The 50 best places to eat in ho chi minh city


While traditional pho is a must-try dish while in Vietnam, the best Vietnamese foods go way beyond noodles. Dive into this Ho đưa ra Minh food guide to lớn find what to eat in Saigon, và then dive into some of the tastiest dishes in the đô thị at top restaurants, markets and street food havens. Besides its obvious deliciousness, another great thing about food in Ho bỏ ra Minh City is that it’s often as scrumptious as it is cheap. If you’re a backpacker on a budget, you’ll also appreciate that full meals for less than 40,000 VND (1.70 USD) can be found anywhere, which helps keep your wallet as full as your stomach!


Ho bỏ ra Minh Food Guide | Banh Mi

Banh mi is sometimes a strange sight to lớn see upon entering Vietnam, but this “sub sandwich” is so popular that travelers will find banh mi stands wherever they go in Saigon City. In fact, after a day or two in the city, you’ll be well familiar with these carts, their fresh baguettes và their creative displays! While fresh bread & spreadable cream cheese is essential khổng lồ enjoying a traditional banh mi, tourists don’t want to lớn miss out on other common toppings available as well. The banh mày can be stuffed with everything from grilled meats & cold cuts to lớn fresh vegetables and eggs. Most vendors have a specialty or two on hand, and all of them offer pate which complements the cream cheese & fresh veggies beautifully. Oh, & don’t worry if you can’t speak Vietnamese. Your pointer finger and a smile will work just fine for this one.

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Recommended banh ngươi stands in Ho bỏ ra Minh City



Ho bỏ ra Minh Food Guide | Pho

This simple yet flavorful rice noodle soup is traditionally served for breakfast, but you can find a steaming hot bowl of pho anytime in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. Saigon restaurants generally offer beef or chicken pho, & each bowl is loaded with fresh noodles, flavorful broth, bean sprouts & a handful of greens, lượt thích mint, cilantro và green onion.

Best places to eat pho in Ho chi Minh City

Mien ga Ky Dong, 14/5 Kỳ Đồng, Phường 9, Quận 3 – the locals love the “chicken noodle soup” here, and tourists vì too!



Ho chi Minh Food Guide | Bun Thit Nuong

A hodge-podge of flavors, bun thit nuong is a dish of vermicelli rice noodles served with tender slices of grilled pork that is topped with bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, chopped peanuts, mint, cucumber và other greens. The dish on its own is tasty enough, but topped with the accompanying lemony-garlicy-spicy nuoc cham sauce, bun thit nuong becomes a whole new taste sensation!

Best places lớn eat Bun Thit Nuong



Ho đưa ra Minh Food Guide | Com Tam

Meaning “broken rice,” com tam is a Vietnamese dish that consists of a grilled pork steak and fresh vegetables served with a fried egg và a helping of broken trắng rice, which is rice that has been damaged during the milling process. The rice is cheaper than name-brand rice due to its defect, but that doesn’t make it less tasty or nutritious.

Best places to lớn eat com tam

Com Tam Tran Quy Cap, 260 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3 – this restaurant is as popular with locals as it is with Saigon tourists. It’s also a great place to stop during a DIY food tour as it’s next door lớn Pho Le restaurant, where you can try a bowl of pho.

Quan Ca Phe bởi vì Phu – com tam dẻo Han, 113A Đặng Dung, Tân Định, Quận 1 – sit down for a plate of com tam và choose some house specialties khổng lồ go on the side.

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Ho bỏ ra Minh Food Guide | Snails & Seafood

While snails are generally considered a pricey delicacy in most countries, tourists can buy them và eat them right on the street in District 4. Located just across the river from the Russian Market, District 4 is a unique part of the city that exudes a vibe different from the atmosphere of District 1. Foreigners especially love this area as it is a little quieter than the Ben Thanh area, loaded with hotels and restaurants and features all the street food & seafood one can eat! Take stroll down Vinh Khanh Food Street lớn sample some of the freshest & best seafood & snails in all of Vietnam.

Recommended seafood restaurants in District 4

Oc Oanh, 534 Vĩnh Khánh, Phường 8, Quận 4 – this open-air restaurant is a popular spot khổng lồ chow down on crab & suck back a few beers.

Mrs. Truoc’s Snail Stall, 171A Cô Bắc, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1 – stop by for a sample of snails so good that they were featured on an episode of “Street Food” on Netflix.



Ho đưa ra Minh Food Guide | Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)

A light and refreshing treat, goi cuon go hand in hand with those warm day tours và sightseeing adventures in Ho chi Minh City. These fresh spring rolls are packed full of veggies (and meat or seafood, if you want) that are wrapped up neatly in rice paper – or a wide, thin rice noodle. Filling choices often include fresh shrimp, minced pork and whatever other specialties the vendor has on hand. The whole snack is served with a side of dipping sauce, which the customer chooses. A popular sauce is a sweet & tangy chili sauce with crushed peanuts. Another option most likely will include an oyster sauce revved up with garlic and chilies. Different “street food artists” feature their own chất lượng flavors of traditional dipping sauces. Travelers who like their spring rolls fried are in luck also. Just ask for phụ vương gio to get the crispy alternative.

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Best places khổng lồ try goi cuon



Ho bỏ ra Minh Food Guide | Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)

It looks lượt thích an omelet, but don’t let this pancake fool you. This crepe-like comfort food gets its golden color from turmeric và its distinct flavor from the coconut milk and rice flour used in the batter. Once the pancake is made, you can choose whatever is available to stuff into it. Popular choices are slices of grilled pork or whole shrimp, green onion, mushroom, bean sprouts và mint, but the selections can seem endless when you’re exploring all the ways khổng lồ enjoy banh xeo. In Ho bỏ ra Minh, banh xeo usually are served as hand-held snacks, but other cities in Vietnam are known for their larger plates of banh xeo, which are served more like an omelet.

Where to try banh xeo



Best places lớn stay for foodie tours in Ho đưa ra Minh

Most foodie tours in Ho đưa ra Minh are based in District 1, with a few specialty restaurants & markets in outlying districts. Travelers who want lớn be within walking distance khổng lồ most restaurants & street food markets in Saigon đô thị should choose a hotel in the Ben Thanh, or District 1, area. The region is packed with affordable hotels suitable for families and business travelers, & cheap backpacker hotels line every street. Click on any of these three options, and start exploring hotels in Ho bỏ ra Minh City‘s famous District 1!