Ho Chi Minh City

Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

While Thai cuisine has become familiar to many Americans, the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City can provide an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine—often described as lighter, fresher, and more delicate than Thai cuisine, with a French influence as well (bahn mi sandwiches made with baguettes are a popular lunch time staple). The country's most famous dish, served in many restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City is pho. The soup consists of a light broth, usually chicken or beef, noodles and a scattering of fresh herbs. While some of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City are listed here, brave gourmets will also want to snack on the offerings from the countless street stalls. One of the best places to experience Vietnamese cuisine at is most elegant is Nam Phan, in a renovated four-story villa surrounded by landscaped gardens. The restaurant serves a variety of set lunch and dinner menus, as well as an à la carte menu, with possible dishes including fresh lotus root salad, and pan-fried lobster in sweet-and-sour sauce.

This inviting, family-owned café is the ideal place to grab a lunch or light dinner and is a haven for travelers seeking somewhat familiar food.

Known for its upscale Vietnamese cuisine, Nam Phan is housed in a renovated four-story villa surrounded by landscaped gardens. Inside, the candlelit dining rooms are decorated with polished wood furniture, carved stone walls, and marble floors topped with large flower vases.

Previously located downtown, this French-Italian restaurant moved to a more intimate space inside a restored villa in 2008.

This dinner cruise along the Saigon River provides views of the city’s skyline and highlights Vietnamese culture. Cruises take place on board a replica of the Bonsai I, the double-decker dragon boat of the emperors.

Frequented by Parisian ex-pats, this tiny bistro serves simple, authentic French fare in the Dong Khoi district. The restaurant is divided into two levels, each with only a handful of mosaic tables. On the bottom floor, additional seating spills out onto the sidewalk.

Located behind Ben Thanh Market, Nam Giao serves a small, but comprehensive menu of traditional dishes from the Hue region of Vietnam.

Housed in a former furniture store, the I-Box Café is a casually chic restaurant serving a wide variety of