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Ho Chi Minh City

Eat and meet

Introduction

  • Eating on the cheap in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    No need to spend a fortune.

    Saigon is a big city with plenty of high-dollar, splurge restaurants ready to take your hard-earned vacation money. Luckily for the thriftier of travellers, however, it’s still easy to eat on the cheap in HCMC. Here’s how to eat for less than 100,000 VND (US$5) a day. ... read more

  • Hidden charges at Saigon restaurants
    3.5 stars

    Watch out!

    Food in Saigon is usually a bargain; even most of the city’s “expensive” restaurants are cheap when compared to similar quality in the West. But a strange thing happens to many who visit this fair city: they can develop a sense of cheap food entitlement and start to argue over small ... read more

Street food dishes

A wrap on some of the main dishes you might encounter on the delicious streets of Ho Chi Minh City. See the street food section for specific recommendations of where to eat.

  • Bo la lop
    4 stars

    Betel nut yumminess

    Vietnamese go gaga over two things: grilled meats and wrapping said meats. Bo la lop combines these two things in a harmonious flavourful package. ... read more

  • Bo bia
    4 stars

    Not goi cuon, silly!

    Bo bia is one of those street snacks that tends to be overlooked by the average travelling street muncher. Maybe it’s due to its similarity in appearance to goi cuon, the famous Vietnamese fresh spring rolls. However, once you’ve had a few –- and you can have a few at one go – you’ll see ... read more

  • Bun mam
    4 stars

    Not for the faint-hearted

    Bun mam is not for the faint-hearted palate. Rich and flavoured with a base of fermented fish or shrimp, it’s one of those dishes that takes a bit of time to appreciate. But once you do, you’ll be coming back for more. ... read more

  • Bo kho
    4 stars

    Delicious Vietnamese stew

    The vestiges of the French can be seen in Vietnam through its diacritic-laden written language, regal colonial buildings and cooking. While most point to pho or banh mi as banner-bearers of francophile gastronomic influences in Vietnamese cuisine, the humble bowl of bo kho can’t be overlooked. ... read more

  • Bun thit nuong
    4 stars

    Dead simple

    At first glance, a bowl of bun thit nuong can look a bit manic. A sprinkling of garnishes along with grilled meat are placed on top of a bed of noodles with some greens poking through underneath. However, how each of these elements complement each other is what makes this one of the most popular ... read more

  • Bun rieu
    4 stars

    Tomato and crab deliciousness

    Bun rieu is one of the lesser-known noodle soups in Vietnamese cuisine, perhaps due to its rather unappealing hodge-podge, thrown-together appearance. However, each part of the soup complements the whole and definitely makes it one of the must tries on Saigon’s streets. ... read more

  • Make friends with a drink vendor
    3.5 stars

    Get an inside track.

    Street food in Saigon: it basically makes life here worth living. If you walk down any street in HCMC you will probably find some food, but the problem is that you can’t be guaranteed much of a selection. For this reason I say that the best place to get street food in Saigon is by going to a ... read more

  • Saigon street food safety
    3.5 stars

    Eat smartly.

    Saigon isn’t much of a city for famous world-class landmarks — though certainly there are a few, it’s really the food on the street that’s something special. But despite the street food being great some people, rightfully, are concerned about the safety of food sold on the street in a ... read more

  • Saigon's best street soups
    3.5 stars

    Slurp it up.

    Saigon has no shortage of street food but the city’s selections of soups are where you will find some particularly impressive dishes. Here are a few soups that you should give a try while trawling the streets of the city. ... read more

  • Pho: A very brief primer
    3.5 stars

    Just to get you started

    323 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3836 8515

    No dish is more identifiable in Vietnamese cuisine than the humble bowl of pho. Simple in delivery yet nuanced in preparation, no two bowls taste alike — unless you eat at Pho 24, considered by many as the McDonalds of Vietnam. Each region has their own take on the dish, while most individual pho ... read more

  • Bun bo hue
    3.5 stars

    From Hue but great in Saigon too

    19 Lo C, Chung Cu Tran Quoc Thao, District 3
    T: (09) 3628 2404

    When people visit Vietnam all they seem to talk about is pho: pho this, pho that, pho T-shirts. Little do they know that there are other, dare I say better, soups in Vietnam. One of the soups vying for your VND is bun bo hue, a culinary dish that originated in Hue… obviously. A perfect example of ... read more

  • Banh cuon la
    3.5 stars

    Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner

    96 Ham Nghi, D.1
    T: (08) 913 8033

    Eaten in Vietnam for breakfast, lunch and dinner, banh cuon (pronounced: bon-koo-on) looks like a soft spring roll, filled with a questionable substance, served with chunks of unknown meat and bread. But don’t worry, it tastes delicious and the ingredients are common foods. ... read more

  • Che dau hu
    3.5 stars

    Can be tricky to find

    Saigon street food isn’t all about main meals — yummy drinks and sweets are also on offer. Among the sugary offerings is che dau hu, a confection that can be tricky to find, but is worth the effort. Keep your eyes peeled: the roaming vendors are often surrounded by groups of students or ... read more

  • Banh mi
    3.5 stars

    Just yum

    A staple of the Saigon street food world is banh mi (pronounced bun-mee), or Vietnamese baguette sandwiches. These tasty sandwiches are extremely popular and can be found all over the city, and make a perfect meal on the go if you’re walking around the city. Knowing what to order from a cart, ... read more

