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For a taste (and then some) of Brazil, head to Au Lac...
It may be the leading noodle-soup chain in the country, but this is no McPho. Choose your cuts of meat and enjoy a steaming bowl accompanied by a veritable jungle of herbs. Plenty of other locations around the city.
With a winning line in perfectly done skewered meats, the Mediterranean menu here takes in all stops from the Maghreb to Marseilles. It's strong on atmosphere with an open-plan kitchen and draws a crowd, so book ahead.
Surely a candidate for the longest bar in town, this friendly spot in the centre of town serves some regional beers like Huda and generous measures. Has classic indie anthems on the MP3, plus a couple of dart boards.
The name says it all – British pub meets French cafe-bar – and the pomegranate-coloured result, ranging over three floors, is a hit...
Nirvana for the serious meat-lover, El Gaucho matches hearty serves of fall-apart lamb shanks, tender skewers and juicy steaks to a fine dining environment...
Always full of Indian diners, this shiny, long-running restaurant sprawls up over several floors...
The Rex Hotel’s decor is several shades of camp: life-size elephants, birdcage lanterns, topiary draped in fairy lights and, to cap it all off, a giant, rotating, golden crown. There’s also live music most nights.
Paying homage to the classic Vespa, this buzzing place has a great location for watching the world go by. The menu includes great burgers with original toppings, plus a mix of Italian and Vietnamese favourites.
This charming cafe in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker ghetto has excellent smoothies, doughy cinnamon rolls, home-made cookies, other sweet treats, bags of style, and trains and employs disadvantaged Vietnamese.
For high-altitude cocktails, a supremely chilled-out ambience, tapas bites and weekend international DJs, Alto – alongside the helipad on the 52nd floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower – has considerable cachet.
Style isn’t this Pham Ngu Lao bakery's trumpcard, but there’s loads of elbow room on the open-air terrace, the meat pies are rich and filling, and the scones, tarts, bread, cakes are all fresh and tasty.
This is one of the best-known galleries in the city – probably the place for Vietnamese contemporary art. Don’t turn around thinking you have missed this place, as it is located in a very backstreet part of town.
Run by a Vietnamese artist who trained in Japan, this place occasionally falls foul of the artistically staid authorities. A coffee shop and gallery combined, these are unusual surroundings for a drink.
Run by a Vietnamese artist who trained in Japan, this place occasionally falls foul of the artistically staid authorities. A cafe-bar and gallery combined, these are intriguing surroundings for a drink.
Arguably the most international of clubs in town right now, Cage is set in an old warehouse near the Saigon Legend Hotel. Its sleek decor and guest DJs make this a good place for a big night out.
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