Restaurant 130 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam Published on: 12-01-2016
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Why Gemstone Art Museum – GAM is special ?
GAM is own by a Vietnamese- Italian couple Duong Nga and Fantini. The museum has the collection of hundreds of gemstone art from around Vietnam collected by Duong Nga and her father in more than 20 years and exhibited for tourist all around the world. At its back is a shady courtyard garden cafe that serves up coffee with condensed milk (cafe sua da). On the second floor a wine bar for those wine fan. It is situated at 133 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
It has more than 600 exclusive and rare pieces of gemstone crystals, gem sculptures and cut gemstones in Vietnam. Huge carved pieces of ruby, sapphire, emerald, spinel, aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, peridot, and quartz show how rich the country is, with many of the gems mined locally.
- Pick up some sophisticated sparkle
- Unique and beautiful site
- Gemstone ourdoor bar
- Dream spot for a mid afternoon break
- Nice cocktails in great setting
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal YES
- Serve vegeterian NO
130 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
Tips for you
When you first walk into this place it looks like a gemstone jewelry shop but out back is the real GEM:) Very relaxing, beautiful outside seating area with hanging plants & a gem stone water feature. We visited 2 or 3 times for an ice cold Larue (local beer) & had complimentary salty peanuts which was great after walking round town all day. Its quiet too as not many people are aware of this place...unless you come o0n here!
The gorgeous little courtyard offers welcome respite from the heat and a lovely offering of sophisticated cocktails and smoothies. Attentive elegant service make this a perfect spot for an afternoon or evening drink.
One of the highlights of every trip to Hoi An is always a visit to GAM. In the gemstone museum I was surprised to learn of how many gems are mined in Vietnam. Upstairs, you can view the owner's impressive collection of carved gemstone sculptures (for a fee).. or do as I do.. and head straight to the showcases to see what fabulous new jewels his daughter and talented jewellery designer has dreamt up for her brand 'Duong'. Prices for jewellery range between USD $30-6000.
The gallery and bar were beautiful, contemporary spaces. We loved the information and specimens on the gemstones of Vietnam. We also enjoyed several cocktails. Pricing was comparable to US, which is expensive compared to Vietnam.