Thanks to Mel for his great post on suburban cafes in HCMC, entitled Cà Phê at cafés in HCMC. My list is, as Mel points out, mainly for tourists and expats and is centered around District 1. His list explores coffee shops in outlying districts, of which I can vouch there are hundreds secreted in small alleyways and cul-de-sacs.
You can see my finished article here on the Travelfish website. Part 2 includes more of the same kind of places from part 1, (Juice, Hideaway, I-Box Cafe & Creperie & Cafe) .
One inclusion will interest Mel and others of a similar persuasion, Café Sông Mê...
Café Song Me is a inclusion to recognize the fact that Vietnamese coffee shops can be awesome hang out spots – not the brash roadside monstrosities, another breed that is set back from the street in a shady, secluded corner, often with ornate decorations and green leafy plants to re-oxygenate your pollution weary lungs. Song Me is one such place, and a little hard to find. Take Hoa Hung St off of Cach Mang Thang Tam St in District 10, and turn off left roughly halfway up. Famed for its water based features, customers can sit on tables completely surrounded by water, as small troughs weave their way along the floor. Alternatively, skip across the pools to reach seductive sofa areas, where the environment is sure to relax you. Food is average, just come for the reasonably priced drinks. (125/2 Hoa Hung, D10).
Sorry for the bad picture but it's all I got.