Nouveautés Catinat Saïgon

Simca Aronde sur le Boulevard Charner Sa´gon

Marin français à Saïgon

Camions Cosara de Sa´gon

Renault Fregate & Citroen Traction Saïgon

Les Bonnes Adresses de Saigon

Rhum Rival L.Berthet Saïgon

Simca 5, Catinat Street Saigon

Cyclo-Pousse & Citroën 2 CV

Hotel Saïgon Palace

Peugeot 203

Paris Tissus

Peugeot 404 devant le ThÚÔtre

Couple Saigonnais avril 1962

Indochinoises en vÚlos

Cigares MÚlia

Les Bonnes Adresses de Saigon

Rue de Sa´gon

Citroen DS19 devant le temple Vinh Nghiem

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Citroën 2 CV & Vélosolex à Saïgon

Rex Hotel, Renault 4 CV, Velosolex, Traction Citroën

Taxi Renault 4 CV de Sa´gon

Savon Vietnam

ThÚÔtre municipal de Sa´gon

La Cathédrale Notre Dame Saigon

Etablissements Olympic Saigon

Paris Tissus

Rue Catinat en 1946

La Poste de Sa´gon

Cigarettes Melia

Bueau de la Poste de Cholon

Saigon Garage Simca Berliet Studebaker

Simca 8 Saigon-Garage

Gendarmes Saigon Indochine

Rue commercante de Sa´gon

Avion Taxi Indochine

La Pagode Saïgon

Salon de Thé La Pagode Saïgon

Femmes Saïgon 1953

Air Vietnam Saïgon

Le Boulevard Charner Sa´gon

Jeunes Vietnamiennes Saigon

Hôtesse d'Air Vietnam

H˘tel de Ville de Sa´gon

Boisson Bireleys Saïgon

Hôtel de Ville Saïgon  Ford Vedette Citroën Traction

Mariage à Saïgon 15 Janvier 1963

Indochine Sud-Est Asiatique 1953

Place Francis Garnier

Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Saïgon

Savon Viet-nam

Le Grand Monde Miss Saigon 1954

Plan de Saigon

Cigarettes Cotab Cholon

Le SO30 Bretagne Cosara Saigon

Manifestation en cyclomoteurs Saïgon 1967

Vietnamien devant la pharmacie Solirene Saïgon

Etudiants Vietnamiens sur la place Francis Garnier Saïgon

Sipeo Kodak Saigon

Groupe Scolaire Jaureguiberry

Brasserie Hommel Hanoi

La semaine a Sa´gon en 1961

Cigares MÚlia

Vue sur Sa´gon depuis l'h˘tel Caravelle

Boulevard Charner Sa´gon

Chausures Bata Saigon

Rizeries Indochinoises Haïphong

Journal de Saigon

En Pousse-Pousse devant le CathÚdrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon

SIMCA 5 Saïgon 1953

Gendarmes Saigon Indochine

H˘tel de Ville de Sa´gon et velosolex

Sa´gonnaises sur un pont sur le MÚkong

Centre Ville de Saïgon

Etablissements Olympic Saigon

Femmes devant chez Brodard Saïgon 1953

Vue aÚrienne sur Sa´gon

Hotel Caravelle place Law-Son, rue Tu Do Saigon

Catinat cine Saïgon

Deux moines à Saïgon Air France

Charcutier Au Petit Saint-Antoine Sa´gon

Magasins Courtinat Saïgon 1952

La Maison Brodart, rue Catinat

Vietnamienne avec un velosolex 45

DerriŔre la cathÚdrale de Sa´gon

H˘tel Majestic Saţgon

Vue aérienne de Cholon

Boulevard Charner au fond l'Hôtet de Ville de Saïgon

Clinique du Cheveu Saigon

Couple Cafe Givral Saigon

Catinat cine Saïgon

jeunes sa´gonnaises

Sortie d'une Úcole de Sa´gon

La semaine Saigon avril 1967

Gendarmes Saigon Indochine

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Societé Indochinoise de Transports Saigon

