Sai Gon is one of the most famous cities in Southeast Asia which is well known for not only many historical monuments but also diverse cuisines from other countries. From pan-Asian fusion to the traditional Vietnamese Pho, we figure out the top best restaurants that this mega city has to offer.
1. Bun Cha 145
If you come to Viet Nam, you should try Bun Cha at least one time to taste tasty flavour made of vermicelli noodles, grilled pork patties, a broth made of vinegar, fish sauce and sugar with pickled papaya and carrot, served with a basket of greens. Bun Cha 145 is a great place to try the dish, located right in the heart of District 1, in the backpacker street of Bui Vien. It’s also great traditional hangover food!
Address: Bùi Viện, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2. Shri Restaurant & Lounge
Shri Restaurant & Lounge is located in the Center Tower. With its ceiling-to-floor windows it offers wonderful panoramic views: Bitexco Tower, Landmark 81, the whole district 1. Systematic warm light, romantic space several candles, general open-air feel make for a perfect dinner to unwind after a long day exploring the city. The objective of Shri Restaurant & Lounge is simple: pretty home-cooked European food in a relaxed and ambient setting.
Address: 72 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3. Anan Saigon
The name of this restaurant means “ eat eat” for Vietnamese that basically serves you all tasty food. you do not waste time to find this restaurant because it is located along Ton That Dam Street, is right in the middle of a wet market, Cho Cu. The kitchen is run by award-winning chef, Peter Cuong Franklin, who makes masterpieces with only the freshest of ingredients that come together creating vibrant flavors.
Address: 89 Tôn Thất Đạm, Bến Nghé Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
4. Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant
The design of Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant perfectly complements its eclectic vegetarian menu. You’re surrounded by fresh greenery, wooden décor and small water ponds that create a delicate and cozy atmosphere as you dine. Careful on all those stairs!
Address: 2 Thi Sách, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
5. Skewers Restaurant
Skewers is well known popular of Ho Chi Minh expats. It serves Mediterranean food on skewers, as the name recommends. The flame-bursting barbecuing is done in an opened kitchen, which means guaranteed entertainment if the candlelight and cozy atmosphere doesn’t grab you. To top it off, cigars and whiskey are the finest interesting things they offer in town.
Address: 9 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
6. Cuc Gach Quan
The design of this restaurant looks like this name “ Cuc Gach”. It is one of top 10 place of most travel guides to eat. After Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dine it that makes this restaurant gain more residents and tourists to try the dish.
It’s located in an old French colonial house that has been restored with recycled material. The strange design, with its low doors, tasteful interior of historic materials, mismatched and chipped china, plants and a nice little pond in the middle of the house creates a very friendly and intimate environment.
Address: 10 Đặng Tất, Thảo Điền, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
7. Secret Garden
For real, home-cooked Vietnamese food, this rooftop oasis is a go-to must. The first time you enter Secret Garden you will be fascinated with beautiful decoration with central Vietnamese-style lanterns, a lot of greenery and wooden furniture to match, and is hidden among the Ho Chi Minh City skyline. There is no elevator inside, but don’t let this intimidate you. It will help you to experience the family-oriented atmosphere of Vietnameses.
Address: 158 Pasteur, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
8. Secret House
With the same owner of Secret Garden, Secret House launched in 2017 and quickly rose up the ranks. It is also somewhat hidden, tucked away down a quiet alley (although this restaurant has no stairs to climb, unlike the previous one!)
The whole place is adorned like a comfortable, rural home, and you can choose to sit inside which has two floors, or outside in courtyard which is also a herb garden. Try the homemade yoghurt—it’s less than a dollar and so yummy!
Address: 55/2 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Nguyễn Thái Bình Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
9. Mountain Retreat
Mountain Retreat has two floors of an old apartment building. There is no elevator here either, which creates Mountain Retreat quite aptly named. The restaurant has a cozy interior with a bamboo covered ceiling, clay walls and wooden materials, giving you a very earthy setting as you dine.
Address: 36 Lê Lợi, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
10. Ciao Bella
For Italian food, Ciao Bella ranks among the top notch. You are warmly welcomed with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, and this coupled with the ambiance and good service, sets the tone for the rest of your evening. The menu features delicious and familiar Italian mains, but make sure to taste their signature “Posh Carbonara”, which is prepared inside a wheel of cheese right in front of you.
Adress: 11 Đông Du, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam