Bookworm's Coffee

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04 Do Quang Dau, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers some vegan food, both Vietnamese like crispy pancakes, fried noodles, and bahn knot; as well British, like English breakfast, fish 'n' chips and pork chop. Also has lentil and spicy bean burgers and desserts including crepes, rice puddings and coconut puddings. Owner is vegetarian and will cater to veg diet requests, has an extensive vegetarian menu. Juices and shakes also on the menu. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-11:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Fast food, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British, Vietnamese, Non-veg

25 Reviews

First Review by Wawbanks

Great!! - Edit

Great vegan food ( so many choices) and really nice owner who invited us back tomorrow to try a vegan crumble he's making. Was nice to eat some comfort food and read a book. The cottage pie was massive and really good!

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Loved it here - Edit

If i could give it 5 stars, I would. Kieran, the owner was a proper down to earth chap who we had a great chat with. Reasonably priced food, and great western and Vietnamese dishes. We had the full English, a cup of tea and a crepe; delicious!
Would love to go again if I ever visit Saigon again.

Pros: Fantastic selection of western dishes which can be, Lovely owner , plenty of games to play/books to read

Cons: nothing!

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best food in town and great atmosphere - Edit

Extensive menu for vegans & veggies both Western and Vietnamese food. Second hand books to swap or buy around the wall and board games to play make it the best place in town for one (or more) relaxing evenings out. They do other food options as well.

Pros: Wide variety of vegan options

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Excellent friendly cafe - Edit

Went to this place two days in a row as there are many many delicious options for vegans and non-vegetarians, a rare find indeed as my partner is hardcore vegan and I am not. The owner is an absolute gent, the place is full of books, British charm and is a quiet nook on a busy rowdy street.
We would definitely return when in Ho Chi Minh for the wide variety and good banter

Pros: Vegan and non-vegetarian menu, "Black Books" vibes, Relaxed and refreshing

Cons: That I cant give them 5-stars on this website

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Great little book cafe - Edit

Run by an expat and his local wife. Walls are lined with secondhand books for sale, or just perusing while you wait for your food. Large menu, with separate and equally large vegan menu. Local dishes (such as savoury pancakes) were fantastic. Western food makes up much of the menu, but unfortunately the vegan burger wasn't the best I have tasted (soy patty, small, not much flavour). Would be interested in returning to try their full vegan all day English breakfast. Otherwise I'll probably stick to the local food. Also sell cheap wine by the glass.

Pros: Huge menu , Local food tasted great, Lots of books to choose from

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Great experience - Edit

Very glad to have discovered that little restaurant/café. Just the service alone deserves 5 stars! The owner is so friendly and helpful. I also liked very much the food I ordered and my boyfriend (omni) was very pleased too. Amazing menu for omnis as well as vegetarians/vegans with great choices probably very difficult if not impossible to find elsewhere in the city (like the british "breakfast" you can enjoy any time of the day)
And even though i haven't yet ordered but I will in my next visit. Coffee. Finally not a place where people will be dazzled when asking for soya milk (which they don't have in any regular coffee place apparently) I mean fruit juices and teas only can get you so far ;)

Pros: A very extensive vegan menu, Great service, Books

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Great little cafe - Edit

We just went in here for a drink but they have an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu with traditional British grub. The man who runs it is English and very nice.

Smoothie was lovely. They also have books to buy and board games to play

Pros: Vegan menu

Cons: A little expensive

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Amazing Vegan Food!!! - Edit

Such a cute cafe, with a separate and extensive vegan menu. I had the Vegan brekkie crepes with banana and maple- delicious! My sisters ordered the veg sausage and veg bacon on toast and both enjoyed. The Vegan dinner menu has so so many options, hoping to go back for dinner! Staff were really lovely as well.

Pros: also a second hand book shop!

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plenty of vegan options - Edit

We found this too late . But stopped in to get the Vegan Full English Breakfast and it was well and truly worth it. They have a very big vegan menu . Just wished we had found this earlier. Must visit

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Delicious Vegan Food - Edit

My partner (omni) and I went here today and really enjoyed it. There's a whole separate vegan menu with lots of Vietnamese and classic British dishes to chose from. I had the tofu and vegetable pho and my partner had a full English breakfast. There are loads of books and board games to use which creates a nice cozy atmosphere. All in all, for a book loving vegan like myself, I'd say it was perfect. I can't wait to go back and try more dishes!

Pros: Books, Tasty vegan food

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Full vegan menu - Edit

Large menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options such as full vegan english breakfast, vegan sunday roast, traditional Vietnamese dishes, burgers and baguettes. Mock meets and tofu. Good place if you want a change up from Asian food. Plant based milk available however my coffee wasn't very hot. I do recommend. Many second hand books, free wifi and bathroom facilities. Friendly staff and library like atmosphere.

Cons: coffee not hot

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average tasting vegan food - Edit

Ordered the vegan chicken baguette which was just okay, not that much flavour. The vegan pancake tasted nice but wasn't anything special. The vegan menu is quite extensive and includes some Vietnamese and a lot of western food.

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: not enough flavour

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Great options for vegans and vegetarians. - Edit

This is a great cafe. They have an extensive vegan menu. Good options for vegetarians too. Their vegan full English breakfast is superb. The cafe has lots of second hand books and board games to play too. The owner is really friendly and welcoming too. Absolutely love this place.