  • Banh bao
    3.5 stars

    A dietary mainstay

    Banh bao look more like big Chinese dumplings than something Vietnamese. Not to be confused with the also popular banh mi, banh bao does actually have Chinese roots, being introduced to the country by Cantonese immigrants. But the buns have become a dietary mainstay in Saigon, where they can be ... read more

  • Banh trang nuong
    3.5 stars

    Quick food on the go

    Something that I particularly love about Saigon is the fact it is a very walkable city. As you meander through town on your tour of the various sites you may work up an appetite, but you don’t always want to stop for a proper meal. If you’re looking for quick food on the go, stop and grab one ... read more

  • Canh bun
    3.5 stars

    A not-pho favourite

    Canh bun starts with a large rice noodle, usually orange in colour. The noodle is similar to what you find in bun bo hue in texture and taste but much thicker. Next, minced crab — which looks a bit like ground pork or beef — is added with the broth, and a generous helping of boiled morning ... read more

  • Hot vit lon
    3.5 stars

    Boiled duck embryo

    It has taken a year for me to get brave enough to try the Vietnamese specialty of hot vit lon (hot veet lone), also known as balut or boiled duck embryo. The thought of eating a partially developed egg had never seemed particularly appealing to me but, after some prodding from friends, I finally ... read more

  • Banh kep
    3.5 stars

    Snack on the go

    Banh kep is basically a waffle made from a rice-based batter. They are usually cooked thin, sometimes more like a cookie than a waffle, which kind of reminds me of the Norwegian Christmas treat krumkake. ... read more

  • Banh khot
    3.5 stars

    Unique to Saigon

    A dish that you won’t find many places outside of Saigon, the southern specialty known as banh khot is a small hearty pancake that originated in the nearby beach town of Vung Tau but is now a special part of Saigonese cuisine. ... read more

  • Banh xeo
    3.5 stars

    A great sit-down snack

    Banh xeo is common in restaurants as an appetiser, but if you’re on the streets it makes for a great sit-down snack. ... read more

  • Com tam di nam
    3.5 stars

    Broken rice

    255 Khanh Hoi, District 4
    T: (08) 3826 4381

    Com tam is a popular food for anytime of the day in Ho Chi Minh City. It looks like a plain dish of rice, but looks can be a little deceiving. ... read more

  • Hu tieu
    3.5 stars

    An interesting street soup

    One thing that surprises me about street food in HCMC is the variety of soups. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live without my daily ration of bun bo hue or pho, it’s just that it is always so hot and humid here that soup isn’t traditionally the first food that would come to mind if I was ... read more

  • Xoi
    3.5 stars

    Saigon's most filling street food

    When I’m feeling extra hungry and I want to make sure that I’m going to be full, I go for Saigon’s most filling street food: xoi. ... read more

  • Mi xao
    3.5 stars

    Simple and tasty

    To initiate yourself into HCMC’s street food culture try a simple dish like mi xao (pronounced mee sao). ... read more

  • Chao
    3.5 stars

    A local staple

    A Saigon soup staple, chao -- congee in the Western world -- is basically a type of rice porridge; rice is cooked in a large pot of water until it softens into a creamy soup. ... read more

  • Saigon tra
    3.5 stars

    Saigon Tea

    If you sit down at a restaurant in Saigon and ask for water nine times out of ten they’re going to give you a 10,000–30,000 VND bottle instead of a free glass. So if you want to eat out on a tight budget drink what the locals drink: tra (pronounced cha). ... read more

  • Goi cuon
    3.5 stars

    Yummy snacking

    The appetiser or snack goi cuon is one of Vietnam’s must-try street foods. ... read more

  • Mi quang
    3.5 stars

    Something special

    Walking the streets of downtown Saigon, you may notice the street food can seem to get a little repetitive. Street carts selling soup are a dime a dozen, but they mostly sell either pho, bun bo hue or hu tieu. If you’re interested in sampling something a bit more unique, you’ll have to leave ... read more

  • Banh canh
    3.5 stars

    Thick noodles of goodness!

    One favourite soup of the south, and a must try on a trip through Saigon, is banh canh — a soup that’s probably not as recognisable to the typical travellers as perhaps pho or bun bo hue. ... read more

Street food

  • Pho Hoa
    4.5 stars

    Some of the best pho in Saigon

    260C Pasteur, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: 08 3829 7943

    Once one of the best-kept secrets in town, Pho Hoa has now been discovered as a restaurant that delivers some of the best bowls of pho Saigon has to offer. Recently an influx of tourists, reading recommendations from various sources, has begun to descend on the restaurant. With the tourists come ... read more

  • Goi du du bo kho in District 1
    4 stars

    Great streetside salad

    259A Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

    While one can find an abundance of noodle dishes, soups and grilled items on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, salads seem underrepresented and only found in restaurants. Luckily, one vendor in District 1 bucks that trend and makes one of the best goi du du bo kho you can find in town. ... read more

  • 94 Quan Thuy
    4 stars

    If you have seafood on the brain

    84 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1

    If seafood is on the brain, check out 94 Quan Thuy, a favourite with locals looking to feast on shellfish. They are famous for their crab, which they offer in a variety of styles. Their most popular dishes include cha goi cua, a fried crab spring roll, and mien xao cua, glass noodles sauteed with ... read more

  • Hong Hanh
    4 stars

    Breakfast stopover

    17A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1

    If you're interested in eating breakfast like the Saigonese but pho in the morning sounds too far out of your comfort zone, hunt down Hong Hanh. This is where you can try banh cuon, a thin, steamed pancake rolled around a filling usually consisting of a mixture of diced pork and mushrooms. ... read more

