The 10 best restaurants in ho chi minh city

Ho chi Minh City, the economic hub of Vietnam, is a vibrant and exciting city with an up-and-coming food scene lớn boot! From street food to lớn fine dining, the gastronomic landscape of Saigon is growing from strength to strength. Vietnamese street food veterans, international chefs, and globalised Viet Kieu foodies have come together khổng lồ ensure that is always something new to lớn try.

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As part of our guide khổng lồ Saigon, Vietnam is Awesome has put together a các mục of 9 must-try best restaurants in Ho bỏ ra Minh city in no order of preference. Get ready to lớn lick your chops.

Vietnamese cuisine restaurants

When in Vietnam, eat Vietnamese food! Yes, you can always eat your fill of yummy street food (and we will get khổng lồ that later), but sometimes you prefer khổng lồ visit a place that offers a range of Vietnamese cuisine (street food stores tend khổng lồ sell one type of food), where you can sit down comfortably và take your time lớn enjoy the meal.

1. Secret Garden/Secret House

The Secret restaurant group has beautifully decorated restaurants in convenient locations across district 1. Secret Garden restaurant (Calmette) is located down a small alleyway in the heart of Saigon, Secret Garden (Pasteur) is a rooftop restaurant, and Secret House is tucked away on a small street near Ben Thanh Market. Wooden furniture và a rustic setting makes for a relaxing and laidback ambiance inside, while traditional Vietnamese music plays in the background.

On the menu, all three restaurants offer a wide range of popular Vietnamese dishes, regional specialties as well as popular street snacks. Be sure lớn order the charred claypot rice, caramel-braised pork, fresh spring rolls or goi cuon, grilled pork paste with lemongrass.

This is a great place for lunch or dinner lớn bring foreign visitors for a delightful introduction lớn Vietnamese cuisine.


2. Green Papaya, Đu Đủ Xanh (Tiệm Chay / Vegetarian)

The dominant religion in Vietnam is Buddhism, and practitioners of this faith often consume only vegetarian food on the first and the fifteenth day of the lunar month. Thus, you can find a smattering of vegetarian restaurants across Saigon. Green Papaya is one of the hidden gems in Ho chi Minh City.

Just a 15 minute walk from the Independence Palace, Du Du Xanh is at a prime location in the city. Despite that, you will find that it offers a quiet respite from the bustling nature of the vibrant city. Slightly hard to lớn find, this restaurant is within a courtyard, và upon entering, you will feel like you are visiting a charming home of Saigon"s thắm thiết past. Sit inside on beautiful, delicate, wooden furniture & enjoy the refined vegetarian Vietnamese dishes.

Try innovative and delectable food such as starfruit sour soup, curry brown rice, stir fried rice noodles và more! A great restaurant for a laidback weekend lunch or dinner.


3. Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar

Ngoc Suong is a household name in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị which has been revamped by Le Quoc Vinh into Ngoc Suong Seafood and Bar, who wanted to add a modern touch khổng lồ his family"s six-decades old group.

One of the few restaurants with live music, this sub-brand is synonymous with cool. Quoc Vinh reimagined the ambience of the dining space và injected western culinary touches into the traditional Vietnamese seafood flavours. In 2021, Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar was one of only four Vietnamese establishments named in Asia"s 50 Best"s inaugural "Essence of Asia" collection, which recognises some of Asia’s most authentic and diverse dining experiences.

The seafood tower brimming with oysters, crab claws, scallops, prawns, & clams, is a favorite dish amongst customers. Try the fish burger or the shrimp & crab mac và cheese for a western dish with a Vietnamese twist.


Fine dining và upscale restaurants

Looking to wine & dine a special someone? Celebrating a milestone event? Trying lớn impress international clients? Or simply wanting khổng lồ treat yourself? Look no further, these are three of our favourite fine dining & innovative restaurants in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

4. Anăn Saigon

Anan is named as such as "ăn" in Vietnamese means lớn eat. Anan is the brainchild of award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin. Born in Vietnam, 12-year-old Peter Cuong Franklin was airlifted out of Saigon by helicopter in 1975, as a child refugee from South Vietnam, who was then adopted by an American family. Graduating from Yale, and after spending many years as an investment banker in Hong Kong, thủ đô new york City, và London, Peter turned khổng lồ his passion for food.

Anan is the winner of The Best Restaurant in Vietnam Awards as part of Asia"s 50 Best Restaurants 2021. The inspiration behind Anan is Peter"s birth mother, who used to lớn run a restaurant out of their trang chủ in Dalat.

A culinary destination in Saigon, Anan is known for its New Vietnamese Cuisine or "cuisine moi". Peter has reimagined street-food delights, making creations that bind the old with new techniques. The restaurant is located near a wet market in the centre of Saigon, staying true to lớn its roots.

Go for the tasting menu is a safe bet. Otherwise, be sure lớn try the banh xeo tacos, Dalat pizza with snails, và duck goi cuon. We also advise you to start off your dinner at their rooftop bar for cocktails served with Vietnamese flavours.


5. Quince Saigon

Led by acclaimed chefs Julien Perraudin và Charlie Jones, Quince"s website proudly proclaims that they offer "fine dining chất lượng amidst a relaxed atmosphere that delivers the most aromatic dishes accompanied with the rustic charm of home-cooking, and an ever-changing seasonal cuisine with sustainable sourcing".

Fully living up lớn its claim, Quince Saigon remains at the forefront of foodie hype và has everyone raving over their modern mediterranean fare. Not only was Quince named Vietcetera"s "Restaurant of the Year" in 2020, it was included in the coveted Asia"s 50 Best Discovery list (2021).

