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Ho Chi Minh Food Recommendations!

Welcome to the land of piping hot drip coffee and bowls of pho fresh off the stove! That’s what most visitors look forward to when in Ho Chi Minh city, but did you know there’s more to that?

Sample some of the best cuisines Vietnam has to offer in the heart of its bustling capital. Here’s our cheat sheet to some of the best eats you can find in Ho Chi Minh!


1. Noir Dining In The Dark

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Catch this once-in-a-lifetime experience when you dine at Noir, Vietnam‘s one and only dine in the dark restaurant! Plating up a wide variety of Asian as well as European flavors, this culinary tavern adds an interesting twist to entertain its diners.

When one sense is removed, all other senses become elevated. That is the concept Noir aims to deliver through their two-hour dining session. Customers will be blindfolded and taken through a gastronomic journey, one unique dish after another.

And, you’ll even be doing your bit of charity just by enjoying your food! Noir contributes part of its proceeds towards organizations aiding the visually-impaired community. Fun fact: some of the restaurant’s employees also belong to this group!

Address: 180D Hai Bà Trưng, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 5.30 PM – 11 PM daily (Closed on Mondays)
Contact Number: +84 28 6263 2525

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2. Indochina Junk Dinner Cruise

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Next, bon voyage down the famous Saigon River while savoring the finest dishes! Depart from the bays of Ho Chi Minh city and set sail for a gastronomic adventure.

On board, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the different set menus in store, each boasting an array of local delicacies. Enjoy the magnificent night scenery as you munch on sumptuous spring rolls, fresh seafood, steaming hotpots, and tons more!

Address: 05 Nguyễn Tất Thành, Phường 12, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM daily
Contact Number: +84 96 434 33 22

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3. Saigon Princess Dinner Cruise

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Can’t get enough of the glamorous life? Then, upgrade your Ho Chi Minh food trip by hopping onboard the stylish Saigon Princess Dinner Cruise!

Flaunting a fancy exterior, let this luxurious cruise take you down the Insta-worthy banks of Saigon river. Here, chefs do justice to Vietnam‘s freshest produce by serving a range of deliciously cooked seafood. Other fusion, international and vegetarian cuisines are also available.

Go through entire course meals of plump shrimps and squid bathed in seafood soup, French duck confit, and more. Plus, with menu options for both adults and kids, it’ll be a royal feast for everyone!

Address: Nha Rong Port, Phường 12, Quận 4, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6 PM – 10 PM daily
Contact Number: +84 888 901 068

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4. Mandarine Restaurant

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What happens when you get a marriage of Chinese and Vietnamese influences under one roof? The delectable spread you’ll find at the grand Mandarine Restaurant, of course!

Bringing the best of both worlds, this reputable establishment does wonders with its mix of Chinese-Vietnamese cuisines! Take their lotus seed spring rolls, Mandarin-style sautéed beef, and other signature dishes for instance.

Address: 11a Ngô Văn Năm, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 11 AM – 2.30 PM daily (lunch) / 5 PM – 10 PM daily (dinner)
Contact Number: +84 28 3822 9783

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6. Vietnamese Street Food!

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You know what they say, there’s no better way to explore the city than on foot. Get a little adventurous and you’ll never know what surprises might just lie around the corner!

Feel like a true tourist as you meander through the urban streets of Ho Chi Minh. There, you’ll find strings of food vendors waiting to satiate your hungry appetite. After all that walking, who wouldn’t care for some hot rice noodles, bánh mì and loads more?

Besides the conventional street eateries, hit up some of Vietnam‘s trendy restaurant chains. These include 37th street, Cowboy Jack’s, K-Pub, 500 Pizzeria and many others.

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7. Den Da Coffee

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Last but not least, no foodie adventure is complete without the cherry on top. Relish in delightful sweet notes when you drop by Den Da Coffee in Ho Chi Minh!

Even just by looking at them, the desserts here are just as tempting as they are lip-smacking. Indulge in their handcrafted bingsus, alongside an assortment of aromatic coffee, tea and smoothie beverages.

Address: 110 Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 10, Phú Nhuận, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 7 AM – 1 AM daily
Contact Number: +84 28 6681 1999

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