  • Com Dong Nhan
    4 stars

    A good spot for after-drinking eats

    11 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 4312 2516

    Office building by day and street stall by night, Com Dong Nhan packs itself onto a street surrounded by popular Western restaurants. So if the surrounding high prices have you feeling the pinch, or you just want to try some local street food, this is your place. Here they serve com, rice with your ... read more

  • Pho Anh
    4 stars

    Great pho

    8-10A Ky Dong, W.9, District 3
    T: (08) 3843 7480

    A trip to Saigon, or Vietnam for that matter, isn’t complete until you sit down for a bowl of the famous pho. Although plenty of restaurants in Saigon serve pho, you may find the best bowl right on the side of the street. ... read more

  • Banh Xeo 46A
    4 stars

    Go-to spot for authentic street food

    46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1
    T: (08) 3824 1110

    Some of the best restaurants in Vietnam are special because they focus on just a single dish. While these spots tend to not occupy the most prestigious locations in town, searching them out is worth your time if you really love to eat well. One case in point: Banh Xeo 46a. ... read more

  • Nam Son Beefsteak
    4 stars

    A no nonsense stop

    157 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3930 3917

    Nam Son Beefsteak, which has two locations in downtown Saigon within short walking distance of the Reunification Palace, is a great no-frills Vietnamese beefsteak restaurant. If you can get past the barebones setting, and the limited menu, you’ll find some of the best steaks in Saigon. ... read more

  • Saigon street smoothies
    3.5 stars

    Cool off.

    Cold drinks seem to always taste better in hot places, and HCMC is no exception. From iced beer to coffee, the streets here offer a huge variety of cold drinks to choose from. ... read more

  • Enjoying street food at Saigon's markets
    3.5 stars

    Grab it at the market.

    I’ve mentioned before that I think the greatest thing about my city is the food and the best food is usually on the street. Obviously, I talk a lot about street food but honestly I get most of my “street food” from markets. The problem is that besides Ben Thanh Market, and maybe Binh Tay, ... read more

  • Quan Nuong Anh Tuyet
    3.5 stars

    Great cheapie

    71 Ngo Tat To, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

    Tucking into some cheap beer and tasty food in a no-frills, eat-with-the-locals kinda place is a great opportunity to experience the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City. Never is this more true than at Quan Nuong Anh Tuyet in Binh Thanh district. ... read more

  • Co Ba Vung Tau
    3.5 stars

    Break out of your culinary comfort zone

    59B Cao Thang, District 3
    T: (08) 3629 8118

    For those looking to break out of their culinary comfort zone, a 15-minute taxi trip to Co Ba Vung Tau will introduce you to a local favourite. Co Ba Vung Tau is popular for their banh khot, small, deep-fried rice pancakes topped with various ingredients, but most commonly a seafood combination of ... read more

  • Ben Thanh Market
    3.5 stars

    Foreigner friendly fare

    Le Loi, District 1

    When most people think about Ben Thanh market, they think about shopping. And while the market is a great spot to find souvenirs, it also happens to be a great spot to grab a bite to eat. If you’re planning on a visit to Ben Thanh, and you happen to be hungry, here’s where to go. ... read more

  • Pho 2000
    3.5 stars

    A Saigon staple

    1-3 Phan Chu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 2788

    Pho 2000, right across the street from Ben Thanh market, is one of the more popular eateries in Saigon. Famed for a visit from former US president Bill Clinton, they are the self-proclaimed best pho in town. While we'd make a case that it's not actually the best in town, the pho is decent and ... read more

Vietnamese

  • Cuc Gach Quan
    4.5 stars

    Beautiful and delicious

    10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan Dinh, District 1
    T: 08 3848 0144

    Hidden down a Saigon back road in a part of District 1 that is more District 3, especially if you’re in Pham Ngu Lao, resides one of the more popular Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Cuc Gach Quan, located at 10 Dang Tat in an easy-to-miss building, is developing a great reputation for serving ... read more

  • Vy Da Quan
    4 stars

    Smoky deliciousness

    62 Ly Tu Trong, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 1599

    Centrally located on Ly Tu Trong near Ben Thanh Market, Vy Da Quan hits all the right notes for your typical streetside Vietnamese restaurant. Blue plastic chairs, wet napkins and beers with ice are all there. And if you peek down Nguyen Trung Truc and notice the smoke, you'll get a hint of what ... read more

  • Propaganda
    4 stars

    Not your average Vietnamese fare

    21 Han Thuyen (next to 30-4 park), District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 
    T: (08) 3822 9048

    While we are huge fans of sitting on blue plastic chairs and grabbing a delicious meal on the cheap, every once in a while we like our settings a bit more upmarket. The chic and modern Propaganda takes a spin on Vietnamese classics in a setting that would make Uncle Ho proud and offers an inventive ... read more

  • Quan Nem
    4 stars

    A gift from the north

    15E Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

    You don’t have to head north from Saigon to enjoy quality renditions of specialty dishes from that region, as proper northern establishments have set up shop in the big city down south. One such joint is Quan Nem, a restaurant specialising in the crispy, northern crab spring roll nem cua be. ... read more

  • 3T Quan Nuong
    4 stars

    Good spot for first-time grillers

    29 Ton That Thiep, District 1
    T: (08) 3821 1631

    Located above an ice cream shop and sharing a stairwell with another restaurant, 3T Quan Nuong can be easily missed though is well worth your search. The partially covered, palm-decorated rooftop gives the feeling of outdoor patio dining. What the restaurant lacks in decor is made up for by the ... read more