Bureau de Poste PTT de Saigon

H˘tel Majestic

Boulevard Charner au fond l'Hôtet de Ville de Saïgon

Bière 33 Brasseries et Glacières d'Indochine

Au Printemps Saïgon

H˘tel Continental Taxi Renault

Trafic dans Saigon

Sita Saigon

Cinema Bonard Saigon

Sud Est Asiatique Indochine

Cafe Givral Saigon 2010

Souvenir de Sa´gon

La Pagode Saïgon

Mobylettes Velosolex Saigon

Velosolex 3800 Saigon

Au Printemps Saïgon

Rivoire et Carret Saigon

Publicité Optrex Saïgon 1957

Jeunes Saïgonnaise rue Catinat

Hotel Continental Saïgon

Peugeot 403 Ó Sa´gon

La semaine à Saïgon-Aout 70

Peugeot 203 Ó Sa´gon

Les Bonnes Adresses de Saigon

Le Docteur Irwin S. Leinbach devant son Ambulance Peugeot de l'Hôpital Cho-Ray de Saïgon

Velosolex devant le Parlement Novembre 1963

H˘tel Continental Cyclomoteur 23 Juin 1947

Boulevard Charner Sa´gon

Air France Saigon

Indochine Sud Est Asiatique

Le ThÚatre de Sa´gon en 1946

Grande Pharmacie de France à Saïgon

Mariage Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon 1952

Dynard Panhard Saïgon

Boulevard Charner au fond l'Hôtet de Ville de Saïgon

Cigarettes Melia

Biere Larue Vietnam

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Savon Vietnam Saigon

Optician Michaux Saigon

Couple Saigonnais

Le boulevard Bonard depuis la place du Théâtre

La Maison Brodart, rue Tu Do saigon

Croix-Rouge Française rue Thevenel

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Colette et son velosolex devant le Cafe Givral Saïgon

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Francis Garnier

Portrait de Francis Garnier

Francis Garnier , born on July 25th, 1839 in Saint Etienne, was a naval officer and French explorer. After completion of the Naval Academy in 1857 he traveled to Brazil and the South Seas. He set off for China in 1860 and remained there for 2 years. Assigned to Admiral Leonard Victor Charner, he took part in the capture of Peking in October of 1860. He returned to Cochin China in 1863 and was put in charge of the administration of the city of Cholon.
He would continue his explorations of the upper Mekong watershed. He had spent several months exploring Yunnan and Tibet alone when he was recalled by Rear-Admiral Dupr├ę, then Governor of Cochin China, for a pacification operation in Tonkin, and arrived in Hanoi in November of 1873.
He would be killed and decapitated on December 21st, 1873, during an attack on the Pavillions Noirs, (a group of Chinese Irregulars operating in Indochina against the French).


Francis Garnier Square
or Theatre Square
in 1955 Lê Loi Lam Son Square

La place Francis Garnier depuis le Th├ę├ótre Municipal La place Francis Garnier depuis le Th├ę├ótre Municipal

Photos taken from the Municipal Theater.

Place Francis Garnier depuis le rond-point Charner Bonard Saigon Place Francis Garnier depuis le rond-point Charner Bonard Saigon

Photos taken from the corner of the Bonard Boulevard and Charner Boulevard.


The first prize in a drawing:
A Renault Prairie Colorale
on Francis Garnier Square.

Renault Prairie-Colorale Saigon

French soldiers posing before the grand prize of a drawing in 1951:
A Renault Prairie-Colorale (a contraction of the words COLOniale and ruRALE).


Corner of the Garnier Square
(Lê Loi in 1955)
and Charner Boulevard
(now Nguyễn Huệ)

Rond-point Charner-Garnier Saïgon

Left to right in the photo: The Saigon Grocery Store, the shopping gallery, the ÔÇťBrasserie de la PaixÔÇŁ, the Havas agency, and the Givral caf├ę.

