We were eager to explore the 100 Roofs Café (also called as The Maze Bar), so right after we wandered around at the Crazy House, we walked toward the highest hill in the city. Situated at 57 Phan Boi Chau Street, barely a few meters away from the market, hidden between a row of small shops and just in front of the local KFC, we found this very peculiar place.
From the outside, the place looked just like any of the neighborhood typical multi-storey buildings and looked just like any bar; however, inside it is a completely different world.
As soon as we got into the reception area, we bought our drinks then we began our adventure inside of this six-storey magnificent masterpiece. Entering the bamboo-shaped like gate, we felt like we were in another world – a Hobbit like labyrinth of narrow staircases, with a series of mystical cave-like rooms, small winding paths, secular trees, animals, artwork and sculpture – all these were made with concrete and cement harmoniously designed to create an impression of a natural cave in the jungle.
100 Roofs Café is totally a unique bar, so different from any bars we have been to, and we didn’t really know what to expect. There wasn’t anyone else in the maze area when we were there. Many rooms, some passageways and even the way to the secret garden were dark, so it was kind of spooky. There were times we felt we had lost our way. There were several winding stairs – some lead us to a dead end, some lead us to rooms that look like a coral reef or a cave, some lead us to the floor above and some were steep, but a new surprise awaited us around every corner. We followed the music and eventually arrived at the top level bar and then to the rooftop garden that continues several floors higher.
What an architectural a-maze-ing experience! After visiting the place – we found out that it makes the Crazy House look conservative as it is crazier, scarier and more fun. The 100 Roofs Café is awesome – it’s a maze bar and at the same time an amusement park! A fun place to hang-out with family and friends. It is worth seeing and a must see for every visitors who comes to Da Lat.
Little Lilly travel tips:
- There is no entrance fee to the 100 Roofs Café. You just need to buy a drink (beer, wine, cocktail, chilled drinks, or fruit juices) to be able to wander aimlessly inside. From the value point of view, the drinks are very reasonably priced.
- I heard that it gets pretty busy about 8pm, so maybe head over a little earlier to avoid the queue at the bars.
- All the walls, floors and ceilings are hard. Some ceilings are low. There are basement levels and there’s a secret garden that is open until nightfall. There are some bars inside. Some areas have music. And there are toilets dotted about but you have to find them.