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Where to eat when you are at the heart of Saigon

Best restaurants and eateries in Saigon

The thing that travellers worry most about is what and where to eat in a new country or city. In Saigon, besides the typical Pho dish, you can also find a diversity of street foods, as well as fine dining restaurants. PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, has put together a brief guide, consisting of four restaurants and eateries in Saigon, so that you know where to go to satisfy your appetite.  

1. Thanh Da Duck Porridge

Address: 118 Binh Quoi street, Binh Thanh District
Phone number:
+84 8 3556 6640
Opening Hours:
7:00am to 10:00pm

Thanh Da is not the name of the restaurant. It used to be the name of a ward where many duck porridge kiosks converged. Eventually, it became the name of the duck porridge. There aren’t many kiosks in operation now, but the most famous one is the Thu Nga duck porridge restaurant. Here you can enjoy the taste of porridge, paired with steam duck and a special sweet and sour ginger sauce.

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2. Countryside restaurant – Cuc Gach Quan

Address: 10 Dang Tat, District 1
Phone number:
+84 8 3848 0144
Opening Hours:
10:00am to 11:00pm

This restaurant was once a French colonial mansion, and was redecorated by Tran Binh Architecture. Bringing the uniqueness of the countryside into this building, it boasts things like antique wooden furniture and a reel-to-reel tape machine. It is also home to  an interior fish pond and a floating staircase. Furthermore, all food items are served on antique dishes, accompanied with antique cutlery as well.

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3. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

Address: 26 Le Thi Rieng, District 1
Phone number: +84 8 3925 0885
Opening Hours:
4:00pm to midnight

Crunchy with layers of luncheon meat, topped with mayonnaise and herbs, this is the Vietnamese bread. There are thousands of banh mi stalls in Saigon, but they’re always with long queues. Located at District 1, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa sells its bread at VND 40,000 each, which makes it one of the more expensive places in Saigon to get banh mi. Nonetheless, people flock there day after day because their thick meat layers are truly unparalleled.

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4. Ut Ut BBQ and Beer Restaurant

Address: 168 Vo Van Kiet street, District 1
Phone number:
+84 8 3914 4500
Opening Hours:
4:00pm to 11:00pm

Located on Vo Van Kiet Boulevard, Ut Ut was an instant hit with locals and expats alike because of its name and dining style. Ut Ut, which translates to “Oink Oink Street Café”, is known an American-style barbecue and beer restaurant. Here, you can have large servings of pork dishes with signature sauces, and many choices of beer. If you don’t want to be on their waiting list, be sure to get there early as they operate on a “first-come first-served” basis.

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