Here are our top 10 in District 1! I am sure you have your own favorites in HCMC, we’d love to hear from you too. Leave us a link or a comment after this post.
If it’s steak you want, El Gaucho is the champ. This authentic Argentinean restaurant, which now has 3 branches in Vietnam and one in Thailand, prides itself for serving the best traditionally prepared steaks and cuisines with modern ambiance and excellent service. Conveniently located near the five-star hotels and the Opera House in Saigon downtown, this place is for those who love food at its best. Oh, I know Edgar, their service crew ,the friendliest of them all!
5D Nguyen Sieu, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
If it’s food, music, dancing, plus cocktails, or romantic dinners or business lunch, Vasco’s is a strong contender. Located in a courtyard together with other restaurants, this place is frequented by tourists and expats not only on weekends but also on weeknights. It’s popular with breakfast and lunches as well.
74/7D Hai Ba Trung Street | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
If it’s paella, tapa, mojito plus Latin entertainment, this four-storey Spanish restaurant is a long-time champion. With its perfect location, romantic ambience, authentic Hispanic cuisine and warm people, Saigon is yet to find a challenger. Westerners and Saigonese flock into this place, especially the bar on the 1st floor on Friday nights.
97 Hai Bà Trưng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The celebrity chef’s name itself is a magnet for the elite and those who know what 21st century fine dining means. Strategically located near posh hotels, UK and US embassies and a prime office building, the resto is a great venue for top-end events, romantic dinners, and cocktail parties. Look for Vanessa, their service crew- she’s the best in customer care!
The Link at Kumho, Kumho Asiana Plaza Saigon, 39 Le Duan Street, District 1
If it’s Korean BBQ or any authentic Korean dish you are looking for, this cozy place is the best for you. Just opposite Grand Hotel on the corner of Dong Khoi and Ho Huag Nghiep Streets, this place is on a spot where you would least expect for the best Kim chi and Soju experience. Try it once and you’ll be a regular diner here.
If you’re up for Middle Eastern cooking or puffing the hookah, this Arabic resto and shisha lounge is ready to take you to the scenes of Alladin. Finding this mysterious place takes you to a small alley lined with colonial-style houses on Mac Thi Buoi Street near it’s intersection on Dong Khoi. Ideal for both intimate and group dining and drinking, this place is frequented by mostly stylish young locals and curious westerners.
71/7 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
If you’re up for authentic Thai food and want to avoid the crowd, this beautifully decorated restaurant, tucked in an alley on Mac Thi Buoi is the right place for you. Famous for its green and red curries and elephant-themed decoration, this place offers the best Thai food at a Saigonese price.
71/2 Mac Thi Buoi, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Bearing the name of Lebanon’s capital, this restaurant offers a wide dining space in a courtyard shared by other popular western restos. Comfy and Lebanese -themed shisha lounges and casual dining tables are usually occupied from late afternoon onwards. It’s probably the finest place for shish kebab and warm people.
74/13D Hai Bà Trưng, District 1, HCMC
If it’s steak or any Brazilian food you like, this Latin-themed restaurant will surprise you with its good-value-for-money menu. Located in an area frequented by tourists and expats, you need to enter Truong Nguyen Cafe to get to the gallery-like restaurant on the first floor. A great way to enjoy this place is availing of the “All You Can Eat”.
10B Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM City
Hard Rock Cafe
Given its popularity around the world as a must-visit music place in almost every country, Hard Rock Cafe is a tough competitor in the restaurant scene. It’s line-up of legendary burgers, lunch and kids’ menus give them the edge in day-to-night rounds. Whip it up with its lively music scene, signature man-to-man customer service, and the new free shuttle service, Hard Rock is the place to be.
39 Le Duan street, District 1, HCMC
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