Saigon Ho Chi Minh City is an amazing city that I would recommend for anyone interested n travelling to south east Asia and Vietnam. The food, architecture and overall youthful atmosphere make it a great place to spend ~3-4 days in of exploring.

I would start by checking out the Binh Tan markets (there’s the main one and a food one right next to it). Other highlights were the art gallery, Notre Dame cathedral, and the Bitexco tower and area around it.

Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

The best part is the food and overall atmosphere – there’s enough tourists that you can meet people to hang out with but not too many to make it over touristy. Definitely my favourite city in south east Asia.

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Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Beer Scene

Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Ho Chi Minh City has a burgeoning craft beer scene, much better than any other cities we found in Southeast Asia. Those big bottles of Saigon Beer are cheap as hell, and drinking a bottle or four with locals while sitting on a tiny plastic stool on the curb is a cultural experience not to be missed, but if you’re looking for a nice craft ale and an actual chair consider calling into one of these places:

Heart Of Darkness – They brew their own excellent beer and have killer pizza. Super friendly staff too. 6 regular beers and 14 rotating seasonal all brewed in house. We liked this place so much we went back twice, it was our favorite beer spot in the city.

Pasteur Street Brewing – The leader in the HCMC craft brewing explosion. Their tap room is a small clean space between City Hall and Ben Tranh Market that gets super crowded with a mostly western crowd. You can also find their stuff on draft at pubs throughout the city, and even a few places in Hanoi.

BiaCraft – There’s a few of these in the city I think, but the one in District 3 is the one we visited. Biggest selection in the city. 30 taps, 8 of their own beers, with 22 guest taps in a super sleek space. Has indoor and outdoor seating, we sat indoors because it was hot as an aardvarks nutsack. Good food too.

Rogue Saigon – Rooftop bar with a hipster clientele and good music. Mostly locals. Has about 30 beers to choose from. It’s tricky to find this place. You’ve got to climb three or four flights of stairs to find the small bar area, order your drink, and then take it up another flight of stairs to the roof. Very cool place

Winking Seal Brewing Co – Tiny taproom on a busy street for a new brewery thats super centrally located. We only stopped here briefly, and it was empty since it was mid-day, but the beer was great and the barman was really friendly.

If you love good beer and are backpacking in SEA, get your fill in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City, because it’s slim pickings almost everywhere else.

Food in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Here’s a list of food places in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City compiled and trialled by me, fellow travelers, and a cool Vietnamese dude (so you know this is legit!). Happy travels guys 🙂

Saigon food joints for specialized dishes:

  • Pork chop broken rice place: 167 Nguyễn Văn Cừ (off of Trần Hưng Đạo) border of district 5 & 1… close to backpackers area.
  • Pho dau (sells out as early as 11am) @ 288/m1 nam ky khoi nghia, district 3 — order northern style pho wt side of beef fat
  • Pho hung (open until 3am) @ 241 nguyen trai, district 5 — order southern style pho of your choice
  • Bun bo hue 31 @ 31 mac dinh chi, district 1 — order bun bo hue (spicy beef noodle)
  • Bun bo ba ba (only open after 4pm) @ 18a nguyen thi minh khai, district 1 — order bun bo (beef noodle soup)
  • Banh mi huynh hoa (only open at night) @ 26 le thi rieng, district 5 — order banh mi (baguette pork sandwich)
  • No name joint @ 12C nguyen phi khanh (only open 300pm to 430pm) — order banh canh gio heo (thick rice flour pork noodle soup wt pork hemhock)
  • Banh canh cua nam pho @ 20 nguyen huu cau, district 1 — order banh canh suon cha (thick rice flour pork noodle soup wt pork ribs) + bun thit nuong (grilled pork wt vermicelli noodle + herbs + vegetables)
  • No name joint (only open for lunch) @ 74A3 nguyen van cu, district 3 — order com tam (bbq pork chop rice plate)
  • Chao vit thu nga @ 108 binh quoi, binh thanh district (there is a copycat joint next door wt the same address, make sure to go to the smaller one directly across the school wt food cart station against the wall) — order chao vit (duck rice porridge)
  • Bun cha hang manh hanoi @ 140b ly chinh thang, district 3 — eat bun cha (charcoal grilled pork patties wt vermicelli noodles + herbs) in saigon if you dont have time to eat it in hanoi!
  • Sinh to 142 @ 142 ly chinh thang, district 3 — order trai cay dem (fruit cup wt yogurt)
  • Banh oc thanh hai @ 14/12 ky dong, district 3 — order bun rieu oc (snail noodle soup)
  • Mien ga hanoi @ 008 lo B chung cu ngo tat to, binh thanh district — order bun mang vit (duck + bamboo noodle soup) which is only served on sundays + tuesdays + thursdays + saturdays, sells out as early as 9am
  • Xoi ga 15 @ 15 nguyen trung truc, district 1 — order xoi ga (sticky rice wt boiled chicken)
  • Pho ha (only open at night) @ 31 hai trieu, district 1 — order mien ga (chicken glass noodle soup) + xoi ga (sticky rice wt boiled chicken)
  • Bun bo tay loc @ 46 nguyen binh khiem, district 1 – order mi quang (turmeric rice noodle wt shrimp + pork + rice cracker)
  • No name joint @ noodle cart in front of 222 dinh tien hoang (only open late at night) — order mi ga (chicken egg noodle soup) + mi vit tiem (duck egg noodle soup)
  • Xom ga xoi mo @ 59 tu xuong, district 3 — order com ga (fried chicken rice plate)
  • 46a banh xeo @ 46a dinh cong trang, district 1 — order banh xeo (rice flour crepe wt pork + shrimp)
  • Com ga hai nam @ 379bis nguyen tri phuong, district 10 — order com vit (duck rice plate) + com heo quay (roasted pork rice plate)
  • Duc phat sui cao 176 @ 176 ha ton quyen, district 11 — order xiu mai + sui cao + gan nai kho (braised deer tendon)
  • 193 sui cao @ — 193 ha ton quyen, district 11 — order sui cao tom (dumpling soup wt shrimp)

