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Best Dishes and Restaurants for Local Dining in Ho Chi Minh

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One big part of a fun adventure to a new culture is getting to try the local cuisine. Learn more about Vietnamese dishes with our list of best dishes and restaurants for local dining in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dishes for Local Dining in Ho Chi Minh

In a country with close-knitted family tradition, the family meal is a really important time for all members to gather and talk to one another. While lunchtime is not a really good time for this, dinner is the perfect time to meet with your family. Some will choose to cook at home with simple dishes like poached vegetables, claypot, and braised pork; some will choose to dine out.

Many now prefer new taste from other countries like Japan, Thai, and Europe, but restaurants for local dining in Ho Chi Minh City still welcome a large number of people who want to taste traditional Vietnamese foods like Pho, Bun (all kinds of vermicelli and noodles), and grilled dishes.

Check out more details in the best places to eat and drink or the list of best dishes and restaurants for local dining in Ho Chi Minh City below.

Streets for Local Dining in Ho Chi Minh

It is not an exaggeration to call Ho Chi Minh City the heaven of street foods. You can find eateries no matter where you go. The below are only some of the streets which gather the most vivid local dining in Ho Chi Minh City, but there are still many more that we cannot cover them all.

District 1

The streets in the French Quarter in Ho Chi Minh City are mostly for luxurious and western dinners in hotels and fancy restaurants. But if you step a bit outside of this zone, you will find a lot of local dining in Ho Chi Minh City serving Vietnamese dishes.

Streets Cuisines
Dong Khoi Street, Le Loi Street, and Nguyen Hue Street Japanese, Thai, and European cuisine
Bui Vien Street, Ben Thanh Night Market, Ben Thanh Street Foods Market, or Tan Dinh Market, and Co Giang Street Vietnamese cuisine, beer, seafood, noodles (e.g. pho, bun thit nuong, and bun rieu), etc.

District 3

For a cheaper and more local experience but still near Ho Chi Minh City’s center, you can visit District 3, the house of cheap eats and street foods.

Streets Cuisines
Vo Van Tan, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nguyen Thuong Hien, Le Van Sy, Cao Thang, Nguyen Thien Thuat, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Banh trang tron, Banh trang nuong, Bun cha, Banh cuon, Dumplings, Beefsteak, Hotpot, Hainanese chicken with rice, etc.

District 5, District 10

If you prefer Chinese cuisine or Vietnamese cuisine combined, you can head to the Chinatown for local dining in Ho Chi Minh City

Streets Cuisines
Ngo Quyen, Nguyen Van Cu, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ba Hat, Cach Mang Thang 8, Thanh Thai, and To Hien Thanh Hu tieu (clear noodles), dumplings, Mi hoanh thanh, BBQ, Banh cuon, etc.

District 4, Binh Thanh District

This is another heaven of cheap eats for the locals and students.

Streets Cuisines
Xom Chieu, Doan Van Bo, and Dinh Tien Hoang Offal stew, Balut, Seafood, etc.

For the details address, read more on the section below.

List of Best Dishes and Restaurants for Local Dining in Ho Chi Minh

Check out some of the best restaurants for local dining in Ho Chi Minh City!

Pho restaurants

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Pho

Pho Hung
241 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1
288 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 4, District 10
Opening hours: 6 AM - 3 AM
Price: VND 68,000 – VND 78,000

Pho Phu Gia
146E Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 14, District 3
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 10 AM, 5 PM – 9 PM
Price: VND 62,000

Pho So 2
2A Dinh Tien Hoang, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District
Opening hours: 6 AM - 11 AM, 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Price: VND 48,000 – VND 63,000

Pho Phu Vuong
339 Le Van Sy, Ward 1, Tan Binh District
Opening hours: 7 AM – 1 PM, 5 PM – 9:30 PM
Price: VND 45,000 – VND 65,000

Click on the link to see other places to have an authentic Pho in Ho Chi Minh City.

Restaurants for Banh xeo, Banh khot (Vietnamese Pancake and Mini Rice Pancake)

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Banh xeo and Banh khot

Banh xeo 46A
46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1
Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 2 PM, 4 PM – 9 PM
Price: VND 80,000 – VND 135,000

Banh xeo mien trung
1 Bac Hai, Ward 15, District 10
Opening hours: 4 PM – 11 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000

Co Ba Vung Tau (Banh xeo and Banh Khot)
102 Cao Thang, Ward 4, District 3
40B Tran Cao Van, Ward 6, District 3
226-227 Muoi Tay, My Kim 2 Ward, District 7
Opening hours: 8 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 55,000 – VND 95,000

Read more on Where to eat Banh xeo in Ho Chi Minh City and Banh khot – Mini rice pancake.

