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Top Choice Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum

Formerly the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. Few museums anywhere convey the brutal effects of war on its civilian victims so powerfu…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City

Giac Lam Pagoda

Believed to be the oldest temple in HCMC (1744), Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. The Chinese characters that constitute the temple's name (覚林寺) mean 'Feel the Wood…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

BiaCraft

With almost 40 taps, BiaCraft is an essential destination for beer fans. Complementing its own brews are beers and ciders from craft breweries in Saigon and Hanoi; it's possible to take out freshly sealed cans of al…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Ho Chi Minh City

Hum Lounge & Restaurant

This recent opening brings the excellent Vietnamese-inspired vegetarian cuisine of the city's long-established Hum Vegetarian Cafe & Restaurant to a central garden location. Settle into the elegant and verdant s…
Top Choice Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City

Maison Saigon Marou

This stylish and colourful cafe is home base for Marou, Vietnam's first artisan chocolate producer. Watch Marou's skilled team tempering and moulding chocolate crafted from local fair-trade cacao, and enjoy drinks a…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Pasteur Street Brewing turns out a fine selection of craft beer. Brews utilise local ingredients including lemongrass, rambutan and jasmine, and up to six different beers are always available. Great bar snacks – try…
Top Choice Antiques in Ho Chi Minh City

Antique Street Saigon

The best of the arts and antiques stores along Ð Le Cong Kieu near the Fine Arts Museum. This shop overflows with interesting discoveries and is owned by the family of the gracious Nguyen Thi Hien, one of HCMC's mos…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

Heart of Darkness

Our pick for the best of HCMC's craft breweries, with an always interesting selection of innovative beers on tap. The selection varies as Heart of Darkness brewers are always trying something, but the hoppy 7.1% Kur…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City

Cuc Gach Quan

It comes as little surprise that the owner is an architect when you step into this cleverly renovated old villa. The decor is rustic and elegant at the same time, which is also true of the food. Despite its tucked-a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Ho Chi Minh City

Reunification Palace

Surrounded by royal palm trees, the dissonant 1960s architecture of this government building and the eerie mood that accompanies a walk through its deserted halls make it an intriguing spectacle. The first Communist…