  • Lemongrass
    4 stars

    A hidden gem

    4 Nguyen Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 4005

    Down a slightly concealed street, close to the Sheraton Hotel, Lemongrass is a hidden gem for those in the know. Their attractive dining room is on the smaller side, so hopefully you're okay with getting intimate with those around you because it is regularly full to capacity. Making a reservation ... read more

  • Temple Club
    4 stars

    With a romantic atmosphere

    Ton That Thiep, District 1
    T: (08) 3829 9244

    Hidden down a tight hallway next to an ice cream shop in a building shared with another fine restaurant, the Temple Club is one of the most atmospheric establishments you'll find in Saigon. Built in what was once an actual temple, it is decorated with Buddhist tapestries, throw rugs and antique ... read more

  • 3A3 Bun Bo Hue
    4 stars

    No-nonsense bun bo hue

    39A Ngo Duc Ke, District 1
    T: (08) 829 3526

    With several locations throughout Saigon, Bun Bo Hue 3A3 is a clean and air-conditioned restaurant that serves a no-nonsense bowl of its Vietnamese namesake. Similar to what Pho 24 brings to pho, these restaurants bring you traditional hue with a Western fast food atmosphere at a reasonable price ... read more

  • Vinh Nghiem Chay
    3.5 stars

    Veggie and delicious

    339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3
    T: (08) 6683 5563

    Set inside the grounds of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is the aptly named Vinh Nghiem Chay, a restaurant specialising in all things chay or vegetarian. Unlike most places in Ho Chi Minh City advertising vegetarian dishes that seem to have just a bit of pork or fish sauce, this is the real deal. ... read more

  • Splurge Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Some fancy pants options.

    It’s true that in Saigon you can get some of the world’s best food right on the street; on the other hand, plenty of tourist-trap fancy restaurants are poised ready to pounce and charge you ridiculous prices for average dishes. But if you’re interested in sampling a variety of Vietnamese ... read more

  • Cheap Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Off the street

    Finding cheap eats in Saigon is a very easy task, given some of the best food you may ever eat is served right on the street. Not everyone however is eager to dive into street cuisine and while you can find Vietnamese restaurants worth a splurge, many more affordable proper restaurants can be ... read more

  • Barbecue Garden
    3.5 stars

    Not fancy, but is good

    135A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Saigon
    T: (08) 3823 3340

    Within walking distance of many of Saigon’s more popular sites, such as Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral, barbecue restaurant Barbecue Garden is located in a surprisingly peaceful spot considering it is in the middle of some prime real estate. Barbecue Garden isn’t a fancy looking ... read more

  • Lang Nuong Nam Bo
    3.5 stars

    A crate of beer under every table

    283-285/145 CMT8, District 10
    T: (08) 3863 2309

    Just a short trip from the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, extremely large Lang Nuong Nam Bo sits off the main road down a long, wide alley. Set in an area that is rarely visited by tourists, you may feel like you’re in a different city when you find the restaurant even though you’re only 10 ... read more

  • Xu Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Pretty hip with great food.

    71-75 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
    T: (08) 3824 8468

    Inconspicuously tucked behind an average exterior on the busy street of Hai Ba Trung, just around the corner from the Saigon Opera House, the stylish Xu Restaurant is among the finer restaurants of the city. ... read more

  • Nha Hang Ngon
    3.5 stars

    A good starting point

    160 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

    In the midst of Saigon’s downtown areas of interest, walking distance from the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral, you might suspect Nha Hang Ngon is a highly priced tourist trap. However, with surprisingly low prices and a large selection of well-made Vietnamese dishes, it’s a ... read more

  • Chao Vit Sai Gon
    3.5 stars

    For all your duck and porridge needs

    40 Tran Cao Van, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

    Just a stone’s throw from Turtle Lake in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3, Chao Vit Sai Gon is an easy-to-miss joint squeezed between several larger establishments. If you’re a culinary fan of duck, this spot is one of the more famous in town, particularly for its namesake dish, duck served in ... read more

  • Co Ngu
    3.5 stars

    Co Ngu takes rice seriously

    222 Pasteur, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3827 5703

    Rice is a Vietnamese staple but many restaurants in HCMC don’t really give it the attention it deserves, serving tired rice dishes seemingly as an afterthought. Although many carts on the street sell rice dishes, and some cheap Vietnamese restaurants focus on a single rice dish, it can be hard to ... read more

  • Le Banh Mi
    3.5 stars

    Higher quality sandwich without the sticker shock

    12 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 1036

    On nearly every corner in Saigon you’ll find a street cart selling banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches. While these are delicious and cheap, sometimes you might hanker after something similar but of a higher quality. While you’ll find a big jump in prices when visiting most sandwich shops in the ... read more

  • Hoang Ty
    3.5 stars

    Street food in a restaurant

    72 Vo Van Tan, District 3
    T: (08) 3930 5210

    While most street food in Saigon could almost be classified as fast food, where you sit down and pretty much immediately start eating, some dishes from the streets make you work a little harder: banh trang is a case in point. ... read more

  • Com Tam Ba Ghien
    3.5 stars

    City famous grilled pork chop over rice

    Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3846 1073

    Hidden away down a sidestreet in Saigon’s Phu Nhuan district, Com Tam Ba Ghien is known far and wide for their specialty com tam suon, or a pork chop served over broken rice. About a 20-minute taxi ride out of downtown, eating at this street spot will require you to overlook some grungy ... read more

