That’s the first question we hear whenever we meet people traveling in Vietnam : where to eat in Ho Chi Minh CIty? Of course, there are plenty of restaurants et street food stalls all around the city, but how to find the (very) good ones? When you’re in Saigon for the first time, it can be hard to figure out where to eat. Yet, it would be a shame to miss all the fabulous options awaiting…
Vietnam is known as a fantastic destination for food -and with reasons! The local cuisine is absolutely delicious, with incredible flavours you’ll only find in this country. But it’s not just that : in Saigon, you will also find some incredible vegetarian restaurants as well as Indian, Thai, Italian, French and much more. Prepare for a feast -as your trip in Vietnam might turn around one thing: the food.
Please note that this is not a list of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City -it’s a personal and subjective list of some places we’ve tried and loved since we moved here four months ago. To be updated in the course of our daily discoveries. Also, this is NOT a sponsored post and my opinion is my own.
Where to eat in ho chi minh city ?
From hip brunches to fancy dinners, discover our favourite places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City -so far mainly situated between District 1 and 2. Bon appétit !
yummy Brunch in saigon
L’Usine : Beautiful fruit juices and generous brunches in a stunning industrial arty decor.
Locations : + 151 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1 + 70B Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1 + 24 Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Mekong Merchant : Beautiful menu for one of the most charming brunches in Ho Chi Minh City set in a lovely courtyard.
Location : 23 Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Vintage Emporium : The Instagrammers don’t come here only for the photos opportunities. The food is amazing too.
Locations : 95 Đường Nguyễn Văn Thủ, Đa Kao, Quận 1 + Số 1 Đường số 39, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Quick lunch in saigon
Poke Fresh : Tasty and very refreshing Poke bowls. Perfect when the heat drives you crazy.
Location : 88 Song Hành, An Phú, Quận 2
Street food : Try your luck anywhere in the city, you’ve got street food stalls everywhere around!
Bep Vo : One of the best options if you’re on a budget. Ridiculously cheap and yet very good.
Location : 74/1 Nguyễn Cừ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro : Excellent Pad Thai. Don’t pass on the sticky rice with mango and coconut sorbet. Yum!
Location : 19 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
local restaurants in saigon
An Cafe Saigon : Our top choice for a Bun Thit Nuong in Thao Dien. Inspiring decoration and relaxing atmosphere.
Location : 10 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Quan Bui Garden : Each time we go there, everything we try on the menu is incredibly tasty. Great terrace on the garden.
Location : 55A Ngô Quang Huy, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
River Restaurant : Simple Vietnamese dishes by the peaceful Saigon river.
Location : 199b Bis Nguyễn Văn Hưởng street, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Bún Bò Nam Bộ Bà Bà : An old recipe from the chef’s grandmother and fresh ingredients for a scrumptious Bún Bò.
Location : 76 Nguyễn Thái Bình, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1
Vegan & vegetarian delights in saigon
Hum ! : Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in HCMC so far. Steamed mushrooms in coconut are a must.
Locations : 2, Thi Sach, W.Ben Nghe, Quận 1 + 32, D10, Thao Dien, Quận 2 + 32, Vo Van Tan, W.6, Quận 3
L’Herbanyste : Deliiicious Budddha bowls in a gorgeous villa with a lush garden and a stunning pool. Vegan options.
Location : 215E4 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, Quận 2
108 Eatery : Small place, small menu, big flavours.
Location : 28 Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
western restaurants in saigon
4P’s : Not the best pizzas in Ho Chi Minh City. Probably one of the best in the world though. Their burrata is to die for.
Locations : 8 Thủ Khoa Huân, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1 + 01-02, 6th Floor, Saigon Centre Shopping Mall, 65 Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1 + 48/01 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
La Ch’tite Cuisine : Homemade cuisine from North of France. You don’t go for the decor here, you go for the excellent traditional French dishes.
Location : 2A Đường 39, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Marcel Gourmet Burger : With no hesitation our first choice for a good burger in Saigon.
Location :132 Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1
La Crêperie : When we’re in need for some French vibes, we go for a good old crepe party in La Crêperie.
Location : 16 Đường Số 43, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Cafes & Bakeries in saigon
St Honoré Saigon : Good bread, French pastries as good as in France, beautiful brioche.
Location : 17 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Maison Marou : If you like chocolate… this might be a dangerous place to stop by for you.
Location : 167-169, Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1
Mori Coffee : Excellent coffee in a cosy atmosphere.
Location : 85 Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
[ COMING SOON : 25 of the best cafes in Ho Chi Minh CIty ]
best Indian in saigon
Baba’s Kitchen : We just can’t get enough of their Tikka Masala Fish nor their homemade naans.
Locations : 274 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1 + 242 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Fancy dinner in saigon
The Deck Saigon : Stunning location by the river that makes you feel like you’ve just traveled to Bali, cool lounge music, chic and trendy vibes, excellent food a price range going from reasonable to very fancy.
Location : 38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, St, Quận 2
Bonsai Cruise : Great buffet under the stars, cruising on the water. Read all about our evening on Saigon River here.
Location : 5 Nguyễn Tất Thành, Phường 12, Quận 4
Boat House Restaurant : Excellent dishes in a quiet location, chill’ atmosphere, great for happy hours too.
Location : 40 Lily, APSC Luxury Villa Compound,, 36 Thảo Điền Road, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
kids friendly restaurants in saigon
Snap Cafe : Good snacks and food with a gigantic sandbox and playground for your kids to go crazy.
Location : 32 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Dolce Vita : Definitely the best ice cream around. I dare you to resist the chocolate one.
Location : 74/1C Nguyễn Cừ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
More options on my post Ho Chi Minh City with kids : a family friendly guide.
+ when you get (very) lazy… get delivered!
Most restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City offer delivery, for free or for a very reasonable fee. There are many apps to order your food. We usually go by Vietnammm or Grab Food. You can either pay by credit card or cash when delivered.