Le th├ę├ótre de Sa├»gon

Saigon Grocery Store

Epicerie Saïgonnaise Lien Seng

Grocery Lien Seng
28, Francis Garnier Square
Tel : 20.930

Epicerie Saïgonnaise Lien Seng

After 1955
Hãng Liên-Seng

Hãng Liên-Seng


Bijouterie Daco Saigon

Daco Jewelry
1, Lê Loi Bld (after 1955) Eden Passage

Brasserie de la Paix

Brasserie de la Paix Saigon Brasserie de la Paix Saigon

18, Francis Garnier Square

Place Francis Garnier Saigon

Old woman sweeps away the leaves in front of some modern French buildings .

Havas Far-East

Agence Havas Saigon

Havas Far-East
16, Francis Garnier Square
Tel : 21446

Agence Havas Saigon

Vietnameses students

Etudiants Vietnamiens sur la place Francis Garnier Saïgon

Vietnameses students on Francis Garnier Square Mai 25 1953.

Francis Garnier Square
became Lê Loi in 1955

La place Francis Garnier Lê Loi Saigon

Thanh Bach Restaurant

Le restaurant Thanh Lê Loi Saigon

In the beginning of the sixties, the Thanh restaurant was located near the Vinh Cinema on Lê Loi Street (formerly Garnier Square), and was frequented by Vietnamese youth; the other restaurant on this street was the Kim Son. Westerners at this time preferred the establishments on Tu Do Street (formerly Catinat Street), such as Brodart, Givral, The Pagoda, and of course The Continental.

Eug├Ęne Dassier - Import - Export

Eugene Dassier Saigon

Eug├Ęne Dassier -SEMI Agent - Import - Export
12, Francis Garnier Square
Mr Dassier was the former manager of the AVIAT garage in Hanoi

Corner of
Đường Đồng Khởi (ex rue Tu Do et Catinat)
et L├¬ Lợi (ex place Francis Garnier)

Rue Tu Do Saïgon

Lê Loi
(Francis Garnier Square)

Lê Loi Saïgon

Corner of the Catinat Street
and Francis Garnier Square

Angle de la rue Catinat et place Francis Garnier Saigon

The Solir├Ęne Pharmacy

Pharmacie Solirene et Hotel Continental Saigon

On the right in the photo, the Solir├Ęne Pharmacy was built in 1879 and closed its doors in 1950, to give way to a five-story apartment building and the creation of ÔÇťLe GivralÔÇŁ restaurant. Known by all the war correspondants from 1950 to 1975, it was located across from the famous Hotel Continental.
The apartment building, as well as the rest of the mall was torn down at the end of 2010.

1950 construction
of the apartment building with the future Givral

Givral Saigon


Givral Saigon

"Givral: A treat unmatched... "
This restaurant was located at 169 Catinat Street.


Catinat Novelties
founded in 1887 by Lucien Berthet

Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Sa├»gon Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Sa├»gon Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Sa├»gon Rhum Rival L.Berthet Sa├»gon Nouveaut├ęs Catinat Sa├»gon

Old house ... Good Reputation!
Berther Lepine and Charpentier brothers, successors
At the corner of Catinat Street and Francis Garnier Square
Tel : 21.285
This store closed in August of 1955!
The famous store, ÔÇťAux nouveaut├ęs CatinatÔÇŁ, located at the corner of Theater Square Street and Catinat Street was transformed into a news hall. This bazaar belonged to Le Van Vien. A loudspeaker on the front fa├žade broadcasts official news and patriotic songs all day long. .
Le Combattant d'Indochine
September 1955

(now Louis Vuitton !)

Corner of the Francis Garnier Square
and Charner Boulevard

Saigon Garage

Across from the Saigon Grocery Store was the Saigon Garage Havas, the Simca specialist for South Vietnam.

Citro├źn 2 CV & V├ęlosolex ├á Sa├»gon

Saigon Garage

Saigon Garage Simca Berliet Studebaker Simca 8 Saigon-Garage

(S.E.I.C.) "Saigon Garage"
Head office: 11/23, Francis Garnier Square (Charner Boulevard)
Branches: Phnom Penh and Dalat
Manager: Mr.Desmond

Place Francis Garnier Saïgon


Lê Loi Street (formely Francis Garnier Square)
between Tu Do and Nguyễn Huệ in the 60's

Lê Loi Saïgon 1961Lê Loi Saïgon 1961 Lê Loi Saïgon 1970 Lê Loi Saïgon 1961 Lê Loi Saïgon 1970


ARVN War Memorial

ARVN War memorial, Peugeot 203, Citro├źn Ami 6 ARVN War memorial ARVN War memorial

The ARVN Marines statue was located right in front of the National Assembly or today's Municipal Theater on Lê Loi.
It was toppled after 1975 and replaced by the statue of mother and child.


Pigneau de Behaine Square
in 1955 Hoà Bin Square
in 1963 John F. Kennedy Square
To dy Công xã Paris
(Paris Commune Square)

Pousse-Pousse devant la cathedrale Notre-Dame

Cyclistes devant la cathedrale Notre-Dame

La sortie de la messe le dimanche 16 octobre 1948

Cathedral of Notre Dame

La cathedrale Notre-Dame Saïgon

The Bishopric of

L'├ęv├¬ch├ę de Sa├»gon

TheBishhop of Adran

L'├ęv├¬que d'Adran

Monsignor Pigneau de B├ęhaine, Bishop of Adran with Prince Canh in the 18th century. This statue was on Notre Dame Cathedral Square during the French period in Vietnam.


Marriage at the
Cathedral of Saigon

Mariage Cath├ędrale Notre-Dame de Sa├»gon 1952

Celebration of the marriage of Mr. and miss Lesponne Andr├ęe Bernard in the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Saturday, April 19, 1952.


Foray Square

The Boy Landry Company

Boy Landry Sa├»gon Les ├ętablissements Boy Landry Sa├»gon

Near the Theater at 15-17 Foray Square (formerly Theater Square) is located the "Boy Landry".
"Boy Landry Company is specialized in the importation of wines and spirits as well as manufactured goods.
Companies represented:
- Bordeaux Wines: Ginestet, Schroeder et Schyler, Gauthier Fr├Ęres.
- Alsatian Wines: Cornaz.
- Calvados: from the Auge valley.
- Liqueurs : Dolfi, Vielle Cure de Cenon.
- Champagne : Pol Roger, Mercier.
- Aperitifs : Berger, Saint-Rapha├źl, Picon, Pikina, Bonal, Cinzano.
- Rum Saint-James.
- Cider: Ma Normandie.
- Syrups: Cusenier
- Perfums: Roger et Gallet
- Cigarettes and rolling-papers: Job
- Records, Phonographs, and Radios: Path├ę-Marconi
President, CEO : Mr.Ren├ę Victor Manaut (ancien Ministre)
Manager for Indochina : Mr.Rollet
Agency heads:
Mr.Bouges (Saigon), Mr.Gell├ę (Phnom Penh), Mr.Tuylagarde (Hanoi)

Champagne Mercier Saigon Les vins de Boy Landry Saigon Roger & Gallet Saigon Path├ę Marconi Saigon


Au Baccara

Au Baccara rue Catinat Saïgon

165, Testard Street (Trân-quy-Cap)
This night Club was owned by Jean-Baptiste Andr├ęani

Les Bonnes Adresses de Saigon

Come and relax at the Baccara Night Club
Janine et Yvon
The two new stars direct from Paris
will entertain you with their French, Italian, and American songs.
The Cabaret opens at 7 p.m.