  • Cha Ca La Vong
    3.5 stars

    Saigon's version of a northern specialty

    3-5 Ho Xuan Huong, District 3
    T: (08) 3930 5674

    Cha ca, a fish dish of legendary reputation made famous by the Cha Ca La Vong restaurant in Hanoi, has been listed as one of the 1,001 dishes to eat before you die. If you’re in Vietnam though, you don’t have to go all the way to Hanoi to get a taste; a restaurant of the same name and owned and ... read more

  • Nhu Lan Bakery
    3.5 stars

    Tasty food at street-cart prices without sacrifici

    50 Ham Nghi, District 1
    T: (08) 3829 2970

    Located in the shadow of the Bitexco Financial Tower, the Nhu Lan Bakery is a favourite among locals and tourists. Many people come to this bakery because it offers tasty food at street-cart prices without sacrificing cleanliness. The menu includes many Vietnamese standards, including sandwiches, ... read more

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    Pho 24
    2.5 stars

    Fast pho

    9 Phan Chu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 8848 0807

    With many locations across Saigon, Pho 24 is basically the pho version of fast food. With many locations across Saigon, Pho 24 is basically the pho version of fast food. With a simple menu offering a variety of pho styles, and a limited selection of other Vietnamese dishes, you'll find an ... read more

Korean and Japanese

  • Sushi Ko
    4 stars

    Streetside sushi

    122/37/15 Vinh Khanh, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (012) 2256 8152

    When you think of Saigon street food, you might think of a steaming bowl of pho or hu tieu or perhaps a few banh bao, direct from the bamboo steamer. Now you can add in sushi, thanks to Sushi Ko. ... read more

  • Sushi Bar
    4 stars

    Setting the standard in Saigon sushi

    2 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3823 8042

    Situated on the busy intersection of Le Thanh Ton and Ton Duc Thang, The Sushi Bar has been the standard by which all other Saigon sushi is measured. Open since 1999, the consistent quality delivered by the Sushi Bar has made it a favourite among locals, expats and tourists alike. ... read more

  • Asian Kitchen
    4 stars

    A hidden gem in backpacker land

    185/22 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
    T: (08) 3836 7397

    A simple looking restaurant in the crowded backpacker district, Asian Kitchen is a hidden gem for budget conscious travellers. Located down a quiet alley, they offer typical Japanese cuisine and ice-cold beer. The food isn't the most authentic in town, but it is tasty. Staff are extremely ... read more

  • Sushi in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Need a sushi fix?

    Although it would be blasphemous to eat anything other than Vietnamese food on a short trip to Saigon, a longer stay may eventually require a sushi fix — as Ho Chi Minh City offers plenty of affordable, high-quality spots around town. ... read more

  • Tokyo Deli
    3.5 stars

    Does not disappoint.

    240 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 5402 1133

    Just a half block away from the Ben Thanh market on Le Thanh Ton, Tokyo Deli may have one of the most convenient locations in Saigon for a traveller in search of Japanese cuisine. ... read more

  • Seoul House
    3.5 stars

    One of the first Korean restaurants in Saigon

    33 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3829 4297

    One of the first and only Korean restaurants in the city, Seoul House has been on the move. In its latest location it continues to attract customers because of its full service Korean menu, offering hot pots, grilled meat, and its ever popular kim chi tofu soup. For those ordering a meat dish, ... read more

Other Asian

  • Tandoor
    4 stars

    Prime location and very popular

    74/6 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3930 4839

    One of Saigon's original Indian restaurants, Tandoor still delivers quality food at comparatively low prices. Featuring both northern and southern dishes it has something for everyone, including a large selection of vegetarian options. It doesn't have the best Indian food in the world, or Saigon ... read more

  • Spice Restaurant
    4 stars

    Over 100 traditional Thai dishes

    27 Le Quy Don, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3930 7873

    Open since 2003, ornately decorated Spice Restaurant delivers authentic Thai cuisine just off the beaten path in District Three. The menu contains almost a hundred traditional dishes covering the gamut of Thai foods. Hot pots here are very popular as is the barbecue, which they give you the option ... read more

  • Mai Thai
    4 stars

    Authentic Thai

    19 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3821 2920

    Tucked away on a street populated with mostly Western fare, the cosy two-story Mai Thai is a great find. Traditionally decorated right down to staff dressing in Thai style clothing — this is one of the few restaurants in Saigon delivering authentic Thai cuisine. With a large menu covering the ... read more

  • Golden Elephant
    4 stars

    Best Thai in town

    34 Ha Ba Trung, District 1
    T: (08) 3822 8554

    Located close to the middle of downtown, the Golden Elephant serves up some of the best Thai food in Saigon. The themed decor, including pictures of the Thai royal family, and warm yellow walls make for an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. The menu offers a wide range of dishes, from curries ... read more

  • Monsoon Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Great Thai food

    1 Cao Ba Nha, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 6290 8899

    If you’re a food lover, then Saigon is a great spot to spend some time, with restaurants down every alley and on every street. You may, however, struggle to find in HCMC any variety in Southeast Asian cuisine. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants around town, but if ... read more

  • Alibaba
    3.5 stars

    Tasty food in an ordinary setting

    43 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1
    T: (08) 3829 9033

    One of the older Indian restaurants in Saigon, Alibaba offers a large selection of reasonably priced dishes. While the decor and overall feel of the building leaves something to be desired, Alibaba does deliver some tasty food, including a variety of curries and vegetarian dishes. Their flat ... read more

Cafes and coffee

  • Up Cafe
    4 stars

    Cafe on its head

    269 Nguyen Trung Tuyen, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3845 2155

    Literally turning convention upside down, Up Cafe is an unexpected score among Saigon's cafes. Just a short 10-minute drive from downtown, the cafe's made itself the most unique in the city by flipping everything over. Light fixtures and paintings are turned upside down, a full dining set is on the ... read more

  • Sozo
    4 stars

    Helping a good cause rarely tastes this good.

