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Sorae

Sorae

Vesper, Cocktail bar, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Vesper

El Gaucho

El Gaucho Saigon

Shri

Shri

Pizza 4P's

Pizza 4P's

Sorae

Sorae

With sushi and sashimi flown directly from Tokyo and cigars hand-rolled by a Cuban master, there's a lot to love about this elegant restaurant.

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Vesper, Cocktail bar, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Vesper

This sophisticated cocktail bar along the Saigon River is one of the few places in the city to serve tapas.

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El Gaucho

El Gaucho Saigon

El Gaucho is a must for any meat-lover seeking that perfect cut of beef or lamb.

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Shri

Shri

With a name like shri—a Hindu word for god or illumination—this restaurant and lounge certainly set its ambitions high when it opened atop the Centec Tower in District 3

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Pizza 4P's

Pizza 4P's

In District 1, pizza lovers should make a beeline to Pizza 4P's, housed in a renovated home, for expertly made, wood-fired pies

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Xu Restaurant Lounge, Bien Nguyen, Xu Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam cuisine, Asia travel

Xu Saigon

This restaurant cum bar–lounge offers an old-meets-new-Viet ambience, creative cocktails and contemporary pan-Asian cuisine.

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Nem Nuong Ganh, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam food, Asia travel

Nem Nuong Ganh

Nem Nuong Ganh is a cheerful place in a quiet alley that rightfully prides itself on its bun ca dac biet (“special” fish noodles).

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Bun Oc Thanh Hai, Bun rieu oc, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese food, Asia travel

Bun Oc Thanh Hai

At Bun Oc Thanh Hai, the bun rieu oc features a sweet-savory broth studded with tomatoes and chunks of snail meat; fluffy dumplings floating atop are made of crab roe.

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Nhu Lan, Bun Thit Nuong, Saigon food, Vietnamese cuisine, Asia travel

Nhu Lan

At Nhu Lan, bun thit nuong takes the form of an oversize bowl holding a mound of cool rice-flour vermicelli hiding a mix of shredded herbs, slices of smoky grilled pork and chopped peanuts.

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Yu Chu, Intercontinental Asiana Saigon, Saigon Yu Chu, Saigon dining, Asia travel

Yu Chu

Hand-pulled noodles and high-quality dim sum bring a note of authenticity to the Intercontinental Asiana Saigon’s smart Chinese restaurant.

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The Deck, The Deck Saigon, Saigon dining, Saigon River restaurant, Asia travel

The Deck

To get away from the hustle and bustle, head to The Deck, a restaurant set on the banks of Saigon River.

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Hoa Tuc, Saigon Hoa Tuc, Ho Chi Minh City Hoa Tuc, Saigon restaurant, Asia travel

Hoa Tuc

Set in a restored colonial house, Hoa Tuc is easily one of the city’s most charming dining venues.

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Barbeque Garden, Saigon BBQ Garden, Saigon Barbeque Garden, Vietnamese food, Asia travel

Barbecue Garden

In town, the alfresco Barbecue Garden serves good breakfasts, strong coffee, refreshing fruit smoothies and, for lunch and dinner, tasty grilled entrées.

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Tib restaurant, Saigon Tib restaurant, Vietnamese cuisine, Saigon food, Asia travel

Tib Restaurant

Hidden in an alley, tiny Tib Restaurant has been around forever but serves consistently delicious Hue and Vietnamese vegetarian specialties in a homey setting.

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Black Cat, Saigon Black Cat, HCMC Black Cat, Vietnam banh mi, Vietnamese food

Black Cat Saigon

An upmarket favorite, Californian chef–proprietor Geoffrey Deetz is fanatical about making everything for his innovative takes on banh mi from scratch, from the baguettes to the cognac-laced pâté to the sausages.

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Mekong Merchant Saigon

Mekong Merchant

One of An Phu’s impressive restaurant scene, Mekong Merchant specializes in ultra-fresh seafood flown in several times a week from the island of Phu Quoc.

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Restaurant Opera

Opera

The emphasis on authentic, homemade pizzas - cooked in a wood-fired oven - pastas and other dishes keeps diners coming back, as does the relaxed alfresco dining overlooking Lam Son Square.

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Cepage, Ho Chi Minh City restaurant, Saigon restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City dining, Asia travel

Cépage

Head to Cepage for the lunchtime Black Box, a mystery three-course set menu.

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Orientica Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Orientica Seafood Restaurant & Bar

The restaurant provides a total culinary experience with its live cooking and open kitchen. There are three open preparation bars named "fire," "water" and "ice".

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mojo saigon

Mojo

Located at Dong Khoi’s epicenter and justifiably popular, it lures caffeine addicts with its signature frosted coffee or tea frappes as well as international fare.

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