THE 15 BEST RESTAURANTS IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

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

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As part of our guide khổng lồ Saigon, Vietnam giới is Awesome has put together a danh sách of 9 must-try best restaurants in Ho Chi Minch City in no order of preference. Get ready to liông xã your chops.

Vietnamese cuisine restaurants

When in Vietphái nam, eat Vietnamese food! Yes, you can always eat your fill of yummy street food (và we will get khổng lồ that later), but sometimes you prefer to visit a place that offers a range of Vietnamese cuisine (street food stores tkết thúc to lớn sell one type of food), where you can sit down comfortably and take your time to lớn 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, và Secret House is tucked away on a small street near Ben Thanh Market. Wooden furniture & a rustic setting makes for a relaxing & laidbaông xã ambiance inside, while traditional Vietnamese music plays in the background.

On the thực đơn, all three restaurants offer a wide range of popular Vietnamese dishes, regional specialties as well as popular street snacks. Be sure khổng lồ 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 bring foreign visitors for a delightful introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.


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

The dominant religion in Vietphái mạnh is Buddhism, và 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 đô thị. Slightly hard to lớn find, this restaurant is within a courtyard, and upon entering, you will feel like you are visiting a charming trang chính of Saigon"s thắm thiết past. Sit inside on beautiful, delicate, wooden furniture và enjoy the refined vegetarian Vietnamese dishes.

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


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3. Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar

Ngoc Suong is a household name in Ho Chi Minc City which has been revamped by Le Quoc Vinh into Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar, who wanted lớn add a modern touch lớn 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 and injected western culinary touches into lớn the traditional Vietnamese seafood flavours. In 2021, Ngoc Suong Seafood & 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 and 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 và crab mac and cheese for a western dish with a Vietnamese twist.


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Fine dining & 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 sầu restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.

4. Anăn uống Saigon

Anan is named as such as "ăn" in Vietnamese means khổng lồ 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 Vietphái nam, who was then adopted by an American family. Graduating from Yale, & after spending many years as an investment banker in Hong Kong, New York City, and London, Peter turned to his passion for food.

Anan is the winner of The Best Restaurant in Vietnam giới 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 home 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 lớn its roots.

Go for the tasting menu is a safe bet. Otherwise, be sure to try the banh xeo tacos, Dalat pizza with snails, and duông xã goi cuon. We also advise you lớn 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 & 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, và an ever-changing seasonal cuisine with sustainable sourcing".

Fully living up to lớn its clayên ổn, 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 20trăng tròn, it was included in the coveted Asia"s 50 Best Discovery List (2021).

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

On the thực đơn, expect khổng lồ find that every dish is extraordinary. It"s hard to name a favourite dish, but the duông chồng liver parfait, not so mashed potatoes, wood baked camembert, spicy saltháng nori tacos are 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 Tkhô nóng District, Kiyota Sushi Sake serves omakase, a chef"s tasting thực đơn 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 and two tables lớn the side. Be sure to lớn book your seats in advance.

We love sitting at the bar for dinner and watching the chefs produce intricately prepared morsels of delight. Get read to lớn be serve dish after dish of sushi, sashingươi, and some hot dishes.

The menu is based on what seasonal offerings the chefs have sầu on hvà. In the past, we have sầu been treated lớn amazing slices of sashingươi, tender beef cubes, shivering towers of tofu.


7. Sol Kitchen & Bar

Sol is one of the only Latin American restaurants in Saigon. Hidden in plain sight in District 1, you have sầu 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 sầu time on your hands, consider going khổng lồ their District 7 location for pool-side vibes that just cannot be beat.

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

Our favourite dishes include the grilled octopus, cevibịt, carne asada, and of course churros lớn over the meal.


Top Ho Chi Minc 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 Chi Minc City churning out endless dishes for their clientele perched on plastic stools.

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

Street food calls lớn mind crowd favourites such as bun cha, pho, bun thit nuong, fresh spring rolls, banh ngươi, coconut milk filled desserts as well as lesser-known counterparts such as Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm và Cá Kho Tộ. While everyone in Saigon will have sầu 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 mày o moi or lesbian banh ngươi, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa is run by a lesbian couple who offer a LGBTQ+ friendly workplace environment, as important as it is now baông chồng in the 1970s when they first opened.

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


9. Hải Hội Quán (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, and chilli. The dish originates from Hanoi and finding a good bun phụ vương spot in Saigon is not that easy.

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


10. Cơm tnóng Ba Ghiền

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

Cơm tấm Ba Gnhân từ located at Phu Nhuan, is slightly out of the way, và yet is possibly the. most famous place for com tam in Saigon. Ba Ghiền khô 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 sầu. 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 unique Vietnamese food. If you need a caffeine piông xã me up, nip inkhổng lồ Cộng Cà Phê, a Viet Cong inspired chain of cafes for their yummy and refreshing coconut coffee, và kiểm tra out backpacker street for more street food và night life options.

If you"re looking for something fun to lớn do after enjoying Vietnamese cuisine, why don"t you check out Saigon"s 7 Awesome Rooftop Swimming Pools

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

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