Bonjour! Looking for some ‘bon’ places to enjoy delish French food? Craving an authentic onion soup, tasty confit de canard or a real crème brûlée? You won’t run out of luck in Saigon, because there are some seriously good restaurants and bistrots for you to check out. We did all the legwork for ya and made a list of the best French restaurants in Ho Chi Minh. Et voilà!
Hidden gem? Great food? Mais oui! Cocotte is one of those places that puts a smile on your face. Authentic French food in a cozy bistrot, we love it! The food exceeds expectations, the wine is beautiful, the interior is super charming and the service a-okay. And a nice side-note, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Be sure to put this baby on your must-visit list!
136/11 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh Ward, D1 and 18A/67 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Kao Ward, D1
Another lovely ‘petite’ French bistrot tucked away from the buzzing streets of Saigon. Le Jardin offers yummy mama-style home-made French cuisine with good quality wine. The French accents give this lovely eatery a perfect touch and make you feel like you’re in France for a bit. The check will make you just as happy. Merci!
31 Thai van Lung, D1
The succes of big brother Marcel Gourmet Burger was an inspiration to set up a little brother, Café Marcel. Breakfast and happy hour is when to go here for delicous brekkies and ‘petite assiettes’ or small plates during happy hour. The place is heaven for foodies and instagram-lovers – be sure to check out this new addition to Saigon’s long list of great eateries!
96 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D1
Ty Coz, yet another little French cuisine diamond in Saigon. Don’t be fooled by their no nonsense interior or the fact that their website seems outdated… The chef obviously rather spends his time in the kitchen. We are not complaining since the result is a menu full of delicious food. You can’t go wrong here if you are a fan of true French cuisine. No need to go to Paris after all!
178/4 Pasteur, Ben Nghe ward, D1
If you want to have a special night, reserve at the exquisite La Villa restaurant in District 2. The different set menus are simply mouthwatering, but if you go ‘à la carte’, you’re in for the same French deliciousness. And we won’t even begin about the wine or cheese… La Villa is a top-notch French restaurant and even though your wallet might protest for a bit, it’s worth it.
14 Ngo Quang Huy St, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
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What’s cookin’? Some new places to drink and dine! In addition to all the cool foodie places we already go to in Ho Chi Minh, we searched the districts for the new gourmet kids on the block. Guess what? We found you some real treasures. This is where you should eat in Ho Chi Minh.
Dining bars are the latest trend
Dining bars are definitely the latest trend in Saigon and Nhau Nhau is the perfect example. We have been wondering what plans chef Peter Cuong Franklin had with the second floor of his restaurant ANAN and now we know! After spending a lot of effort on creating the perfect Pho, Peter set up Nhau Nhau, meaning ‘drink, drink’. It’s a dining place where one can order Pho with duck or truffle or go for a high cuisine bahn mi. If it’s not the food that’s luring you, then it might be the funky cocktails or the Insta decor. Situated at the last wet market of District 1, this is a great spot to eat in Ho Chi Minh!
Nhau Nhau, 89 Ton That Dam, District 1
Another fancy watering hole that is joining this Vietnamese ‘Nhau’ culture, is Corked Tales. Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh, Corked Tales is a magical place, where your senses will be in overdrive. There are two menus; The Sun, where you can eat you way through some solid dishes like pasta and tenderloin, and The Moon, which is all about drinks. We expect most people will join the fan club of Corked Tales soon because of their Moon menu, a list of creative cocktails connected to the elements of nature. Always wanted to try Funkmasterz or a Sulli Sulli cocktail? Of course you do!
Corked Tales, M floor, CJ building, 6 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
Local delights at The Secret Cottage Cafe & Dining
Secret Cottage Cafe
Oh boy, this is one of Saigon’s classic hidden gems. Make your way through an alley full of Bali straw handbags in all shapes and sizes (and buy one while you’re at it), then walk up the stairs to find the Secret Cottage Cafe & Dining. The restaurant in the heart of District 1 is set up by the same owner as The Secret Garden and the Vietnamese food is fresh and delish. And it has a hip interior to go with it. Be sure to order the veggie crispy pancakes. A great place to eat in Ho Chi Minh with friends and visitors!
Secret Cottage Cafe & Dining, 12-14 Nguyen Thiep, District 1
New restaurant arrivals in District 2
Moku Japanese Restaurant
Seafood lovers, this one is for you. The always expending district 2 just welcomed Moku, a Japanese restaurant in the same street as the Bloq and Cafe An. The display of fresh fish made us happy, but the sight of real wasabi made us ecstatic! For a brief moment we were back on the slopes of Niseko, where all sashimi is accompanied by the wasabi root you can grind yourself. Hop over to Moku and try!
