In fact Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its excellent selection of top tier restaurants, from Western fusion or Asian food to the authentic Vietnamese cuisine. But there’s nowhere better to enjoy yourself in the authentic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine than in Ho Chi Minh City.

The following guide features 5 charming Vietnamese restaurants. You can rest assured they will provide a dining experience to remember. They’re the nearly perfect places to enjoy a delicious meal all year around!

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 Cuc Gach Quan

[10 Dang Tat, District 1]

Cuc Gach has become very popular and soared to the top of Vietnamese cuisine restaurants after a visit of the most powerful couple of Hollywood – Brangelina in November 2011.

Cuc Gach Quan
Photo: Ngô Đình Trúc

Located at the quiet and private residential area, Cuc Gach (means “brick” in Vietnamese) has the excellent retro décor which was cleverly renovated from a French colonial villa.

The vibe of Cuc Gach is warm, homely with soft music in the background.

Cuc Gach
Photo: Ngô Đình Trúc

This brand’s owner is an architect who has turned foodie with the motto “eat green, live healthy”.

Cuc Gach features simple and fresh ingredients. The food is based on traditional Vietnamese home cooking with old countryside feeling.

Cuc Gach
Photo: Ngô Đình Trúc

Top picks include homemade tofu, fish dishes and unique fruit juice. Cuc Gach uses the stem of a water morning glory as a straw and the topper of the bottle is also made of pandan leaf.

Fresh juices at Cuc Gach
Photo: Memoirs of Food

Architectual and gastronomic experience in one place! Staffs are well-trained, friendly and speaking English well.

The price is quite expensive.

 

 Propaganda

[21 Han Thuyen, District 1]

You need a fabulous restaurant that combines expertly prepared food with a pleasant ambiance and plus a stunning views? Propaganda has them all!

Propaganda
Photo: Propaganda

Progapanda has the can’t-be-more perfect location, right in heart of HCMC with just a few minutes walking from The Reunification Palace and The Notre Dame Cathedral.

This restaurant has the first floors with seating spaces, a second-floor balcony rounding off the dining section and the third floor is an artist co-op space.

Propaganda’s wall
“Moi ngay ta chon mot mon an” reads below Propaganda’s wall is translated to “Every day we chose a new dish”. Photo: Propaganda

That great easy-going restaurant is perfect both for lunch or dinner.

The best choice for lunch is well-served lunch set with 2-3 courses.

A lot of legendary Vietnamese dishes to choose for dinner such as spring rolls or some Vietnamese street food with a Western twist.

Roll dish
Photo: Propaganda

All homemade food in its succulent menu are very fresh and inventive.

And don’t forget to fulfill your meal by some signature desserts here.

Dessert
Banana wrapped in crunchy sticky rice with coconut cream & crushed peanut Photo: Progapanda

 Like Cuc Gach quan, Propaganda also has good selection of wine.

 

 Hoa Tuc

[74/7 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1]

Hoa Tuc is the first contemporary Vietnamese cuisine restaurant in Saigon, since 2008.

Hoa Tuc Space
Photo: Hoa Tuc

What an atmosphere! Hoa Tuc (means the poppy flower), located in an alley opposite to Park Hyatt Hotel and Opera House.

There’re a historical place: The refinery – La Manufacture d’Opium – was built in 1881 with the old logo O & M in the main gate as well as the stylised carved opium poppies above the entrance.

Hoa Tuc Restaurant
Photo: Hoa Tuc

The ambiance is sophisticated and the cuisine available is clearly Vietnamese, and French with a slight Vietnamese touch.

Hoa Tuc dishes
Photo: Hoa Tuc

This restaurant has excellent set lunch offerings. They also offer 2 brunches alternating each weekend.

Come dinnertime, you can sit at outdoor garden and have a la carte signature dishes include “mustard leaves rolls with crispy vegetables and shrimps”, or “spicy beef salad with kumquat, baby white eggplant and lemongrass”.

Grilled beef
Grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf Photo: Hoa Tuc

 The price is reasonable but quality is assured. Hoa Tuc also have cooking class to share their passion for Vietnamese cuisine.

 

 Secret Garden

[Rooftop, 158 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1]

You have no doubt the name of this restaurant as this home-cooked one is hidden in a short and narrow alley, where you have to climb up many stairs to the rooftop like finding a secret place.

Secret Garden
A simple little garden with many string lights and lanterns Photo: Pis.vn

Secret Garden has an open space with very simple design so you can enjoy the breeze even when hot days in HCMC.

Secret Garden
Photo: Pose.vn

Secret Garden offers Vietnamese cuisine. Different types of food are cooked simple without compromising on flavors and authentic style.

Secret Garden tofu
Photo: Amthucquetoi
Secret Garden
Photo: Pis.vn
Fresh juices
Fresh juices served in a very refreshing way: small bottles with lemon grass, a slice of lemon and ice Photo: Diadiemanuong
For best experience, you should visit in the late afternoon to catch the sunset before dinner. Remember to make reservation for the best view.

 

 Mountain Retreat

[Rooftop, 36 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1]

Another rooftop place to enjoy dinner, just walk few minutes from Ben Thanh Market, then find a wooden sign in front of the old French building.

 

rooftop
This wonderful rooftop place has chilling atmosphere. Photo: Amthucsuckhoe

Serving delectable Vietnamese dishes and providing guests with diligent service, Mountain Retreat has the good price and the execution is stylish and modern.

Mountain Retreat
Photo: Amthucsuckhoe

The staff are courteous and friendly and the service was quick and efficient.

Despite the hard to find location, it gets packed on weekends and reservations for best view are highly recommended.

Mountain Retreat
Photo: Mountain Retreat
Must try spring rolls, lemongrass chicken or beef and fresh juices.

 

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