    176 Bui Vien, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (09) 5870 6580

    One of the more ‘feel good' establishments in Saigon, Sozo is a small cafe that employs disadvantaged youth to teach them English and work skills. All profits received from the sale of delicious American-style coffee, muffins and cookies goes back to the training and education of the staff. The ... read more

  • Bobby Brewers
    4 stars

    The only cafe that doubles as a cinema

    45 Bui Vien, District 1
    T: (08) 3920 4090

    When the humidity goes up and the mercury rises, doing anything outdoors in Ho Chi Minh City can be unbearable. When I can no longer stand the punishment I often find myself ducking into one of the city’s numerous cafés. Bobby Brewers, one of my favourites, has a few locations scattered about ... read more

  • Saigon's best cafes
    3.5 stars

    So many to choose from

    One thing’s for sure, Saigon loves its coffee. You can find a café on any given block in the city — more than likely, there will be more than one. Like most major cities, Ho Chi Minh City has its fair share of chain coffee houses, such as Highlands Coffee and Coffee Bean, but you may want to ... read more

  • Saigon's top cupcakes
    3.5 stars

    A big deal for some.

    I might be addicted to red velvet cupcakes. I spent a summer in New York, where cupcakes are a big deal, and I got hooked. Then, all of a sudden, cupcakes started becoming a big deal everywhere: now weddings have cupcakes instead of regular cakes, and cupcake bakeries have popped up all over, even ... read more

  • More of Saigon's best cafes
    3.5 stars

    Plenty to choose from.

    There are probably thousands of cafés in Saigon. Seriously. Yesterday, while walking around the Crescent, I counted five cafes on just one corner. It’s crazy! I’ve already written about my selections for Saigon’s best cafes. While I would say that these are still some of the cream of the ... read more

  • L'Usine
    3.5 stars

    Pleasant cafe perched in an upstairs loft

    151 Dong Khoi, 1st floor District 1, Saigon
    T: (08) 6674 3565

    Tucked away down a tight alley in the heart of Saigon, one of the city’s most pleasant cafes perches in an upstairs loft. Only a short walk from most of the city’s major sites, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House, L’Usine is a quiet oasis. Although it’s on the major ... read more

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    Highlands Coffee
    3.5 stars

    Chain cafe VN style

    7 Cong Truong, District 1
    T: (08) 3822 5017

    Highlands Coffee is the Vietnamese version of a Western chain coffee establishment. With several locations in various prime locations throughout the city, Highlands Coffee is the Vietnamese version of a Western chain coffee establishment. More budget friendly than its Western competitors, the menu ... read more

French

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    Le Jardin
    4 stars

    Simple fresh-tasting fare

    31 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3825 8465

    Around the back of the French Cultural Centre, Le Jardin gives you a choice between sitting in the garden area outside or the cosy dining area inside. Around the back of the French Cultural Centre, Le Jardin gives you a choice between sitting in the garden area outside or the cosy dining area ... read more

  • La Fourchette
    4 stars

    One of Saigon's best French restaurants

    9 Ngo Duc Ke, District 1
    T: (08) 3829 8143

    Frequented by French expats and tourists, which is always a good sign, the nearly two decades' old La Fourchette has established itself as one of Saigon's best French restaurants. The wood panelled dining area is small, but still comfortable, and adds to the warm, homely atmosphere. A good spot ... read more

  • The Refinery
    4 stars

    Classy and intimate

    74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3823 0509

    A French-style bistro tucked into a plant-heavy courtyard close to the Park Hyatt, the Refinery with its limited but classy decoration lends an intimate feel. While it doesn't possess the longest menu in the city The Refinery does have a good variety of light cafe fare, such as salads and ... read more

Other Western

  • Warda
    4 stars

    Uniquely Middle Eastern

    71/7 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1
    T: (08) 3823 3822

    Hidden at the end of a dark alley jam-packed with other restaurants, Warda sets the mood with its Arabic decor of arches and lanterns. Whether you sit in the outdoor dining area or in the restaurant's ample interior space you will experience an atmosphere that is uniquely Middle Eastern. The food ... read more

  • Amigo Grill
    4 stars

    One of Saigon's best steakhouses

    55 Nguyen Hue, District 1
    T: (08) 3824 1248

    With beef imported from Australia and America, Amigo Grill has earned a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in Saigon. Here you get to pick from a variety of premium cuts, cooked to order, with your choice of marinade and side. The beef is truly delicious in a city where it can be tough to ... read more

  • Frozen yoghurt in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Over the past couple of months temperatures have been rising in Saigon; this usually isn’t much of an issue because there are so many ice cream shops… but now that I’m planning to run a half marathon I need to start eating a little healthier. So I’ve switched from ice cream to frozen ... read more

  • Saigon ice cream
    3.5 stars

    Cool off

    It’s usually pretty warm in Saigon — even the early mornings of December and January rarely dip below 20 degrees Celsius — but the last couple of weeks here have been hot! We’re only in March; things are going to get even hotter over the next month. If you’re walking around the city when ... read more

  • Desserts in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Sweet lovelies.

