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With the đô thị buzzing again, we’re constantly asked about the best places lớn eat và drink in Saigon. So, we’ve compiled a các mục of all our favorites – from chic Saigon cocktail bars, to lớn design-conscious cafes, and the best restaurants. Read on to discover the best places khổng lồ eat và drink in Saigon right now according to lớn The Dot Magazine team, plus some extras, like where khổng lồ stay và what to do.

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Đọc nội dung bài viết bằng giờ Việt

It’s a relief just to lớn be writing this. After two years of closed borders, và less than a year since the final & harshest lockdown conditions of all were eased, on October 1st 2021, we’re now happily (but gradually) ushering tourists back in & to the coolest places in Saigon. & due to post-COVID amnesia – where no-one knows what to vì chưng on their trip here anymore – or the pent up desire being fulfilled for tourists khổng lồ cross Vietnam off their bucket lists, or new markets with direct flights to Vietnam taking the opportunity to lớn explore, we’re asked more than ever, “What should I vì in Saigon?”

Since 2019, The Dot Magazine has become one the most trusted sources of what to bởi vì in Saigon và beyond. Here, we’ve drawn on those years of hunting for the coolest things to do in Saigon. And why incomplete? Because things change so fast. & we’ve probably missed a place lớn two. So, we’re going to constantly update và edit this incomplete danh sách to keep it fresh. Next time someone asks, “What should I do in Saigon?” send them this.

Where khổng lồ Drink Cocktails In Saigon

We had to lớn wait a while for Hybrid Saigon (121/30 Le Thi Rieng, District 1). Founder Lam Duong decided to xuất hiện the first Hybrid in his hometown of Nha Trang. Still, despite the obscure location, he featured in Asia’s 50 Best Bars extended 51-100 các mục in 2021.

Hybrid Saigon is lượt thích a spacecraft that landed in a Saigon alley. There’s a centrifuge and a rotovap on the counter beside guests. And the flavor-first cocktails, lượt thích their Pina Colada Old Fashioned & umami-rich Maestro Mushroom, might be the best drinks in Saigon.

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Hybrid Saigon in an alley off Le Thi Rieng Street, District 1.

You could spend a whole evening eating and drinking through District 1’sNguyen thai Binh Ward. Places like Madam Kew. Upstairs from Quince, Madam Kew (37 Bis Ky Con, District 1) is a stylish, chinoiserie-chic take on a modern cocktail bar, with a long counter và booths & sofas to lớn enjoy their fun, flavorsome renditions of Chinese cuisine, lượt thích their justifiably famous eggplant mapo tofu, or their regular DJ sets và live music.

The cocktails, served by effervescent bartender Alex, like their Rock Me Up with Elijan Craig Small Batch, Appleton, Fernet – Branca, Campari, Honey, Ginger Syrups và Lemon, are formidable too. Và watch out for their upcoming dazzling selection of bar takeovers with some of the region’s industry leaders dropping by.

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Madam Kew’s classy, Chinoise take on a modern cocktail bar, with a long counter and booths & sofas.

Two dancers, caught in a spell, twist past, as the bartender walks us through the spirit-first cocktail menu. Phantom Of The Opera (74 Hai bố Trung, District 1) is hidden in plain sight, in the legendary Refinery Courtyard, Saigon’s old opium depot. Down here, once you’ve chosen the spirit, và a flavor preference, the dapper bartenders phối up something they know you’ll like. That’s if you can find this hidden bar.

Phantom Of The Opera is hidden in plain sight.

Drinking và Healing (25 Ho Tung Mau, District 1) was one of the first truly local cocktail bars lớn break big. Find it on a majestic corner along downtown Saigon’s main thoroughfare, say mê Nghi (look up for the ‘Nasty’ neon sign on one of the bar’s balconies). Now, downstairs is Rang Rang Coffee, as the GuruGroup crew cannibalize the whole building. But at Drinking và Healing a talented crew of ‘Healers’ mix cool cocktails served in inflatable unicorns và glass boxes filled with smoke. Booking required.

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Drinking & Healing’s ‘Healers’ stage.

