Vegetarian Saigon - our pick of Saigon's best vegetarian eateries - review by Rusty Compass
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Vegetarian Saigon - our pick of Saigon's best vegetarian eateries

| 23 Nov 2018
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Vegetarian Saigon - our pick of Saigon's best vegetarian eateries
23 Nov 2018

If you're looking for vegetarian restaurants in Saigon, you're in luck. There's a growing collection of options around town. Here are our picks. The list is handpicked and independent. We've tried every place we recommend. The list was updated in November 2018.

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Look for the words “Quan Chay” which means vegetarian eatery or “Quan Com Chay” which means vegetarian rice eatery if you're trying to find vegetarian restaurants in Vietnam. Specifically “chay” means vegetarian. It’s a word worth having at your fingertips. I’m not a vegetarian but I find myself eating vegetarian food more and more. These are my favourite vegetarian eateries in Saigon.

 

Bong Sung Vegetarian restaurant

This may be the cutest place in downtown Saigon for a vegetarian feed - relaxed vibe, friendly staff, central location (about 100 metres from Notre Dame Cathedral) and good food. Bong Sung serves a tasty mix of vegetarian versions of Vietnamese dishes - rolls, soups, salads, curries and rice dishes. Don’t believe the algorithm driven nonsense online that describe this place as fine dining. It’s a casual friendly spot with a leafy outdoor terrace. The prices are fine - you'll probably come more than once.

Address: 86 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - down the alley

Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon
 
Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

 

Organik House

Organik House is a cosy vegan eatery on the fringe of downtown Saigon. It’s popular with Saigon's expats with good food and a friendly communal vibe. The owners have been active in promoting plastic free hospitality in Saigon. Their website would indicate that they are now prioritising selling eco-friendly stuff too.

Address: 7F Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Organik House vegetarian, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Organik House vegetarian, Saigon

 

Quyen, co-owner of Organik House vegetarian, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Quyen, co-owner of Organik House vegetarian, Saigon

 

Hum

Hum has had huge success with their slick take on vegetarian dining. They now have three restaurants around Saigon serving international vegetarian cuisine to big crowds. The blurb on their website would suggest they have big plans. It’s a polished outfit - a different feel to the ascetic shabbiness that once characterised vegetarian dining.

Address downtown: 2 Thi Sach St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Address District 2: 32, D10 St, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

 

 

Prem Vegetarian Bistro

Slightly away from the centre of town, Prem serves up international vegetarian and vegan cuisine - curries, salads, pastas and more - in a cool space. They also have a cafe serving good coffee downstairs called Kakfa.

Address: 204 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City - close by the War Remnants Museum

Prem Vegetarian Bistro, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Prem Vegetarian Bistro, Saigon

 

Prem Vegetarian Bistro, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Prem Vegetarian Bistro, Saigon

 

Com Chay Tin Nghia Vegetarian Restaurant

Tin Nghia is a Saigon institution - one of the oldest restaurants in the city. By some estimates it’s been on Tran Hung Dao St for more than a century. This is one of those priceless places that you visit for the whole experience - history, atmosphere and food.

Address: 9 Tran Hung Dao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - not far from Ben Thanh Market and the backpacker district.

Com Chay Tin Nghia - Ho Chi Minh City
Photo: Mark Bowyer Com Chay Tin Nghia - Ho Chi Minh City

 

Com Chay Tin Nghia - Ho Chi Minh City
Photo: Mark Bowyer The owners of Com Chay Tin Nghia - Ho Chi Minh City

 

The Old Compass Cafe

The Old Compass Cafe is our place in Saigon. It’s not strictly vegetarian but we serve a delicious daily Vietnamese vegetarian  set - lunch and dinner. I try it regularly and bina fide vegetarians give our daily vegetarian set rave reviews. We're also a great spot for a glass of wine. Come by and see us.

Address: 63/11 Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (down the alley and up the stairs next to Liberty Citypoint hotel).

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

 

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

 

Disclosure
Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places you should know about. That’s it. We paid our way at all of the restaurants listed here and no money changed hands for a listing. We are the owners of The Old Compass Cafe - so we eat there often.

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