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Restaurants in District 1

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these District 1 restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best District 1 restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in District 1 to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best District 1 restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in District 1.

  • Au Parc

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Just yards from Reunification Palace, this airy café makes an agreeable stop for breakfast, lunch, or a simple snack and coffee, especially on hot ... More
  • Banh Xeo An La Ghien

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Into an outsize wok the chef tosses a fistful of bean sprouts, pork, shrimp, and/or mushrooms, then pours in a slick of marigold-yellow batter, ric... More
  • Bon Bo Xu

    A spin-off of the trendy Xu restaurant down the block, this upmarket fast-food joint specializes in bun bo Hue, the spicy noodle soup customarily f... More
  • Cantina Central

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This cool Mexican bar-restaurant—owned by several members of the design collective from Gaya, just up the block—has quickly become an expat favorit... More
  • Centro Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Conveniently located on Lam Son Square near the Caravelle Hotel, in a secluded courtyard beside a German-style brewhouse, this casual coffeehouse (... More
  • Cépage, Ho Chi Minh City

    Seemingly beamed in from Sydney or Los Angeles, this sleek eatery is one in a new breed of Saigon restaurants. Its smart interiors (with polished w... More
  • Cuc Gach Quan

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Owned by architect Tran Binh and his French-Vietnamese wife, Thai Tu-Tho, Binh acquired a derelict colonial mansion and reimagined it as an indoor-... More
  • Gai Banh Mi

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Americans have gone crazy for this ingenious French-Vietnamese sandwich, but you haven’t really tasted banh mi until you’ve tracked down the venera... More
  • La Fenêtre Soleil

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    With a prime position above Le Thanh Ton, one of Saigon’s premier shopping streets, this irrepressibly cute tearoom with grandmother’s-parlor décor... More
  • La Fourchette

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Should you tire of Vietnamese food and crave a heart-stopping infusion of butter, cheese, and cholesterol—in the form of escargots, Brie du Meaux, ... More
  • Luong Son (a.k.a. Bo Tung Xeo)

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    At this open-air barbecue-and-beer garden, patrons grill strips of tangy marinated beef—bo tung xeo—on tabletop braziers and share pitchers of foam... More
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh (The Lunch Lady)

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    For 13 years, Monday through Saturday, the Lunch Lady has set up shop on a patch of pavement on Hoang Sa Street near the zoo—working from 11 a.m. u... More
  • Nhu Lan

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Open 24 hours and usually packed for nearly all of them, Nhu Lan is one of the city’s most accomplished bakeries—but the real draw are the banh mi ... More
  • Opera

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Fabulous buffet breakfasts at Opera are one of the biggest perks of a stay at the Park Hyatt. Don’t let the term “buffet” put you off: everything i... More
  • Pho 24

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Pho, Vietnam’s national dish—a rich beef consommé spiked with clove, star anise, and ginger and laced with noodles and fresh basil and cilantro—get... More
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