Pros: Great selection. , Vegan Full English breakfast. , Great vegan western breakfast: hard to find in hcm

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Definitely a 5 star experience! - Edit

They have a separate vegan menu including English breakfast, sausages, rice pancakes, claypot dishes, burgers, fish n chips, and typical Vietnamese food and a lot more.
I ordered mushroom and tofu claypot and vegan spring rolls and they were one of the best I've had in Vietnam.
Owner was a super friendly vegetarian :)
We payed for 2 beers, claypot with rice, spring rolls and noodles with veggies and tofu 215 000 dong.

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huge vegan menu - Edit

They have 2 menu's, one which is purely vegan and features some classic British dishes that have been veganised, such as a full English and a Sunday roast!
It also has a large Vietnamese vegan menu, and of course a menu for meat eaters aswell, with lots of vegetarian options within the main menu also.

Not particularly cheap but certainly not outrageous, the most expensive vegan option I saw was the roast at 160,000 dong, but that included a drink of your choice off of the main menu.

Pros: huge choice for vegans, reasonably priced

Cons: looked slightly run down, could do with a clean

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our favourite - Edit

Doesnt look fancy but so many vegan options that are really yummy! The owner is a really nice guy who is vegetarian ! The big breakfast was really nice!!

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If you feel like British-style food - Edit

I was a bit unsure of this place when I first saw it, but eventually came here to eat towards the end of my stay in Saigon. My companion ordered the vegan fish and chips and I decided to order the full vegan breakfast (for dinner). The food was certainly authentically British-style, and brought back memories of a big fry-up breakfast we had in Camden that I struggled to finish. This would be too much for me for breakfast, but was fine for dinner. The food is fine if nothing outstanding, but the British thing is obviously a draw-card for some people and I didn't really see vegan food like this anywhere else in Vietnam. There is not a huge amount of indoor seating if you're wanting to stay cool.

Pros: Vegan menu, British food in Vietnam

Cons: Not a lot of space

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neat place, but not cheap - Edit

My husband and I went in this morning after seeing it on the app. I wish that we looked at the menu prices before going in.
we ordered the cheapest items (beans on toast + banana shakes) and it was still nearly $8 Canadian. The service was good, but we won't be coming back as it is too pricey for us.

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New Vegan Menu - Edit

As the owner is veggie vegan and veggie dishes are prepared separately as he understands this is important. I sometimes wonder in other mixed places if this is always the case. There is a new vegan menu with an excellent range of vegan food.

There is vegan western and Vietnamese food, the mushrooms or mushrooms and tofu in clay pot are amazingly tasty. The noodle dishes are great. When you're missing home the Heinz beans or English breakfast are great. There is now a full English vegan (as well as veggie) breakfast and a vegan Sunday roast including yorkshires. There is also chips with a variety of things - burgers, sausage, beans etc if you want real chips.

The owner is extremely friendly and when the place is not busy chats for ages and recommends other places to try which I think is nice. I've never partaken in the vast array of books or board games but I see others doing so which adds to the atmosphere. Actually I bought some teaching resources here which have been very useful.

Pros: Large vegan menu , The owner , Cheap beer

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Great options at a good price - Edit

Dropped in for some lunch with my partner who's vegetarian. Full set of menues for every type of eater. Decent prices and good customer service. Also tons of second hand books for swapping or buying and games to play to keep busy. Free wi-fi and tourist info at hand. Great drop in spot for any traveller!

Pros: food, wifi, games & books

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good breakfast - Edit

I had the full English vegetarian and it was really nice. you get tea with it as well. only negative is the toilet is connected to the kitchen through a whole above eyelevel and there's no sink to wash your hands.

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Friendly, vegetarian owner! - Edit

The vegetarian options include some really yummy mock meat options which after days of bland rice was very welcome! I ended up eating here twice and both times I ate Vietnamese food while my friend ate western food and we were both very happy with our meals.

The owner is British and vegetarian himself so is very approachable if you have any queries about your food. He provides vegan menu options and also low cal options.

There's also a huge book swap (hence the name) and lots of board games available which makes for a nice atmosphere.

Pros: lots of choice, friendly staff

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Great if you're missing veggie British food! - Edit

This cafe is conveniently located just off of Bui Vien street (backpackers area) and is really popular with expats and backpackers alike. Has an array of books and board games, making the place quite cosy (at least by BV standards).

I've been here a few times when I wanted Western (British, specifically) veggie food and Bookworm's has quite a range! You can find veggie fish & chips, burgers, roast "beef", sausages, fry ups - which is super cool!! I've only tried a few things on the veg menu and they were pretty good - not the healthiest food, but good if you are craving a veggie version of British comfort food.

Pros: Extensive British veg menu, In the backpackers area

Cons: A bit greasy and heavy (but that's what , British food is)

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extremely welcoming!! :) - Edit

This lovely little cafe has so much character!
The menu is just....WOW! So many options especially for veggies and I love the English spin on it :)
Keiran the owner is lovely and extremely helpful, he gave us lots of advice on our trip in Vietnam and helped us with finding our way about!
I ate here many times (being vegan) I found that there aren't AS many options than veggie. But keiran was willing to do certain dishes without egg etc on request :) The tofu veg noodle soup I definitely recommend!!
A BIG THANKYOUU!


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alright food, decent selection - Edit

Vegans be careful, I had to send the veggie burger back after it came with mayo despite my please of no egg or dairy. Otherwise the food was good. Plenty of choice, nice little place and decent service.

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