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

49 Reviews

First Review by Wawbanks

Great vegan food - Edit

Amazing coconut milk coffee and vegan pancakes with fresh mango and maple syrup. Best vegan place in HCM!!

Pros: Quick service, Great vegan coffee, Great vegan pancakes

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amazing! would give 5* if possible - Edit

Came in for a dessert & this place didn't disappoint, really extensive vegan menu! The owner is vegan & great to talk to, I'll be coming back tomorrow for breakfast 👌🏻

Pros: big vegan menu, friendly owner, lots of desserts

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Lot’s of options! - Edit

This place has a nice location, but is very small. Lots of Vegan and Vegetarian options! The Vegan gravy was delish. Owner was very nice, and also Vegan. They have Vegan cheese pizza which i did not try but would go back for! Overall pretty good experience here. My friend tried coffee with coconut milk & sugar. It was so delish! I had fresh squeezed lemon juice also very tasty. Spring rolls were okay, could use more veggies. They had games and books as well!

Pros: Lots of Options, Nice Owner, Nice Location

Cons: Very small

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Really nice owner and good food - Edit

Cafe is a bit misleading... this place has a loooong menu of food as well :)

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KieronBell 13 Mar 2018 - Thanks!  


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Great food/ nice atmosphere / great variety - Edit

The small restaurant near the backpackers area is a nice contrast to the loud restaurants in the near area. Has vietnames and western vegan and vegetarian food. Tried the pho with mock-meat and my friend tried the pizza. All the western dishes are made by the owner himself. You can play games and find books in the „dinning“ room

Pros: variety of foods , nice owner, Taste

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Amazing - Edit

Amazing vegan menu, very extensive. I ended up ordering a second meal to take away for dinner later haha

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Lots of options - Edit

This is a quaint little coffee shop/restaurant with a huge menu. They have both British and Vietnamese food (vegan and non-vegan versions of each). There are board games, and oodles of books. The owner is super friendly and a vegetarian who recently turned vegan and is always willing to talk about veganism!
Lots of choices of drinks, my omni father actually suggested we come back tonight for drinks because he liked the atmosphere so much.
I had the vegan pho with mock chicken which was a tasty soup, and the mock chicken was so close to the real thing. However, it wasn't what I think of when I get pho.
Today I went back and had English breakfast tea with soy milk, something I'm constantly looking for in Asia. There's also a lot of beer and other drink options.

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Big vegan menu - Edit

Try the vegan Vietnamese pancake! Super delicious!

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Disapointing - Edit

Couldn't pull a smile from the waitress.. glasses were dirty, cutlery looked like they had just been dipped in water after a previous guest had enjoyed a meal. Burgers, crepes and apple crumble served on wet plates.. Crepes swam in sirup although we had asked the waitress to only add a little sirup to the bananas.. Very disappointing experience.

Pros: Was open during TET holidays.

Cons: Dirty, no smiles, ordinary food

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KieronBell 16 Feb 2018 - So sorry  


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good food, AWFUL service - Edit

The food is good, nothing spectacular, just good and big portions. But the ladies who work here are completely awful and rude, as if they were forced to work. They were 4 ladies and we were the only 2 customers. They didn’t even bring us glasses for the water we ordered and when we finished they took away the glasses (that we had to get from the kitchen) half full. I read the reviews before coming but I didn’t expect this. Also, I asked for a vegan fish and chips and my sister for a non vegan one, we repeated it 4 times and they brought 2 vegan ones, my sister ate it anyways because it was nearly impossible to talk with the ladies who were almost yelling at us and she loves vegan food, but that’s NOT what she wanted. We planned to come again tonight (before the fish incident) but we won’t do it anymore. It wasn’t a good experience and I feel that I wasted my money.

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KieronBell 30 Jan 2018 - Your review makes me feel sad. I really try my best to bring delicious vegan food to customers tables at a good price. Your opinion counts a lot to me. There's nothing I can change about the food because it's already some of the highest rated vegan food in Saigon. My wife and I weren't there to keep an eye on things. They are all family members who don't speak English. The only thing you are wrong about is that they do like working here. They get free food, free accommodation and a higher salary than the norm in this area. Plus you are the first reviewer in all these years who has given me one star.  


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love the dishes not loving the staff - Edit

The dishes are absolutely amazing and the vegan menu is quite big. All of the dishes are really tasty, but ive rarely seen such unmotivated staff. No smile, no acknowledgement and at times even rude. Thats a shame, because the guy owning it is super friendly and talkactive with his customers.

Pros: good vegan food

Cons: rude staff

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KieronBell 28 Jan 2018 - Thanks for giving my vegan food praise. I recently became vegan after 30 years as a vegetarian. The food will only get better. For example there are now new vegan burgers: vegan curry red bean, corn and sweet potato burgers. Vegan mushroom and pinto bean burgers. Vegan black bean burgers. More great stuff to come! The staff: All I can say is sorry. It's a family run business and my wife employs family and one friend. The auntie is super friendly. Her mate is super shy and can't speak English. Maybe you confused shyness for rudeness. Again sorry you didn't like the vibe.  


