Ho Chi Minh City Restaurants

Dining options in Ho Chi Minh City run the gamut from fine dining in secluded air-conditioned splendor to sidewalk eateries where the food is cooked in makeshift open-air kitchens. The dynamism and energy of the city is reflected in a dining scene bursting with international options and a host of fusion choices in between.The ci
Dining options in Ho Chi Minh City run the gamut from fine dining in secluded air-conditioned splendor to sidewalk eateries where the food is cooked in makeshift open-air kitchens. The dynamism and energy of the city is reflected in a dining scene bursting with internat
Dining options in Ho Chi Minh City run the gamut from fine dining in secluded air-conditioned splendor to sidewalk eater

Dining options in Ho Chi Minh City run the gamut from fine dining in secluded air-conditioned splendor to sidewalk eateries where the food is cooked in makeshift open-air kitchens. The dynamism and energy of the city is reflected in a dining scene bursting with international options and a host of fusion choices in between.

The city's middle classes love nothing more than descending on the latest dining craze, so do note locals' recommendations and follow the crowds to the latest hotspot. Despite the Saigonese's love for the flashy "new next big thing," there's also a somewhat reluctant loyalty to the French cuisine of their former colonial rulers. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many French restaurants, from casual Parisian-style bistros to the full starched linen and paired wine experience. Most of Ho Chi Minh City's international restaurants are in and around Districts 1 and 3, although there are several excellent options in the expat areas of Districts 2 and 7.

Despite the international offerings, it's the mouthwatering Vietnamese cuisine that remains one of Ho Chi Minh City’s major draws, whether eaten on the street or indoors in a tourist-friendly restaurant—the places with English menus are not always the most authentic, but can be the easiest when it comes to placing an order. But street food and no-frills, family-run restaurants offer incredible value, so after, say, a humble bowl of pho for breakfast and a host of southern specialties for lunch, you can easily justify a splurge for dinner.

Meals are serious business in Ho Chi Minh City, and between noon and 1 pm most office workers and public servants take a lunch break. Dinner is generally served any time after about 6 pm and eating (and drinking) can continue until 1 am or later.

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  • 1. 4P's Pizza

    $$ | District 1 | Pizza

    The centerpiece of this stylish, immensely popular Japanese-owned restaurant is not a sushi bar but a brick oven, and the focus here is Japanese...Read More

  • 2. Anan Saigon

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    Street food–inspired modern Vietnamese cuisine is the focus of multilevel Anan Saigon, the brainchild of talented Vietnamese-American chef Peter...Read More

  • 3. Banh Cuon Hai Nam

    $ | District 3 | Vietnamese

    Always packed with locals, this narrow eatery serves up Ho Chi Minh City's best banh cuon (steamed rice-flour crepes stuffed with minced/ground...Read More

  • 4. Fork Saigon

    $$ | District 1 | Spanish

    A classy little eatery serving up incredibly delicious tapas-inspired "grazing plates" and an eclectic list of daily specials, such as baked...Read More

  • 5. Hoa Tuc

    $$$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    The name translates as opium poppy, and this chic little eatery is in a corner of the former La Manufacture d'Opium, the French-controlled opium...Read More

  • 6. Hum Lounge and Restaurant

    $$ | District 1 | Vegetarian

    Classy surroundings, attentive staff, and amazing cocktails are good reasons to come here, but it's the mouthwatering pan-Asian food that's...Read More

  • 7. Jane's Bistro

    $$$ | District 7 | Italian

    Reservations are essential at this charming 20-seat modern American-Italian restaurant, where guests are treated like friends, not customers...Read More

  • 8. L'Usine

    $$ | District 1 | Café

    Industrial chic meets art house in a colonial villa at this café with a retail space—or fashion boutique and art gallery with a café area, depending...Read More

  • 9. La Villa

    $$$$ | District 2 | French

    An experience rather than a meal, La Villa serves elegant but not pretentious fine French dining on a quiet street in District 2's Thao Dien...Read More

  • 10. Noir

    $$$$ | District 1 | International

    The concept of dining in pitch blackness, served by vision-impaired waiters, has been a huge hit since Noir opened its doors in mid-2014. The...Read More

  • 11. Propaganda

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    Serving what is described as "redesigned" Vietnamese cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients, the sleek and artsy Propaganda does nontraditional...Read More

  • 12. Quan Ut Ut

    $$ | District 1 | American

    This American barbecue joint is wildly popular among locals, who love the tasty ribs, the craft beer, the cheeky menu, and the laid-back vibe...Read More

  • 13. Racha Room

    $$$ | District 1 | Asian

    One of the hippest eateries in town, the Racha Room serves up Thai fusion food as well as artisanal cocktails (prepared by a mixologist imported...Read More

  • 14. Secret House Vietnamese Restaurant and Cafe

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    With a thriving indoor kitchen garden in the center of the restaurant, Secret House evokes the feeling of olden days Vietnamese countryside...Read More

  • 15. Temple Club

    $$$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    The charming and atmospheric Temple Club, which occupies a heritage building that was formerly the guest quarters for the Hindu temple across...Read More

  • 16. The Deck

    $$$$ | District 2 | Contemporary

    A stylish lounge and restaurant on the banks of the slow-flowing Saigon River, The Deck is a place to spoil yourself with sublime seafood-focused...Read More

  • 17. Villa Royale

    $$ | District 2 | Café

    World-class tea, cakes, pastries, and Australian café-style comfort food is served among antiques, objets d'art, and other treasures collected...Read More

  • 18. Villa Royale Downtown Antiques and Tea Room

    $$ | District 1 | Café

    If you'd care to take high tea surrounded by sumptuous European antiques, this place is for you. The decor is amazing—it's all for sale—and...Read More

  • 19. Xu

    $$$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    A posh restaurant-lounge serving traditional Vietnamese food, fine wines, and highly creative cocktails might seem a bit incongruous, but Xu...Read More

  • 20. Au Parc

    $$ | District 1 | Mediterranean

    Midway between the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame cathedral, overlooking the tall trees of April 30 Park, this is a great place to linger...Read More

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