The colonial influence of the French is still very much apparent. On the local side, the Vietnamese dishes are made with fresh vegetables and meat.
The seafood is also abundant and excellent. For a fast and efficient lunch break, try the Pho, the typical beef noodle soup! One of the best places to taste the authentic and cheap local food is Thi Sach street (two blocks behind the National Theatre) lined with many small restaurants which are packed nightly.
This is one of the restaurants with the best contemporary French cuisine and wines in town. The goose liver is imported directly from France.
Address: 72-D2 Street Van Thanh Bac, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 3899 9831 Internet: www.restaurant-lebordeaux.com More Info: Binh Thanh District
Nam Phan restaurant
Not far from Nam Giao, Nam Phan is on the top of Vietnamese cuisine in town. The restaurant is beautifully situated in a former colonial villa. Even if there are over 200 seats it is highly recommended to make a reservation in advance.
Address: 34 Vo Van Tan St., District 3, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 829 2757 Internet: www.khaisilkcorp.com More Info: District 3
Restaurant 13 serves traditional and flavourful Vietnamese food at reasonable prices and has become popular with travellers. Ask for the Clay Pot dish and you can even cook the cuisine yourself!
Address: 13 Ngo Duc Ke, District 1, Ho Chi Minh More Info: District 1
This is another recommended venue offering excellent Hue-styled central Vietnamese cuisine in the city centre. Here you can find a mixed crowed of both locals and tourists.
Address: 136/15 Le Thanh Ton, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 825 0261 Internet: www.namgiao.com More Info: Behind Ben Thanh Market
Song Ngu Seafood Restaurant
Song Ngu is one of the best venues for seafood adepts. When you are here, try the fresh seafood hot pot.
Address: 70 Suong Nguyet Anh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 325 017 Internet: www.songngu.com More Info: District 1
Good Morning Vietnam
Are you tired of local food? This popular restaurant serves great Italian dishes cooked to perfection but to reasonable prices. The menu is also filled with a good selection of wines.
Address: 197 De Tham, District 1, Pham Ngu Lau, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 837 7894 More Info: District 1
La Nicoise serves decent French and Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Saigon. This restaurant is highly recommended!
Address: 42 Ngo Duc Ke, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 822 8613
Asian Kitchen is one of the favourites among the backpackers community. They serve great food to a good price!
Address: 185/22 Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh City Phone: +84 8 836 7397
At this place you can’t blame the chef if you’re not satisfied with your meal. At Cyclo Resto, You are the chef. After being picked up and taken to the small restaurant with a cyclo, you and your company will get instructions how to cook popular Vietnamese dishes. When you’re done with the cooking you can sit down and enjoy the result.
Address: 3A Dang Tran Con, Ben Thanh ward, Distric 1, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 66804235
Internet: www.cycloresto.com.vn More Info: Distric 1
La Villa French Restaurant
As you can guess from its name this restaurant serves French food. To accompany the delicious cuisine, the wine selection offers a wide array. Enjoy your dinner in the beautiful dining room or in the lush and lovely garden by the swimming pool.
Address: 14 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh
Opening hours: Sunday is closed Phone: +84 90 8128 860
Internet: www.lavilla-restaurant.com.vn More Info: Dress code: Smart Casual
Scott and Binh’s
With a good reputation among both locals and tourists this relaxed restaurant offers a pause from the national Vietnamese cuisine. The mixed menu is filled with different international dishes such as European salads, Mexican quesedillas, American burgers and Thai spring rolls.
Address: 15 – 17 Cao Triều Pha’t,Phú Mỹ Hưng,Dist. 7, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 94 8901 465 Internet: www.bizuhotel.com More Info: District 7
At Ciao Bella the waiters and the staff take well care of their guests in the welcoming dining room. Home-made bread and dip are complimentary upon arrival and high quality Italian dishes come out from the kitchen. The cosy setting makes this restaurant perfect for a romantic evening.
Address: 11 Dong Du Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Phone: +84 8 3822 3329 Internet: www.saigonrestaurantgroup.com More Info: District 1