Located in a quiet, fairly residential, part of downtown Ho đưa ra Minh City, Quine Saigon is found amongst a row of quaint shophouses. The interiors are industrial chic & features an open kitchen, so you can see the menu magic happen before you.

On the menu, expect lớn find that every dish is extraordinary. It"s hard to lớn name a favourite dish, but the duck liver parfait, not so mashed potatoes, wood baked camembert, spicy salmon nori tacos are đứng đầu hits.

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Quince restaurant also has a charming bar called Madame Kew upstairs that serves a very decent Negroni. Also, Quince Saigon has a delivery outfit called Staples, with an amazing fried chicken.

Be forewarned that everyone here is dressed to lớn impress.


6. Kiyota Sushi Sake

This is a sushi bar unlike any other in Saigon town. A hidden gem in the Binh Thanh District, Kiyota Sushi Sake serves omakase, a chef"s tasting thực đơn of small delectable dishes.

A very small restaurant located slightly out of the way of Saigon tourist hotspots, Kiyota Sushi Sake only has bar seating và two tables to lớn the side. Be sure lớn book your seats in advance.

We love sitting at the bar for dinner và watching the chefs produce intricately prepared morsels of delight. Get read to lớn be serve dish after dish of sushi, sashimi, and some hot dishes.

The thực đơn is based on what seasonal offerings the chefs have on hand. In the past, we have been treated to amazing slices of sashimi, tender beef cubes, shivering towers of tofu.

7. Sol Kitchen và Bar

Sol is one of the only Latin American restaurants in Saigon. Hidden in plain sight in District 1, you have to clamber up a flight of stairs before entering a bright, open, room filled with comfortable sofa chairs, wicker basket light fixtures, and tonnes of indoor plants. If you have time on your hands, consider going to lớn their District 7 location for pool-side vibes that just cannot be beat.

Founded by Malaysian Chef Adrian Chong, Sol Kitchen và Bar oozes chill và comfort. He calls his thực đơn "fuss-free" và describes it as a marrying of Asian và Tex-Mex flavours. For example, Adrian uses Vietnamese bánh trángto replacecorn tortilla chips,Korean chilliesto replacejalapenos, andcuminto replacerosemary, resulting in a refreshingly new culinary delight.

Our favourite dishes include the grilled octopus, ceviche, carne asada, và of course churros to kết thúc the meal.

Top Ho chi Minh city street food haunts

You cannot be in Saigon without having your fill of street food. Street food stalls reign supreme on every corner of densely packed Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố churning out endless dishes for their clientele perched on plastic stools.

Vietnam has a long history of street food starting in late dynastic times, and although street food sellers currently exist in a legal grey area, they very much khung the cornerstone of lunch, breakfast, & dinner for many people in the city!

Street food calls to lớn mind crowd favourites such as bun cha, pho, bun thit nuong, fresh spring rolls, banh mi, coconut milk filled desserts as well as lesser-known counterparts such as Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm và Cá Kho Tộ. While everyone in Saigon will have their own opinion on where the best treats can be found, here, we bring you three of our favourite haunts.

8. Banh mày Huynh Hoa

Affectionally known as banh ngươi o moi or lesbian banh mi, Banh mi Huynh Hoa is run by a lesbian couple who offer a LGBTQ+ friendly workplace environment, as important as it is now back in the 1970s when they first opened.

Bigger than the average banh mi, Banh mày Huynh Hoa"s version is packed with pickled vegetables, layers & layers of hams, sausages & pork paté. This huge stuffed loaf is one of the best food to have for an on the go lunch before you visit the nearby Ben Thanh Market, or if you are office workers looking for a quick afternoon bite.

9. Hải Hội cửa hàng (bún chả)

Bun phụ vương is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork & rich noodle served with a dipping sauce made out of fish sauce, lime, sugar, và chilli. The dish originates from Hanoi và finding a good bun cha spot in Saigon is not that easy.

Hai Hoi quan has been rated by born & bred Hanoians as close to lớn the real thing. Located in the expat district of Thao Dien, nhị Hoi quan tiền remains a favourite of the Vietnamese who also live or work in the area. Expect it to be packed during lunch break.

10. Cơm tấm ba Ghiền

Com tam is Saigon"s quintessential dish. The humble com tam is a dish made of broken rice & usually topped off with a barbecued chunk of pork. Our favourite version comes with a sunny up egg sprinkled with spring onions, và some vegetables or soup. The broken rice beautifully soaks up the juices from the meat & sides, & with a dash of fish sauce, it goes down wondrously.

Cơm tấm bố Ghiền located at Phu Nhuan, is slightly out of the way, và yet is possibly the. Most famous place for com tam in Saigon. Cha Ghiền has consistency delivered over the years with the pork chops freshly grilled throughout the day. It is no wonder, they are in no short supply of fans.

What else lớn eat in Saigon

There is so much good food in Saigon beyond what is listed above. Some other lunch places worth a visit include Pizza 4p"s for their crowd pleasing Japanese-style pizza & pastas, The Refinery, a French bistro opened in a former opium factory, and Mountain Retreat for high quality Vietnamese food. If you need a caffeine pick me up, nip into cùng Cà Phê, a Viet Cong inspired chain of cafes for their yummy & refreshing coconut coffee, and check out backpacker street for more street food & night life options.

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We are just as excited as you are to visit our top restaurants in Saigon as the government is slowly lifting COVID-19 restrictions. We hope you stay safe và well while having a delicious time.

Now your juices are flowing & you"re ready get out there and try some good grub, why not kiểm tra out our 2-day itinerary for Saigon for more on the fantastic foods and activities you can find in this bustling city.

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