Most popular things to Taste in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s province Ho Chi Minh City is commonly known as Saigon. It is one of the largest and most populated provinces made entirely of materials imported from France. It is also known for the diverse food culture and best tourist destination. Here we have a list of foods and beverages listed accordingly with the best duration to have and with the best location mentioned.

Morning Breakfast

  • Pho Soup (Vietnamese Traditional Soup)

A trip to Ho Chi Minh City and you don’t taste Pho then your trip is worthless. Pho is the Vietnamese Traditional Soup and made since ancient times of Vietnam. It’s the most popular food items in Vietnam served for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians as per customer requirement. The main ingredient of pho is noodles with thinly sliced beef or chicken pieces. It is highly recommended by locals as well as the travel guides for tourist to try this soup in breakfast when you come to Vietnam.

When you visit Ho Chi Minh City here is some best location you can taste Pho Soup:

  • Location
    • Pho 2000 – The Famous One
      • Address: 1-3D Phan Chu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Pho Thin Ha Noi – The North Vietnamese One
      • Address: 170 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City


Midday Munchies

  • World’s Most Expensive Coffee

Vietnam is also known for the mass exporter of coffee worldwide. Get a chance to taste Kopi Luwak world’s most expensive coffee when you are in Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of the best stress busters, whereas it cost around US$100 and $500 per pound. Trung Nguyen Coffee is the first one which is leading the coffee industry in Vietnam. They make varieties of coffee with unique taste and nearly no bitterness and introduce it widely. Many tourists who have come to Vietnam before feel imperfective if they don’t rest in a Trung Nguyen coffee shop at least once in their journey. The tourists, who have never come to Vietnam before, will never know the fabulous feeling when they drink a cup of Legendee coffee in Trung Nguyen coffee shop until they try it.

  • Location
    • Trung Nguyen coffee:
      • Address: 219 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.


Afternoon Refreshment

  • Bubble Tea

This is the most popular beverages which all juvenile in Vietnam fall in love. It’s derived from Taiwan and now it can easily be found on every road in Ho Chi Minh City. It mixes from milk, tea, flavor with topping, usually bubble, jelly, milk foam, whipping, etc. Moreover, it’s not necessary to drink bubble tea in a milk-tea shop. There are numerous beverages can be selected such as yogurt, fruits tea, smoothie, etc. so that it’s suitable for all people of all ages. You should try some trademark like Koi Thé, Phuc Long, Gong Cha, Bobabop, Ding Tea, etc.

  • Location
    • Koi Thé – The Famous One
      • Address: 76 Ngo Duc Ke Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Phuc Long – The Second One
      • Address: 26 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Bubble tea

Evening snacks and drinks

  • Bia Saigon Beer

Beer is very usual in Vietnam, more than wine. You can see varieties of beer in the marketplace, from the cheapest beer which the owner made by themselves to the most expensive made by a large company. People usually take a sit on a plastic chair around a plastic table, with some food and snack, they can drinking and chatting all night. This is one of the highlights activities at night in Vietnam which the tourists and foreigner must try when coming to Vietnam. The best place describes this activity is on:

  • Location
    • Bui Vien Street
      • Address: 50 – 82 Bui Vien street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City


  • Bánh xèo (Banh Xeo) – Crispy Vietnamese Pancake

This is a traditional pancake of Vietnam. Banh Xeo is made of rice flour and shrimp, pork meat with some bean sprouts, onion in the middle, eat with rice paper, dipping sauces, and fresh vegetables. Just like sandwiches, this Vietnamese pancake is a harmony between French and Vietnam, which created a tasted dish. You can eat this food by the wrap and roll it in rice paper and vegetables, dip with sauce. It’s will be very crispy and crunchy with unique Vietnamese taste that can’t be mixed in any dish. Some cafeterias signature with this meal are:

  • Location
    • Banh Xeo Muoi Xiem
      • Address: 54 Nguyen Van Troi street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Banh Xeo An La Ghien
      • Address: 74 Suong Nguyet Anh street, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Banh Xeo

Dinner meals

  • Goi Cuon

One of the rolled-foods in Ho Chi Minh, usually have pork meat and shrimp with vegetables and rice noodles use with seasoning sauce is perfect. This dish can be suitable for a vegetarian person by changing the ingredient, from pork meat to fried egg. Your stomach can easily get filled with 5 – 6 rolls. You can go to district 10 and try it at:


  • Banh Mi

Banh Mi is the best street food and fast food in Ho Chi Minh. It’s a loaf of bread with multiples things in the middle such as meat, cucumber, pork sausage, pate, mayonnaise, etc. The mixture will impress the customer with the best taste that you will never forget it. It is Vietnam’s signature street food try at least once when you come to Vietnam. Listed in top 10 of the most popular sandwiches ranking by – Australia’s prestigious travel website. Some famous place selling this are:

  • Location
    • Banh Mi Huynh Hoa
      • Address: 26 Le Thi Rieng Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Banh Mi Hong Hoa
      • Address: 62 Nguyen Van Trang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

  • Bun Cha Gio Chay – Rice Noodles with Vegetarian Spring Rolls

This dish is perfect for vegetarians. The vegetarian spring rolls make by all vegetarian food, eat with rice noodles and unique vegetarian sauce. This meal can be changed by replaced the mixture of spring rolls from vegetarian food to minced meat that people which are not vegetarian can eat. Besides, you can try Bun Thit Nuong for near taste but it is not vegetarian food. You can find this food at:

  • Location
    • Bun Cha Gio Chay – Nguyen Van Cong
      • Address: 496 Nguyen Van Cong street, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Mon Hue Restaurant
      • Address: 66 Ngo Duc Ke Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City



  • Che Chuoi – Banana with Sago Pearls and Coconut Milk Sweet Soup

Che Chuoi is one of the most traditional desserts of Vietnam. However, there are lots of Vietnamese traditional dessert like Che Khoai Mon – made from taro, Che Ba Mau – usually including mung beans, white black-eyed peas, and red beans, etc. Above all, you can even try several Vietnamese traditional desserts both in a hot served and cold served at:

  • Location
    • Che Ha Ky
      • Address: 138 Chau Van Liem Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City

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