HO CHI MINH CITY FOOD GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT

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Ho chi Minh City, the economic hub of Vietnam, is a vibrant and exciting đô thị with an up-and-coming food scene lớn boot! From street food to lớn fine dining, the gastronomic landscape of Saigon is growing from strength to lớn strength. Vietnamese street food veterans, international chefs, & globalised Viet Kieu foodies have come together to lớn ensure that is always something new khổng lồ try.

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As part of our guide to lớn Saigon, Vietnam is Awesome has put together a các mục of 9 must-try best restaurants in Ho chi Minh thành phố in no order of preference. Get ready lớn lick your chops.

Vietnamese cuisine restaurants

When in Vietnam, eat Vietnamese food! Yes, you can always eat your fill of yummy street food (and we will get to lớn that later), but sometimes you prefer to lớn visit a place that offers a range of Vietnamese cuisine (street food stores tend to sell one type of food), where you can sit down comfortably và take your time khổng lồ enjoy the meal.

1. Secret Garden/Secret House

The Secret restaurant group has beautifully decorated restaurants in convenient locations across district 1. Secret Garden restaurant (Calmette) is located down a small alleyway in the heart of Saigon, Secret Garden (Pasteur) is a rooftop restaurant, and Secret House is tucked away on a small street near Ben Thanh Market. Wooden furniture and a rustic setting makes for a relaxing và laidback ambiance inside, while traditional Vietnamese music plays in the background.

On the menu, all three restaurants offer a wide range of popular Vietnamese dishes, regional specialties as well as popular street snacks. Be sure lớn order the charred claypot rice, caramel-braised pork, fresh spring rolls or goi cuon, grilled pork paste with lemongrass.

This is a great place for lunch or dinner to lớn bring foreign visitors for a delightful introduction lớn Vietnamese cuisine.


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2. Green Papaya, Đu Đủ Xanh (Tiệm Chay / Vegetarian)

The dominant religion in Vietnam is Buddhism, & practitioners of this faith often consume only vegetarian food on the first and the fifteenth day of the lunar month. Thus, you can find a smattering of vegetarian restaurants across Saigon. Green Papaya is one of the hidden gems in Ho chi Minh City.

Just a 15 minute walk from the Independence Palace, Du Du Xanh is at a prime location in the city. Despite that, you will find that it offers a quiet respite from the bustling nature of the vibrant city. Slightly hard khổng lồ find, this restaurant is within a courtyard, & upon entering, you will feel lượt thích you are visiting a charming trang chủ of Saigon"s lãng mạn past. Sit inside on beautiful, delicate, wooden furniture & enjoy the refined vegetarian Vietnamese dishes.

Try innovative và delectable food such as starfruit sour soup, curry brown rice, stir fried rice noodles and more! A great restaurant for a laidback weekend lunch or dinner.


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3. Ngoc Suong Seafood and Bar

Ngoc Suong is a household name in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị which has been revamped by Le Quoc Vinh into Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar, who wanted to showroom a modern touch to his family"s six-decades old group.

One of the few restaurants with live music, this sub-brand is synonymous with cool. Quoc Vinh reimagined the ambience of the dining space & injected western culinary touches into the traditional Vietnamese seafood flavours. In 2021, Ngoc Suong Seafood and Bar was one of only four Vietnamese establishments named in Asia"s 50 Best"s inaugural "Essence of Asia" collection, which recognises some of Asia’s most authentic và diverse dining experiences.

The seafood tower brimming with oysters, crab claws, scallops, prawns, and clams, is a favorite dish amongst customers. Try the fish burger or the shrimp and crab mac & cheese for a western dish with a Vietnamese twist.


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Fine dining and upscale restaurants

Looking khổng lồ wine và dine a special someone? Celebrating a milestone event? Trying to lớn impress international clients? Or simply wanting lớn treat yourself? Look no further, these are three of our favourite fine dining and innovative restaurants in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

4. Anăn Saigon

Anan is named as such as "ăn" in Vietnamese means to eat. Anan is the brainchild of award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin. Born in Vietnam, 12-year-old Peter Cuong Franklin was airlifted out of Saigon by helicopter in 1975, as a child refugee from South Vietnam, who was then adopted by an American family. Graduating from Yale, and after spending many years as an investment banker in Hong Kong, thành phố new york City, và London, Peter turned lớn his passion for food.

Anan is the winner of The Best Restaurant in Vietnam Awards as part of Asia"s 50 Best Restaurants 2021. The inspiration behind Anan is Peter"s birth mother, who used lớn run a restaurant out of their trang chủ in Dalat.

A culinary destination in Saigon, Anan is known for its New Vietnamese Cuisine or "cuisine moi". Peter has reimagined street-food delights, making creations that bind the old with new techniques. The restaurant is located near a wet market in the centre of Saigon, staying true to its roots.

Go for the tasting menu is a safe bet. Otherwise, be sure khổng lồ try the banh xeo tacos, Dalat pizza with snails, & duck goi cuon. We also advise you khổng lồ start off your dinner at their rooftop bar for cocktails served with Vietnamese flavours.


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5. Quince Saigon

Led by acclaimed chefs Julien Perraudin và Charlie Jones, Quince"s website proudly proclaims that they offer "fine dining chất lượng amidst a relaxed atmosphere that delivers the most aromatic dishes accompanied with the rustic charm of home-cooking, & an ever-changing seasonal cuisine with sustainable sourcing".

Fully living up to its claim, Quince Saigon remains at the forefront of foodie hype & has everyone raving over their modern mediterranean fare. Not only was Quince named Vietcetera"s "Restaurant of the Year" in 2020, it was included in the coveted Asia"s 50 Best Discovery danh mục (2021).

