It’s happened again. I have writer’s block. In a city populated by thousands, if not, millions of young creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs, hitting a mental brick wall is a recurring problem for many. We all have our favourite cafes that we like to inhabit, as if it were our own personal workspace. Or maybe you already have a dedicated personal or coworking office space, but sometimes, what you really need to get your mental flow triggered is a new environment, a new energy, a new source of inspiration.
Walking into Le Méridien Hotel, located right on the edge of Saigon River in District 1, the hotel lobby is starkly different to any other I have stepped into. The first word that comes to mind is... enormous. The air hangar high ceilings feature an immense, blimp shaped light installation of floating glass baubles, reminding me of freshly poured champagne. However, Le Méridien doesn’t classify this space as a lobby, they refer to the generous, open area as Le Méridien Hub. The Hub was designed to provide an innovative gathering place for creative and entrepreneurial minds to converse, debate and exchange. Whether you’re a guest staying at the 5-star hotel, a Saigon resident looking to ignite your creative juices, or simply travelling through the city, everyone is welcome to enjoy Le Méridien Hub.
Work Remotely At Latitude 10
Subconsciously, my senses gravitate towards the smell of warm buttery pastries and freshly brewed Illy coffee, expertly pulled by Le Méridien baristas... I find myself at Latitude 10, a cafe-lounge-bar concept, one of many dedicated spaces within The Hub. As I settle into the comfy, chocolate lounge seating, I hear the mellow tunes of French band Nouvelle Vague playing. The gentle strum of an acoustic guitar, rhythmic percussion and soothing voice of a female French vocalist instantly puts me into a calm frame of mind. Floor to ceiling wrap around windows flood the space with natural light and the general feel of the cafe-lounge-bar is airy, relaxed and zen. My head feels clear and I’m ready to work!
In Saigon’s current work landscape, many freelancers, creatively minded residents and visitors alike, even office workers, regularly seek out external establishments to remotely work from, and Latitude 10 dedicates itself to catering to this demand. Available daily, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, visitors of Latitude 10 are able to order the Work at Latitude 10 package, a perfect mix of coworking and hospitality, which includes free flow tea and coffee, and your selection of either a small salad and a sandwich, or a large salad served with the soup of the day. Premium Illy Arabica beans are used to make you the perfect velvety cup and for those who may be watching their coffee intake, an outstanding selection of ten premium teas are available from the free flow menu. My personal favourites are Masala Chai and Jasmine Gold. At only VND 350,000++ per person, this deal, with its endless supply of caffeine, is sure to keep any coffee and tea loving brain fuelled and focused for a full and productive work session.
...A local Vietnamese boy with icy blonde hair, wearing an acid pink shirt and floral print pants types fervorously at his laptop. A Japanese businessman in his fine blue suit, spreadsheets in hand, orders his fourth Americano and takes a bite of a generously filled toasted sandwich. Tucked away in a quiet corner, an achingly chic French couple sip at their hot lattes, whilst flicking through one of the many tempting travel books displayed on the surrounding shelves...
Tea And Tipples At Latitude 10
Latitude 10 doesn’t only cater to those seeking a quiet place to work. After a long and exhausting day, the lounge space transforms into the perfect environment for those yearning for a way to relax and unwind. For lovers of sweets and tasty tipples, Tipsy Tea Time is offered everyday from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The afternoon tea spread of sweet and savoury treats changes daily and is accompanied by free flow tea and Illy coffee, as well as a selection of free flow tea/coffee infused cocktails. Yes... you read right... FREE. FLOW. COCKTAILS! At VND 350,000++ per person, this would have to be one of the best afternoon tea deals in town. For the ideal after work watering hole for you and your thirsty colleagues, Happy Hour at Latitude 10 is offered daily from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, where a very generous free flow option of sparkling wine, white and red wines, margarita cocktails, flavoured martinis and craft beer is offered at only VND 350,000++ per person. Or, if you’re a lover of bubbles, the buy-1-get-1 Sparkling Hour at Latitude 10 happens Monday - Friday from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and offers 2 sparkling cocktails for the price of 1.
Wine + Cheese Night At Latitude 10
Every evening as the sun begins to fade, Latitude 10 seamlessly transitions from day to night and transforms into a sublime destination for couples, groups and solo travellers to socialise, network, romance and celebrate. For the ultimate midweek indulgence, treat yourself to an increasingly popular event, Wine + Cheese at Latitude 10, held every Thursday night from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (VND 600,000++). Vintage style light bulbs fill the space with moody amber lighting, and the Le Méridien live band performs until 9:00 pm. A huge central island is adorned with generous blocks of almost a dozen tantalising artisan cheeses such as camembert, emmental, gouda and blue to name a few. Heavenly cheese fondue is also offered, as well as free flow wine, and is sure to put a satisfied smile on every guest. Homemade loaves and crispbreads, juicy olives and dips, fresh berries and roasted nuts, and a mouth watering display of charcuterie, pate and terrine, I feel as if I am part of a large family gathering, grazing, drinking and laughing well into the night.
...The space is large, but still feels intimate. The crowd is buzzing and the energy of the group is full of warmth and content. I lock eyes with a stranger and we smile in unison. A sign of our mutual understanding. That right now, there is no where else we would rather be...