Cacao Bà Tám, District 5

HO CHI MINH CITY | Cacao Bà Tám is located down a small street off another small street, through and old apartment complex, past little food vendors, mechanics, hairdressers, and more. When you find it, you’ll see a small cart next to loads of parked scooters, absolutely packed with locals enjoying the same thing.

What is it? It’s an iced triple cacao drink, containing drinking chocolate, thick cacao paste, Milo, and condensed milk, over shaved ice. With it, comes bánh mì, and scissors to cut it.

I wasn’t quite sure how to eat mine, but two young girls next to me were happy to show me the technique. Crush and much it all together with the straw, cut the bánh mì into bite sized pieces, and dip. Such a vibe, sitting on my car too small plastic chair, using another chair as a table.

Simple, fun, and delicious.

Cacao Bà Tám

Chung cư Chợ Quán, 14 Trần Bình Trọng
District 5
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 378 015 906
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Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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