The name ASMR (15 Xuan Thuy, District 2) references the tingling sensation triggered by sensuous sounds but also here ASMR describes sections of the cocktail menu. There’s A for acid, with sour and fermented flavors, S for sweet and sour, with honey, chocolate & citrus flavors, M for molecular, with foam, bubbles và smoke, & finally R for rich, with milk, oils & butter. And they’re served up by two local industry leaders, former World Class Vietnam winner Vu Ngoc Will & Vien Du, formerly of Drinking và Healing.

The minimal space at ASMR has a counter in the middle, with seats on three sides.

Roka Fella (44 Nguyen An Ninh, District 1) is a real discovery among the halal restaurants and two-star hotels on this touristy street beside Ben Thanh Market. Downstairs at Roka Fella there’s omakase served around an L-shaped counter, and upstairs one of the hippest, most style-conscious bars in the city. There’s a DJ booth backed by shelves of vinyl. Và around the side an eight-seat bar, and around again there’s a room, where you can enjoy some of Indonesian bartender Aris’ brilliant concoctions.

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At Roka Fella, there’s omakase served around an L-shaped counter.

For classic cocktails, Yugen Bar (95/32 Le Thi Rieng, District 1), or its newly opened sister bar downstairs called Yubi, are essential destinations for cocktail aficionados. The Yugen Bar concept was inspired by the obsession with perfection (and its unattainability) when mixing a drink. But Dat Nguyen và his team come as close khổng lồ anyone at making perfectly balanced classic cocktails in Saigon.

Japanese-style cocktail precision in a bar dedicated to the tìm kiếm for perfection.

Summer Experiment (77-79 Ly Tu Trong, District 1) was another game-changer when it opened. After the heady success of their first bar, Layla, Jay Moir và team explored a cocktail bar-as-garden concept at Summer Experiment. Drinks are served in watering cans. There’s spherical watermelon vodka shots. & lots of sustainability-minded concoctions. Và there’s some fittingly lush greenery out on the small terrace of this eco-conscious Saigon bar.

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The balcony at Summer Experiment that’s overgrowing with greenery.

Among a number of Saigon speakeasies opening up around the same time Stir – Modern Classic Cocktail (136 Le Thanh Ton, District 1) really stands out. Two local bartending forces, Thep Dinh & Lam Duc Anh, joined together and at Stir – Modern Classic Cocktail created a cocktail menu written in Vietnamese, incorporating lots of ideas from the street food và drinks served right outside. Plus there’s a Truffle Martini that’s worth the trip up the stairs on its own. Stir – Modern Classic Cocktail was the only Vietnamese bar in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars extended-list in 2022.

Thep Dinh & Lam Duc Anh joined together và at Stir – Modern Classic Cocktail to create an all-Vietnamese cocktail menu.

The Pi (45 Huynh Khuong Ninh, District 1) is our favorite neighborhood hangout. Founder Chun flips the open sign in the afternoon. There’s a small yard outside The Pi to chill in, but the counter is best. The team love striking up conversations as much as they vì experimenting with twists on classic cocktails. Watch out for their regular, female-bartender focused pop-ups.

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The team at The Pi love striking up conversations with guests.

Apothecary Saigon (12 Phan Liem, District 1) is everything that’s great about the city distilled into a single bar. There’s Apothecary Saigon’s rickety old house that they’ve taken over, the elaborate pharmacist’s decor and antique lights, cabinets và furniture, và cocktails dedicated lớn physicists and inventors. Plus Apothecary Saigon has a big stuffed ostrich at the end of the room.

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Inside Apothecary Bar Saigon, there is a stuffed ostrich in the entrance lớn the atrium.

Life thủ thuật alert. Nhau Nhau (89 Ton That Dam, District 1) is a Saigon ‘60s inspired bar in the same building as Anan Restaurant, và run by the same team. Although here it’s cocktails first, you can order many of the items on the Anan restaurant menu in chic-er surroundings. Plus Nhau Nhau’s coconut worms shots are probably the most Instagrammable drink in town.

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Nhau Nhau is a hip 1960s themed bar above Anan Restaurant.

At Saigon’s Ministry of Men (Sofitel Plaza 17 Le Duan, District 1), connected khổng lồ the refined men’s barbershop, House of Barbaard, it’s hospitality first so expect an incredibly warm welcome from Kata Simon và her team. Here, the walls are crammed with photos of historical figures, và you can play ‘spot the celebrity’ with everyone from Haille Sellasie lớn Enrique Englesias. While speakeasies-as-gentlemen’s-club have been done, at Ministry of Men it really works, perhaps because the team và the cocktails are just so good.

