Ho Chi Minh City eating guide

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

| 17 Jul 2019
Last updated 17 Jul 2019

Saigon is Vietnam’s culinary capital. It offers diners quality and range that make it one of the best places to eat in South East Asia. It's home to the best of Vietnam's delicious regional cuisines - the south, the north and the centre - a vibrant street food scene, and some amazing international dining. Barely a week passes without a new opening. Many of the new arrivals are very good. There's also a superb collection of dining establishments that have been operating for years. A fabulous food experience awaits. The coffee and cafe scene are special too. Many of the city's best eateries are now located in District 2, the main expat enclave. If time permits, spend a night or two out there. Welcome to our independent guide to the best dining in Saigon.

 

This independent and handpicked guide to Saigon's best eating was last updated in July 2019. We've tried every place on this list - most of them several times. No money changes hands for a listing. We try and keep things up to date - sometimes the changes get ahead of us. Eat well in Saigon!

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

The Old Compass Cafe and Bar is a little sanctuary of local flavours and wine in Saigon's chaotic centre. It’s a great place for... 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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Breakfast in Saigon - our picks

Where are the best places to grab breakfast in Saigon? This is our handpicked collection of the best Saigon breakfasts from... Read more

Coffee - the best of Saigon's cafes

Saigon's cafe scene is blossoming. Not only is the coffee world-class, the city is home to some very cool cafe spaces - many of... Read more

Mekong Merchant, Saigon

Probably the oldest surviving expat cafe in Saigon’s D2 - Mekong Merchant predates the current cafe boom by at least a decade -... Read more

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Mekong Merchant, Saigon
23 Thao Dien St, An Phu, District 2, Saigon

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District 2 - a guide to eating in Saigon's expat enclave

Some of Saigon’s best restaurants and cafes are now located across the Saigon River in District 2 - aka. D2 or Thao Dien.  What... Read more

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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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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Ngon Restaurant (Quan An Ngon), Saigon

One of Saigon’s most popular restaurants - with good reason. Well priced local food, a lovely airy colonial villa setting and a... Read more

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Ngon Restaurant (Quan An Ngon), Saigon
160 Pasteur St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3829 9449

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Refinery, Saigon

One of the nicest spaces in town in an old French era opium refinery, The Refinery is tucked away in a small square that's... Read more

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Refinery, Saigon
74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+8483823 0509

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Son Ha Restaurant, Saigon

Son Ha Garden Restaurant, now more often known as SH Garden,  relocated from the suburbs to the heart of Saigon, directly... Read more

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Son Ha Restaurant, Saigon
98 Nguyen Hue St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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The Deck, Saigon

A perfect riverside escape from the intensity of downtown Saigon for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Late afternoon cocktails as the... Read more

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The Deck, Saigon
38 Nguyen U Di, Dist. 2, Ho Chi Minh City

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Pho Hoa Pasteur, Saigon

Pho Hoa Pasteur is a Saigon institution - one of the city’s oldest and most popular pho noodlesestablishments. There’s nothing... Read more

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Pho Hoa Pasteur, Saigon
260C Pasteur Street | Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
+84-8-3829-7943

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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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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 outlets... Read more

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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon
151/5 Dong Khoi (1st floor), Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 6674 3565

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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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Biker Shield Bistro, Saigon

Saigon’s cool cafe scene is pumping and the motorcycle obsessives behind Biker Shield Bistro have raised the bar - a classic... Read more

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Biker Shield Bistro, Saigon
158/10 Nguyen Cong Tru St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Nhu Lan Restaurant, Saigon

This legendary eatery has been serving the people of Saigon since pre-Communist days. The menu’s as extensive as ever. Nhu Lan... Read more

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Nhu Lan Restaurant, Saigon
64-68 Ham Nghi St. Ho Chi Minh City

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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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Nguyen Trung Truc Street eateries

A busy collection of local eateries that spill out onto the street and into nearby vacant lots just behind Ben Thanh Market.... Read more

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Nguyen Trung Truc Street eateries
Nguyen Trung Truc 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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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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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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Quan Bui downtown, Saigon

Quan Bui downtown is one of a handful of locations in Saigon's District 1 where you can enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a... Read more

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Quan Bui downtown, Saigon
17A Ngo Van Nam St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Secret Garden Restaurant, Saigon

Secret Garden is a rooftop restaurant in the heart of Saigon serving a simple menu of classic Vietnamese family fare. Set in an... Read more

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Secret Garden Restaurant, Saigon
158 bis Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon

Saffron is a second downtown Saigon eatery from veteran restaurateur Tony Fox - this time with a Mediterranean spin. Read more

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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon
51 Hai Ba Trung St, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84 8) 3824 8358

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Quan Ut Ut, Saigon

Quan Ut Ut is an American BBQ in a down-to-earth local Vietnamese style space. Read more

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Quan Ut Ut, Saigon
168 Vo Van Kiet St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - 5 mins by taxi from downtown

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The Racha Room, Saigon

The Racha Room's formula - modern Thai cuisine and quality cocktails - has been a hit since it opened its doors in 2014. The... Read more

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The Racha Room, Saigon
12 - 14 Mac Thi Buoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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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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