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

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

The Old Compass Cafe and Bar is a little sanctuary of calm, local flavours and wine in Saigon's chaotic centre. It’s a great... 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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Vinh Khanh - local seafood strip Saigon

Buzzing street of local seafood in District 4 - close by District 1. Snails are the specialty and you’ll be amazed by the... Read more

Vegetarian Saigon - our pick of Saigon's best vegetarian eateries

If you're looking for vegetarian restaurants in Saigon, you're in luck. There's a growing collection of options around town.... Read more

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Padma de Fleur, Saigon

Padma de Fleur is a Saigon florist that morphs into one of the city's coolest lunch spaces each weekday. Read more

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Padma de Fleur, Saigon
55/6 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Nguyễn Thái Bình, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 8 3507 9279

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Pho Ha, Saigon

This little late night-night pho spot is a bit of a Saigon institution. Before the arrival of Bitexco tower across the road,... Read more

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Pho Ha, Saigon
31 Hai Trieu St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - opposite Bitexco Tower

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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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Pho Minh Pasteur, Saigon

Pho Minh is one of Saigon’s oldest pho joints, and one of the best morning doses of the southern beef variety - right downtown.... Read more

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Pho Minh Pasteur, Saigon
63/6 Pasteur St - in the alley next to Liberty Citypoint Hotel

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Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro, Saigon

Propaganda serves Vietnamese traditional street food style dishes in a comfortable, groovy space. The walls are plastered in... Read more

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Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro, Saigon
21 Han Thuyen, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 38229048

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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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Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks

Here are our picks of Saigon's best new restaurants. This has long been a great city for foodies. And it keeps getting better.... Read more

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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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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Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options

The massive Takashimaya Japanese department store in the heart of Saigon offers a plethora of eating options for travellers... Read more

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

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Xu Restaurant, Saigon

Xu Restaurant is one of the best places in Saigon for a delicious, dressed-up night out. Xu serves modern Vietnamese cuisine,... Read more

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Xu Restaurant, Saigon
Level 1, 75 Hai Ba Trung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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