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You can play ‘spot the celebrity’ as Ministry of Men’s walls are crammed with photos of historical figures.

Le Café des Stagiaires (10 Street 54, Thao Dien) which opened first in Shanghai & then Bangkok, is a riverside bar và restaurant on a new entertainment strip in Thao Dien. While upstairs is a funky room and French-Belgian bar with a DJ booth at one end & some great food, craft beers và cocktails, most guests gravitate lớn the expansive rooftop with its uninterrupted views of the Landmark81 building. Plus, DJs often set up there too for a rooftop session.

Le Café des Stagiaires’s uninterrupted views of the Landmark 81 building. Le Café des Stagiaires>

Another hip cocktail bar, L.A.B.A.R. (52/3 Dong Du, District 1) couldn’t be more downtown, right on Dong Du Street, in an alley opposite Maguro Studio & a couple of hundred meters from The Sheraton. Lately, L.A.B.A.R.s’ talented and restless mixologist Tam, who you’ll also see at 419 và TRE Dining, has been adding lots of street drink twists to lớn the menu.

L.A.B.A.R. Is downtown at 52/3 Dong Du.

The endangered block at 151 Dong Khoi is an OG entertainment complex that’s been through endless evolutions. Of the many cafes, bars and restaurants in the building, our pick is Kohei’s (151 Dong Khoi, District 1). And Kohei Yamamoto is on-hand most nights to lớn regale you with wild stories of his years in the Shanghai bar scene. The cocktails are constantly on-point, and there’s cigars too. Next door, Lacàph serves coffee for the curious, và on the other side, Brothers Saigon Men’s Boutique salon provides some of the best men’s grooming in Saigon.

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Kohei Yamamoto is on-hand most nights khổng lồ regale you with wild stories of his years in the Shanghai bar scene.

Let Irusu Lounge (57 Nguyen Du, District 1) bring out the gangster in you. Irusu is in an alley right opposite Saigon’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the walls are filled with images of yakuza gangsters taken by Belgian photographer Anton Kusters. The photos at Irusu are all tattoos và missing fingers.And the chất lượng cocktails take a Japanese twist too. There’s a wide selection of premium & rare Japanese whiskies. Và an open-air upstairs space with views of the Cathedral.

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Irusu is in an alley right opposite Saigon’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

Easily one of our favorite speakeasies, 419. Bar – Restaurant (158/6 Nguyen Cong Tru, District 1) is hidden behind a cà phê and a cabinet containing vintage cameras. Discover the entrance, and inside it’s an Alladin’s Cave meets izakaya. Và the cocktails, by Tam, who is also the mixologist at L.A.B.A.R. And TRE Dining (see above và below), like their Umami Smoke Bomb, are brilliant.

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419. Bar – Restaurant is an Alladin’s Cave meets izakaya.

Where lớn Eat In Saigon

As much inspired by Quincy Jones as the aromatic golden-yellow fruit, at Quince Eatery Saigon (37bis Ky Con, District 1) award-winning Chef Julien Perraudin riffs on BBQ-licked Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. Ingredients are sustainably-sourced & seasonal. But it’s always flavor first at Quince Eatery Saigon, which is why it’s a perennial #1 for casual fine dining in Saigon.

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Quince Eatery Saigon is a perennial favorite Saigon casual fine dining spot, và for good reason.

One of the great joys of eating in Saigon is going from a one-dollar banh mi to lớn a one-hundred dollar fine dining experience in the space of a meter or two. That’s literally true at Anan Saigon (89 Ton That Dam, District 1). Opened in 2018, Chef Peter Cuong Franklin put together a 100-dollar sandwich as a dare from a YouTuber. He still sells one or two of those, or his 100-dollar pho, everyday.

Beyond the sensationalism, award-winning Anan Restaurant creates unmissable modern Vietnamese cuisine, or what Peter calls, “New Vietnamese Cuisine”. At Anan Restaurant there’s a breezy rooftop, two floors of the main restaurant below, & a hip bar in the same building called Nhau Nhau focused on locally-accented cocktails & coconut worm shots, & serving some of the same dishes as Anan.

Anan’s Foie Gras Banh Mi.

