Top Must-eat Dishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

Top Must-eat Dishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

You are a foodie and want to explore the best street food in Saigon but aren’t sure where are the best places in town? Then this what you will love. Let's put my recommendation of  the Top Must-eat Dishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies in your pocket and start exploring the Saigon food haven.

* STREET FOOD

1. Cơm tấm - Broken rice

One the most famous rice dish in South Vietnam, Com Tam translates into “broken rice”. Broken rice are the grains of rice that break from their sheaths when farmers harvest the rice or are broken during transport. It is usually served with grilled pork (either ribs or shredded), thinly shredded pork mixed with cooked and thinly shredded pork skin over broken rice, egg meatloaf or omelette, plus various greens and pickled vegetables.

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* Cơm tấm Hiền: 241 Cach Mang Thang 8, Dist 3. [MAP]

  • Open hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • Prices: 25.000đ - 55.000đ

* Cơm tấm 129: 129 Đoàn Văn Bơ, Ward 12, District 4 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 15:00 - 23:00
  • Prices: 18,000 - 28,000đ

2. Bánh mì - Vietnamese baguette

Banh Mi is the French inspired Vietnamese sandwich in a baguette. The most popular kind is made with ever-varying combination of deli-style pork, pate and veggies. If you don’t like pork, there is also a version with chicken or sardines. The Vietnamese Banh Mi has been popular around the world and you can find it in many other countries. But if you want the original, the best and by far the cheapest version you have to try it here in Vietnam!

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa: 26 Le Thi Rieng, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: About 3:30 pm – midnight daily
  • Price: 33,000 VND ($1.40), more expensive than others, but worth it for the amount of meat. Also, be prepared to line up in a queue.

* Bánh mì Như Lan: 50 Ham Nghi, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Price range: 15.000đ - 55.000đ

* Bánh mì Bùi Thị Xuân: 122E Bui Thi Xuan, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 05:30 AM - 01:00 AM
  • Price range: 20.000đ - 33.000đ

3. Bánh Xèo - Vietnamese pancake

Banh Xeo is an iconic southern dish - the Vietnamese savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts. To eat this dish, you wrap the rice cakes in either mustard leaves or lettuce and dip them in a sweet sauce.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Banh xeo at 46 Dinh Cong Trang, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. [MAP]

  • Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM and 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Price range: 15,000đ – 55,000đ

* Bánh xèo Mười Xiềm: 204 Nguyen Trai St., Pham Ngu Lao Ward, D1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 10:00 - 22:00 
  • Prices: 70,000 - 110,000đ

4. Phở - Beef noodle soup

Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam, originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam. Pho consist of broth, flag rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Phở Phú Vương, 120 Nguyen Thai Binh, Dist 1  [MAP]

  • Open hours: 07:00 - 22:00
  • Prices: 50.000đ - 80.000đ

* Phở Hòa: 260C Pasteur, Ward 8, District 3 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 12:00 - 24:00
  • Price range: 40.000đ - 55.000d

* Phở Lệ: 303-305 Vo Van Tan, Ward 5, District 3 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 7:00 - 22:00
  • Prices: 55,000 VND

5. Bún Bò Huế - Hue beef noodle soup

A different type beef of noodle soup to Pho that comes from Hue - the Imperial city in the central of Vietnam. The dish is greatly admired for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors and the predominant flavor is that of lemon grass.

Ready to graduate from banh mi sandwiches and pho noodle soup?

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bún Bò Đông Ba: 110A Nguyen Du, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 06:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Price range: 38.000đ - 55.000 VND

* Bún bò Chú Há: 300 Vo Van Tan, District 3 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Price: 60,000 VND

6. Bún riêu cua - Crab noodle soup

Bún Riêu is traditional Vietnamese meat rice vermicelli soup. There are several varieties of bún riêu, including bún riêu cua, bún riêu cá, and bún riêu ốc. Bún riêu cua is served with broth and topped with crab paste (made from paddy crabs) stewed tomatoes, pork, and some pieces of tofu. 