Located in a quiet, fairly residential, part of downtown Ho bỏ ra Minh City, Quine Saigon is found amongst a row of quaint shophouses. The interiors are industrial chic and features an xuất hiện kitchen, so you can see the thực đơn magic happen before you.

On the menu, expect khổng lồ find that every dish is extraordinary. It"s hard to name a favourite dish, but the duck liver parfait, not so mashed potatoes, wood baked camembert, spicy salmon nori tacos are đứng top hits.

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Quince restaurant also has a charming bar called Madame Kew upstairs that serves a very decent Negroni. Also, Quince Saigon has a delivery outfit called Staples, with an amazing fried chicken.

Be forewarned that everyone here is dressed to lớn impress.


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6. Kiyota Sushi Sake

This is a sushi bar unlike any other in Saigon town. A hidden gem in the Binh Thanh District, Kiyota Sushi Sake serves omakase, a chef"s tasting menu of small delectable dishes.

A very small restaurant located slightly out of the way of Saigon tourist hotspots, Kiyota Sushi Sake only has bar seating và two tables to the side. Be sure lớn book your seats in advance.

We love sitting at the bar for dinner và watching the chefs produce intricately prepared morsels of delight. Get read khổng lồ be serve dish after dish of sushi, sashimi, & some hot dishes.

The thực đơn is based on what seasonal offerings the chefs have on hand. In the past, we have been treated to lớn amazing slices of sashimi, tender beef cubes, shivering towers of tofu.


7. Sol Kitchen và Bar

Sol is one of the only Latin American restaurants in Saigon. Hidden in plain sight in District 1, you have to lớn clamber up a flight of stairs before entering a bright, open, room filled with comfortable sofa chairs, wicker basket light fixtures, & tonnes of indoor plants. If you have time on your hands, consider going to their District 7 location for pool-side vibes that just cannot be beat.

Founded by Malaysian Chef Adrian Chong, Sol Kitchen and Bar oozes chill & comfort. He calls his thực đơn "fuss-free" và describes it as a marrying of Asian & Tex-Mex flavours. For example, Adrian uses Vietnamese bánh trángto replacecorn tortilla chips,Korean chilliesto replacejalapenos, andcuminto replacerosemary, resulting in a refreshingly new culinary delight.

Our favourite dishes include the grilled octopus, ceviche, carne asada, & of course churros to over the meal.


Top Ho chi Minh city street food haunts

You cannot be in Saigon without having your fill of street food. Street food stalls reign supreme on every corner of densely packed Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị churning out endless dishes for their clientele perched on plastic stools.

Vietnam has a long history of street food starting in late dynastic times, and although street food sellers currently exist in a legal grey area, they very much form the cornerstone of lunch, breakfast, and dinner for many people in the city!

Street food calls to lớn mind crowd favourites such as bun cha, pho, bun thit nuong, fresh spring rolls, banh mi, coconut milk filled desserts as well as lesser-known counterparts such as Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm and Cá Kho Tộ. While everyone in Saigon will have their own opinion on where the best treats can be found, here, we bring you three of our favourite haunts.

8. Banh mi Huynh Hoa

Affectionally known as banh mi o moi or lesbian banh mi, Banh mày Huynh Hoa is run by a lesbian couple who offer a LGBTQ+ friendly workplace environment, as important as it is now back in the 1970s when they first opened.

Bigger than the average banh mi, Banh ngươi Huynh Hoa"s version is packed with pickled vegetables, layers & layers of hams, sausages và pork paté. This huge stuffed loaf is one of the best food to lớn have for an on the go lunch before you visit the nearby Ben Thanh Market, or if you are office workers looking for a quick afternoon bite.


9. Hải Hội tiệm (bún chả)

Bun cha is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork và rich noodle served with a dipping sauce made out of fish sauce, lime, sugar, & chilli. The dish originates from Hanoi and finding a good bun phụ thân spot in Saigon is not that easy.

Hai Hoi quan lại has been rated by born & bred Hanoians as close to the real thing. Located in the expat district of Thao Dien, nhị Hoi quan liêu remains a favourite of the Vietnamese who also live or work in the area. Expect it to lớn be packed during lunch break.


10. Cơm trắng tấm bố Ghiền

Com tam is Saigon"s quintessential dish. The humble com tam is a dish made of broken rice and usually topped off with a barbecued chunk of pork. Our favourite version comes with a sunny up egg sprinkled with spring onions, & some vegetables or soup. The broken rice beautifully soaks up the juices from the meat and sides, & with a dash of fish sauce, it goes down wondrously.

Cơm tấm cha Ghiền located at Phu Nhuan, is slightly out of the way, and yet is possibly the. Most famous place for com tam in Saigon. Ba Ghiền has consistency delivered over the years with the pork chops freshly grilled throughout the day. It is no wonder, they are in no short supply of fans.


What else to eat in Saigon

There is so much good food in Saigon beyond what is listed above. Some other lunch places worth a visit include Pizza 4p"s for their crowd pleasing Japanese-style pizza & pastas, The Refinery, a French bistro opened in a former opium factory, & Mountain Retreat for high quality Vietnamese food. If you need a caffeine pick me up, nip into cùng Cà Phê, a Viet Cong inspired chain of cafes for their yummy và refreshing coconut coffee, and kiểm tra out backpacker street for more street food và night life options.

If you"re looking for something fun to vì chưng after enjoying Vietnamese cuisine, why don"t you kiểm tra out Saigon"s 7 Awesome Rooftop Swimming Pools

We are just as excited as you are to lớn visit our đứng đầu restaurants in Saigon as the government is slowly lifting COVID-19 restrictions. We hope you stay safe và well while having a delicious time.

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Now your juices are flowing và you"re ready get out there & try some good grub, why not check out our 2-day itinerary for Saigon for more on the fantastic foods và activities you can find in this bustling city.