Along with the rich history, culture, and heritage, it’s the food that lures millions of tourists to Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine is probably Southeast Asia’s most complex cuisine. If you are looking to explore the rich, vibrant, and delectable food of Vietnam, then there isn’t a better place than Saigon to commence with. But for that, you must at least have 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City of which, you can devout an entire day to just a food tour and shopping. In Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 is a neighborhood where you get to visit some of the best restaurants in the city. So you ask, Where to Eat in Ho Chi Minh District 1? I have made a list of the best places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City District 1 which you should look to visit on your tour.
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One of the most impressive places to eat in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is L’amant Cafe. The gorgeous decor makes this place a beautiful spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch. The cafe serves some of the tasty treats to their customers. If you are looking for the best coffee in Ho Chi Minh City district 1, then this is the place to be at. They have a range of Vietnamese coffees that go best with their contemporary Vietnamese cuisine.
12 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Noir. Dining in the Dark
I am assuming you must have got an idea by the name of this restaurant that what this place is all about, right? I must say, Noir. Dining in the Dark is one of the most unique and best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh district 1. This place offers a kind of unique experience that most people have never savored before. The waiters at Noir. Dining in the Dark is visually impaired but don’t worry, they are very well accustomed to the surroundings, and hence, you can rest assured. Dining in the Dark serves a range of Western and Eastern delicacies and the taste is as amazing as their service. Indeed, it is one of the must-visit restaurants on a food tour in Saigon.
180D Hai Bà Trưng, Street, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
A perfect stopover for a perfect lunch in district 1 is Lunch Lady. Well, it is one of the food joints where tourists leave HCMC without paying a visit. Though the name is not fancy enough to lure a person in the first introduction, you would be amazed to know that Lunch Lady is one of the internationally renowned street food joints in Saigon. I cannot recommend you to try a few certain things as the menu of this food stall rotates daily. But trust me, it is for sure that you won’t regret visiting this place once you try their food. And as you will land at this place, you will get to know why this place has such a huge hype as it always remains dotted with locals as well as international food vloggers and bloggers.
Chung Cư, Lô D, Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
On this where to eat in Ho Chi Minh city list, Secret Garden is one such place where you will feel more like eating at home. This romantic and beautiful hideout located in district 1 is for all those food connoisseurs who’re looking to enjoy a home-like dining experience in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, food is served in traditional pottery and the taste of each of those dishes is exceptionally good. But, it’s a pleasant atmosphere which makes this place so popular amongst locals as well as tourists. Set up in an outdoor space, the atmosphere here is quite laid-back and prices are also quite reasonable.
158 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
** Not only is District 1 full of incredible food and things to do but District 3 is a must not miss!**
33 De Tham Restaurant
A multi-level restaurant which is located at the intersection with Co Giang street, 33 De Tham Restaurant is indeed one of the most popular places to eat in District 1, Saigon. The culture and atmosphere of this place is something that lures a huge chunk of tourists to this place. They serve the most delicious seafood in the region which is obviously worth the value. If you are thinking of what to eat in Saigon, then blindly head to 33 De Tham Restaurant. On their menu, they have a wide variety of dishes. The prices of food at this restaurant are also quite affordable which opens the option of visiting this place for all the budget visitors.
33 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:30 AM
If you want to go drinking in Saigon, Vietnam, then indeed it should be in the right way. It is important to know the people in Ho Chi Minh City have their own way of beer talks. Xien Khe is one of such places where you savor that experience in the most traditional way. The energetic and musical ambiance is one of the best things about Xien Khe. It is a waterside restaurant so you can enjoy the views of the street while the vehicle passing by. The menu of the restaurant is pretty good and prices are commonly affordable. This is the best place to spend some quality 2-3 hours time with your friends and family along with good food in Ho Chi Minh City District 1.
360 Võ Văn Kiệt, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 4:00 PM to 2:00 PM
I hope you’ll manage your time well in Saigon and will get a chance to visit most of these restaurants, if not all. Some say 10 days isn’t even enough and these restaurants deserve your attention. This country is full of incredible food from HCMC to Hoian food trips here and is never boring. Btw, which restaurant fascinates you the most from the list? I would be eager to know! Mine was Noir. Dining in the Dark.