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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Bep Me In

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    Roughly translated as "Mama In's Kitchen," this cute little eatery is tucked down an alley behind the Ben Thanh Market, past a row of nail salons...Read More

  • 7. Cuc Gach

    $$$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    Serving traditional Vietnamese dishes with an emphasis on healthy, environmentally friendly eating, Cuc Gach has succeeded in carving out its...Read More

  • 8. Dtwo Sportspub

    $$ | District 2 | International

    Nonsports fans are fully justified in hanging out in Dtwo Sportspub just for the awesome pub grub, including classic burgers, fish-and-chips...Read More

  • 9. Huong Lai

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    In a prime location on Ly Tu Trong Street, Huong Lai serves up traditional Southern Vietnamese home cooking with a very high feel-good factor...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Loving Hut Hoa Dang

    $$ | District 1 | Vegetarian

    This is a bright and clean vegan restaurant catering to local Buddhists, who are full-time or part-time vegetarians—some just forsake meat twice...Read More

  • 13. Lunch Lady

    $ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    A quirk of fate made the ever-smiling Nguyen Thi Thanh an international television superstar, yet fame has not wrought many changes to her humble...Read More

  • 14. MAD House

    $$ | District 2 | Scandinavian

    Serving northern European food with some local twists in a converted villa with lush gardens, Mad House is the work of two Danish chefs; "mad...Read More

  • 15. Pho Binh

    $ | District 3 | Vietnamese

    Even today, long after the war, you couldn't guess this little pho shop's secret: in an upstairs room here, a resistance cell planned the Ho...Read More

  • 16. Q.itchen Factory

    $$ | District 7 | Spanish

    A new destination dining experience that's well worth the long journey out to the back lots of District 7, this restaurant produces Asian-inspired...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Ryu-Shin Ramen

    $$ | District 1 | Japanese

    In the rabbit warren of alleys that make up Saigon's Little Tokyo, Ryu-Shin does classic ramen and sides, including gyoza, edamame, sho-ju,...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Snap Café

    $$ | District 2 | Café

    Serving a mishmash of international, Tex-Mex, and Vietnamese fare, Snap is a family-oriented café-restaurant with a resort style that seems...Read More

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