Le Baccara rue Catinat Saïgon


Auberge du Vieux-Moulin
(The Inn of the Old Mill)

Auberge du Vieux Moulin Dakao

Chef Jean Riot
"An Inn of France, A talented chef "
9 - 11 Dakao Square
Tel: 21.051

La Cigale
(The Cicada)

La Cigale Dakao

The best Saigon evening during the sixties.
18 Dinh-Tiên-Hoàng (formerly Albert the 1st Street)
Tel : 95.018 later 21.431

La Cigale Dakao

Restaurant la Paix

La Paix Dakao

Restaurant La Paix (Hoa-Binh).
44 - 46 Dinh-Tiên-Hoàng (formerly Albert the 1st Street)
T├ęl : 21.431


Lavande Saigon

Lacquered art works, ivory, antiques from China, silk-painting.
10, Carabelli street
(now Nguyên Thiêp)

Lavande Saigon

A la bonne fourchette

Restaurant â la bonne restaurant Saigon

A la bonne fourchette
10, Ngo Duc Ke (formerly Brother Denis Street)
Tel : 22.325

The Post Office :

Le Bureau des P.T.T. de Saïgon Le Bureau des P.T.T. de Saïgon

The main Post Office was built in 1891 by Alfred Foulhoux and Henri Vildieu. It represents the link with the metropolis (Paris). At the beginning of colonialisation its role is even greater: the telegraph plays a determining role in the transmission of military orders and the coordination of operations.
In 1872, the line linking the capital to Cape St. Jacques was extended by an underwater cable to Singapore. The metal framework of the building was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
On either side of it are two maps. It is the largest Post Office in Vietnam and one of the most beautiful in the world.
Tel : standard all services 21.996 to 21.998

Bureau des PTT de Saigon Bureau de Poste PTT de Saigon Bureau de Poste PTT de Saigon

Good addresses in

Les Bonnes Adresses de Saigon


Au Printemps Saïgon

117-b, Lê Thanh Tôn
To be beautiful and elegant, there is only:
Dipl├┤m├ęe de l'Or├ęal de Paris

Au Printemps

Au Printemps Saïgon Au Printemps Saïgon

164, Gia Long Street
(now Ly Tu Trong)
As in Paris "Au Printemps" Department Store existed in Saigon

Kitchener Boulevard
Nguyên Thai Hoc Boulevard

Boulevard Lord Kitchener Saïgon

Kitchener Boulevard's bus station

Kitchener Boulevard Saïgon

On the road to Cauonglanh

Grall Hospital

14, Bên Viên Nhi Dông Hai Street
(formerly Lagrandi├Ęre formerly Gialong)
Tel: 21.723 and CA.498

Hopital Grall Saigon

Clinique Saint-Paul

Clinique Saint-Paul Saïgon

280, Legrand de la Liraye Street
(now Diên Biên Phú)
Tel: 20.469

Red Cross

Croix Rouge Fran├žaise Sa├»gon Croix-Rouge Fran├žaise rue Thevenel

38, Thevenel Street
(now T├║ Xuong)
Tel: 20.434

The Carpriccio

The-capriccio Saigon

Restaurant - Bar
46, Hô Huân Nghiêp Street (formerly Turc Street)
Tel : 21.318

The Trung sisters

Les soeurs Trung saigon Les soeurs Trung saigon

The Trung sisters, known in Vietnamese as Hai Bà Trung (literally "the 2 Trung ladies").
Trung Trac and Trung Nhi are two historical characters who victoriously repelled the Chinese attacks on Vietnam in the year 39.
Today they are considered to be national heros at the same level as Joan of Arc, and are revered as the instigators of the first resistance movement.
The statues of the two sisters in Bach Dang, across from Hai Bà Trung Street near the Saigon River, the older sister facing south her right hand on her sword and her left one holding her sister's right hand who is holding her left hand to her forehead the better to see what is happening in the North..

Les soeurs Trung Bach Dang Saigon

This statue was turned down on November 1st, 1963, because it was a favorite of Madame Nhu (Tran Lê Xuân).


Farewell to Eden Passage and Givral Restaurant in 2010

Givral Restaurant Saigon 2010 Givral Restaurant Saigon 2010


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