Hoang Tung is a gamechanger in the restaurant scene in Vietnam. The “constantly innovative, occasionally rebellious chef” was the first lớn introduce tasting menu-only evenings to guests at his first restaurant, T.U.N.G Dining in Hanoi. Now, at A By TUNG (31-33 Dang Dung Street, District 1), he’s doubled-down on his philosophy of combining Nordic-style cuisine that contains the freshest, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients beneath a simulated aurora-sky. Phối aside two or three hours for A By TUNG’s elaborate tasting menus.

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The Northern Lights flicker at Å by TUNG.

It’s rare khổng lồ see a restaurant chain get namechecked in best-restaurant awards, but Pizza 4P’s (8 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1, 48/01 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien and citywide) keep achieving it. Founders Yosuke & Sanae Masuko have a relentless desire khổng lồ make the world smile for peace through pizza. Và with an ever-expanding range of natural wines, & even a natural sake, và a range of dishes that now goes well beyond pizza khổng lồ include hanger steaks và burrata salads, they deserve all the acclaim they get.

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Vegetable garden at Pizza 4P’s Xuan Thuy.

Ngoc Suong has been doing this since 1955 – serving the freshest seafood lớn their guests. Now, third-generation chef Vinh Q. Le has added modern techniques và finesse to their fine seafood. Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar (8D Nguyen Sieu, District 1) is a breezy homage to old-school nhau joints, brought right up to lớn date. The upstairs private dining rooms are perfect for groups. But downstairs at the tables or booths is the best place to lớn plow through a plate of oysters or an overflowing seafood platter. At Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar frequent live music, and the occasional after dinner DJ phối on weekends.

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Ngoc Suong Seafood và Bar is a breezy homage lớn old-school nhau joints, brought right up lớn date.

New kid on the Thao Dien block, stylish TRE Dining (35 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien) is an upstairs restaurant inspired by Asian bamboo và rice. Sip one of Tre Dining’s carefully chosen sakes or creative cocktails with views of the Landmark 81 building, and dip into a thực đơn of modern-Asia cuisine prepared in their big xuất hiện counter-kitchen.

Tre’s big mở cửa counter-kitchen, inspired by Asian bamboo and rice.

There’s a lot of great izakayas around here, lượt thích Izakaya Ten and Hanakurata, but Mangestu (15/3 Le Thanh Ton & 27 bầu Van Lung, District 1) is still our favorite. That’s because every dish on their menu, from their kushiyaki lớn stewed aburai pork, is perfectly cooked, & the sake & shochu comes in a range of pocket-friendly prices, with lots of attractive seasonal sales. Of the two Mangetsu locations, bầu Van Lung is newer, and more design-conscious. But both izakayas, probably 400m apart, are packed every night. Book ahead.

The sake and shochu at Mangestu comes in a range of pocket-friendly prices, with lots of attractive seasonal sales.

Chef Francis Thuan earned his stripes in some of the city’s best kitchens, before graduating to open Restaurant Esta (27 Tran Quy Khoach, District 1). In his open kitchen, in hip Dakao Ward, Francis celebrates Vietnam’s “terroir, plants and seasons through dishes cooked with fire.” There’s counter seating, seats in the main room, và a perfectly private dining room where you can enjoy Restaurant Esta’s fresh oysters & cuts of perfectly grilled beef & lamb.

Francis celebrates Vietnam’s “terroir, plants & seasons through dishes cooked with fire.”

Yazawa Saigon (219 Dien Bien Phu, District 1), part of a group with outlets in Tokyo, Kyoto, Singapore và Beverly Hills, presents a delicately grilled or occasionally raw beef thực đơn omakase-style with the best produce flown in fresh from Japan. At Yazawa Saigon, the 07Beach-designed restaurant is like a Japanese castle with winding alleys và entrances over two floors, & inconspicuous private dining rooms. Yazawa Saigon is a premium experience, but an essential one.

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The professional kitchen team at Yazawa Saigon.

The Brix, Tinto & Clay are three nearby Thao Dien restaurants from the same group. The Brix (26 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien) is an open-air restaurant beside their private pool, which you can take a dip in during the day time. During brunch or dinner The Brix restaurant takes the spotlight, serving modern French-influenced cuisine to the occasional backing of a DJ set. Tinto (24 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien) is the team’s take on Nikkei cuisine in a wood & neon accented spot 100m down Tran Ngoc Dien. Tinto serves occasional fiery Japanese-Peruvian dishes. Their latest venture is riverside Clay (18 Street 6, Thao Dien), an ambitious restaurant, rooftop lounge & mixology bar. At Clay the food is Asian-inspired & wood-fired.