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bún Riêu Cua Ốc Phan Rang Ninh Thuận,  66 Nguyen Thai Binh, Dist 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
  • Price range: 35,000 - 55,000 VND

* Bún Ốc Riêu Cua Thanh Hải, 14/12 Ky Dong, Ward 9, Dist 3 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
  • Price range: 25,000 - 66,000 VND

7. Bánh canh cua - Tapioca Crab noodle soup

Banh canh is a thick Vietnamese noodle that can be made from tapioca flour or a mixture of rice and tapioca flour and “cua” is crab. So bánh canh cua – a rich, thick crab soup, often with the addition of quail eggs.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bánh Canh Cua - Trần Khắc Chân 87 Trần Khắc Chân, Tân Định Ward, D1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 2 pm – 9:30 PM daily
  • Price range: 35,000 - 55,000 VND

* Bánh Canh Cua 320: 320 Võ Văn Tần, Ward. 5, D3, TP. HCM [MAP]

  • Open hours: 15:00 - 20:00
  • Price range: 40,000đ - 61,000đ

8. Bún thịt nướng - Vietnamese grilled pork with rice vermicelli noodles

Bún thịt nướng is a popular Vietnamese cold rice-vermicelli noodle dish topped with grilled pork, fresh herbs like basil and mint, fresh salad, bean sprout,Vietnamese pickled carrots and spring rolls. The dish is dressed in fish sauce.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bún thịt nướng Chị Tuyên: 195 Cô Giang, D1 [MAP]

  • Prices: 40,000 VND

8. Bún chả

Bún chả is Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce.

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* Bún chả Hồ Gươm, 135 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, Dist 3. [MAP

  • Open hours: 07:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Price range: 35,000VND - 45,000 VND

 * Bún Chả Hà Nội 26, 8A/9c2 Thai Van Lung, Dist 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 07:00 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Price range: 30,000VND - 44,000 VND

10. Bánh cuốn - Wet rice-paper rolls

Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. The dis is served with Vietnamese pork sausage, sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce which is fish sauce.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Bánh cuốn Hải Nam: 11A Cao Thắng, District 3 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 07:30 AM - 10:45 PM
  • Price range: 40,000VND - 88,000 VND

* Bánh cuốn Kim Khánh: 100/7 Nguyễn Công Trứ, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Price range: 30,000VND - 50,000 VND

* VIETNAMESE HOME-COOKED FOOD

When most people think of Vietnamese food, the first dish that comes to mind is Phở. But there’s more to Vietnamese cuisine than a bowl of Pho noodle soup. If you want to eat like a Viet, give one of the following restaurants a try:

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* BUDGET

1. Ghem: 103 Pasteur, District 1 [MAP]

  • Opening hours: 07:00 - 22:30
  • Prices: 30,000 - 60,000 VND.

2. Năm Mười Mười Lăm Cafe: 29 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Ward 6, District 3 [MAP]

  • Opening hours: 07:00 - 22:00 Prices: 30,000 - 50,000 VND.

* MID-RANGE

3. Bụi Restaurant: 17A Ngo Van Nam, District 1. [MAP]

  • Opening hours 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Price range: 150,000đ – 550,000đ

4. Cơm niêu Sài Gòn Restaurant: 59, Ho Xuan Huong, District 3. [MAP]

  • Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Price range: 150,000 – 500,000đ

5. Cyclo Resto Restaurant: 6/28 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám, District 1. [MAP]

  • Opening hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Price range: 160,000 – 500,000đ

* VIETNAMESE DESSERT

Don’t leave Vietnam without trying some of the most tasty typical vietnamese desserts - Chè. Chè is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Varieties of Chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream.

Top Must-eat Ddishes & Dining Spots In Saigon for Foodies

* Chè Khánh Vy: 242B Sư Vạn Hạnh, District 10 [MAP]

The most Interesting thing about this place is that they serve 13 different flavours of “Chè”. Most people come here to challenge their friends to find out a “Chè Champion”. Let’s see how many bowls you can finish! ;)

  • Open: 17:00 - 22:30
  • Prices: 5,000/each bowl & 75,000đ/1 tray of 13 bowls

* Xôi chè Bùi Thị Xuân: 111 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1 [MAP]

  • Open: 06:30 - 18:00
  • Prices: 25,000đ - 55,000đ