Saigon – the vibrant city in Vietnam, is known for its varied facets, food being one of them. The city offers a wide variety of cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Western and Mexican. If you are looking for an answer to what to eat in Saigon, then I would personally recommend you to visit District 2 restaurants or District 1. There you’ll get your answer. The area is lined with tons of restaurants serving various cuisines from around the world. Here I have compiled a list of some of the best restaurants and cafes to visit in District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. Be ready to begin a virtual voyage of the best culinary experiences in Saigon. So, here we go!
Table of Contents
- 1 The Deck
- 2 Simple Place
- 3 Factory Contemporary Art Centre Cafe
- 4 Snap Cafe
- 5 MAD House
- 6 Lu Bu
- 7 Kokois
If you want to relish a lavish dining experience at the best restaurants in district 2 HCMC, then The Deck Saigon is one of the best bets. The restaurant is one of the most famous places to eat in the region. As the name itself says, it is a sky deck restaurant which offers the astonishing view of the riverside. The interior of the restaurant is beautifully dotted with modern design. As it is a luxurious restaurant, the prices are a bit higher. So, if you are thinking of visiting this place, keep your budget accordingly.
38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, St, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh 10000, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
In Ho Chi Minh City, if you are looking for your favorite food, i.e., Mexican, then head to Simple Place. As the name itself says, the restaurant is a simple place but serves the most delectable Mexican cuisine in district 2, Saigon. The restaurant is located in the Thao Dien area and the prices here are reasonable. Whether you want to relish the taste of the burrito or taco amidst the aroma of Vietnamese cuisine, then this is the place to be on a Ho Chi Minh City food tour.
84 Quốc Hương, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday is closed.
** Don’t let Ho Chi Minh be the only place you check out from Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An the country is full of amazing places to see.**
Factory Contemporary Art Centre Cafe
Yes, this place is an art space for all the art and culture buffs exploring district 2 HCMC. But that’s not it, there is also a small cafe attached to it. The reason why I have added this cafe on this list is because of the ambiance this place offers. You can enjoy food along with the beautiful exhibits displayed here. However, an important thing to know here that the restaurant only opens on the day when there is an exhibition underway. So, check accordingly before visiting the place.
15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening Hours (the art center)
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday is closed.
Indeed, a relaxed place located in district 2 in Saigon. It is one of the best places to eat for families. You can visit here at any time, whether day or night. The Western food they offer is quite dependable. Here you can find from meat options to veg options to vegan options. Some of the highly-recommended dishes at Snap Cafe are soups, samosas, sandwiches, hummus, pasta, dips, chips, falafel, and pizza. Being a Western Cafe, here at Snap Cafe, you can expect to find a large number of ex-pats and tourists.
32 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Friday to Wednesday from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Thursday is closed.
**Another one of our favorite places to see and explore is District 3 and District 1. These are some of the most popular places to visit.**
MAD House is one of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City in district 2. If you want to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner, then MAD House is a perfect place. This strategically located restaurant is situated in a small alleyway perfect for an evening escape. Not just the ambiance and interior appeals to people to visit this place, but also the delicious food that they serve. There are small pools in the restaurants that make for a perfect space. You can come here either for a leisurely breakfast or lunch and dinner would be better. From salads and sandwiches to the chicken thigh and braised wagyu beef shank, they offer a range of food options.
6/1/2 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
For all those who are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life in Saigon, Lu Bu is the perfect stopover. The restaurant is owned by an Australian. The menu of the restaurant is influenced by European and Mediterranean cuisine. However, all the dishes here taste delectably good, at least that’s what their reviews say. Along with their food, it’s the beautiful white spacious architecture which the restaurant is known for. You can enjoy your food with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
97b Đường Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Saturday to Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM. Thursday and Friday are closed.
A combination of bistro, cafe, and store – it is Kokois. This restaurant is set in a renovated warehouse and is built on the concept of store stock Vietnam. From home decor items to souvenirs to accessories to themed games to clothing (for both men and women), they have a wide variety of things in the restaurant. In order to fuel your stomach with some amazing taste, there is a cafe which is located downstairs along with a garden lounge that serves modern food. They have both options for tourists; either to eat outside or inside in AC. Indeed, Kokois is one of the most unique places to eat in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City.
23 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
Sunday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
I would suggest you all to at least reserve 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City of your Vietnam tour if you want to explore these restaurants (if not all, then at least a few). I know what you are thinking – “I can cover all these food joints in just a single day’. But hey, your energy level could be of its peak, but don’t forget your stomach won’t be able to bear that much stuff. So, take one at a time and try to enjoy all the best restaurants in Saigon. These lists of food in District 1 and District 2 took us more than 10 days in Ho Chi Minh to eat through!