Where to Eat in Saigon

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Where to Eat in Saigon

Saigon is full of fantastic restaurants and street food vendors, but with so many options it can be hard to know where it’s best to go. We’re here to help break down some of the best places for you to try in the city, whether you want traditional Vietnamese, Western dishes, Korean or Chinese food.

Vietnamese “Street” Food

The most famous examples of Vietnamese food are probably Banh Mi and Pho. The Banh Mi has been called the world’s best sandwich and is busily conquering the planet, from Ho Chi Minh City to London. Pho is a noodle soup, usually filled with chicken or beef and lots of onion and herbs. But aside from these staple Vietnamese dishes, there is a huge variety of different dishes you can try right across the city. Try checking out two of our favorite “street food” restaurants, as listed below.

  • Pho Le

If you’re looking for an introduction to Pho, you should try out Pho Le Noodle House on Nguyễn Trãi in District 5. It’s been claimed to have the best Pho in Saigon, head on down and see if you agree.

  • Như Lan Bakery
  • One of the original Bahn Mi sellers in Saigon, Như Lan is right in the center of District 1 at 50 Hàm Nghi. Go and grab yourself a sandwich with all the trimmings!

Western Restaurants

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There has been an explosion in the number of Western restaurants in Saigon over recent years. The best restaurants tend to be found in District 1, in Thao Dien in District 2, and in District 7. A couple of our favorites are listed below.

  • The Refinery
  • The Refinery restaurant serves up excellent quality European style dishes, from perfectly seared swordfish to duck confit. You can find it in District 1 at 74 Hai Bà Trưng.
  • Mekong Merchant
  • This popular open-air bistro and cafe serve up a range of Italian style dishes, salads, pizzas, and burgers.  Set right in the middle of the ex-pat enclave at 23 Đường Thảo Điền in District 2, it’s a great place to escape for a relaxing lunch or dinner.

Asian Restaurants

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If you fancy something a little different you can head to different bits of the city to try out Chinese, Korean or Japanese specialties. For Chinese restaurants, it’s best to head to District 5, while the Korean community is mainly based in District 7 and the best Japanese food can be found around Le Thanh Ton in District 1. With so many options, here are 4 of our favorites.

  • Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge
  • Found in the AB Tower on Le Lai, Sorae is an authentic Japanese restaurant and sake bar on the 24th floor. With beautiful views over the center of the city, it’s a great place to grab some fresh sushi.
  • Seoul Deli & Shop
  • This Korean specialty restaurant and deli has a huge menu and does excellent kimchi out in District 7, you can find them on Phạm Văn Nghị.
  • The Deck
  • Perched on the banks of the Saigon River, the Deck has beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. Come here to grab a glass of wine and some excellent pan-Asian cuisine. It’s located in District 2 at 38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ in Thao Dien.
  • Tien Phat Dimsum
  • Fancy some dim sum? Head over to the Saigon’s very own China town in District 5 and try Tien Phat. Slightly hidden away, this fantastic little restaurant can be found at 18 Ky Hoa.

Wherever you end up living in Saigon there are plenty of food options. If you’re looking to move you can check out our available properties in all of the areas we have listed above on our website here.