• Mary Ann Issac

Where to eat in Ho Chi Minh City

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Ho Chi Minh City is a foodie’s paradise offering delectable local street food, and wide range of cuisines to try when you need a break from Vietnamese food!

Here are some of the restaurants that you should try when you are in Saigon!

1. Five Oysters

Located in Bui Vien Walking street, this is a great spot for a Vietnamese dinner. Ask to sit on the rooftop, facing the street, so you don’t miss any of the action on the street!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls from Five Oysters

Address: 234 Bui Vien, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

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Check out my Food Guide to Vietnam which explains what all the most popular food is, and will make it easier for you to order food in Vietnam!

Check out my guide to the day trips from Ho Chi Minh City!

2. Italiani’s

This cozy place serves great Italian fare- I ate here twice!

Pork ribs rubbed with pesto from Italiani's

Address: 290 Ly Tu Trong, Phuong Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

3. October

Another great Italian place; this is near Ben Thanh market.

Address: 31B Thu Khoa Huan, Phuong Ben Thanh, Quan 1 Ho Chi Minh

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4. Chuck’s Burger

Check this place out for a good burger. You can customise your burger to add everything you want!

They have 2 locations:

Address: 71 Pasteur, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

196 Le Lai, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

5. Barbecue Garden

I loved the barbecue plate on the table- if you visit get something to barbecue!

Address: 134 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

6. Maison Marou Saigon

The place to go to for your chocolate fix in Saigon!

Address: 167-169 Calmette, Phuong Nguyen Thai Binh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

7. Little Hanoi Egg Coffee

This is a great place for breakfast, and it has lovely decor-walls are covered with pictures of war heroes and the people of Vietnam.

There are 2 locations.

Address: 212 Le Lai, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

165 Bui Vien, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

Avocado, egg, & bacon toast from Little Hanoi Egg Coffe

8. Hanoi

(i forgot the exact name of this place-it is ‘Hanoi’ something)

The coconut coffee here was really good.

But the egg coffee here was TERRIBLE! Though they have a board outside saying their egg coffee is recommended by CNN. They served it to me at room temperature! It was horrible. I took one sip, and left it there. Please get your egg coffee hot or cold (though I haven’t tried the cold version), but never try it at room temperature. I almost puked.

Coconut coffee-yum!

Address: 4th or 5th floor Cafe Apartments, 42 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

9. Partea English Tea Room

Such a cute tea room! When in the Cafe Apartments, it is a must visit! A perfect place for cute pictures!

Address: 4th Floor Cafe apartments, 42 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

10. Dosh

Good coffee & donuts with a fab view of Nguyen Hue down below.

Address: 3rd Floor, Cafe apartments, 42 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

11. Flat White

A cozy cafe that serves good egg coffee!

(but it is a little different from the original egg coffee. They serve the coffee mixed with the egg, versus serving it in 2 layers. So if you are apprehensive of trying the original, this will be a good initiation to it.)

Address: 274 Ly Tu Trong, Phuong Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh

12. The Workshop

Located on the 2nd or 3rd floor (can’t remember ) of an old apartment- a good place to relax after walking about all day.

Address: 27 Ngo Duc Ke street, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

13. Mr. 8 Coffee

Cozy cafe that serves a good egg coffee! I came here many times for the egg coffee.

There are 2 locations

Address: 74e Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho chi Minh

2 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Phuong Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

Egg coffee from Mr. 8 Coffee

14. Cheo Leo Cafe

Famous for being the oldest coffee house in Saigon, go here if you want to see how coffee was prepared back in the day-it is a no frills location frequented mostly by locals, and a few tourists who come for the experience. It is not near any tourist landmark, I went all the way just to check it out.

The coffee is good, and so was the music, so I had a good time here. I had their coconut coffee, which they serve only on weekends.

Address: 109-36 Nguyễn Thiện Thuật, Phường 2, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh

15. Tomatito Saigon- Tapas Bar

This is one heck of a tapas bar, but fairly pricey. It is located above Marou. The food is amazing, and so is the decor.

