Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Restaurants

Where And What To Eat In Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) restaurants cater to a wide range of budget, ranging from decades-old food stalls by the roadside to sophisticated restaurants with picturesque surroundings for affluent diners. Inexpensive, hearty and enjoyable at any time of the day, Vietnamese dishes such as banh mi (French baguette) pho noodles, spring rolls, and banh xeo (savoury rice-flour crepe) are must-tries for any first-time visitor to Ho Chi Minh City.

Catering to travellers worldwide, Ho Chi Minh City’s constantly evolving culinary scene has also resulted in stylish dining venues all over the city, with menus that encompass not only delicious Vietnamese cuisine but also international flavours including French, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Thai and Chinese. Read on for our comprehensive guide on where and what to eat in Ho Chi Minh City.

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4Ps Pizza Saigon

This Japanese owned and operated pizza and pasta restaurant serves some of the best pizzas east of Napoli. 4Ps Pizza Saigon is an institution with Ho Chi Minh’s expat community serving stone-baked pizzas with inventive toppings that run from flower petals to teriyaki chicken. Despite the hard to find location down an alleyway behind The Sushi Bar on Le Thanh Ton Street, it gets packed on weekends and reservations are highly recommended.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 Daily
  • Address: 8/15 Le Thanh Ton, Dist.1
  • Tel: +84 (0) 120 789 4444

Au Lac do Brazil

A heaven for meat lovers, au Lac do Brazil offers a traditional all-you-can-eat Brazilian style barbecue, where the different cuts of meat are served at your table, accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines.
  • Location: 238 Pasteur, District 3
  • Tel: +848 3820 7157

Banh Mi 37

A simple food cart that’s set along Nguyen Trai, Banh Mi 37 is one of the best places in the city to get your hands on Vietnam’s uniquely fusion street food. Priced at VND 17,000, its signature nem nuong banh mi is a crispy baguette sandwich with several charcoal-grilled pork patties, tangy sauce, cucumbers, cilantro, green onions, Vietnamese pickles, and topped with sweet chili sauce. Although Banh Mi 37 officially opens at 17:00 every day, it’s not surprising to see a long queue forming as early as 16:00 but it’s definitely well worth the wait.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – Late
  • Location: District 5
  • Address: 37 Nguyen Trai, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese Baguettes

Banh Xeo 46A

As the name suggests, Banh Xeo 46A specialises in the traditional Vietnamese rice-flour crepe, which is served with huge portions of pork, shrimp, diced onions, mung beans, and bean sprouts, as well as a side of raw leafy vegetables and herbs. As these are made to order, vegetarian options are also available here. Banh Xeo 46A is just a brief walk away from Le Van Tam Park, drawing a loyal following amongst locals who reside and work within the area. Besides banh xeo, Banh Xeo 46A also serves summer rolls (goi cuon) and spring rolls (cha goi), chicken wings and fried calamari rings, as well as cheap local beer.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: District 1
  • Address: 46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tel: +84 83 824 1110
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese Crepes

Bun Bo Xu

An all-day noodle bar popular with young Vietnamese, Bun Bo Xu is open from early morning until late. Its specialises in Bun Bo Hue, a Hue-style soup with thick rice noodles and pork or beef.

  • Address: There are two branches, at 4A Tran Hung Dao, and 28 Cao Ba Quat, District 1
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Camargue is a refined French restaurant set in the courtyard of an old colonial-era opium factory. While not exactly fine-dining, the ambiance is sophisticated and the cuisine available is clearly French with a slight Vietnamese touch. Highlights include seabass and squid served with sweet chard, roast lamb with polenta enriched with Phu Puoc pepper, and crispy pork leg marinated in a slight spice and caramelised artichoke. An excellent wine list is available with several options by the glass. Camargue is next door to many other restaurants and bars including The Refinery Saigon Bar and Restaurant. Read More…

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 Daily
  • Address: 74/7D Hai Ba Trung, District 1.
  • Tel: +84 8 3520 4888
  • Cuisine: French

Cantina Central

Cantina Central is the well known among locals, expats and regular visitors to Saigon for the fresh authenticity of its Mexican food. It also serves the best Margaritas in town, amid attractive, relaxing surroundings.