    Saigon is a town for food lovers, and although it is better known for its pho, there’s no shortage of great shops for you to visit after dinner (or before because remember life is short) selling delicious, sweet treats. If you have a sweet tooth, here are some places you can go for dessert. ... read more

  • Saigon's best Western restaurants
    3.5 stars

    A few to choose from

    If you’ve been travelling for an extended period, you may hanker for a taste of the West rather than chowing down on local cuisine for yet another meal. In the last year Ho Chi Minh has been flooded with fast food joints, but if you’re craving a meal that reminds you of home — you don’t ... read more

  • Pizza in Saigon
    3.5 stars

    Grab a slice

    If you’ve tired of Saigon’s street food and you’ve a hankering for some decent pizza, the city has more than just the big chains — here’s where to head. ... read more

  • Pizza 4P's
    3.5 stars

    Inventive wood-fired pizzas

    8/15 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 9838, 0120 789 4444

    In a previous post on cupcakes, I mentioned that I spent some time in New York; I came away from the city with a love for good cupcakes, but for great pizza as well. Pizza could be one of the greatest foods ever, but for all the good pizza that exists there is also terrible pizza. If you’re ... read more

  • Black Cat
    3.5 stars

    Some of the best burgers in the city

    13 Phan Van Dat
    T: (08) 3829 2055

    While I could eat bun bo hue or banh cuon all the time, there are times in Saigon that I miss the occasional meal from my Western world. For example, being that my port of origin is in the United States I think that somewhere deep down in my soul I was bred to enjoy a good hamburger. HCMC isn’t ... read more

  • Scott and Binh's
    3.5 stars

    A a solid, home-cooked meal in District 7

    15-17 Cao Trieu Phat, District 7, Ho Chi MInh City
    T: (09) 4890 1465

    While you won’t struggle to find delicious, Vietnamese food every which way you turn in HCMC, a prolonged trip on the road can make you miss a solid, home-cooked meal. If you have a craving for Western cuisine, take a trip out of District 1 to Scott and Binh’s in District 7. ... read more

  • Stella
    3.5 stars

    If suffering from rice overload

    119-121 Bui Vien, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3836 9220

    Sitting in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Stella, or the New Stellar depending on which sign you’re reading, is a standout restaurant serving Italian and Vietnamese cuisine on a street where there is no shortage of competition. ... read more

  • Jaspas
    3.5 stars

    International fusion

    33 Dong Khoi, District 1
    T: (08) 3827 0931

    Sitting on the corner of busy Dong Khoi, Jaspas grabs your attention with its bright yellow walls. The thick menu is a diverse fusion of international cuisine including pizza, pasta, steaks and burgers. They also have one of the better kids' menus in town and paper tablecloths for children and the ... read more

  • Skewers
    3.5 stars

    Mediterranean in Saigon

    9A Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3822 4798

    With terracotta floors and antiques lining the walls, Mediterranean-styled Skewers is great for a romantic dinner. Their authentic menu provides favourite dishes, such as falafel and spanakopita, and a variety of choices of meat skewers, including a delicious lamb one. Watching the open-air ... read more

  • Margherita
    3.5 stars

    An older haunt for the expat crowd

    175/1 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
    T: (08) 3837 0760

    An older haunt for the expat crowd, family-run Margherita has a longstanding reputation as one of the best deals in Pham Ngu Lao. Most popular for its excellent pizza and pasta, which is some of the best in the city, the menu also has a variety of seafood, vegetarian, Vietnamese, and Tex-Mex ... read more

  • Al Fresco's
    3.5 stars

    Jumbo ribs

    19-21 Mac Dinh Chi, District 1
    T: (08) 3823 8424

    Even though you may be surrounded by a load of delicious local food in Saigon, sometimes you just want a pizza or hamburger; if that’s the case, it might be time to find the nearest Al Fresco’s. ... read more

  • Phatty's
    3 stars

    Classic sports bar and grill

    46-48 Ton Than Thiep, District 1
    T: (08) 3821 0796

    A classic sports bar and grill, Phatty's is a favourite haunt of expats. With several large TVs playing everything from football to cricket to tennis, sports lovers should feel right at home with the friendly and uproarious atmosphere. The menu contains the regulars of your average sports bar, ... read more

Bars

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    Chill Skybar
    4 stars

    Pricey drinks but oh what a view

    AB Tower, 76 Le Lai, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3827 2372

    Chill Skybar offers a gorgeous view of Ho Chi Minh City from 26 storeys, though the panorama comes at a price with some of the most expensive cocktails in the city. ... read more

  • Saigon's top rooftop bars
    3.5 stars

    Saigon is filled with bars, and it seems like new bars pop up everyday. There are all kinds of bars in the city: bars with live music, bars with trivia, pubs, taverns, and even a saloon. Quite a few rooftop bars are also sprinkled throughout the city. These happen to be my favourite, because there ... read more

  • Saigon ladies' nights
    3.5 stars

    There are places in Southeast Asia that have some pretty sweet deals on drinks. Thailand has their buckets, Hanoi has some cheap beer on the street, and Saigon is no different. While HCMC has some cool rooftop bars, and cheap drinks in general, an additional thing to keep an eye out for — at ... read more

  • Saigon Pub Crawl
    3.5 stars

    31 Ly Tu Trong St. D.1
    T: (08) 3824 3483

    Besides having cafes and street food, Saigon also has a fair share of bars and clubs, I guess you need something to do once the cafes close. Since there are so many bars sometimes it can be hit and miss to find a place with people without walking all over town. The best way is to try an event ... read more

  • Drinking beer in Saigon's Pham Ngu Lao
    3.5 stars

    In Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao you won’t have to walk far to find an ice cold beer. However, in hopping from one bar to another, you’ll quickly notice that prices vary widely from establishment to establishment. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find where, and how much you ... read more

  • iBox Karaoke
    3.5 stars

    Karaoke that is worth the drive

    Third floor, SISC Buliding, 29-31 9A Street, District 8
    T: (08) 5431 9111

    Karaoke is a popular pastime in Asia (Bangkok and Hanoi for instance), and Saigon is no different. In fact, if you spend much time cruising the streets at night, you will quickly see that karaoke is one of the more popular activities in Ho Chi Minh City. Luckily for me, I love to sing and I’ve ... read more

  • Alto Heli Bar
    3.5 stars

    Great view of Saigon's skyline.

