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Has anyone recommendations for trendy/ "off the beaten path" food places?

A friend and I are going to HCM next week for 3 days and I want to experience its (hopefully) creative food scene. I have been to Vietnam before so I know the traditional Vietnamese cuisine quite well. This time I would like to explore some up and coming food trends/ places (food trucks, restaurants, markets, stalls etc.). Thank you!

7 Answers

answered first by
Julie from Singapore

Hi Katharina,

I'm not sure if this place would be considered trendy, but a few months back I did a food tour in HCMC and we went to this hidden rooftop restaurant Secret Garden Vietnamese Restaurant & Tea House. It serves traditional Vietnamese food, is hard to find, and has a great view! I would definitely recommend checking it out. The food was great!

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answered by
Thuymi from Montreal, Quebec

You should try:

- Quán Bụi 17A Ngo Van Nam Street (vietnamese home food, very good joint) for the local/expat trendies that wants vietnamese food

- Urban Kitchen + Bar on Ngo Van Nam also, at night this place becomes a great bar

- The Racha Room, also a destination for night drinks, bartender makes great cocktails

- Secret Garden Tea and Pastries on Pasteur street

- Pasteur Street Brewing Company, new trendy craft beer place my friends opened

- Cục Gạch Quán, popular for vietnam home food

- Nhà Hàng Lạc Thái if you fancy some thai food, this place looks amazing

- The Deck Saigon in D2 for a great sunset (reserve before)

- Royal Tea House by Tien Dat in D2 - great villa with tons of antiques qhere you can enjoy australian meatpies, it's just a beautiful place with a pool. Not crowded, meant more for locals and to chill

tons more, hopefully my blogpost will be up soon so you guys can check it out.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Quán Bụi (restaurant)
  2. Urban Kitchen + Bar (restaurant)
  3. The Racha Room (restaurant)
  4. Secret Garden Tea and Pastries (restaurant)
  5. Pasteur Street Brewing Company (attraction)
  6. Cục Gạch Quán (restaurant)
  7. Nhà Hàng Lạc Thái (attraction)
  8. The Deck Saigon (restaurant)
  9. Royal Tea House by Tien Dat (restaurant)
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top answer by
Jodi from Funchal

It's quite hard to answer just one or two places, as Saigon is full of incredible stalls to try, and as you know you can truly eat through food from the entire country of Vietnam within the city's many Districts. 

There is a BBQ craze at present, with my pick being the newly opened Quán Ụt Ụt, where you can get incredible grilled meat and sides like cumin-buttered corn and sweet potato fries for a reasonable price. The owners wanted to build a Vietnamese restaurant that made American BBQ but with Vietnamese local ingredients, and they've done a tremendous job. 

For other options, I did write a long (10,000 word) piece on Saigon's street food and other restaurants (including Quan Ut Ut). 



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answered by

2 classics but good quality and nice experience

Ngon 138 Restaurant

Com Nieu Sai Gon Restaurant

A bit more mid range / trendy

Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm Gem restaurant on top floor a bit fusion mid range prices, tasty

Lê Lai in the chill bar tower, just a floor below is a Japanese restaurant on 2 floors with a fair Japanese food with a good location and view

Hope this helps a bit

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  1. Ngon 138 Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Com Nieu Sai Gon Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm (attraction)
  4. Lê Lai (attraction)
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answered by
halong from Hanoi

As in Hanoi city, Saigon, Vietnam is also a city to eat, drink & be merry! Saigon’s street food becomes a culture cuisine of this city, you can go around by motos or just take a walk andsee the local life and enjoy great street. Bellow six best foods we recommend for you when travel to Saigon

What to eat in Saigon ?

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answered by
Teddy from New City, New York

Do you like street food ? The street food scene in Saigon permeates every district, neighborhood, and alleyway; the city boasts so many street food outlets that, at times, Saigon feels like one gigantic, open-air restaurant. Every day, tens of thousands of street-side eateries offer up delicious, cheap food in an informal environment on the city’s sidewalks. But street food is about more than food: it’s about atmosphere and ambience. As a friend of mine once pointed out, if you take street food home with you, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good. Eating street food is without doubt the best thing to do in Saigon. Here are my 7 favourite streets for street food in Saigon.

1. Vạn Kiếp: Phu Nhuan/Binh Thanh districts

2. Sư Vạn Hạnh: District 10

3. Vĩnh Khánh District 4

4. Phan Văn Hân Binh Thanh District

5. Cô Giang: District 1

6. Trần Khắc Chân District 1

7. Nguyễn Văn Quá: District 3

Happy trip.

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  1. Vạn Kiếp (attraction)
  2. Sư Vạn Hạnh (attraction)
  3. Vĩnh Khánh (attraction)
  4. Phan Văn Hân (attraction)
  5. Cô Giang (attraction)
  6. Trần Khắc Chân (attraction)
  7. Nguyễn Văn Quá (attraction)

answered by
Sophia from Hoi An

To experience the cuisine in Ho Chi Minh, you need to cover all of these foods: 

 Vietnamese broken rice (Cơm tấm): It's a combination of broken rice and pork. This food is well-liked by the locals.

Where to eat: Com Tam Ba Ghien (Address: 84 Đặng Văn Ngữ Street, 10 Ward, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City.)

Com Tam Moc

Trang Bang Rice Paper ( Báng tráng Trảng Bàng): Vietnamese love rolling rice paper with vegetables and rice paper. And Trang Bang rice paper is best. 

Where to eat: Hoang Ty restaurant

- Phnom-penh clear rice noodle soup (Hủ tiếu Nam Vang): One of the most popular food in Sai Gon. It's the cambodian and Vietnamese noodles. The taste is so good and completely different from other noodles. 

Where to eat:

Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Nhân Quán:

Address: 72 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.

For more food and local/ trendy restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, check this one.

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