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Saigon Vietnam giới is a thành phố teeming with motorbikes, coffee và soup. At least that’s what we found during our two-week exploration of the Saigon food scene. Read on if you’re wondering what to eat in Saigon.


With a population exceeding 8 million people, rapidly growing Saigon rumbles with activity on every corner like a machine with chainlike lines of never-ending scooters that streak through some of the busiest intersections in the world.

The Saigon food scene is for real. There’s literally great food on every bloông xã from Southern Vietnamese style Pho khổng lồ what seems khổng lồ be a million variations on bun or rice noodles.

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Regardless of whether you choose to lớn use Saigon or Ho Chi Minc City, you’ll quickly notice that the thành phố loves Banh Mi. You’ll find the Vietnamese submarine sandwiches everywhere – the Banh Mi was invented in Saigon after all. Northern specialties like Banh Cuon are also popular. You will never get bored eating Saigon food!

Saigon vs. Ho Chi Minch CityThough the city’s official name is now Ho Chi Minh City, many in the electric city calls it Saigon. That’s what we Điện thoại tư vấn it too.

If that’s not enough, you can always enjoy a seafood celebration in one of the many seafood halls that seem khổng lồ be everywhere. We encountered one seafood joint with a ginormous king crab lurking in a tank for all to lớn see.

If you’re still wondering where to lớn eat in Saigon – the answer is everywhere.

Saigon Food Experiences Not khổng lồ Miss

Saigon is a great đô thị to lớn sample a wide selection of the best food in Vietnam giới. The city serves up local specialties like Pho on practically every street, but it’s also easy to lớn find a wide selection of traditional Vietnamese food from all over the country.

But where should a tourist start? We won’t pretover to be Saigon cuisine experts after two weeks of eating our way through the city; however, we happily nói qua our favorite ways of eating (& drinking coffee) in this Vietnamese mega-thành phố here.

1. Take a Saigon Food Tour

To us, the best part of the Saigon Street Eats food tour was the picnic lunch at a temple. Tour guide Vu assembled a variety of foods from the market for us to eat al fresteo.

We have an ongoing love-hate relationship with food tours. We love sầu the idea of taking food tours to lớn learn about the culinary aspects of a city while bonding with local experts and like-minded travelers. At the same time, we hate dumbed-down tours that waste our time and bore our taste buds.

We gambled with Saigon Street Eats when we accepted their invitation for their Pho Trail morning food tour. Owned & managed by a food-loving Australian-Vietnamese couple, this tour company falls inlớn the good category of food tours. Co-owner Vu guided us around a non-touristy Saigon neighborhood for pho, market food, sugar cane juice and a temple picnic.

During the tour, Vu shared food & food tips as we wandered with purpose, plus some valuable tips on how khổng lồ cross the city’s busy streets. We won’t tell you exactly where we went as that would just ruin the fun when you take this Ho Chi Minch City food tour yourself.

→ Cliông chồng here to learn more about taking a Saigon street food tour with Saigon Street Eats.

2. Eat Saigon Street Food

This street vendor cooks up a mean Bot Chien. We liked it so much that we came bachồng for seconds.

Some cities like Paris & Tokyo demvà an exploration of their fine dining scenes. Saigon is not one of them.

Sure, Saigon is a big city with its fair nội dung fancy restaurants, but the best way khổng lồ eat in Saigon is by taking it khổng lồ the street. Each block in the đô thị has multiple casual restaurants plus a myriad of vendors serving homespun food right on the sidewalk. Popular Vietnamese street food includes Banh Mi sandwiches & Bot Chien (pictured above).

We found this bowl of Banh Canh on the sidewalk near Maison Marou. Loaded with seafood, wide noodles and mushrooms, it was well worth its cost of around $2 US.

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There are tons of internet lists with recommended street food vendors, but we found our favorite Saigon street food vendors by following our eyes & noses.

Our preferred technique is to lớn see where and what the local crowds are eating và then plop down on a little plastic chair to join them. The risk is low since prices are so reasonable, but the taste rewards are boundless.

3. Slurp Soup

Saigon is a soup city! This bowl includes meat, noodles & a ton of fresh herbs.

In many ways, Saigon serves as a “best of” for Vietnamese cuisine. If you look hard enough & research a Ho Chi Minc food blog or two, you can find all of the country’s specialties done with a Saigon twist.

Soup is no exception khổng lồ this rule. Hanoi may be the original home for Pho, but Saigon does its own sweeter version. How about Bun Bo Hue? Yep, you can easily find this Central Vietphái mạnh favorite in Saigon too.

As an extra bonus, most Saigon soup shops provide copious amounts of fresh herbs lượt thích Thai Basil, Mint, Culantro (a heartier stemmed relative to lớn cilantro) and Rice Paddy Herb. In Saigon, you can also add pickled garlic và a slew of condiments khổng lồ the big bowls of soup.

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4. Graze through a Saigon Market

Vietphái nam is a country with more than its fair share of natural resources, & there’s no better place to check out the bounty of HCMC food options than at a local market. Ben Thanh Market is the city’s most famous market, but we found this huge central market to be touristic và expensive. Instead, we preferred the smaller neighborhood markets which can be found all over the đô thị.

Saigon markets have it all from produce, meat, prepared foods và seafood. Everything is fresh và is intended to lớn be eaten that day.

Pro TipAs fun as it is lớn cửa hàng at the city’s many markets, kiểm tra out high-kết thúc Japanese department store Takashimaya. We shared a big platter of sushi và a tasty custard pastry in Takashimaya’s basement food court for very reasonable prices.

5. Eat Breakfast

The breakfast at Banh Mi Op La may be the best food in Saigon.
As much as we love traditional Vietnamese coffee, sometimes we crave sầu a classic coffee beverage lượt thích this one at L’Usine.

As the biggest thành phố in the world’s second largest coffee bean producing country, Saigon has a lot of coffee shops. And by a lot, we mean thousands if not more.

Locals drink coffee at all times of the day, usually iced và with a lot of condensed milk. Some coffee shops, like Aha Cafe in the bottom of our apartment building, are simple spaces serving coffee và smoothies in a community setting. Liberally sprinkled throughout the đô thị, small coffee shops lượt thích Aha fuel the đô thị with endless cups of strong, sweet coffee.

The Workshop reminds us of our favorite coffee shops around the world with its cool workspace vibe and third wave sầu drinks.

Saigon’s growing coffee shop trover, however, is more upscale with coffee shops like L’Usine and The Workcửa hàng, fitting with the city’s growing artisan food movement. L’Usine’s space includes a thiết kế cửa hàng & restaurant, adding up to lớn an elegant coffee experience. Located on the third floor of an old industrial building, The Workshop provides a more streamlined space with sophisticated coffee drinks.

When we closed our eyes at these two modern coffee shops, we could have sầu been anywhere in the world. We opened them & were happy to be sipping coffee in a Saigon cafe.

Aha Cafe has multiple locations. We drank at the one located at 92 Phạm Ngọc Thach, Phượng 6, Hồ Chí Minch, Vietphái nam.L’Usine is located at 70A-70B-68 Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, quân 1, Ho Chi Minc City, Vietnam.

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The Workcửa hàng is located at 3 / F pq 1, 27 Ngô Đức kẻ, Bến Nghe, Ho Chi Minc City, Vietphái nam.

Things To Do in Saigon

How much Pho can you can slurp in a day? Here are some ideas of what lớn do when you’re not eating in Saigon: