Best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

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    Blanc Restaurant

    Housed in a beautifully restored French colonial-era building, Blanc serves refined Vietnamese fusion amid an eclectic collection of antiques and artwork. Thought is given to innovative flavours and textures, as in the Norwegian salmon atop a bed of coconut cut into noodles. The twist: the staff are hearing impaired, and diners are encouraged to interact with them using pictographs of Vietnamese sign language.

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    Noir, Dining in the Dark

    Does food taste the same when you can’t see it? That’s the question Noir, Dining in the Dark, aims to answer. Choose between an Asian, Western or vegetarian set menu and spend your time in the pitch-black dining space trying to figure out what the ingredients actually are (this is surprisingly difficult). Dishes are revealed in the lounge after you've finished.

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    Maison Saigon Marou

    This stylish and colourful cafe is home base for Marou, an artisan chocolate producer. Watch Marou's skilled team tempering and moulding chocolate crafted from local fair-trade cacao, and enjoy drinks (hot chocolate from 90,000d) and snacks also incorporating the stellar ingredients. Try the iced chocolate with cinnamon and chilli.

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    Quince

    Saigon's hottest ticket is a resolutely urbane, happening space with an open kitchen, distressed brick walls, cool tunes and a slightly edgy location close to the Saigon River. The vibe is reminiscent of East London or New York, with prices and a wine list to match. The regularly changing menu traverses the globe with aplomb, raiding Asia, Europe and the Americas for influence.

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    Jardin des Seins

    Opened by three-Michelin-starred twin chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, this heritage villa in the city centre offers Mediterranean French gastronomy with wonderfully unexpected pairings like shrimp carpaccio with a dijon-vinaigrette sorbet. Look for subtle winks to local cuisine, such as the offal spring roll that accompanies stewed Miéral pigeon.

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    Old Compass Cafe

    This cafe/cultural centre is a gem. It's tricky to find: off busy Ð Pasteur, along an alley and then up steep stairs in a somewhat rundown apartment building. But persevere and you'll enter a gorgeous all-day cafe that often segues into a live-music and performance space at night. Relax over coffee, wine or craft beer or opt for a fine-value lunch deal.

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    Padma de Fleur

    This wonderful florist-cafe is run by an artistic owner who takes as much care with her bouquets as she does with her cooking. The food is healthy, nutritious and delicious, with lots of Vietnamese salad leaves and tasty morsels to savour. Located on a backstreet in an emerging hipster corner of town south of Pham Ngu Lao.

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    Quan Bui

    Stylish Indochinese decor features at this slick place where the focus is on authentic local cuisine. Many dishes feature the more hearty flavours of northern Vietnam; offerings include delicious heo quay Quan Bui (roasted pork served with pickle). Cocktails – from the associated bar across the lane – are among HCMC's best, and upstairs there's an air-conditioned and smoke-free dining room.

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    L’Escale by Thierry Drapeau

    A slice of the French countryside in Ho Chi Minh City, L’Escale faithfully recreates the menu of two Michelin-starred chef Thierry Drapeau, featuring earthy flavours married with impeccable technique and presentation. With just seven tables, L’Escale has an exclusive feel, down to the black-suited maître d’ and gloved waiters. Set menus are popular, as is a visit to Saigon’s only cheese room.

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    Hum Vegetarian Cafe & Restaurant

    This serene and elegant vegetarian restaurant requires your attention. Everything – from the charming service to the delightful Vietnamese dishes and peaceful outside tables – makes dining here an occasion to savour. Try the tofu in fermented bean sauce or the grilled pumpkin salad. There's also an equally laid-back and more central location.

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    Bep Me In

    At the rear of a nail-bar alley near Ben Thanh Market, this superb resto offers rustic, honest dishes from rural Vietnam in hip surrounds. On the ground floor there are big shared tables, and the quirky decor includes colourful wall paintings and a vintage motorcycle rickshaw doubling as a drinks station. The upstairs dining room is more quiet and refined.

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    Cuc Gach Quan

    It comes as little surprise to learn that the owner of this place is an architect when you step into this cleverly renovated old villa. The decor is both rustic and elegant, which is also true of the food, with many veggie options available. Despite its tucked-away location in the northernmost reaches of District 1, this is no secret hideaway: book ahead.

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    Secret House

    Secret House offers a stylish take on home-style Vietnamese cooking close to Ben Thanh Market. The main dining room features mud-and-straw walls and rustic lamps fashioned from fish traps, while outside tables overlook a herb garden. The extensive menu includes some countryside specialities, such as nuoc mam kho quet, a caramelised fish sauce used as a dip. Flavours and presentation are top-notch.

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    Secret Garden

    You pass through a motorbike parking lot then negotiate the stairs of a faded HCMC apartment building to reach this wonderful rooftop restaurant. Rogue chickens peck away in the herb garden, Buddhist statues add ambience, and delicious homestyle dishes are served with city views. Service can sometimes be a little too casual, but it's worth persevering for the great flavours.

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    Nha Hang Ngon

    Thronging with locals and foreigners, this is one of HCMC's most popular spots, with a large range of the very best street food on offer in stylish surroundings across three levels. It's set in a leafy garden ringed by food stalls, wtih each cook serving a specialised traditional dish, ensuring an authentic taste of Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Chinese or Korean cuisine.

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    Xu

    This superstylish restaurant-lounge serves a menu of Vietnamese-inspired fusion dishes. It's pricey, but well worth the flutter for the top service and classy wine list. The lunch menu includes classics like com tam ('broken' rice, grilled pork and lightly pickled vegetables) and there are innovative Viet tapas and top-notch cocktails too.

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    Propaganda

    Colourful murals and retro socialist posters brighten up this popular bistro with park views. The menu focuses on street-food classics from around Vietnam, all enjoyed with a bustling and energetic ambience. Salads are particularly good and there are tempting 'Discovery' menus (from 510,000d), which include four courses, wine and tea.

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    L’Usine

    This elegant cafe is set above a high-end clothing store, with decor combining industrial-style seating and vintage photos of old Saigon. The appetising cafe menu features French-inspired comfort food, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and excellent all-day breakfasts (from 160,000d). Baked goods are made fresh in their central kitchen.

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    Racha Room

    This bar-resto has cool clientele, playlists of lounge and house music and a fine layout with an elongated bar in the heart of the action. The menu features Thai street snacks (75,000d to 280,000d), shared plates (from 180,000d) and dumplings, and effortlessly stretches to include the fare of neighbouring countries as well.

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    Temple Club

    This restaurant is housed on the 2nd floor of a beautiful colonial-era house decorated with spiritual motifs and elegant Chinese characters. It has a refined atmosphere, with exposed brick walls and classy seating, and offers a huge selection of Vietnamese dishes (including vegetarian specialities) and fine cocktails.