La Fênetre de Soleil is located inside a French old building on Ly Tu Trong street. From outside it looks like an unoccupied house with creaky staircase, bare brick walls and smeared old doors. The coffee shop has a classic feel, yet is luxurious and elegant, with huge windows overlooking Ly TuTrong and Pasteur, the two busiest streets in the city. Listening to audiophile music, you will have the feeling of isolated from the city’s vibes out there.
Art deco retro furniture and the parlour-like elegance brings all the glamour of old Saigon to La Fênetre de Soleil and puts it in a class of its own. Takayuki Sawamura, a famous Japanese interior designer, has turned this former apartment into a unique coffee shop.
The coffee shop is jumbled and disconnected, with the rooms scattered about. Oddly, this gives it a friendly atmosphere and offers the customers a place where they won’t bother anyone.
The coffee shop is divided into three different sections to fit the needs of different types of customers. The main space is always filled with sunshine in daytime. When the night comes, it is covered in a fanciful scene with light from the shaded lamps.
The decorative scheme has some colonial style touches with a wooden floor, cane chairs, wooden cupboards, shaded lamps and wide-open windows. You get the feeling of returning to the last century, sitting and chilling out in a dreamlike Indochinese apartment.
Most of the customers coming here are work at advertising companies or are copywriters who often consider La Fênetre de Soleil to be a source of inspiration. At night, the place becomes a bar which often hosts a lot of interesting events like DJs, live bands, fun games and tests.
La Fênetre de Soleil serves a range of cocktails, imported beer, coffee and smoothies together with a Japanese-Vietnamese fusion menu. A pleasant atmosphere and the slightly-off-the-main-drag location makes this a great spot to wile away those afternoon hours or catch a nighttime drink. There is also a set lunch menu from 11.30am to 2pm.
After a short temporary closing, La Fênetre de Soleil has come back with greater space and the same features and feelings it brings to people.
Address: 44 Ly Tu Trong, D.1, 2nd floor.
Text: Pham Chieu. Photos: Cyclo