An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Ho Chi Minh City, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

Ho Chi Minh City
eating guide

Introduction

Last updated 21 Aug 2017

This independent and handpicked guide to Saigon's best eating was last updated in August 2017. We've tried every place on this list - most of them several times.

 

Saigon is Vietnam’s culinary capital. It offers the best of the country’s delicious regional cuisine, a vibrant street food scene, and some amazing international eating options too. If you love your food, this is one of Asia's great cities. The coffee and cafe scene is pretty special too.

There is nowhere better to immerse yourself in the exquisite, fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. Cosmopolitan Saigon attracts residents from all over Vietnam - the north, the south and centre. So regional cuisines are amply represented.

If you need a break from Vietnamese cuisine, check out the impressive collection of international restaurants in town. There’s delicious contemporary international cuisine as well as French, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and more.

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. Some of the city’s best dining is here. It’s also more relaxed than the intensity of District 1.

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.

We have our own little base in Saigon too - The Old Compass Cafe - right in the heart of town on Pasteur St. Pop by and say hi.

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

The Old Compass Cafe is a little sanctuary of calm in Saigon's chaotic centre.  Stop by for great coffee, a Vietnamese baguette,... Read more

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
3rd Floor 63/11 Pasteur St, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City - down the alley right by Liberty Citypoint Hotel
+84 28 38232969

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Tandoor Restaurant, Saigon

Tandoor is one of Saigon's longest standing Indian restaurants. It's a popular and consistent downtown eatery. Read more

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Tandoor Restaurant, Saigon
39A - 39B Ngo Duc Ke street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 28 39304839

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Bunn Oi noodles, Saigon

Classic Hanoian noodle dishes - bun cha, bun ca, banh cuon, bun nem, and more, in a cosy family run space right downtown.  Read more

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Bunn Oi noodles, Saigon
63 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh City (upstairs) near Liberty Citypoint Hotel

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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon

L'Usine has had a big impact on the Saigon boutique and cafe scene since opening in 2010. So big that there are now 3, as well... Read more

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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon
151 Dong Khoi (1st floor), Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 6674 3565

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Coffee - the best of Saigon's cafes

Saigon's cafe scene is blossoming. This is a guide to specialty coffee in the city - the guys who put coffee front and centre. Read more

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3T Restaurant, Saigon

A classic open air Vietnamese DIY BBQ. Meat and seafood - it’s all here to be cooked by you at your table. It's busy, noisy, fun... Read more

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3T Restaurant, Saigon
29-31 Ton That Thiep, 2nd floor Dist.1 Ho Chi Minh City

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4P's Pizza, Saigon

4P's is a pizza place with a difference - it's Japanese. It's a roaring success in Saigon - so much so that in 2016, they've... Read more

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4P's Pizza, Saigon
8/15 Lê Thánh Tôn Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84-120-789-4444

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5ku Station restaurant, Saigon

5 Ku Station is a pop-up, DIY barbecue in central Saigon - good for a relaxed outdoor dinner over a couple of cold beers. Read more

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5ku Station restaurant, Saigon
29 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84907775487

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Atelier Des Reves Restaurant, Saigon

It’s a bit of a hike from downtown Saigon, but Atelier Des Reves is well worth the effort. A young Vietnamese couple, fresh back... Read more

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Atelier Des Reves Restaurant, Saigon
20/5 Kỳ Đồng St, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3526 1518

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Au Parc Cafe, Saigon

A popular shophouse-style Mediterranean cafe in a great location, overlooking a colonial era green space. It’s close by the... Read more

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Au Parc Cafe, Saigon
23 Han Thuyen St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3829 2772

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Bang Khuang Cafe, Saigon

Bang Khuang is a mellow little retro cafe hidden away in an old apartment block in the heart of Saigon. Good juices and coffee,... Read more

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Bang Khuang Cafe, Saigon
9 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 90 366 78 88

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Banh Da Cua Di Ly, Saigon

The underrated flavours of the northern port city of Haiphong in a friendly, family run, downtown space. Special flavours. Good... Read more

