Your Local City Guides - Satisfying Saigon

TJ Vargas
Travel blogger, Saigon
HerDailyDigest was started by TJ Vargas back in 2010. A mother, wife, teacher and MBA student, she has been staying in Saigon for the past 5 years. Her blog has been a trusted source for unbiased reviews of places to go and things to do in Vietnam.

Satisfying Saigon

When you need to satisfy your culinary curiosity, there's no better place to stay than at PARKROYAL Saigon! Situated near the fascinating and historical Ben Thanh Market, join TJ Vargas as she trawls the streets and stalls to find the best eats just for you!

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El Gaucho

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 ambience and excellent service. Conveniently located near five-star hotels and the Opera House in Saigon downtown, this place is for those who love food at its best.

Opening Hours: 4pm till late daily

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Lac Thai

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.

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Pacharan

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 has yet to find a challenger. Westerners and Saigonese flock to this place, especially the bar on the 1st floor on Friday nights.


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Bobby Chinn

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, the UK and US embassies and a prime office building, the restaurant is a great venue for top-end events, romantic dinners, and cocktail parties.

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Hard Rock Cafe

Given its popularity around the world as a must-visit music restaurant 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.

Opening Hours: 9.30am – Midnight Daily.

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Warda

If you're up for Middle Eastern cooking or puffing the hookah, this Arabic restaurant and shisha lounge is ready to take you to the scenes of Aladdin. 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.

Opening Hours: 11am – 12 midnight daily

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Vasco's

Whether it's food, music, dancing, cocktails, 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.

Opening Hours: 5.30pm till late daily

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Beirut

Bearing the name of Lebanon's capital, this restaurant offers a wide dining space in a courtyard shared by another popular western restaurant. Comfy 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.

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La Bamba

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.

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