Address: 171 Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

16. La Habana

For a more affordable tapas experience, visit this restaurant- good food, and always crowded. They also have great deals on alcohol during happy hour.

Address: 152 Lê Lai, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

17. Soya Garden

If you are looking to try organic Soya milk, this is the place to try it.

Address: 325 Lý Tự Trọng, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

18. Pho Hoa Pasteur

Known for its amazing Pho, this Vietnamese place won’t disappoint!

Address: 260C Pasteur, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000

19. The Deck

Dine on the bank of the Mekong-a place to visit for a beautiful sunset!

Address: 38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, St, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh 10000, Vietnam

20. Nhu Lan

If you want to to try traditional Vietnamese sweets and bakes, try this place. It isn’t frequented by tourists at all. I happened to try something as I passed by, and I really liked it. I went back a few days later to buy more! But the staff don’t speak english- so you can use google translate, or just pick some random thing to try!

They also make a great Banh Mi, I’ve heard.

Address: 363-365, 367 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh

21. Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Visit for a gourmet burger experience with a good, refreshing pint of beer! The burgers here are amazing!

Burger & Fries at Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Address: 144 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 70000

22. Une Journée a Paris

Try the French desserts here! So good!

Address: 234 Le Thanh Ton, Phuong Ben thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

23. Somtum Der

A good Thai restaurant!

Address: 136 Pasteur district 1 ben Nge ward, 1st Floor, Ho Chi Minh, Hồ Chí Minh 710022

24. Mochi Sweets

For fresh Mochi, there is no better place!

It is Located inside Takashimaya.

Address: 92-94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

25. L’Usine

For a cool cafe-boutique experience, check this place out!

There are 3 locations

Address: 151 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

70B Le Loi Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

19 Le Thanh Ton Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

26. Tous Les Jours

For simple, good, baked goods to grab in a hurry, this is your place.

There are multiple locations.

Address: 59 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh,

6 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh,

27. Runam Bistro

Good food, and amazing decor- a great place to unwind!

Address: 2-4-6, Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

42 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

28. Pizza 4Ps

Extremely popular pizza place in Vietnam- they have so many branches!

This is a chain, you can go to any location.

Address: 8 Thu Khoa Huan, Phuong Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh

29. Paul

The famous Paul bakery is here in Saigon! And just as I remember. it, perfect croissants every time I visited!

It is located inside Saigon Centre.

Almond Croissant from Paul

Address: 65 Đường Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh,

30. La Fiesta

Amazing Mexican food! The portions are huge, so order wisely. The meal ends with a shot of sweet lime & tequila drink.

Address: 33 Đặng Thị Nhu, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

31. M2C Cafe

Near the war remnants museum, this cute cafe serves really good food!

Address: 44B Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Food markets

Food markets are great to try a range of cuisines. Here are some that I went to.

32. Asiana Food Town

A food court with a great variety of south asian cuisines to choose from.

Address: 4 Phạm Ngũ Lão Khu B công viên 23/9, Quận 1,

33. Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh market serves a range of Vietnamese food- a great place to try a little of everything to figure out what you want to eat the rest of the trip!

Address: Chợ, Đường Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

34. Ben Thanh Street Food Market

This crowded market is very popular with tourists, and is right outside Ben Thanh Market. There are food stalls serving a wide range of south asian cuisine.

Address: 26-28-30 Thủ Khoa Huân, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

35. Eat everywhere else too!

You will see pushcarts with vendors selling all kinds of things-you have to try some food from them too. I ate a lot from the local vendors on the street. The most I had were the juices and smoothies-they were good every time! Don’t shy away from the push carts, look at the ones that are busy, or look at their food to see if they seem fresh, and just eat! It’s cheap, it’s delicious, and you are helping the local community!

Hope this list helps you decide where to eat in Ho Chi Minh City. Let me know your thoughts if you visit any of these places!


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