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The Brix, Tinto và Clay are three nearby Thao Dien restaurants from the same group.

Pham Viet Chanh, a Binh Thanh Street near the Landmark81 building & City Garden apartments, is a scene. There’s cocktail bars, craft beer spots, Japanese-Italian cuisine, fiery tacos, fish và chips, omakase & much more. We’ve chosen Hachibei (83 Pham Viet Chanh, Binh Thanh) as our pick of the best. Even though that changes almost weekly. At Hachibei expect perfectly grilled kushiyaki around the counter or tables, highballs, và glasses of natural sake. Packed with just-finished-work Japanese, book early or try your luck around 8.30pm when things quieten down.

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At Hachibei expect perfectly grilled kushiyaki around the counter or tables, highballs, và glasses of natural sake.

Sol Kitchen và Bar (115 Ly Tu Trong, District 1) joined a nascent foodie scene around Ben Thanh Market, near to a Pizza 4P’s and Summer Experiment. This upstairs tex-mex restaurant delivered a mezcal-infused cocktail program & some of Chef Adrian’s always-flavorsome dishes – braised beef cheeks and slow cooked ribs with salsa roja. And Saigon instantly fell in love – perfect for dates và small gatherings of your besties. Now also xuất hiện for lunch. There’s a District 7 restaurant too, beside a pool, and for a modern izakaya in a chic bar-restaurant kiểm tra the team’s NOMU Izakaya (152 Nguyen Cong Tru) a short drive away.

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Sol’s thực đơn is Latin American-inspired but the dishes incorporate local ingredients.

Bandido Tacos & Tequila (24 Bis Dong Khoi, District 1) is fun. Inside a downtown alley close to lớn L.A.B.A.R. Và Maguro Studio, và the Sheraton and Park Hyatt Saigon, Bandido is a colorful bandits’ hideout with big trays of tacos and grilled meats…and lots of margaritas. A neon sign in the bathroom implores guests lớn ‘Eat My Taco’ và who could resist? và if the brilliantly detailed, eclectic decor reminds you of somewhere, it’s probably the team’s sexy tapas spot, Tomatito (171 Calmette Street, District 1), created by the same designer.

Bandido is a colorful bandits’ hideout with big trays of tacos and grilled meats…and lots of margaritas.

The all-Vietnamese team at Maguro Studio (19 Dong Du, District 1) serves masterful omakase. Formerly fish importers, they decided to xuất hiện their own outlet & serve the đô thị the freshest cuts of fish directly. Maguro Studio has tuna murals on the walls and the chef dips his soy sauce brush into a skull-faced holder, as a hip hop soundtrack bumps along in the background.

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The all-Vietnamese team at Maguro Studio serves masterful omakase.

Sushi Tiger (15B/12A Le Thanh Ton, District 1) is a vibe. Inside the entrance to lớn Saigon’s japan Town, Sushi Tiger serves cheap, but quality sushi in a broom cupboard-sized space with buổi tiệc nhỏ music on loop. You can also stand outside and eat at the mở cửa windows. Sure, the nearby masseurs can be a bit aggressive, but it’s worth venturing into nhật bản Town for places like Sushi Tiger và Choi Oi Noodles across the alley.

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The fun new Japanese Town standing sushi restaurant Sushi Tiger.

Nowhere typifies the hip new face of Thao Dien more than Lửa (2 Street 1, Thao Dien). Japanese-Filipino chef Mark digs deep into seasonal ingredients to create all the restaurant’s dishes from scratch, including the unmissable homemade cold cuts charcuterie plate & roasted root vegetables. Pair them with one of Lửa’s organic, biodynamic và natural wines, served up with flair, by Yu-san the sommelier. There’s even a little garden out back.

