Looking for a mean Margarita cocktail in the middle of District 1? Or a nice place to have dinner with your loved one? Or just craving some guacamole and fajitas before hitting the town with your friends? Sol Kitchen is the place for it all. Try the asada, the amazing ceviche or the crispy seabass, you’ll love it!
Besides the great food, the interior hits all the right spots as well. Situated in a 100 year old French building, the decor oozes a beautiful rustic style. What’s even better, the restaurant has a cool Latin American vibe going on without going all crazy on sombrero’s and cactus plants. Finally!
By the way, many of the Sol Kitchen & Bar employees come from the KOTO training center, so kudos for that!
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A ‘Parisian café in Saigon’ has a nice ring to it and when it has great food as well, we like it even more. Ho Chi Minh City has it’s share of burger joints, but not all of them look this nice. And none of them serve crème brûlée as dessert.
This charming cafe is the brother of Café Marcel in Thao Dien and has the same lovely looks. An intimate set up with a hip interior, making it perfect for couples and small groups.
As the name shows, Marcel is known for it’s burgers and they were awarded the ‘Best Burger in Saigon’ title in 2019. Le Signature burger comes with high praise. But there’s a fish burger as well, if you’re not in a red meaty mood and Marcel’s even put a vegan burger on the menu. Plus, did we mention the crème brûlée? 😉
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Inspired by buzzing, vibrant streets throughout Asia, Hem Chill is the latest place to hang out. Situated next to the river, this place is packed with colorful lights, food stalls and pop up bars. Grab the Asian street food of your choice, find yourself a table and enjoy the insta madness. Great for groups.
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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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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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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!
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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Inspired by the traditional Spanish tapas bars, Tomatito took it up a notch and opened this smashing yet cozy Spanish restaurant in the very heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Tomatito brings the Spanish spirit and cuisine right to Saigon, you’ll take it all in as soon as you open the door! Did we mention the fantastic food and the oh so inviting bar? Great to go there for lunch, dinner or drinks, with your other half, or even better, with a group. Just load up the table with Tomatito’s yummiest tapas and dig in! Rather stay at home tonight? Tomatito does delivery as well as a fantastic catering service for any event you’re planning.
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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!
Why do we love Saigon so much? One of the reasons is the hidden gems you can find everywhere. This is one of them, and a great one too. 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 Vietnamese food is fresh and delish. And it has a hip interior to go with it. Be sure to order the crispy veggie pancakes!
10E1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., D1
Not the cheapest dinner option but so so worth it if you are into Japanese food. This restaurant is an intimate little place, where the qualified chef prepares heavenly sushi right in front of your eyes (and nose, yum!). And if you are lucky you’ll bump into one of the many celebs that have visited this place. There are only 8 seats available, so be sure to make a reservation.