Saigon Street Food Tour: the 10 Tastings

Saigon Street Food Tour: the 10 Tastings

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( 195 reviews ) star Food tour Ho Chi Minh City 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Visit the oldest food market in the world
  • Try Bánh xèo (sizzling cake) paired with Saigon beer
  • Discover Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurant
  • Enjoy a colonial dish: Banh mi Hong Hoa
  • Refresh with a tasty sugar cane drink
  • See main foodie highlights & hidden gems

You will meet here: Ben Thanh Market

What you can expect

Vietnamese food is very hot and trendy, and no wonder why since it offers a delicious variety of tastings. From salty, sweet, sour & hot flavors, the food combinations are endless!

Start your tasty tour at a main foodie highlight: the Ben Thanh Market. This covered market is perfect to shop local goodies at the same time you enjoy delicious street food. The Ben Thanh Market it’s the oldest surviving market in the world. Here we’ll start big with a combo plate of steamed flour rice cakes with dried shrimp (bánh bèo) & a shrimp and pork tapioca cake (bánh bột lọc). A perfect way to start this delicious tour.

This tour is like no other food tour since it’s not only about the tastings. Throughout the whole trip, your local guide will show you main highlights, as well as hidden gems. Every place you’ll make a stop has an interesting story and your private guide will tell you all about it.

Your will stop at a small family business where your Banh mi Hong Hoa is served. This is a vietnamese sandwich prepared on a homemade baguette. Everything is daily baked & cooked. A small reminder of the french colonial history. Small but big on flavor!

Your next tasting is a thirst-quencher: a sugar cane drink with a hint of lime. So fresh that it will make you feel renewed for your next platter. Get your drink on the go and jump on a grabtaxi that will take you to Turtle Lake. This place a favorite for young locals. Here they dine and unwind on an open park where they can get together with their friends. Feel the local vibe and indulge in a traditional mixed rice paper dish.

Then, get ready to taste papaya like you have never tried it before. Green papaya salad has a tasty flavor especially when it’s combined with delicious marinated beef & sweet and sour sauce. But the most interesting part is how you are served. The wonder woman serving this tasting escort you to your seat (across a bustling street) while at the same time carrying your food. Their fast & efficient method makes this stop a local’s on the go favorite place.

Anthony Bourdain, the famous always on the road chef, can't be wrong about the next tasting: A Bánh xèo or Sizzling Cake paired with a tasty local Saigon beer. Bánh xèo is a giant crepe filled mostly with thin sliced pork, whole shrimp and bean sprouts, but there are many other filling options. Your local guide can personalize your dishes according to your requests, just let them know beforehand.

What makes this place pop out from others is their traditional preparation, they still use charcoal to cook & the crepe gets prepped in front of you. Anthony Bourdain ate here and loved it so much that now this restaurant is extremely popular from travelers worldwide.

To follow up with a sweet treat, enjoy a local hidden gem: Chè, a dessert full of fruit layers and sweet coconut cream. It looks as pretty as it tastes and it is a perfect compliment after your Bánh xèo.

Finish up your food tour with a coffee break. Sit down with your local guide to summarize your amazing experience and get incredible tips for your following days in Saigon.
Remember, this food tour is 100% personalized to fit your needs. All you have to do is pick your favorite guide and let them know your interests & requests.

This is the plan

Tasting 1
Start your appetite with the flavoury Steamed Flour Rice Cakes with Dried Shrimp, in the famous Benh Thanh Market
Tasting 2
Complete the first dish with Shrimp and Pork Tapioca
Tasting 3
Try out the famous Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich at a place with tradition
Tasting 4
Get refreshed with sugar cane drink!
Tasting 5
Eat like young locals do: taste Mixed Rice Paper
Tasting 6
Go to the best culinary hidden gem: eat Green papaya salad sold in a unique place!
Tasting 7
Enojy a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant
Tasting 8
Sit back and relax while watching your sizzling cake being done in front of your eyes
Tasting 9
It's time for dessert! They call it Sweet Soup Dessert and you are in for a treat
Tasting 10
Close the experience with an aromatic Vietnamese traditional coffee in a beautiful market setting, with locals :)

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Food tour details

Private Food tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Ben Thanh Market
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
checkGrab taxi costs
check2 alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks
Not included
Extra drinks

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  • Experience the heart
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  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.