Saigon weekend: what to do and where to go

By Phuc Trinh   August 10, 2023 | 05:32 am PT
Saigon's weekend buzz features an art market, collaborative dining, a ravioli workshop for kids, a sign language session, a night brunch event, and a beer festival.

LOCO art market

LOCO art market, a project that aims to promote local artists and designers, will hold its latest event titled "Len lop" (moving up to a new class) this weekend. The event aligns with the commencement of the school year and will present an engaging school-themed ambiance.

Loco art market - Len lop. Photo courtesy of LÔCÔ Art Market

"Loco art market - Len lop" poster. Photo courtesy of LÔCÔ Art Market

The event showcases a diverse array of vendors, presenting and offering for sale products encompassing paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, stationery, books, and more. The entry fee for the event is VND20,000 (85 cents) per individual.

Initiated on Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the event will take place at Thao Dien Pearl, at 12 Quoc Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City.

"Nostalgia" dining event

Two establishments within Ho Chi Minh City, Nous and An's Saigon, have collaborated for a dining event, titled "Nostalgia." The collaboration menu combines the culinary styles of An's Saigon, renowned for its progressive Vietnamese cuisine, and Nous, celebrated for its contemporary interpretations.

Nostalgia. Photo courtesy of Nous

"Nostalgia" dinner poster. Photo courtesy of Nous

Both Nous and An's Saigon made the list of 70 Michelin Selected restaurants in Vietnam in June, besides 29 Bib Gourmand restaurants, three Michelin Guide Special Awards restaurants, and four that won Michelin stars.

Nous is a capsule restaurant that serves an omakase-style tasting menu to only 10 guests per night at a counter overlooking the open kitchen. An's Saigon is a cozy house that offers cuisine, a café, and boutique spa, with a more Vietnamese-inspired approach.

Attendees are advised to book in advance to secure seating. The event is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, at Nous, on the 1st Floor at 42Bis Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Ravioli workshop for kids

La Haye Kitchen & Bar is offering a ravioli workshop for kids this upcoming Sunday, giving children the chance to get hands-on experience in crafting ravioli.

Ravioli for kids. Photo courtesy of La Haye Kitchen & Bar (METROPOLE)

"Ravioli for kids" poster. Photo courtesy of La Haye Kitchen & Bar, Metropole

Parents can register their children by visiting this link. The workshop is designed for kids over 3 years old. Admission tickets are priced at VND300,000 ($12.50) and offer a comprehensive package. Young participants will get to make ravioli, enjoy a refreshing drink, receive a participation certificate, and a VND300,000 voucher for future use.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, at La Haye - Metropole, at 20 Nguyen Thien Thanh Street, Thu Thiem Ward, Thu Duc City.

Sign language workshop

The Social ChangeMakers Network offers a sign language workshop on Saturday, aiming to teach sign language skills and expand communication abilities. The workshop dispels misconceptions about sign language, highlighting its complexity and regional variations.

Sign language workshop. Photo courtesy of CHANCE Academy

"Sign language workshop" poster. Photo courtesy of CHANCE Academy

To participate, individuals can register online with a fee of VND300,000 ($12.65) per person. Alternatively, cash payments can be made at the CHANCE Charity Shop, at ShopHouse A106, Hoang Anh Riverview, 37 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, prior to the workshop.

Basilico night brunch

Basilico - Italian Cuisine presents the "Basilico Night Brunch," an event celebrating the foods and fine wines of Italy on Friday evenings. Diners can enjoy a variety of Italian favorites like pasta, risotto, and pizza, during this special offer.

Basilico night brunch. Photo courtesy of Basilico - Italian Cuisine

"Basilico night brunch" poster. Photo courtesy of Basilico - Italian Cuisine

The event takes place every second Friday of the month, spanning from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost stands at VND795,000 ($33.50) per guest.

Guests also have the option to enhance their experience with a drink package for VND500,000 ($21.06), which encompasses Prosecco, cocktails, house wines, beer, and soft drinks. IHG One Rewards members are entitled to a 20% reduction on the food-only price.

The event is held at Basilico - Italian Cuisine, located at lobby level of InterContinental Residences Saigon Corner Le Van Huu Street & Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Saigon Beer Fest 2023

The Beer Festival in Saigon is making a return this weekend at Saigon Outcast, a creative venue that offers art, entertainment, and community events. The event will feature an array of local craft beer brands, such as Furbrew, Steersman, 7 Bridges, Fuzzy Logic, Rooster and C-Brewmaster.

Saigon beer fest 2023. Photo courtesy of Saigon Outcast

"Saigon beer fest 2023" poster. Photo courtesy of Saigon Outcast

The entrance fee for the event is VND80,000 ($3.50) per person. The event will be held on Saturday, at Saigon Outcast 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City.

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