The Butcher Shop & Grill
Another newcomer in district 2 is The Butcher Shop & Grill, on the corner of buzzing Xuan Thuy street. Check out this cute dinner cafe next to The Hive Villa. Specialized in prime steak and meat options like South American picanha, this is more of a meat-lovers-united place than a place to take your vegetarian friends. Although they also have veggie options and also do breakfast. Welcome to the neighborhood!
The Butcher Shop & Grill, 29 Nguyen Ba Lan, District 2
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Great for lunch, dinner and take out, 4P’s is a restaurant with a mission. They have a strong ethos of ‘from farm to table’ and with all of that delicious produce, they can’t go wrong. We go there because of their pasta, cheese fondue and especially for their crazy pizza’s! Why order a Margherita if you can have a have pizza with teriyaki, zucchini flower or with salmon and miso? Go wild we say! Also at other locations like Ben Tanh, Xuan Thuy and Saigon Centre.
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89 Ton That Dam, District 1 www.facebook.com/letsnhaunhau
Dining bars are definitely a trend in Saigon and Nhau Nhau is the perfect example. If you want to know where to eat in Ho Chi Minh – this is it. Nhau Nhau, meaning ‘drink, drink’ has been set up on the second floor of restaurant ANAN (by the same owner). This is the place where you can order the perfect Pho or high cuisine Banh Mi. You can even go wild and have a variation with duck or truffle. If it’s not the food that’s luring you, then it might be the funky cocktails or the Insta decor. Situated at the last wet market of District 1, this is a great spot to eat in Ho Chi Minh!
Level 2, 75 Ho Tung Mau
The tapas trend has hit Saigon and Octo Tapas Restobar is a great addition. Just a block away from Bitexco, it has that typical Saigon alley entrance that we love about HCMC. After climbing some stairs, it feels like you entered a hip Barcelona bar; smooth lighting, high tables, an open kitchen and some well-stocked shelves. We loved the croquettas de Jamon, the Iberico platter and the tortilla Espanola, but the best way to try the menu is to give chef Julian free reign and go for his tapas feast. Dig in!
19 Tran Ngoc Dien, D2
Have you already noticed the new kid on the BLOQ? It’s a dynamic hub where you can eat, drink and shop! We’re talking fashion boutiques, a Cafe & Mojito Bar, Italian antipasti, salads as well as German Schnitzels, Korean BBQ, an Oysters Bar and so much more. This Saigon place in District 2 is perfect for lunch, dinner and drinks. And new fancy shops and eateries are queuing up for a spot, so go and check it out. Come to think of it, we will pop in soon again for a dish and a G&T to go with it!
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37 Bis Ky Con St., Nguyen Thai Binh ward, D1
Quince is the new kid on the block, opening just this year. The restaurant has a popular big sister in Bangkok but will not take long for Quince to get his own flock of fans. We tried half the menu, including the smoked eggplant, the artichoke and the steak and loved it all. Enjoying our meal in the slick interior with a view of the open kitchen made it even nicer. And the good news is, the long table in the middle has enough space for all your friends.
89 Ton That Dam, D1
Ănăn, which means ‘eat eat’, is situated aside a wet market, in the heart of Saigon. Their Hong Kong chef made an effort here; the street food-inspired dishes are fresh and mouth-watering! We like the shaking beef and banh xeo taco’s, but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well. All the food is meant to be shared, Vietnamese style. Start your evening with gin-tonics enjoying the view from the rooftop bar.
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24th-25th floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai, D1
This was one of the first restaurants we were introduced to and if you like Japanese cuisine, you have to go! Situated on the top of the AB tower, it’s an impressive place with a stunning view. It is not inexpensive, but hey, life should be celebrated. Try their excellent California roll, their sashimi and the wagyu skewers. Such a treat!
28 Thao Dien St., D2
This lovely little Italian restaurant feels as if you are sitting outdoors in an Italian neighbourhood eating la mama’s fresh pasta. Hard to imagine that you are actually in the middle of Thao Dien. Although not specifically targeted at kids, it’s perfect to have a meal here with your family. We also love to spend time here with friends or on date night. Try the amazing tiramisu- it’s addictive. If you can’t get enough of their pasta, try the recently opened venues in D1 and D3 (more suitable for adults).
38 Nguyen U Di St., D2
A favorite of ours for a long time, this decadent restaurant in District 2 is the place to take your friends, your parents as well as your loved-one. Be sure to start with pre-dinner cocktails at the awesome bar, followed by dinner at the nicely lit restaurant. All this while having a beautiful view of the Saigon River and your evening is set. For a truly indulgent night you can arrive by boat. Remember to order the crispy duck pancakes!
12 – 14 Mac Thi Buoi, D1
The Racha Room specializes in Asian cuisine with a Thai twist. Lightly based on street food, the dishes are meant to be shared. Silken tofu is not really our thing, but the dumplings and duck curry are fantastic. This place is effortlessly cool. The interior is straight out of the meatpacking district in New York, and the in-house mixologist has developed an impressive cocktail list. Start with one of his specialties- the night is young.