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Amazing vegan options - Edit

Absolutely amazing vegan food. We came for the vegan full English breakfast and it was SO good that we had to come back that same day for vegan fish and chips and apple crumble! Absolute food heaven after almost 3 months in rural Vietnam. Thank you thank you! 😍😍

Pros: Excellent food, Cosy vibe , Friendly, vegan staff!

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English vegan breakfast - Edit

Small and cozy place. The breakfast was good. They made a mistake but quickly fix it. The two resident cats get one extra star

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Tasty comfort food (and a couple of hidden kitties!) - Edit

Had the vegan full breakfast—they accidentally brought out the vegetarian at first, but I noticed because the eggs looked too real. No problem switching to tofu scramble and non-buttered toast. It was really tasty, and as a bonus, I got to sit next to a couple of sleepy kitties hidden amongst the books on lower shelves.

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full vegan English breakfast - Edit

Really nice to a full vegan English breakfast in Saigon.
Lady was supernice, breakfast was fair priced.
They had a lot of vegan options
Good central location.

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5* - Edit

I’d happily give this place 5 stars if possible.

Granted, the menu is not the healthiest Vegan food you’ll ever see. It is however, delicious and there are copious amounts of options, both for vegans and veggies. The Vegan Full English Breakfast included some of the nicest mock meats I’ve ever had.

Well worth visiting if you’re in the area.

Also lots of books to buy/trade and board games to play.

Pros: Loads of options., Great tasting food. , Vegan Full English!

Cons: Not the healthiest.

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Goda burgare och trevligt ställe att hänga på - Edit

Vi provade två olika sorters burgare, en stark med chili i och en gjord på linser, båda vegetariska (hade kunnat blivit veganska om vi valt bort osten). Vi var båda väldigt nöjda med smaken och konsistensen.
Det finns ett stort utbud med vegetariska/veganska rätter som tydligt är markerade i menyn.
Efter maten stannade vi kvar och spelade lite sällskapsspel som finns att låna utan avgift.

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5 stars! - Edit

If the app let me rate this place 5 stars I would. Food is amazing, vegan menu is 4 pages, and the owner is so lovely! This place has everything! Western food, English food and local food. Highly recommend it! I have this far had their vegan full English breakfast, their spicy bean burger and the lentil burger. All were delicious and prices are also great.

Pros: amazing vegan menu, food is awesome, about 10 Coca Cola flavours

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great selection - Edit

We had the veggie paupers breakfast which was ok, we wanted a bigger breakfast but sadly it was out of our price range

Place is a little dirty but hey this is Nam!

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Highly recommended! - Edit

Delicious full vegan breakfast, lovely atmosphere and a really nice owner. Deserves 5 stars. We'll definately come back. Highly recommended!

Pros: Owner is vegetarian, Has cats, A great variety of vegetarian and vegan food

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Good...but - Edit

Meals were cheap and good. Average level. First place I checked out though :)

Service was low, I spoke basic Vietnamese and that didn't change things. Would potentially check out again depending on what's on offer in Saigon.

Pros: lots of vegan options, books, wifi

Cons: service is average

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Very nice! - Edit

very tasty food and diverse choices!

Pros: vegan and vegetarian and meat eater as well.

Cons: affordable but I have seen cheaper

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huge vegan menu and little service - Edit

We went there for it's huge vegan menu. Maybe it was because we were there early in the morning but service and friendliness left room for improvement. Vegan englisch breakfast was good.

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KieronBell 24 Oct 2017 - Thanks for saying the vegan full English breakfast was good. Sorry about the service "being" unfriendly. Early in the morning my wife takes our daughter to a kindergarten and so only the ladies who cook are here and they don't speak much English. Maybe that's why you felt negative vibes. Please come again after 9am when my wife is here or after 3pm when I'm here. Just look at all the positive reviews about the service. As you have stated the vegan food was good. Please don't miss out on our other vegan food like lentil burgers, vegan apple crumble, vegan fish "n" chips, vegan cheese pizzas, local food vegan style, etc, all because the service wasn't what you expected. Please see the true warmth of the place.
Again sorry about the way you felt.  


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New Vegan Menu - Edit

Edit: There is now vegan apple crumble and custard on the menu. Hopefully I can add a photo.

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.

Updated from previous review on 2016-06-07

Pros: Large vegan menu , The owner , Cheap beer

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KieronBell 15 Oct 2017 - Thanks Tim so much for your support. Plus everyone who's vegan/ vegetarian thanks so much for supporting our home which we all share with all life.  


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Great little spot - Edit

Heaps of vegan options, 4 pages worth. They've recently added vegan cheese to the pizzas. Friendly staff and easy to find.

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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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