  • Address: 51 Ton That Thiep Street
  • Tel: +848 914 4697
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Gartenstadt serves decent German and European food and stocks a wide selection of imported beers. Perhaps one of the few places in Ho Chi Minh City that serves bratwurst sausages and Wiener schnitzel.

  • Location: 34D Dong Khoi, Dong Khoi Area
  • Tel: +848 3822 3623
  • Cuisine: German

Hoi An

Hoi An serves central Vietnames food in an elegant Chinese-style setting. Try the signature dish of grilled prawns in banana leaf served with lime and salt dipping sauce.

  • Location: 11 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3823 7694
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Hong Hai

Hong Hai is famous for Nha Trang style seafood at reasonable price in a garden setting and also a three-level building. From its extensive menu, try specialties such as coconut steamed prawns or grilled prawns with chili salt.

  • Location: 54 Pham Thach, District 3
  • Tel: +848 3829 2977
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese seafood

I Love Bun

A great and fun introduction to the national dish. Bun means noodles in Vietnamese, and I Love Bun features most types of noodle dishes found anywhere in the country. Try noodles in tomato and crabmeat soup or the hearty spicy beef noodle soup.

  • Location: 73 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
  • Tel: +848 6276 2609
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Kumho Link Food Centre

Kumho Link Food Court was the talk of town when it opened its doors in early 2012. Managed by the celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, Kumho gathers together world cuisine all under one roof, in the comfort of the Asiana Plaza Shopping Center. The standard is somewhat higher than the usual food courts you find throughout SE Asia. Among the flavours featured are: Japanese, Korean, Singapore/Malay, Thai, Vietnamese and European.

  • Location: 39 Le Duan, District 1
  • Cuisine: Asian & European

La Cuisine

La Cuisine is unashamedly classic French cuisine, serving many traditional dishes such as steak tartare, foie gras with Provence figs, and pan seared duck with Béarnaise sauce. Plating and execution is stylish and modern, just like the white-washed, bare brick walls, and chunky wooden tables. The owner and head chef is French and has worked all over the world before settling in Ho Chi Minh to open La Cuisine. Look out for the set lunch menu which offers two or three courses for significantly reduced rates for a taste of something fancy at a great value price.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 48 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1.
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 222 98 882
  • Cuisine: French

La Habana

La Habana serves over 50 kinds of tapas as well as Cuban cocktails in a cosy setting accompanied by Cuban music, salsa dancing and regular live performances. Free dancing lessons every Tuesday and live music on Fridays.

  • Location: 6 Cao Ba Quat, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3829 5180
  • Cuisine: Cuban & Spanish


Lemongrass is a sister restaurant of Vietnam House and is just around the corner, in a two-storey French-style building. The place is small but it is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in town.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:30
  • Address: 4 Nguyen Thiep St
  • Tel: +848 3822 4005
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Monsoon Restaurant and Bar

With a chic, minimalist dining room and impressive menu spanning the best dishes from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, Monsoon Restaurant is the best choice for a spicy regional dishes like tom yam kung soup and pad Thai, red curry and pork cooked in clay pot. Prices are very reasonable for what is widely considered the finest Southeast Asian restaurant in Saigon.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 Daily
  • Address: No.1, Cao Ba Nha, District 1.
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 6290 8899


Located in the heart of the backpackers’ district, this seemingly casual restaurant features a wide selection of Indian fares – Tandoori dishes, tikka masala, and rogan josh are amongst the staples.

  • Location: 226 Bui Vien, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3837 1757
  • Cuisine: Indian

New York Steakhouse & Winery

This is Ho Chi Minh City’s most venerable steakhouse and offers gourmet beef dishes ranging from rib-eye to New York strip to tenderloin, fastidiously prepared to perfection by a French chef. Extensive wine list. Classy dining with prices to match.

