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
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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!

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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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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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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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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Anan Saigon

Anan's a busy little eatery in Saigon's downtown old market area serving up a contemporary spin on Vietnamese flavours. It's a... Read more

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Anan Saigon
89 Ton That Dam, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Journeys Sandwich Bistro, Saigon

Popular travel themed sandwich joint right by Ben Thanh Market. These guys do a good range of international sandwiches, as well... Read more

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Journeys Sandwich Bistro, Saigon
Upstairs on the first floor at 34-36 Phan Boi Chau St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - right by Ben Thanh Market

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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 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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Maison Marou, Saigon

If you're in Saigon and in need of a fix of quality chocolate, head down to Maison Marou - a cafe showcasing the fine Vietnamese... Read more

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Maison Marou, Saigon
167 Calmette Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 7300 5010

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Namo Tuscan Grill, Saigon

Namo Tuscan Grill brings regional Italian cuisine to downtown Saigon, in a modern international setting. A good spot for some... Read more

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Namo Tuscan Grill, Saigon
146-148 Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3822 1431

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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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Octo Tapas, Saigon

Octo Tapas Restobar opened in early 2018 and well over a year later, it’s still buzzing. Octo's carved out a space for quality... Read more
Octo Tapas, Saigon
Upstairs, 75 Ho Tung Mau, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - near Bitexco Financial Centre

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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Plastic waste - Saigon restaurants taking action to reduce plastic waste

A list of recommended restaurants and cafes in Saigon taking action to reduce the amount of plastic waste they produce. If you... Read more

Poke Saigon

The poke craze swept through Saigon in 2018. Poke Saigon seems to have made the biggest impact, though there have been a number... Read more

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Poke Saigon
Level 2, 42 Nguyen Hue St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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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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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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Quince Saigon

Quince landed in Saigon to great acclaim in 2017 and continues to please the city's fickle foodie folk. The fare from the... Read more

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Quince Saigon
37bis Ky Con, 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

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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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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Saigon's Japanese quarter

Saigon’s Japanese expatriate community is huge - so much so that a series of alleys downtown have been colonised by Japanese... Read more

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Saigon's Japanese quarter
The alleys bordered by Le Thanh Ton and Thai Van Lung

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San Fu Lou Cantonese Kitchen, Saigon

San Fu Lou is a buzzing, stylish Cantonese restaurant in downtown Saigon. Open till 3AM. Read more

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San Fu Lou Cantonese Kitchen, Saigon
Ground Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+848) 38239513

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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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Skewers Restaurant, Saigon

A longstanding favourite with Saigon’s expat community, Skewers has been serving up simple tasty, well priced Mediterranean... Read more

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Skewers Restaurant, Saigon
9A Thai Van Lung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84(8) 3822 4798

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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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Sorae Saigon

Sorae is probably Saigon’s most memorable Japanese dining experience - with delicious, quality food served in a spectacular... Read more

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Sorae Saigon
24th - 25th Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St.,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 838 272 372

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Stoker Wood Fired Grill, Saigon

A popular grill-house in downtown Saigon for those craving a festival of meat. Also popular for cocktails. Read more

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Stoker Wood Fired Grill, Saigon
44 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+ 84 8 3824 8691

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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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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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The Mach House Restaurant, Saigon

The Mach House is a cosy downtown refuge of unpretentious, tasty, French cuisine and wine. Read more

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The Mach House Restaurant, Saigon
Upstairs 75 Pasteur, Bến Nghé Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 8 3827 3829

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