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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Banh Xeo 46A

    $$ | District 3 | Vietnamese

    A no-frills, family-run institution, Banh Xeo 46A is the go-to place for one of southern Vietnam's most cherished culinary creations: banh...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Hoi An Restaurant

    $$$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    Designed to look like a beautiful "ancient house" from Hoi An with a high teak ceiling, dark wooden furniture, and silk lanterns, this restaurant...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 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. Tan Dinh Market street food stands

    $ | District 3 | Vietnamese

    Sample some of Ho Chi Minh City's best street food from the vendors at the front of Tan Dinh Market (Cho Tan Dinh). The bun rieu (noodle soup...Read More

  • 17. Wrap and Roll

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    The flagship of his fabulously named chain (with the tag line "it's only wrap and roll but I like it") does a surprisingly good take on traditional...Read More

  • 18. Café If

    $$ | District 1 | Vietnamese

    In a beautifully renovated French Colonial villa that evokes the romance of a bygone age, Café If serves up MSG-free Vietnamese fare with a...Read More

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