Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

I love Vietnamese food so it seems natural for me to include a list of good restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Of course since Vietnam used to be a French colony, you won’t be surprised to find good French restaurants as well. Above is a photo of three Vietnamese women wearing the traditional ao dai, which I adore. I bought an ao dai in a Vietnamese boutique in Paris. It is elegant, sexy and comfortable — an unbeatable combination in clothing.

Madame Tinh
40/29 Bui Vien Street
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hue cuisine, , well hidden in a lane next to “Hideaway Bar”, Pham Ngu Lau Street. Speciality rice with clams

Caffe’ Centro
6 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 291 3135
Italian home cuisine, and of course espresso

Pho 24
5 Nguyen Thiep Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 822 8260

Le Bordeaux (French)
72 – D2 Street, Van Thanh Bac, Binh Thanh Dist
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 899 9831

Nam Phan
64 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 829 2757

Restaurant 13
13 Ngo Duc Ke St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 239 314

Oceania
167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 932 2579
Seafood

Quan An Ngon
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 825 7179

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Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Great stuff, nice photo and a fun set of places to try next time I am there- I suspect a lot has changed since i was there (in 1993 !???????).

  2. An Nong used to be a fav of mine, but has slipped a lot in the past 2 years, such as shame as it was used to be so so good

  3. Thanks for the comment about An Ngon. I would like other readers to post updates about restaurants — whether they should no longer be on our list.

  4. tomaso andreatta says

    You must have been in Saigon a while ago, as Oceania has been closed for quite a while. It is the sister restaurant to San Ho on 58 Ly Thuong Kiet in Hanoi, a highly recommendable vietnamese seafood restaurant
    Le Bordeaux is a very good haute cuisine French, with a limited cellar of young Bordeaux and an elegant look
    Caffe Centro has by far the best Italian food in town, and it is a simple place. It is in Lam Son Square, the Thai Van Lung branch (closeby) is not as good and is not a restaurant. In Thai Van Lung there is a pizza place, Scoozi, with the best pizza, probably together with the thinner one of Pendolasco on Nguyen Hue.
    Pho 24 has a better franchise on Hai Ba Trung around the numbers 65-75, just after Lam Son Square. Their soup is especially good.