    52nd floor, Bitexco Financial Tower 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 6291 8752

    Bitexco Financial Tower is in a league of its own when it comes to Saigon’s skyline. When the tower first opened, the only way to the higher floors without paying rent was to hit Skydeck, Bitexco’s high-priced 50th floor observation room. Now you have more options, one of which is grabbing a ... read more

  • Go2
    3.5 stars

    Pricey but popular

    187 De Tham, District 1
    T: (08) 3836 9575

    Across the street from the Crazy Buffalo sits Go2, a 24-hour establishment. Due to its late hours drinks cost more than your average Pham Ngu Lao bar and food is also pricier. The first floor is a standard sit-down bar where you can grab a typical Western meal and listen to rock music, while the ... read more

  • Crazy Buffalo
    3.5 stars

    Never closes

    212 De Tham, District 1
    T: (08) 3836 9946

    With its giant, and iconic, blazing buffalo sign, it is hard to miss the Crazy Buffalo, a landmark of Saigon's backpacker area. Posing as a simple Western-style bar and restaurant by day, at night it really comes alive, where the dance party on the third floor can last all night. While the ... read more

  • Vasco's
    3.5 stars

    Popular party spot

    The Square 74/7D Hai Ba Trung, District 1
    T: (08) 3824 2888

    The anchor of Ha Ba Trung 74 square, Vasco's is a popular party venue for expats and tourists. It has an outdoor terrace area below with an air-con section, and the bar above is complete with a stage ready for live music and DJs. Downstairs is typically populated with French expats freely ... read more

  • The Drunken Duck
    3.5 stars

    Sports lover pitstop

    58 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 3915 2853

    With a creative cocktail menu featuring such creations as The Duckinator and a sports bar atmosphere, the Drunken Duck is the place for sports lovers to unwind after a long day sightseeing. With several TVs playing various live sporting events and a pool table downstairs, you may forget you're in ... read more

  • Apocalypse Now
    3.5 stars

    One of Saigon's most famous bars

    2C Thi Sach, District 1
    T: (08) 3825 6124

    Extremely popular among, and catered toward, Western tourists, Apocalypse Now is one of the oldest and most famous bars in Saigon. Known affectionately as Apo by locals and expats, on any given night you can expect a large crowd, throughout the two-storey building, with a healthy mix of tourist ... read more

Live music

  • Sax n' Art
    4.5 stars

    One of our favourites

    28 Le Loi, District 1
    T: (08) 8822 8472

    With a smooth, laidback atmosphere and easy listening, there may be no better spot in Saigon to relax than Sax n' Art. If you're a fan of jazz music, there is really no other spot in town to get your fix. From 21:00 to midnight the owner, Tran Manh Tuan, plays jazz saxophone with his house band ... read more

  • Acoustic
    4.5 stars

    One of the top live music venues in Saigon

    6E1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3
    T: (08) 3930 2239

    Tucked down a back alley just outside District 1, Acoustic is one of the top live music venues in Saigon. With nightly rock 'n' roll themed music acts, consisting of both local and international musicians, you are always sure to find a crowd whenever you visit. Acoustic is small and seats can ... read more

  • Thi Cafe
    4 stars

    The perfect place to escape techno

    224 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    T: (08) 2210 2929

    A standout among a packed crowd in Saigon's backpacker area, Thi Cafe offers decent food, cheap drinks and free nightly entertainment. It is home to a light menu of standard Western bar food, with some surprising tasty Tex-Mex dishes, and drinks that are much cheaper than most of the neighbours. ... read more

  • Hard Rock Cafe
    4 stars

    Expensive but a good venue

    Kumho Asiana Plaza, 39 Le Duan, District 1
    T: (08) 6291 7595

    Filled wall to wall with rock 'n' roll memorabilia, the Hard Rock Cafe exists as an all in one bar, restaurant and live music venue with one of the bigger band stages in the downtown area. The large centre stage plays host to live music every night of the week, but the music comes with a ... read more

  • Live music in Ho Chi Minh City
    3.5 stars

    After a few nights out on the Saigon club scene, you may grow tired of the recycled house beats and ringing in your ears. An alternative? Checking out one of the many live music venues the city has to offer. Live bands, classical music, jazz: Ho Chi Minh has something for everybody. ... read more

Nightclubs

  • Lush
    4 stars

    A sleek, modern club

    2 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
    T: (09) 1863 0742

    Lush is a sleek, modern club with manga-inspired wall graphics. The inside features lounge-style seating both downstairs, wrapping tightly around the bar, and making for hard navigation during crowded nights, and in the small upstairs area. For a more relaxed experience, especially on crowded ... read more

  • Saigon's best nightclubs
    3.5 stars

    Saigon has an active and relatively cheap nightlife. If you’re wound up from your travels and want to unwind, you’ll find plenty of places where you can get the party started; here are a few places to kick back. ... read more



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