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Fishnet Coffee

Fishnet Coffee

This quaint coffeeshop is a refuge for all walks of life here in Long Xuyen city. Ms Lady rises with the early dawn of the sun to provide coffee brewed via decades hardened technique of using a fishing net to pull the buttery roasted brew straight from the beans. The symbol of the fishnet strikes deeply with the resilience and the hardworking nature of the Mekong Delta locals. This shop has lasted through war times and has not skipped a beat, with a handful of it’s customers who have grown up alongside this coffee shop. After a nice early morning run, this is the perfect cafe to lounge, and catch up on the happenings of the neighborhood. One gentleman talks about how he won the lottery, another tells his pals about his auntie who got married, and then the whole group now banters about how the coach of the Vietnam soccer team could do a better job. Its hard to imagine we live in an era of Facebook and all our daily lives posted behind a digital screen when you spend your morning at this coffee shop. The handcrafted wooden tables and chairs, from the way the sun beams right through the open windows and the dust can be seen through that sunlight, it’s feels like time has stopped. It’s easy to forget Vietnamese are very crafty and handy, and everything in most shops used to be handmade and sturdy, built to last a lifetime. This is one of the few coffee shops I have yet to ask for the wifi password, as it’s ambience begs people from pulling out the phone. You can’t help but just gaze as Long Xuyen wakes up and becomes alive.

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