Must see restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

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    El Gaucho

    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…

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    Café Zoom

    Paying homage to the classic Vespa, this buzzing place has a perfect location for watching the world go by. The menu includes great burgers with original…

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    Melbourne Cafe

    The Melbourne is a classic cafe downstairs, where you can sip a perfect espresso, while upstairs is more local. There's a wide-reaching Vietnamese menu…

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    Beefsteak Nam Son

    For first-rate, affordable steak in a simple setting, this is a superb choice. Local steak, other beef dishes (such as the spicy beef soup bun bo Hue),…

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    Bookworm's Coffee

    Browse the books at the rear of this cafe then settle down to order British comfort grub like the full English breakfast, cottage pie, bangers 'n' mash or…

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    Dinh Y

    Run by a friendly Cao Dai family, this humble vegan spot looks like a simple canteen. The food is delicious and cheap; try one of their daily set menus (…

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    Cyclo Resto

    This place offers some of the best-value food in town. For US$6 you get five fabulous Vietnamese dishes. The popular cooking course – incorporating five…

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    Tin Nghia

    This compact Cao Dai vegetarian restaurant turns out delicious traditional treats without resorting to fake meat. The simple eatery's been here since the…

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    Le Jardin

    This place is consistently popular with French expats seeking an escape from the busier boulevards. It has a wholesome bistro-style menu with a shaded…

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    Pizza 4P's

    Close to Ben Thanh Market, Pizza 4P's has an interesting mix of pasta and Japanese-influenced pizza – trust us, the combinations work – and is partnered…

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    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…

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    Kem Bach Dang

    Take the temperature down with a freshly made coconut ice cream (served in a coconut) or a cooling banana split at this long-standing local ice-cream…

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    Chi’s Cafe

    Hung with eye-catching oils, this relaxing spot is one of the better budget cafes in the area. Look forward to big breakfasts, Western favourites like…

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    Pho Quynh

    Occupying a bustling corner on Ð Pham Ngu Lao, this place is often packed out. As well as regular pho, it specialises in pho bo kho, a stewlike broth.

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    An Lac Chay

    This purely vegetarian restaurant offers an eclectic range of tasty choices from Vietnamese sour soup through to four-cheese pizzas and Mexican dishes.

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    One of the better options along bustling Ð Bui Vien, with a friendly atmosphere, decent wood-fired pizza and other Italian-inspired dishes.

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    Pho Hung

    Popular pho place near backpackersville, open till the wee hours.

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    Bun Dau Ngo Nho Pho Nho

    Street art-influenced decor and great-value noodle and tofu dishes make this a favourite of Saigonese students. It's on the right-hand side of the lane –…