We’ve been living in Saigon for several months here and there aren’t many things that we miss from back home (other than friends and family of course). But we’ve been lacking on one weekly tradition that we used to love – weekend brunch!
So we’ve been on the hunt for a brunch spot in Ho Chi Minh City that serves big portions of western favorites at not-completely-outrageous-prices and I think we’ve finally found it – Godmother Brunch & Bake.
The ambiance at Godmother Bake & Brunch is quite similar to what you’d find in the states. Pink velour couches flank the middle of the restaurant, a long, shared table is available near the front, and cute little tables with comfy blue velour chairs dot the rest of the space. There are big windows to let in lots of light, and a dessert case full of delicious looking cakes.
Weekends during breakfast and lunch hours are quite busy so it may not be the best time to bring your laptop and hope to get some work done. But the crowds disperse in the later afternoons and the restaurant quiets down.
When it’s not busy, Godmother Bake & Brunch is one of the best cafes in Saigon to spend a few hours working or catching up with friends over a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. Plus you can snap a few Instagram-worthy photos while you’re at it!
Godmother Bake & Brunch has a fairly large menu consisting of both sweet and savory options. The healthier options include smoothie bowls and salads, while their all-day breakfast includes avocado toast, roasted duck over waffles, and a mouthwatering brioche french toast complete with banana brulee.
I’m personally partial to the shakshuka brunch plate – it is served bubbly hot with two slices of rustic bread on the side. And if you’ve been craving comfort food from back home, then you must try the grilled cheese sandwich with a side of tomato cream soup!
Godmother also has a wide variety of hot and cold coffee drinks on the menu, as well as some truly refreshing smoothies and fresh-pressed juices. And if you’re looking for more of a boozy brunch, fear not! They also serve cocktails, wine, and bubbles.
Godmother Bake & Brunch is more of a western-style restaurant, so you should expect western-style prices as well. Food prices range from 150,000 – 280,000 VND (~$6.50 – $12 USD) but the portions are quite large so you’ll leave feeling stuffed and satisfied.
We found that the food prices were relatively reasonable, but the drink prices were quite high. Most of the coffee drinks hover around 85,000 VND (~$3.65 USD) which is quite expensive for coffee by Vietnamese standards. And smoothie prices creep up to 120,000 VND (~$5 USD) per glass.
If you want to enjoy a savory and delicious brunch but don’t want to break the bank, just order off the food menu at Godmother and then grab a coffee at another local spot when you’re through.
We would definitely recommend enjoying a Saturday boozy brunch at Godmother Bake & Brunch! Treat yourself to a Candied Bacon Bloody Mary as your appetizer, the Shakshuka as your main, and a Macaron Shortcake for dessert. You won’t regret it!
But be sure to make a reservation (call 0855 391 777) as they are one of the most popular brunch spots in District 1.
Location: 4 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (3rd floor)