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Place to Eat


Both Vietnamese and Western food are widely available in HCMC and English munus are common. Cholon’s speciality is Chinese food. If you are feeling spring rolled out, don’t fret; there is plenty of superb international food around.


Central Area It is a bit difficult to find, but Nam Giao (Central HCMC map: Tel: 8250261; 136/15 Le Thanh Ton; mains 10.000d-20,000d open 8am – 9pm daily) is worth the quest. Tucked away in an alley of cosmetic shops, behind Ben Thanh Market, it’s cheap, delicious and always packed with locals. The food here is Hue-style and superb. There’s a simple photo menu, but if you can’t choose try the combo platter for 10.000d.

Bo Tung Xeo (Dng Khoi Area, tel 8251330, 31 Ly Tu Trong) is a popilar indoor-outdoor eatery in the City centre and it serves amazingly cheap and tasty Vietnamese barbecued food. The house speicality is tender marienated beef, which you grill over charcoal right at your table. There are also good seafood dishes on the menu, and the cheerful staff speak English

Along Ngo Duc Ke, near the river in District 1, There’s a strip of excellent restaurants serving good, cheap Vietnamese food

Restaurant 19 ( Dong Khoi Area; Tel 8298882, 19 Ngo Duc Ke str.) Serves a very tasty variantion on Hanoi’s fish cakes and good Thai dishes as well.

Restaurant 13 (Dong Khoi Area; 13 Ngo Duc Ke) is highly popular with locals and expats alike, and is near Restaurant 19.

Thy 4 Two (Dong Khoi Area, tel 8272737; 20 D Thi Sach str. Lunch 100,000d; open Lunch & Dinner), pronounced ‘tea for two’ is a cosy little bistro doing Vietnamese fare. The lunch sets are very reasonable.

Tib Restaurant (Dong Khoi Area, Tel: 829 7242; 187 Hai Ba Trung str. District 3, mains 50,000- 80,000d, open 11am – 10 pm daily) is housed in a Sino-French villa, down a quiet alleyway. They do good Hue style dishes, and a mean jackfruit salad with grilled sesame.

Other popular places with traditional decor and fine food in the Dong Khoi area include Tan Nam Restaurant ( tel 829 8634; 60-62 Dong Du str) and Cool (Kinh Bac; Tel 8291364; 30 Dong Khoi str.) where there is an ethnic feel and plenty of plant life to enrich the air.

Nam An ( Tel: 822 0246; between, Nguyen Hue & Dong Khoi; Open 7am – 11pm daily) is a popular indoor-outdoor place modelled on a Buddhist temple. The menu selection is vast and varied, and prices are fair.

Pham Ngu Lao Area Located right in the centre of backpacker land, Nam Bo ( Tel 837 8616, 199A Pham Ngu Lao, mains 25,000d – 35,000d open 5am – midnight) is a remarkable outdoor eatery. Here a wide variety of tratditional Vietnamese dishes can be ordered from a long line of clean Vietnamese food stalls.

Lac Thien ( Tel; 837 1621, 28/25 Bui Vien, mains 25,000-35,000d; open 7am tp midnight) was cloned straight from the trio of travellers restaurants, run by deaf people, Up in Hue. The food is excellent and cheap.

Pho Bo (96 Bui Vien str) is a classic little hole in the wall that whips up tasty bowls of beef noodle soup.

Gourmet Vietnamese

Compared to what you would pay for fine Vietnamese food abroad, HCMC’s better Vietnamese restaurants are a bargain. It’s possible to eat like a king in a fancy upmarket restaurant for around US$ 20 or US$ 30 per person. Aspring interior designers will enjoy checking out the ethnic decor at many of the better places.

All of the following can be found on the Dong Khoi Area.

Lemon Grass ( tel 822 0496, 4 Nguyen THiep str.)

Mandarine (Tel: 8229783, 11A Ngo Van Nam )

Hoi An ( Tel; 8231049, 11 Le Thanh Ton)

Other Asian

Central Area Indian is the dominant cuisine here, but keep an eye out for others.

Encore Angkor (Dong Khoi Area –Tel: 822 6278; 5 Nguyen Thiep)

Chao Thai (Dong Khoi Area Map – Tel 8241457, 16 Thai Van Lung)

Hakata ( Tel: 824116, 2 Le Thanh Ton)

Urvashi ( Tel 821 3102, 27 Hai Trieu str)

Indian Heritage (Tel 8234687, 26 A Le Thanh Ton)

Ashoka ( Tel: 8231372, 17A/10 Le Thanh Ton)

Tandoor ( Central HCMC, 8244839, 103 Vo Van Tan District 3)


Cholon District 5 is the place to eat Chinese food. All of the following places can be found on the Cholon map.

My Huong (Tel: 8563586, 131 Nguyen Tri Phuong)

Tiem An Nam Long ( Cnr Dl Hau Giang str, Pham Dinh Ho,)

Tiem Com Chay Phat Huy Duyen ( Tel 8577919, 527 Nguyen Trai)

Hong Phat (206 Hai Thuong Lai Ong)

Dong Nguyen ( 89-91 Chau Vam Liem)


French Restaurants

HCMC has an astounding selection of great French restaurants, from the inexpensive and casual bistro to the exquisite top – notch restaurant. Unless stated otherwise, all of the following can be found on the Dong Khoi Area

Bibi’s (Tel: 829 5783, 8A/8D2 Thai Van Lung str.)

Augustin ( Tel 829 2941, 10 Nguyen Thiep str)

La Fourchette (Tel: 8369816, 9 Ngo Duc Ke)

Lejardin (Tel 825 8465 ; 31 Thai Van Lung )

Camargue ( Tel: 8243148, 16 Cao Ba Quat)

Au Manoir Du Khai ( tel 823 8873, 251 Dien Bien Phu str)


Other European

Central Area Unless stated otherwise, all of the following places to eat can be found on the Dong Khoi Area.

Skewers ( Tel: 829 2216, 8A/1/D2 Thai Van Lung str)

Annie’s Pizza ( Tel 8392577, 45 Mac Thi Buoi)

Givral ( tel: 8292747, 169 Dong Khoi str)

Brodard Cafe ( Tel: 822366, 131 Dong Khoi Str)

Why not? (Tel: 8226138, 24 Thai Van lung str)



Miss Saigon ( Tel 8238174, 86 Le Thanh Ton)


Bodhi Tree ( Tel: 8371910, 174/6 Pham Ngu Lao )

Dinh Y ( Tel 8367715, 171B Cong Quynh)

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