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Top Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

Top Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

By Ruby ZhaoUpdated Jun. 17, 2021

Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City offer visitors a wide range of options from western cuisines like French and Italian, Asian food like Chinese and Thai to local Vietnamese food. While street food makes good snacks, it's important to find an authentic restaurant to try the local cuisine, as this is part of experiencing the culture.

Sit-down restaurants with well-trained waiters and printed menus often specialize in a particular type of cuisine. The restaurants we recommend below have been carefully selected to meet the needs of different diet habits. Not only are there a lot of traditional Vietnamese dishes and a wide array of fusion dishes, but also vegetarian options.

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The first restaurant we chose is KOTO Saigon, offering traditional Vietnamese food, and warm and welcoming staff, made up of disadvantaged young people learning on the job. An opportunity to taste excellent food and help the local community.

Other restaurants offering traditional food are Den Long and The Daun; you certainly won't be disappointed. The food is extremely good, and the ambience make these perfect places for families.

If you want to try something different, head to Baba's Kitchen, where you can taste authentic Indian dishes, or to Hum Vegetarian for ample choice of vegetarian food.

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KOTO Saigon

When in Vietnam, trying traditional food is a must. KOTO Saigon is the right place to do this. KOTO Saigon doesn't only offer a warm ambience and amazing food, but it is also a 'training restaurant', where disadvantaged young people can learn a job and hope for a better future.

Who we recommend it to: Visitors who like to try authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Location: 19 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

Features and why we recommend it:

  • Located inside a beautiful French colonial building, the restaurant is in the center of District 1, close to the Saigon River and other tourist spots.
  • KOTO is a 'training restaurant' that hires disadvantaged kids and teaches team useful working skills. The staff is warm and committed to its job.
  • Their menu is full of traditional Vietnamese dishes. The set menu (a starter, a main course, and a dessert) costs about US $10. You can also have a set menu for 2 or 4 people, with signature dishes like stuffed pork and snails steamed with lemongrass, or crispy duck wantons with kumquat dipping.
  • The restaurant offers also a wide array of Asian, western, and vegetarian mains.
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Den Long - Home Cooked Vietnamese Restaurant

You will remember Den Long for its food, authentic Vietnamese food, and its ambience, decorated with a traditional Vietnamese style. The young staff and the quality of service make this the perfect place for you and your family.

Who we recommend it to: Small groups who like to try authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Location: 130 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

Features and why we recommend it:

  • The restaurant is in the center of the city and offers authentic Vietnamese food.
  • A family of four can expect to dine here for about US$ 50.
  • Den Long's strong points are: the quality of its service, its warm and young staff, its cozy ambience with traditional Vietnamese decor.
  • We recommend you try the fried rice with pineapple, Vietnamese summer rolls, chicken and pork with coconut rice, or the caramelized pork with pepper.
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Baba's Kitchen

If you love Indian food, Baba's Kitchen is the place for you. Their menu offers a huge number of different, traditional Indian dishes. You can choose to try the cuisine from the North or the South, both prepared by specialized chefs. The restaurant is ideal for families, and has plenty of vegetarian options.

Who we recommend it to: Muslims and people who like Indian food

Location: 164 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Features and why we recommend it:

  • Baba's Kitchen offers good Indian food and a convenient location in District 1, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
  • The variety of their menu is impressive: you can find many kinds of curries (chicken, mutton, vegetarian), kebabs, soups, salads, and masalas (also vegetarian).
  • You can try dishes from the North or the South of India; they are prepared by specialized chefs that work hard to give you authentic Indian food.
  • All the tables are outside, in a refreshing and welcoming garden.
  • Most dishes come for about US$ 4.
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The Daun

If you want to try a different cuisine, head to The Daun, where you can find delicious Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. The quality of service is, as usual, impeccable, and the staff is friendly and welcoming.

Who we recommend it to: Muslims and people who want to try other Asian food

Location: 194 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Features and why we recommend it:

  • It is located just a couple of minutes away from Ben Thanh Market, in the city center. It offers Singaporean, Malaysian, and western dishes.
  • The service is quick, and their menu offers many dishes to choose from: spring rolls, Mee Goreng (flavored and spicy noodles), Chichen Pho (a noodles soup with chicken) and much, much more.
  • The friendly staff and the owner of the restaurant will take care of all your needs, and can help you with suggestions about how to explore Ho Chi Minh.

Hum Vegetarian Lounge & Restaurant

Hum Vegetarian uses only the freshest ingredients to prepare your favorite vegetarian food. They care about your health, and they cook dishes that are good for you and your taste buds. We recommend you try their salads, or venture to the 'All about rice' section.

Who we recommend it to: Vegetarians

Location: 2 Thi Sach St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

Features and why we recommend it:

  • They select the ingredients for their dishes because of their health benefits; on the menu, under each dish, there is a short explanation about why that particular food is good for you.
  • Their menu offers snacks, appetizers, main courses, salads, soups, and desserts, everything strictly vegetarian.
  • Among their signature salads, we recommend mushrooms in ground toasted rice, banana blossom salad (a traditional Vietnamese dish), or a beetroot salad in passion fruit juice.
  • On the section 'All about rice', there are creative variations of rice dishes, such as the magenta plant fried rice, brown rice in lotus leaf, or holy basil fried rice.

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