Food joints for nhau in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Quan loan @ 37 ly tu trong, district 1 — order blood sausage + lemongrass chicken + pork kabobs + grilled eggplant + rare beef wt lime
  • Lang nuong @ 546 cach mang thang tam, district 3 — order roast suckling pig (baby pig!) + field mice + goat breast + grilled deer + fried alligator
  • Lau de 306b @ 306b dien bien phu, district 10 — order goat prepared 4 ways (stir fried, steamed, grilled, hot pot) + honeybee liquor
  • Rhum joint in front of black cat @ 13 phan van dat, district 1 — order rhum + chicken wings + thu linh (large intestines)
  • Quan oc gai @ 6b6 huong vuong, district 10 (only open at night) — order oc mong tay (fingernail snails) + oc nhay (razor clam snails) + banh canh gio heo (thick rice flour pork noodle soup wt pork hemhock)
  • Xua va nay @ 33 nguyen trung truc, district 1 — order salt fish fried rice + steamed chicken in lemon leaves + chicken wings in fish sauce + eel cooked in gourd + cheese wrapped in beef + shrimp eggrolls
  • Quan ut oc @ 38a dien bien phu, binh thanh district — order chicken wings (super amazing!) + french fries *Ngoc linh @ 5 nguyen thi minh khai, district 1 — order veal in red wine sauce + pork ribs in salt and chili + cha ruoi (pork wt crustacean patty)

Saigon Ho Chi Minh City food joints for family style:

  • Goc xua @ 310b dien bien phu, district 10 — order wasabi beef + veal tail + beef organs + hotpot wt eel, frog, shrimp, crab, egg
  • Bo tung xeo @ 81 ly tu trong, district 1 — order bo tung xeo (bbq beef) + ca hoi luc lac (cubed pieces of salmon) + roast suckling pig (baby pig!) + com chien toi (garlic fried rice)
  • Cuc gach (*there are two, this one is the fancy one) @ 10 dang tat, district 1 — order fried chicken wings wt fish sauce + fried fish wt green mango + beef saute wt lemongrass & chili + fried tofu wt lemongrass & chili + fish in claypot + fish & chips (cha ca) + guava juice to drink
  • Cuc gach (*there are two, this one is the chill one) @ 92b thach thi thanh, district 1 — five course set menu that costs 45,000 vnd per person (menu changes daily but always consists of two protein dishes + two vegetables dishes + one soup dish)
  • Com nieu saigon @ 6C tu xuong, district 3 — order fried crispy pork + beef cooked in young pepper + salt and chili shrimp + aubergine in spring onion oil
  • Quan 94 @ 94 dinh tien hoang, district 1 — order various soft shell crab dishes (glass noodle wt crab, fried rice wt crab, crab eggrolls, etc)

French food in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Le bourdeaux @ 72 D2 street, binh thanh district — order asparagus wt hollandaise & foie gras appetizer, salmon & crab tartare appetizer + filet of beef in red wine sauce + roasted rack of lamb wt garlic cream. this meal for two (2) people costs about $60.
  • Les trois gourmands @ 18 tong huu dinh, thao dien, district 2 — $45/per person tasting menu that includes amuse bouche + choice of three (3) appetizers + main entree + dessert. for appetizers, order foie gras eggrolls + lamb lasagna + scallops mashed potato truffle + lobster de artichoke.

Cheap flights to Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

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The absolute best piece of advice I got was don’t take one of the buses to Chu Chi tunnels. It’s a long trip, you have to get up very early and the whole place is wedged with busses when you arrive (and there is a long trip home again after).

There is a speedboat trip up the river that brings you right to the tunnels. It takes about 40 mins and you arrive long before the crowds. It’s more expensive than the bus but we’ll worth it.

Saigon is such a woderfull city massive to too us over an hour to get downtown on motorbike. To give you the idea about differences I noticed in Hanoi you never really saw any Western stores, no McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King etc but in Saigon they are everywhere. Oh, and Ubers cost less than a dollar. Always go Uber.