  • Location: 25-27 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao Ward
  • Tel: +848 3823 7373
  • Cuisine: International, steakhouse

Nguyen Thi Thanh (The Lunch Lady)

Unlike many local restaurants in this list, Nguyen Thi Tanh (or Lunch Lady) only cooks one dish per day, changing the dish according to the day. Set along Hoang Sa Street, this food stall has been operating for more than a decade with locals flocking there for its goi cuon (summer rolls) and bun Thai (Vietnamese-Thai noodle soup). Priced at VND 40,000, bun Thai is only served on Mondays, comprising rice noodles in a sweet sour broth, topped with generous amounts of pre-blanched shrimps, beef slices, squid rings, chopped herbs, and assorted vegetables. Nguyen Thi Tanh is located in District 1, close to the river and a 10-minute walk from the Saigon Zoo. Due to its popularity, make sure you get there early as the stall closes once it runs out of ingredients.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 15:00
  • Location: District 1
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa Street, Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cuisine: Noodle Soups

One of the most enjoyable things to do when visiting a foreign country for the first time is eat the local specialities. If this feeling grips you during your trip to Ho Chi Minh then Nha Hang Ngon restaurant is a delight, skilfully combining a comprehensive menu of classic Vietnamese dishes, English speaking waiters and beautiful surroundings. Located on Pasteur Street in the tourist centre of District 1, Nha Hang Ngon is a 10 minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, along Le Loi and right at the Pasteur Street intersection. Read More…

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Address: 160 Pasteur St, District 1
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 3827 7131

Nhu Lan Saigon

Nhu Lan Saigon’s speciality lies within its pre-packaged banh mi sandwiches, but a wide range of Vietnamese desserts, smoothies, pork buns, and patesto (French-style pastry with pork filling are also available. Open 24 hours daily, the local bakery is set opposite the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1. Try the banh mi thit patem which is a baguette sandwich filled with pork-liver paté, pork ham slices, mayonnaise, pickled carrots and radishes, cucumber, fresh cilantro, and sliced chilli. While Nhu Lan Saigon has an indoor dining area, many locals order banh mi for takeaway or simply enjoying it by the roadside.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: District 1
  • Address: 50-64-68 Ham Nghi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tel: +84 83 829 2970
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese Baguettes

Pacharan Tapas & Bodega

Pacharan serves authentic Spanish dishes and tapas. Enjoy imported cheeses, Serrano ham, Galician-style octopus and an assortment of paellas. The restaurant, which is housed on four floors with a rooftop cocktail bar, has a quirky Spanish feel to it and enjoys an extensive wine list featuring Spanish labels.

  • Location: 97 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3825 6024
  • Cuisine: Spanish


Enjoy traditional wood-fired pizzas or hand-made pasta dishes accompanied by excellent ice-cream dessert in a quiet and quaint courtyard. Substantial wine list.

  • Location: 87 Nguyen Hue, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3821 8181
  • Cuisine: Italian

Pho 2000

Pho is a beef noodle soup and this restaurant was made famous by a visit from the former US president Bill Clinton, who dropped by here for a bowl. It is a Vietnamese chain restaurant (60 alone in the country) and the Pho here is no different from what you would find on the street. It is nevertheless a welcoming respite from the bustle and the heat.

  • Location: 1-3 Phan Chu Trinh
  • Tel: +848 3822 2788
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Pho Hoa Pasteur

Pho Hoa Pasteur has a steady following amongst the local population for serving arguably the best pho noodles in Ho Chi Minh City since 1968. Today, it’s set within a two-storey building just across the street from the Pasteur Institute. A bowl of pho at Pho Hoa Pasteur costs about VND 45,000, comprising homemade rice noodles in a clear broth, topped with beef slices, scallions, and cilantro.To complement the pho noodles, each table has platters of fresh herbs, chilli and lime, gio chao quay (fried Chinese bread), banh xu xe (glutinous coconut cakes with mung-bean paste), and cha lua (pork-paste sausages wrapped in banana leaves). Pho Hoa Pasteur also serves a selection of Vietnamese coffee, soft drinks, and Vietnamese dessert.

