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 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Baba's Kitchen

    $$ | District 1 | Indian

    Slap-bang in the heart of the backpacker district, this is a gem of an Indian restaurant, serving a great selection of curries, tandoori, tikka...Read More

  • 4. ID Café

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    One of the front-runners in the new wave of modern Vietnamese cafés that cater to the young switched-on set, ID Café is popular with digital...Read More

  • 5. La Fiesta

    $$ | District 1 | Mexican

    La Fiesta, run by the superengaging American-Vietnamese couple Scott and Duc, will satisfy all your Tex-Mex cravings, whether it's for tacos...Read More

  • 6. Ralf's Artisan Gelato

    $$ | District 1 | Italian

    This Italian-style Gelateria Artigianale has some very Vietnamese ice-cream flavors, including fish sauce and pho. There are more traditional...Read More

  • 7. Scott & Jeremy's

    $$ | District 1 | American

    This is new American comfort food served in a simple but homey setting. Scott & Jeremy's specializes in flavorsome mac 'n' cheese, burgers...Read More

  • 8. Soul Burger

    $$ | District 1 | Burger

    One of Saigon's hidden gems, run by Chicago lad Gabe Boyer, who was runner-up in the second series of Next Iron Chef Vietnam, Soul Burger...Read More

  • 9. Monsoon Restaurant and Bar Saigon

    $$ | District 1 | Asian

    Take a culinary tour of Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia within the confines of this stylish-yet-relaxed restaurant that offers...Read More

  • 10. 27 Grill

    $$$$ | District 1 | International

    With service that's usually as sleek as the interior design, 27 Grill, associated with the glitzy Chill Bar on the 26th floor, has the best...Read More

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