Vintage style apartments at Saigon…

Vintage style apartments at Saigon…

There are many old apartment buildings in Saigon today. At one time, I read newspapers that people living in old apartment complained about the inadequacies of having to live in a dark, damp, cramped, lack of electricity, water, danger lurking, … In zones, investors or management agencies are not responsible for repairing or relocating, moving them to new places of residence, because of management problems, reasons for changing investors, …

But in recent years, old apartments have become “valuable” when there are many projects and business ideas taking old apartments as places to attract customers. It is not surprising that the more modern and busy life is, the more people want to go to peaceful and nostalgic places. And the old-fashioned, old features imprinted with the time stamp of old apartments suddenly become more attractive than ever.

The more restaurants open in the old apartment, the more young people in Saigon have more choices in their free days wandering here and there, looking for places with context and space for long pictures. La shimmer, or simply go to a small quiet cafe, beautiful to enjoy a bitter cup of coffee, sit whispering chat on a sunny weekend morning …

In the past, when I was working on Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1 (2011), my office was located next to an old apartment building, where there was a famous cafe called the Sun Windows (La FenĂȘntre de Soleil). . Every day, we sat in the office looking out through the glass window, it is not strange to occasionally have a group of Japanese tourists stop, look at the travel map, then burst into emotion when they know them. came to the right address of the cafe above. The shop is especially popular with Japanese tourists because it was designed by Mr. Takayuki Sawamura – a famous Japanese designer. He used the things and materials that seemed to be discarded, put into an apartment of the old apartment building, to create an old apartment cafe brand. So with young Japanese tourists visiting Saigon, if they know him, they will want to go to this cafe.

Now, I wonder if De Siglio’s store is still there.

At that time, the cafe was located in the old apartment, or any fashion shops, souvenirs … in the old apartment has not flourished as it is now. Now, the type of business in the old apartment has developed very much. These include the famous old apartment buildings in Saigon such as: 42 Nguyen Hue apartment building in District 1, 14 Ton That Dam apartment building in District 1, apartment building on the corner of Pasteur – Nguyen Du in District 1, or 26 Ly Tu Trong apartment. District 1 (corner of Ly Tu Trong and Dong Khoi).

The cafes in the old apartment are mostly decorated and beautifully designed with a breath of the past. Taking advantage of old materials, reusing discarded items, naming special shops and “calling”, …, but the main reason for the attraction of old apartments is not really coffee shops, but rather the old, unspoiled, lonely, sad, or a little clinging to “a golden age” in the past. And here, the young people have the right picture “quality” to serve the needs of “virtual living” today.

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