Places to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City

If you thought you knew Vietnamese food by paying regular visits to you neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant, you will be proven wrong once you come in Vietnam - everything here, and especially in Ho Chi Minh City, redefines taste and variety.

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What to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City

In every 2 out of 5 streets, there is a food stall sticking from the corner. If you want to choose wise, pick the ones where you can see what and how it's being cooked, and especially if a bunch of locals are fussing around. This guarantees you fresh and tasteful handful of well-combined ingredients. Ho Chi Minh city's arguable "lunch lady" is in District 1. Vietnamese cuisine is fresh and simple. Portions are small enough to try several. You will notice that usually you are served a main dish and a myriad of additives, sauces, and chili to choose from.

  • Com Tam Moc
    The very popular among locals "broken" rice dish with 3 types of meat and a fried egg.
  • Banh Mi
    Is the sign that you will be seeing again and again on food carts, stalls, and restaurant menus. It is the Vietnamese version of a sandwich, a combination between bread, introduced once by the French, and pate or meat, dressed in cucumber, pickled veggies, herbs, and mayonnaise.
  • Rice Paper Rolls
    The perfect love affair between rice paper and seafood, wrapped in front of you and handed out with a little bowl of dipping sauce.
  • Pho
    A Vietnamese classic noodle soup with beef or chicken meat and spices.

Top food experiences in Ho Chi Minh City

Fun Tour for Food Lovers by Night


€29.90 p.p.

Private Evening Food Tour


€38.00 p.p.

Delicious Food Tour by Motorbike


€68.00 p.p.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Melissa Nuno Miguel

Day Tour to Fátima, Nazaré & Alcobaça

We had a great trip with Nuno. He picked us up early so we avoided the crowds, and we were able so see many of the sights without too many people around. He suggested really good places to eat and was very knowledgeable about all of the sights. He was very accommodating with timing and we never felt rushed, even though we saw way more than we had hoped! Thank you, Nuno!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Derek Michel

French Wine Tasting with a Wine Expert

Michel was a gracious host and a joy to meet. I would recommend any of his tours regardless of your familiarity with wine going in.

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Withlocals host
Elisabetta Vannee

Cooking Class at Classic Home Cooking School

I had a wonderful experience with Vannee, discovering Thai cuisine! Her husband and she came to pick me up at the hostel where I ws staying and they brought me to a local market, where Vannee explained to me the different herbs and vegetables. As soon as I told her that I love coconut and that I liked trying khao soi she decided to make me cook exactly those dishes. She is really nice and speaks good English so it’s easy to learn, and you even get a book with all Thai recipes inside! Definitely recommended!