This beautiful restaurant, with its airy courtyard and elegantly decorated interior, is by no means a secret. However, I urge you all to sample the wonderful array of very reasonably priced Vietnamese traditional meals on offer. There is even a chance to visit the food stalls where your authentic and delicious meals are prepared and cooked.
138 D Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, near the Reunification Palace
A restaurant that I have to tell people to steer clear of. Service was dreadful with one starter arriving as we were leaving. Food was quite poor which was surprising considering the many places in the city you can find great food.
At the end of the night we were short changed with our money as well!
86 Bis Le Tranh Ton, District 1
On of the city's most popular restuarants as evidenced by the lunchtime and evening queues.
Vietnamese cuisine served in an airy courtyard.
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
(0)8 829 9449
Google map: tinyurl.com/ybzyy99
Popular outdoor barbeque restaurant with a large menu of meat and seafood.
Good fun as you can barbeque your meat at your table.
Good value, great service and full of locals which is always a good sign.
An area that is regarded as Ho Chi Minh's backpacker area. The Vietnamese equivalent to Bangkok's Kao San Road.
Plenty of bars (Go2 bar, Crazy Buffalo), travel agencies etc.
Centred around De Tham street
Google map: tinyurl.com/y86tlb6
Probably both the cheapest and the most authentic pizza I've had in Vietnam. Proper oven, proper ingredients, proper training, no messing around!
And the prices are sure to please. Located within walking distance of the backpacker district. Note the shop is very small, only a few small tables available facing the noisy traffic.
76 Nguyen Trai, District 1
Tel: 9 181 688
An offshoot from Le PUB Hanoi, this bar located in the backpacker area of HCMC is a refreshing change to the regular places in the area. Fantastic music, free wifi, well-priced excellent food and a huge selection of drinks, coffee and smoothies makes it a great spot for people watching.
175/22 Pham Ngu Lao. Dist 1, HCMC
08 837 7679
Several excellent restaurants, of all cuisine types, such as:
Skewers,9a Thai Van Lung (Mediterranean);
Mogambo, 20Bis Thi Sach (American);
Al Fresco, 27 Dong Du (International);
Au Lac Do Brazil, 238 Pasteur (Brazilian);
Chao Thai, 16 Thai Van Lung (Thai);
La Fourchette9 Ngo Duc Ke (French);
Bavaria, 9 Ngo Van Nam (German).
See also our magazine: www.saigoninsideout.com
"From gutter grub to gourmet tables, Noodlepie is a blog about scoff and swill in Saigon". I write it - so please excuse the self-promotion - having said that, it is a useful guide that takes in the places and the dishes from the pavement up that other guides don't often get to grips with.
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