The past decade has transformed Ho Chi Minh City into one of the most vibrant centers in Asia.
In the heart of this dynamism is the city’s food scene – a culinary kaleidoscope that spirals from traditional flavors of Pho and BanhMi to eclectic doses of fusion and haute cuisine. If you were wondering about where to eat in Saigon, we have got you covered. Below, we offer our take on six of the city’s zestiest dining destinations.
Tui Thai Eatery
For the adventurer looking to sample a large blend of plates in one night, Tui Thai serves a wealth of dishes from Vietnam coupled with delicacies from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar – producing a truly immersive southeast Asian dine. Be sure to try the restaurant’s signature Burmese mohinga, Cambodian amok trei, and Laotian laabgai.
Dong Pho Restaurant
One of Saigon’s most popular Pho joints, Dong Pho was listed in Patricia Schultz’s 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and has been patronized by Bill Clinton. An eat that is both affordable and memorable, Dong Pho has received accolades from our friends in both Europe and Asia. Popular menu items include the steamed rice dumplings with shrimp, pork salad rolls, and of course, Pho.
The Deck Saigon
Named “one of Asia’s finest restaurants” by the Miele Guide, The Deck sits elegantly along the banks of the Saigon River. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, visitors can enjoy contemporary fusion cuisine in one of the most aesthetically polished decors in Ho Chi Minh City – all while taking in fresh air and the river’s calming views. Sound romantic? If you make a reservation beforehand, you can even have your food brought to you by boat, right along the riverbank.
Nha Hang Ngon
An idyllic mansion houses a steaming array of cooking stations blasting out some of Vietnam’s most mouth-watering flavors. The exotic, but recognizable Asian décor makes Nha Hang Ngonseem like it was plucked right out of a culinary fairy tale – one where authenticity and tradition rule. Foreigners and locals are quick to devour the Bun Cha, Pho, and Spring rolls. We personally recommend the grilled squid with salt & chili, and Vietnamese pancakes with shrimp & pork.
An ambient bar residing coolly off the hustle of Nguyen Hue street, The Society has been called “Saigon’s best kept secret” and “oysters paradise.”Sip chilled cocktails while sampling some of the best steaks, seafood, and tapas in Ho Chi Minh City. Also expect to be charmed by the bar’s elegant vibes and glitzy interior.For anyone looking to taste the city’s flavor of haute couture.
An architect owns this cozy gem that exudes lots of character. CucGachQuan sports a homely layout adorned with old fashioned eat-ware that recalls a different time – when Vietnam was still budding and utensils were more precious. You will find a huge menu here. Our personal favorites include fish served in clay-pot, as well as all the tofu, chicken, and vegetable dishes. The waiters are also renowned among tourists for unfailing food recommendations.
A Great Culinary Video Tour
If these restaurants have you pumped up to eat out in Saigon, you should definitely check out this incredible culinary video tour from Kyle Le, a prominent YouTube star who does great work on Vietnam’s food scene. Kyle runs us through an overview of some of the zestiest eats in Saigon’s district 10.
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