La Bibliothèque de Madame Dai

La Bibliothèque de Madame Dai was a restaurant and museum at 84A Nguyen Du Street in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. It was founded in April 1975, by Madame Nguyen Phuoc Dai, a retired lawyer and politician who converted her library into a restaurant. French President François Mitterrand ate at the restaurant in 1991.[1]

The restaurant contained a museum featuring "pieces of Vietnamese ceramics, many temple sculptures from the pre-15th-century Cham Kingdom of Vietnam, a number of exquisite antique Chinese pieces, a large Cambodian temple rubbing, a Vietnamese screen and a large Japanese Imari ware platter".[2] It is believed that the restaurant closed in the mid 2000s following the death of Madame Dai.[1]


  1. ^ a b Corfield, Justin (1 November 2014). Historical Dictionary of Ho Chi Minh City. Anthem Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-78308-333-6.
  2. ^ Ranard, Andrew (10 September 1993). "Madame Dai's: Past Is Present in Ho Chi Minh City". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2015.