Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Eat

 
 

Splurge

High-end or upscale restaurants are out reach for most local Vietnamese and generally cater to the local elite, expats and foreign tourists. Thus, there are not that many places to splurge in Ho Chi Minh City and mainly concentrated in District 1 and the four to five-star hotels. Many of these establishments specialise in international dishes including French, Italian, American and Japanese, though it is not hard to find restaurants specialising in Vietnamese menus.
 
 
 
 
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1960 Presidential Club
22nd Floor, Sailing Tower, 111A Pasteur, District 1.
Located on the top floor of a 22-storey building - from here you can get an unobstructed view of the Reunification Palace below. The venue is actually a combination of a restaurant specialising in Vietnamese and Italian cuisines, a spa offering traditional Vietnamese therapies as well as an out-door swimming pool. If you are looking for a nice day of relaxation for your mind and body, go and give this place a try.

Co Ngu
On Pasteur just before Dien Bien Phu, District 1. 
Nice Vietnamese and Asian-fusion food in a villa setting, with indoor and garden seating. Restaurant is popular with business groups. Prices here are higher than average but better value than those found in the tourist section of Ho Chi Minh City.

Hard Rock Cafe
Kumho Asiana Plaza, 39 Le Duan Avenue, District 1.
The usual American burgers and grill dishes. Around 290,000 dong for a burger meal. Good service and friendly staff. They also have live bands on selected evenings. Great choice if you are craving for Western food and want to pick up some memorabilia from the Rock Shop.

The Deck Saigon
38 Nguyen U Di, District 2 (15 minutes from the city centre).
The only 5-star restaurant on the banks of the Saigon River. Modern fusion cuisine using the best local ingredients. Open air dining on a large wooden deck or indoor dining with air-conditioning. Arrive in style - The Deck can arrange to bring you and your guests right to your dinner table by boat.

ZanZBar Restaurant & Bar
41 Dong Du St, District 1 (diagonally opposite Sheraton Hotel).
Has modern casual-upscale feel with extensive range of international & Vietnamese cuisine - plenty for vegetarians to choose from. Eclectic crowd comprise of local Vietnamese, local expatriates and visiting tourists.

Au Lac do Brazil
238 Pasteur (between Dien Bien Phu and - Vo Thi Sau).
A Brazilian-style churrascaria (all-you-can-eat restaurant featuring barbecued meat) with live Latin music from Tuesday to Saturday. Price USD30 and above per person.

L'En tete
1st floor, 139 Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1.
Excellent French restaurant in a area not normally associated with high dining. Great for a leisurely dining experience, good food with main courses ranging from 150,000 to 450,000 dong.

Tan Nam
60-62 Dong Du, District 1 (A few doors from Sheraton Saigon).
The ground floor is open-air, while the upper floor has air-conditioning. Rather expensive and mediocre food, tarting around USD10 per person but they will park your motorcycle while you eat.

La Hosteria
On Le Thanh Ton (few blocks east of the Hilton).
A gourmet Italian restaurant with excellent home-made pasta dishes in the range of 125,000 dong and main dishes starting from 150,000 dong.

Pomodoro's
Hai Ba Trung (block from the Hilton and around the corner from the Sheraton and Caravelle Hotels).
Decent small Italian restaurant. Delicious lasagna is their specialty but the pizzas are a bit oily though.

La Habana
6 Cao Ba Quat, District 1 (two blocks northeast of the Hyatt and Opera House).
Outstanding Spanish and Cuban-style food, including a large tapas menu.

Huy Long Vien
99 Nguyen Du (across Reunification Palace).
Chinese food from Peking Duck to all you can eat dim sum. It's big and fancy inside with an ancient China theme.  

Floating restaurant by samurai dave

 
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