed Bangkok restau­rant, Quince is one of the most ex­cit­ing new ven­tures in the city, sourc­ing fine in­gre­di­ents from around the world for a sim­ple but stun­ning menu of mod­ern clas­sics. It’s fresh, funky and ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing.

Corked Tales (corked­

Cock­tails are catch­ing on in Ho Chi Minh City, and this bar hid­den in an unas­sum­ing build­ing serves up some of the most imag­i­na­tive, util­is­ing tech­niques such as bar­rel-aged car­bon diox­ide and peat smoke.

Biker Shield (bik­er­

Both café and mo­tor­bike cul­tures are mas­sive in D1, and Biker Shield blends the two. The mo­tor­cy­cle-themed din­ing and drink­ing es­tab­lish­ment is all hip­ster cool, with old bike parts on the walls, craft beers on tap, and clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary tunes on the stereo.

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