There is nowhere better to immerse yourself in the exquisite flavours of Vietnamese cuisine than right here in Saigon. Saigon is one of Asia’s best kept culinary secrets. The fresh flavours of the local cuisine are a perfect complement to the warm climate. And Saigon's restaurant scene is evolving quickly with a steady stream of new and interesting openings.
Cosmopolitan Saigon attracts residents from all over Vietnam, so it's the best place to experience the amazing regional variations in Vietnamese cuisine between the north, the centre and the south.
If you need a break from Vietnamese cuisine, check out the impressive collection of international restaurants in town. There’s excellent French, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and other options.
You may also want to consider heading out to the expat enclave in District 2 - around 15 minutes by cab from downtown, across the Saigon river. It’s becoming an important hub of international cuisine and it’s also more relaxed than the intensity of District 1. Saigon’s most talked about French restaurant, Trois Gourmand is in D2 as are other worthwhile stops, Lu Bu, The Deck and Mad House.
As a visitor to Saigon, you’ll see plenty of street-side eateries. Some have premises that overflow onto the street. Others are no more than a pushcart and some stools on a street corner. You don’t have to be too game to try a few of these while you’re in town. Go with the local crowds and you’ll be OK.
While street eateries are everywhere, as the city becomes more affluent, Vietnamese cuisine is going indoors. These days, there are lots of very comfortable places to enjoy local food. Our favourites include Bui, Cuc Gach, Secret Garden, Chi Hoa and Hoa Tuc. And as with street eateries, look for the Vietnamese restaurants that attract lots of Vietnamese customers.
Saigon’s cafe scene is one of the most dynamic in South East Asia. Many cafes focus on coffees and teas while a small number also serve respectable inexpensive food. Check out our list of funky Saigon cafes.
A big part of Saigon’s culinary success is its access to the delicious abundance of the Mekong Delta. The delta is the country’s most productive food source, supplying much of Vietnam’s rice, vegetable, fish and fruit intake.
Be sure to take advantage of Saigon’s incredible abundance of fresh tropical fruits.
ALL THE RESTAURANTS MENTIONED HERE ARE INCLUDED IN OUR MAIN SAIGON EATING LISTING.