Lửa restaurant’s dishes are made from scratch, including the unmissable homemade cold cuts charcuterie plate & roasted root vegetables. >

In a các mục heavy with Japanese cuisine, we’d be remiss not to shout-out Korean food. There’s Kyung Bok Gung (52 Hai cha Trung, District 1) in downtown Hai cha Trung. From the outside, Kyung Bok Gung has Korean-museum vibes, but inside it’s rowdy and fun, with lots of BBQ meats & garlicky pigs’ trotters. Và over in District 2, Kitchen Seoul (10 Vo Truong Toan, District 2) serves premium Korean BBQ including prime cuts of American beef. Both are strongly Korean approved.

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Kyung Bok Gung is one of the most authentic Korean restaurants in Saigon.

Iberico – Tapas & Vino (33 Vo Truong Toan, Thao Dien) is an authentic neighborhood tapas spot dropped into Thao Dien. Chef Pedro is from Marbella so his croquettes at Iberico – Tapas & Vino, a favorite of his hometown, are perfectly done. As are all the dishes here, served inside or on the spacious area out front.

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Iberico – Tapas & Vino is an authentic neighborhood tapas spot dropped into Thao Dien.

Tsuhara Shozo’s Fume (74 Hai bố Trung, District 1) serves elegant, high-end Japanese fusion cuisine featuring fresh ingredients flown in from Japan, with some unforgettable plating – sashimi served in caves of ice and straw-grilled A5 Kuroge Wagyu sat on a nest of hay. Taking the Fume omakase mix is easiest, with an optional pairing. Plus, if it’s a birthday, ask Fume to lớn prepare a sushi birthday cake.

Fume serves elegant, high-end Japanese fusion cuisine featuring fresh ingredients flown in from Japan.

At La Villa (14 Ngo quang đãng Huy, Thao Dien) Chef Thierry Mounon has been quietly bringing the best French gastronomy khổng lồ Saigon. Chef Thierry learned his trade at the famous Christian Etienne restaurant in Avignon. Years later he came to Vietnam, but left his five-star khách sạn position in Vietnam to mở cửa La Villa in 2010, serving fine French cuisine amid the drapes and chandeliers of his French chateau dropped into District 2.

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Chef Thierry Mounon has been quietly bringing the best French gastronomy to lớn Saigon.

For more casual French- và Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, go to Pickles Eatery (83 Nguyen Cong Tru, Binh Thanh). At Pickles Eatery, dive into a menu of flavorsome, local ingredient-focused, bistro-style food, served in a renovated shophouse. The wines, sourced from over ten countries, with lots of natural, biodynamic & organic bottles, are good too, with lots available by the glass.

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Inside the characterful old building Pickles Eatery calls home.

“I guess we’re a bit different,” Nous Restaurant’s Chef Duc, who worked as a chef in Melbourne for seven years, told us when we dropped by. That’s because at this small restaurant in thestoried old building at 42 Ly Tu trong you get a unique, narrative-fueled capsule dining experience.

Ten-seat capsule dining at Nous Restaurant.

There’s only enough seats for 10 diners at Nous. And service starts at 7pm. Each of the six courses starts with a tale of how the dish came into existence. “We love the Anthony Bourdain quote,” Duc added, “that ‘context và memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals of our lives.’”

There’s lots of fun presentation too. In the current menu, an umami broth is heated in a siphon coffee maker, a huge tiger prawn slings its arms around a hollowed out pumpkin full of soup, và you get khổng lồ build your own mini banh mi.

On the current thực đơn at Nous Saigon you get khổng lồ build your own banh mi.

Not surprisingly, for a place filled with stories, Chef Duc is an tác giả too who’s written for newspapers and magazines, and his book ‘Can Bep Mau Xanh’ that was published in 2019.

With whispers of the Michelin Guide’s inspectors’ arrival imminent, lots of hotels are hiring Michelin-pedigree chefs and even restaurant brands as the stars of their F&B programs. The pick is Da Vittorio (69 Dong Khoi, District 1) in The Times Square Building where you’ll also find The Reverie Hotel. The family-owned restaurant brand has accumulated eight stars at its restaurants in Italy, St. Moritz và Shanghai. And with da Vittorio’s trademark attention to lớn detail và ingredients Saigon could be next.

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The family-owned restaurant brand – domain authority Vittorio has accumulated eight stars at its restaurants in Italy, St. Moritz và Shanghai, now Saigon could be next.