  • Location: District 3
  • Address: 260C Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tel: +84 83 829 7943
  • Cuisine: Noodle Soup


Pomodoro is famous for its pizzas and Italian espresso, though the menu also features a good range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes. Popular both for business lunches and for dining out at night.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
  • Address: 79 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
  • Tel: +848 382 38998
  • Cuisine: Italian

Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, housed in a renovated Vietnamese mansion with a tree lined garden and staff waiting to greet guests wearing traditional silk outfits (complete with wooden shoes). Inside Quan An Ngon Restaurant, the expanse of teak, ornate Chinese inspired lattices and surrounding balcony have all the hallmarks of a classic kung-fu movie. Visitors are often delighted with the classically styled interior. If you are looking to try many casual Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls, black pepper crab, noodle soup – in a clean and friendly environment then this is an excellent option. Located opposite the Reunification Palace on Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street, Quan An Ngon Restaurant is centrally located in District 1. Read More…

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1
  • Tel: +84 8 3827 9666
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

The Deck Saigon sits beside the Saigon River in a delightful al fresco setting 15 minutes taxi ride from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The romance of this restaurant is unparalleled and the pan-Asian fusion type dishes are very well prepared. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant has excellent set lunch offerings. Come dinnertime, a la carte dishes run from soft shell crab tempura to char grilled shrimp and rib eye steak. Most of the meat is imported meaning it isn’t the cheapest but quality is assured. Read More…

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 till late
  • Address: 38 Nguyen U Di, District 2.
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 3744 6632
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese fusion

The Refinery Bar and Restaurant is currently one of the most popular establishments in Ho Chi Minh thanks to colonial fixtures, interesting cocktails and a bistro type menu of mostly French-style favourites. But the main reason for coming here is because it is such a pleasant space. It looks every inch as though you could catch a glimpse of The Seine from its twinklingly lit courtyard, and inside the French bistro theme is even more pronounced with floral floor tiles, high ceilings and rows of wine and liquor displayed behind the bar. The resemblance to French design is not some contrived gimmick but a result of the opium factory that used to operate in the courtyard, and it’s also how the bar inherited its name. Read More…

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 till late
  • Address: 74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 3823 0509

The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar’s spacious and modern décor is a perfect backdrop for fresh sushi and sashimi prepared with fresh ingredients, some of which is flown in daily from Japan.

  • Location:
    The Sushi Bar 1: 2 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Tel: +848 3823 804
    The Sushi Bar 2: Zen Plaza, 5th Floor, 54-56 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Tel: +848 39250 0377

The Temple Club

The Temple Club is a chic bar and restaurant that is on the itineraries of visiting stars and globetrotters. Located in a converted Chinese Temple in a small alleyway off Pasteur Street, it’s easiest to find by using Saigon Centre Shopping Mall as a landmark, and those that do make the effort will be rewarded with a richly decorated dining room serving Vietnamese fusion dishes and a cocktail lounge with skilled bartenders and tapas style accompaniments. For pure sophistication, The Temple Club is hard to beat.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 00:00 Daily
  • Address: 29-31 Ton That Thiep St, District 1.
  • Tel: +84 (0) 8 3829 9244
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Une Journée a Paris

Located only a short distance away from Ben Thanh Market and adjacent to Lavender Hotel, this patisserie-cum-restaurant serves a choice selection of French pastry and baguette sandwiches.

  • Location: 234 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3827 7723
  • Cuisine: French

Vietnam House

This popular, cozy restaurant is in a nicely redecorated colonial building and has welcomed many world-famous people, including former US President George Herbert Bush. It has a selection of Vietnamese and international dishes and an excellent lunch buffet.

  • Address: 93-95 Dong Khoi St
  • Tel: +848 829 1623
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Xu Restaurant Lounge

Xu offers fine modern Vietnamese cuisine alongside traditional Vietnamese favorites, in an elegant dining atmosphere. It is open for lunch and dinner from 11.30 to midnight.

  • Address: Level 1 at 71-75 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
  • Tel: +848 3824 8468
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


A small restaurant with a sushi bar, Zen has an eclectic choice of Japanese, Indian and Mexican dishes. It is also one of the best places in Saigon for tasty vegetarian food.

  • Address: In Saigon Sky Garden Service Apartments at 20 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
  • Tel: +848 825 0782
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Indian, Mexican

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