10 INCREDIBLE RESTAURANTS IN HO CHI MINH CITY DISTRICT 1

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

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As part of our guide to lớn Saigon, Vietphái mạnh is Awesome has put together a danh mục of 9 must-try best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City in no order of preference. Get ready to liông chồng your chops.

Vietnamese cuisine restaurants

When in Vietnam giới, eat Vietnamese food! Yes, you can always eat your fill of yummy street food (& we will get khổng lồ that later), but sometimes you prefer lớn visit a place that offers a range of Vietnamese cuisine (street food stores tkết thúc to lớn sell one type of food), where you can sit down comfortably and take your time khổng lồ 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, & Secret House is tucked away on a small street near Ben Thanh hao Market. Wooden furniture & a rustic setting makes for a relaxing & laidbaông xã 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 to 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 to lớn bring foreign visitors for a delightful introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.


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

The dominant religion in Vietphái nam is Buddhism, và practitioners of this faith often consume only vegetarian food on the first & 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 thành phố. Despite that, you will find that it offers a quiet respite from the bustling nature of the vibrant đô thị. Slightly hard khổng lồ find, this restaurant is within a courtyard, và upon entering, you will feel lượt thích you are visiting a charming trang chủ of Saigon"s thắm thiết past. Sit inside on beautiful, delicate, wooden furniture and 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.


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3. Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar

Ngoc Suong is a household name in Ho Chi Minh City which has been revamped by Le Quoc Vinc into lớn Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar, who wanted khổng lồ add a modern touch khổng lồ his family"s six-decades old group.

One of the few restaurants with live sầu music, this sub-br& is synonymous with cool. Quoc Vinch reimagined the ambience of the dining space and injected western culinary touches inkhổng lồ the traditional Vietnamese seafood flavours. In 2021, Ngoc Suong Seafood và 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 & diverse dining experiences.

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


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Fine dining và upscale restaurants

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

4. Anăn uống Saigon

Anan is named as such as "ăn" in Vietnamese means to 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 Vietphái mạnh, who was then adopted by an American family. Graduating from Yale, and after spending many years as an investment banker in Hong Kong, New York City, & London, Peter turned to 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 run a restaurant out of their trang chính 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 khổng lồ its roots.

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


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5. Quince Saigon

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

Fully living up khổng lồ its clayên ổn, Quince Saigon remains at the forefront of foodie hype and has everyone raving over their modern mediterranean fare. Not only was Quince named Vietcetera"s "Restaurant of the Year" in 20trăng tròn, it was included in the coveted Asia"s 50 Best Discovery List (2021).

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

On the menu, expect khổng lồ find that every dish is extraordinary. It"s hard to lớn name a favourite dish, but the duông xã liver parfait, not so mashed potatoes, wood baked camembert, spicy salmon nori tacos are top 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 lớn impress.


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6. Kiyota Sushi Sake

This is a sushi bar unlượt thích any other in Saigon town. A hidden gem in the Binc 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 khổng lồ the side. Be sure khổng lồ book your seats in advance.

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

The menu is based on what seasonal offerings the chefs have on h&. In the past, we have sầu been treated khổng lồ 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 sầu to lớn 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 khổng lồ 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" & describes it as a marrying of Asian & Tex-Mex flavours. For example, Adrian uses Vietnamese bánh trángkhổng lồ replacecorn tortilla chips,Korean chilliesto replacejalapenos, andcuminkhổng lồ replacerosemary, resulting in a refreshingly new culinary delight.

Our favourite dishes include the grilled octopus, ceviche, carne asadomain authority, and of course churros to over the meal.


Top Ho Chi Minc 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 Chi Minch City churning out endless dishes for their clientele perched on plastic stools.

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

Street food calls to mind crowd favourites such as bun phụ thân, pho, bun thit nuong, fresh spring rolls, banh mày, coconut milk filled desserts as well as lesser-known counterparts such as Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm and 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 Mi Huynh Hoa

Affectionally known as banh mày 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 baông xã in the 1970s when they first opened.

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


9. Hải Hội Quán (bún chả)

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

Hai Hoi Quan has been rated by born & bred Hanoians as close to the real thing. Located in the expat district of Thao Dien, Hai Hoi Quan remains a favourite of the Vietnamese who also live sầu or work in the area. Expect it to lớn 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 và usually topped off with a barbecued chunk of pork. Our favourite version comes with a sunny up egg sprinkled with spring onions, and some vegetables or soup. The broken rice beautifully soaks up the juices from the meat & sides, và with a dash of fish sauce, it goes down wondrously.

Cơm tấm Ba Ghiền khô located at Phu Nhuan, is slightly out of the way, & yet is possibly the. most famous place for com tam in Saigon. Ba Gthánh thiện 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 to eat in Saigon

There is so much good food in Saigon beyond what is listed above sầu. Some other lunch places worth a visit include Pizza 4p"s for their crowd pleasing Japanese-style pizza and 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 inkhổng lồ Cộng Cà Phê, a Viet Cong inspired chain of cafes for their yummy và refreshing coconut coffee, và kiểm tra out backpacker street for more street food & night life options.

If you"re looking for something fun to bởi after enjoying Vietnamese cuisine, why don"t you kiểm tra out Saigon"s 7 Awesome Rooftop Swimming Pools

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

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