Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options - review by Rusty Compass
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Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options

| 27 Dec 2017
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Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options
Saigon Centre, Cnr Le Loi and Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Our rating
27 Dec 2017

The massive Takashimaya Japanese department store in the heart of Saigon offers a plethora of eating options for travellers seeking out ease and comfort in a fancy air-conditioned space. As you’d expect, Japanese restaurants are especially well represented.

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Takashimaya, Saigon’s fanciest international shopping mall, offers some excellent dining options. If the crowds that pack into the restaurants are any measure, this may be a better place for eating than shopping. That may be because most international brands are more expensive in Vietnam than elsewhere in the region.

The food offerings meanwhile are good and well-priced for the setting.

In addition to a wide range of Japanese eateries, there’s a good selection of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. We’ve not noted as much good western cuisine - though there are bakeries and cafes.


Takashimaya Department store - downtown Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Takashimaya Department store - downtown Saigon


37th Street Vietnamese food court - Takashimaya Department store - downtown Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer 37th Street Vietnamese food court - Takashimaya Department store - downtown Saigon

Takashimaya is our fall-back whenever we’re feeling too lazy to make a decision. You can walk in and make your decision on the spot. This is a quality dining destination - though it can’t escape the shopping mall atmospherics.

There are eateries on most floors and a food court in the basement. The upper floors are dedicated to restaurant dining - including an outlet of the popular 4P’s Japanese pizza chain.

Takashimaya can be busy - especially around holidays. Some of the restaurants are consistently full. You’ll usually find space available somewhere though.

If you’re planning to visit Takashimaya and you’re already downtown, we suggest you walk it. Takashimaya is located at the heart of Saigon’s traffic apocalypse. Getting there by taxi will likely involve some serious messing about.

Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places we think you should know about. That’s it. We’ve paid our way on all visits to Takashimaya and no money changed hands for this recommendation.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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