Where khổng lồ Drink Coffee In Saigon

Hip new coffee chain, Rang Rang Coffee (25 Ho Tung Mau, District 1, 1 Thao Dien, District 2 and citywide) is turning the town on to lớn premium pour over coffee. Besides that, each design-conscious Rang Rang location serves up cold brews và kombuchas around an mở cửa counter. & they run a coffee bean subscription service, lớn get yours lớn your door.

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Rang Rang coffeeshops are minimal & design-conscious.

Another design-conscious brand, Okkio (151 Dong Khoi, 120-122 Le Loi, 41 Pham Ngoc Thach District 1, & 110 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien), serve cold brews, espresso tonics and pour overs in their hip spaces. Each one is different, & worth exploring.

Okkio is another design-conscious Saigon coffee brand.

Danang brewers 43 Factory Coffee Roaster (178a Pasteur, District 1) take some of the best green beans from around the world and roast them here. At this, their first Saigon venture, they’ve taken minimalism khổng lồ the next level. There are three choices of coffee: shot, filter và milkbase enjoyed in an sleek but eccentric space with an art installation dominating the room, or upstairs in a more traditional coffeeshop setting.

Danang brewers 43 Factory Coffee Roasters new place in Saigon.

Maison Marou (169 Calmette and 57 Nguyen Du, District & 90 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien plus mall outlets citywide) started off as a bean-to-bar concept, and began opening outlets to deliver their rich chocolates directly khổng lồ avid visitors. Stores come with a glass-fronted Willy Wonka’s kitchen, the Marou Moca is a perfect blend of espresso & chocolate, and there are shelves of great gifts to lớn take home.

Maison Marou on Xuan Thuy.

Lacàph already feels lượt thích a heritage brand, in the best possible ways. Their passion for Vietnamese coffee sourced from the highlands comes through in every cup. And you can enjoy them at two locations: Lacàph Espresso Bar beside Kohei’s & Brothers (151 Dong Khoi, District 1) & Lacàph Space (220 Nguyen Cong Tru) an experiential venue in Saigon’s grimy but hip Nguyen thai Binh Ward.

Lacàph Bar at 151 Dong Khoi. >

Downtown speciality coffee originators, The Workshop (27 Ngo Duc Khe, District 1) mix up in an airy vị trí cao nhất floor space in an old building just off Dong Khoi. The Workshop set the standard for lots of the brands (above) to follow.

The Workshop phối the standard for local coffee brands.

Where To tiệc nhỏ In Saigon

The Observatory (85 Cach với Thang 8, District 1) is a Saigon cultural institution. The club began belting out house và techno way before anyone was ready for it. & they kept on và on until Saigon turned on with a Dj guest các mục over the years that reads like a global who’s who of the scene. Now with an evening lounge concept, Sally Ride, with natural wines and charcuterie, The Observatory still goes hard after dark.

The Observatory is a Saigon cultural institution.

An airy, Blade Runner-inspired club, Zion Sky Lounge và Dining (87A say đắm Nghi, District 1) serves great dishes by Chef Tommy Tran as nightfalls, & then turns up the hip hop into the night, with bottles on tables and beautiful people all around.

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Blade Runner-inspired Zion Sky Lounge & Dining.

Bam Bam and Commas (41-43 phái mạnh Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1) took Saigon’s lounge scene khổng lồ an international level, downstairs at Bam Bam with a Balinese theme and a drained swimming pool as dancefloor. Upstairs, Commas goes later…and harder with jaw-dropping lighting & sound. Balloons và hip hop abound.

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Bam Bam reinvented Saigon’s bar & lounge scene.

Broma: Not A Bar (41 Nguyen Hue, District 1) is celebrating 10 years. It’s an improbable achievement for an open-air lounge-bar on a corner between Nguyen Hue Walking Street và Ngo Duc Khe. Lately, they’ve been getting wilder than ever with Piu Piu club pop-ups.

Broma: Not A Bar celebrating 10 years.

Where to lớn Stay In Saigon

Wink hotel Saigon Centre (75 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1) was recently chosen by CNNTravel as one of the eight hottest new hotels in Vietnam. Sitting alongside luxurious five-star brands lượt thích Capella Hanoi & Regent Phu Quoc in the list, Wink hotel Saigon Centre is an outlier. The khách sạn brand celebrates urban cool while pioneering affordable luxury across the country.