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Banh Da Cua Di Ly, Saigon
Upstairs, 103 Dong Khoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Banh Xeo 46A, Saigon

Perhaps Saigon's best known eatery for getting a Vietnamese pancake - known as banh xeo. Read more

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Banh Xeo 46A, Saigon
46A Dinh Cong Trang St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

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Ben Thanh Market food stalls

If you want an overview of Vietnamese cuisine - especially soups - Ben Thanh Market’s food stalls are a great place to go. It’s... Read more

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Ben Thanh Market food stalls
Ben Thanh Market, Le Loi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Chi Hoa Restaurant, Saigon

Vietnam’s family and street food goes indoors and a little upscale too, at Chi Hoa in Saigon’s downtown area. Read more

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Chi Hoa Restaurant, Saigon
31A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 (8) 3 8273155

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Ciao Bella Restaurant, Saigon

Ciao Bella is a popular Italian restaurant in downtown Saigon. It's relaxed, cosy and well priced. Read more

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Ciao Bella Restaurant, Saigon
11 Dong Du Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3822 3329

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Cuc Gach Quan, Saigon

Cuc Gach Quan quickly soared to the top of Saigon's Vietnamese cuisine scene after a visit by Brad and Angelina in 2010. It's... Read more

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Cuc Gach Quan, Saigon
10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84.8) 38 48 01 44

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Dong Pho Restaurant, Saigon

Dong Pho may be the nicest setting in Saigon for a spot of Hue cuisine. It's a around 10 minutes by cab from downtown in a... Read more

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Dong Pho Restaurant, Saigon
57 Ho Xuan Huong, Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City
 +84 8 3930 7665

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Duck Deli Saigon

Duck Deli brings Vietnam's street style duck specialty dishes into a cool downtown location. Read more

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Duck Deli Saigon
153 Nguyen Thai Binh St, Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84) 908 371 990

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El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Saigon

Serving up steak and more steak, El Gaucho is in the happy place of being one of Saigon’s most expensive and most successful... Read more

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El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Saigon
74/1 Hai Ba Trung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 38272090

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Hoa Tuc Restaurant, Saigon

A good spot for an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, Hoa Tuc is located downtown in a colonial era former opium factory. Read more

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Hoa Tuc Restaurant, Saigon
74/7 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3825 1676

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Hoang Yen, Saigon

A long running delicious local restaurant that’s recently had a major facelift. Gone is the hospital lighting, cheesy 70s tunes... Read more

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Hoang Yen, Saigon
7 Ngo Duc Ke Street, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84.8 3823 1101

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Hum Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

Hum is a tasty and tasteful vegetarian restaurant in downtown Saigon - where there are few veggie options. Non-vegetarians will... Read more

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Hum Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon
2 Thi Sach, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84-8) 3823 8920

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La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon

La Fenetre Soleil is a long term favourite Saigon cafe that's now offering a mix of entertainment by night as well. Read more
La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon
44 Lý Tự Trọng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84 8) 3824 5994

Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon

Le Bordeaux is a Saigon survivor - 20 years of serving quality French cuisine in a formal European style space, around 15... Read more

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Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon
72-D2 Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84) 838 999 831

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Le Corto restaurant, Saigon

French cuisine in a fancy downtown location. Dressed-up, but not stuffy. French President Francoise Hollande popped in for a... Read more

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Le Corto restaurant, Saigon
5D Nguyễn Siêu, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 8 3822 0671

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Le Jardin French Bistro, Saigon

A simple and inexpensive French Bistro hidden away in a small serene garden space in downtown Saigon. Don’t expect anything... Read more

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Le Jardin French Bistro, Saigon
31 D Thai Van Lung St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3825 8465

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Lu Bu Mediterranean Restaurant, Saigon

Lu Bu is a modern, Mediterranean style restaurant in District 2, run by Saigon culinary veteran Jim Cawood. Read more

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Lu Bu Mediterranean Restaurant, Saigon
97B Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 62818371

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Mad House restaurant, Saigon

Clean Nordic flavours and a serene garden setting make Mad House another reason for adding Saigon’s District 2 to your culinary... Read more

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Mad House restaurant, Saigon
6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3519 4009

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