Banh mi restaurants (Vietnamese Baguette)

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Banh mi

Banh mi Huynh Hoa
26 Le Thi Rieng, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 2:30 PM - 11 PM
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 50,000

Banh mi Nhu Lan
50 -64 - 66 - 68 Ham Nghi, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
365 - 367 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 8, District 3
Opening hours: 7 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 30,000

Banh mi Ha Noi
83 - 85 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Ward 2, District 3
Opening hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 35,000

See more of Banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese seafood restaurants

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Snails and crab

Vinh Khanh Street, District 4
Pham The Hien and Duong Ba Trac Street, District 8
Truong Sa Street, District 3, Phu Nhuan District, Tan Binh District
Bui Vien Street, District 1

More details of snails eateries in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese noodles restaurants

Bun thit nuong Chi Tuyen (Grilled pork with vermicelli, Southern Vietnam style)
175 Co Giang, Co Giang Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 7 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 42,000 – VND 47,000
See details of Bun Thit Nuong in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Bun Thit Nuong

Banh canh cua Me Pu (Tapioca noodle with crab)
483/10 Le Van Sy, Ward 12, District 3
Opening hours: 10 AM – 8 PM (closed on Sunday)
Price: VND 55,000 – VND 70,000
Read more on What is Vietnamese tapioca noodle.

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Banh canh cua

Mien Ga Ky Dong (Mung bean noodle with chicken)
14/5 Bis Ky Dong, Ward 9, District 3
Opening hours: 5 AM – 1:30 AM
Price: VND 47,000 – VND 50,000

Hu Tieu Ca Can (Clear rice noodle)
110 Hung Vuong, Ward 9, District 5
Opening hours: 6 AM – 2 AM
Price: VND 65,000 - VND 85,000

Mi Vit Tiem Luong Ky My Gia (Noodle with stewed duck)
1 Huynh Man Dat, Ward 19, Binh Thanh District
Opening hours: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
Price: VND 90,000 – VND 100,000

Restaurants for Vietnamese desserts

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Sweet soups

Che Thai Y Phuong
382 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 4, District 10
Opening hours: 8 AM – 11 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 47,000

Xoi Che Bui Thi Xuan
111 Bui Thi Xuan, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: VND 10,000 - VND 25,000

Che Ha Ky
138 Chau Van Liem, Ward 11, District 5
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 28,000

See more in our guide to Vietnamese Desserts.

Restaurants for Vietnamese family meals

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A Vietnamese family meal

Hoang Yen Cuisine
7 Ngo Duc Ke, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 150,000 – VND 450,000

Secret Garden
158 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 65,000 – VND 395,000

Cuc Gach Quan
10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 9 AM – 11:30 PM
Price: VND 80,000 – VND 400,000

Restaurants for Hue cuisine

Hue cuisine, the traditional dishes of people in Central Vietnam, includes dishes like Banh beo, Banh bot loc, Bun bo Hue, Banh uot tom, and Banh khoai.

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Banh beo

Com tam restaurants (Broken rice)

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Com tam

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This chain has several restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Some stores in city downtown are at:
32 Nguyen Trai, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
449 Vo Van Tan, Ward 5, District 3
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 11 PM
Price: VND 60,000 – VND 88,000

Thuan Kieu
This chain has several restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Some stores in city downtown are at:
46 Dinh Tien Hoang, Da Kao Ward, District 1
26 Ton That Tung, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 6 AM – 2 PM, 5 PM – 9 PM
Price: VND 29,000 – VND 90,000

Other restaurants for Vietnamese cuisine

Banh cuon Hai Nam (Steamed rice roll)
11A Cao Thắng, Ward 2, District 3
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 52,000 – VND 60,000
Click on the link to see more Banh cuon restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Banh cuon

Banh trang Trang Bang Hoang Ty (Trang Bang rice paper and noodle)
74 Truong Quoc Dung, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District
1 Nguyen Huu Cau, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 66,000 - VND 350,000

Goi cuon tom thit (Spring/Summer roll)
93 Cach Mang Thang 8, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 11 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 10,000/roll

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Goi cuon

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Guest - Kacey Maris on Monday, 20 January 2020 14:02

It was so much to join a food tour and we tried so many amazing restaurants. I joined the city tour years ago and came back to ho chi minh for a food tour. It was so worth it. Don't miss your chance to try the local foods

It was so much to join a food tour and we tried so many amazing restaurants. I joined the city tour years ago and came back to ho chi minh for a food tour. It was so worth it. Don't miss your chance to try the local foods
Guest - Tammy on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:42

Did the food tour with this company last November and we had a wonderful experience! I recommend travelers to sign up for this if you don't know what you'll be having in Saigon. It was a fun way to see the city and try out the Vietnamese foods!

Tammy, Georgia

Did the food tour with this company last November and we had a wonderful experience! I recommend travelers to sign up for this if you don't know what you'll be having in Saigon. It was a fun way to see the city and try out the Vietnamese foods! Tammy, Georgia
Guest - Sharon Moore on Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:02

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