At the brand’s first hotel, Wink hotel Saigon Centre, expect a sustainably-minded place khổng lồ stay, with self-services khổng lồ the fore. There is a large, hip communal space as a lobby, a coworking space by Toong instead of a dusty old business center, and “space-smart và chic rooms” where the hotel has doubled down on the essentials, power nguồn showers, luxury linens and nội dung streamed on demand on TV.We’re biased. But we’re sure you’ll love the vibe at Wink hotel Saigon Centre too.

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The Wink Space at Wink hotel Saigon Centre.

Park Hyatt Saigon (2 Lam Son Square, District 1) is timeless. Whether dropping by for a refined afternoon tea, Italian food at Opera, classy Vietnamese và French cuisine at Square One, cocktails at the 2 Lam Son Bar, or a staycation or holiday, Park Hyatt Saigon is still the chic-est choice.

Timeless Park Hyatt Saigon.

For something more tranquil, check out Mia Saigon – Luxury Boutique hotel (2-4 Street 10, An Phu, District 2). This elegant, riverside khách sạn is the perfect launch pad for nights out in Thao Dien, with easy access back to lớn District 1 và the airport. If you don’t want lớn leave, there’s Mia Saigon’s endless riverside swimming pool và its bar, Gin On 8, has epic river views.

Tranquility at Mia Saigon.

Things khổng lồ See In Saigon

We’ve said it before. But, as a reminder, Saigon is a place to be, and not a place to lớn see. However, you may still want to kiểm tra a few locations off your travel plan. Fortunately, lots are within walking distance.

Book Street (Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1) is a surprisingly tranquil haven between Notre Dame Cathedral và Hai tía Trung. & they have an impressive selection of books, at different stores along the street, in Vietnamese and English, plus some tranquil book cafes, for you khổng lồ dive into a new purchase over a ca phe sua da.

Around the corner is Saigon Central Post Office (2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1) designed by Alfred Foulhoux (and not Gustave Eiffel) with its iconic facade clock and inside its domed roof. And in front is Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is undergoing renovations until 2023, so visits might be underwhelming until the scaffolding comes off.

Saigon Central Post Office.

With Vietnam’s rapid evolution, The Reunification Palace (135 phái nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1) feels more outdated as an experience as the year’s pass. That’s even though its historical significance is undeniable. And there’s usually a queue of people snaking out of the ticket office from early in the morning, even though a photograph outside the main gates is probably enough.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street buzzes every night with street food stands, skateboarders & tourists enjoying a promenade. The walk gets a bit hot & sweaty, so take a diversion into the Cafe Apartment Building (42 Nguyen Hue, District 1), or enter the 151 Dong Khoi building from this side for cocktails, coffee, haircuts, & more.

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Cafe Apartment Building.

Walking through the alleys to lớn Japan Town (Le Thanh Ton, District 1) is lượt thích disappearing into Tokyo’s Kabukicho. There’s some of the city’s most fun Japanese food, from noodles at Choi Oi to lớn standing sushi at Sushi Tiger. There’s also 7 Bridge’s craft beer spot at one entrance. Sure, there’s some aggressive masseurs, but it’s worth running the gauntlet.

Everyone you meet has had a Bui Vien phase. Either as a backpacker when they first arrived, or simply as a drinker seeking ice cold beer và banging vina-hay. Bui Vien is a nightly carnival of inebriation.

The fun yellow Saigon Waterbus launched in 2019. Round tickets are cheap, & provide a unique riverview of the đô thị as your waterbus buzzes through Thao Dien and Thu Duc. If you’re leaving from District 1’s Bach Dang station, it’s useful lớn take a taxi as the street gets busy và hard lớn cross. For something more salubrious, there’s charter yacht và boat companies. The Saigon Boat Company has a convivial wooden boat, and there’s other private companies with luxury yachts.

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Saigon Waterbus.

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Xuan Thuy Street has become the epicentre of hip Thao Dien Ward, & a stellar foodie & shopping destination. Walking from one end to the other, there’s a Pizza 4P’s, a Maison Marou, craft stores with Amai ceramics, a Bia Craft và much, much more.

Vinh Khanh Street is another nightly carnival of crazy. The street runs both sides of Hoang Dieu Street as is full of delicious oc (or snail) restaurants. Out on the street singers & performers vị their thing in exchange for a small tip. It’s a quintessentially crazy Saigon experience. From the many restaurants, try Oc Thao. Our current favorite.