Top ChoiceMuseum in Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

To understand the context of the war with the USA, and its devastating impact on Vietnamese civilians, this remarkable, deeply moving museum is an essential visit. Many atrocities documented here were well...

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Giac Lam Pagoda

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceFrench in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

BiaCraft

With almost 40 taps, BiaCraft is an essential destination for thirsty souls. Complementing its own creations are ales and ciders from craft breweries in Saigon and Hanoi; it's possible to take out freshly sealed...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceCraft 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 (small/large beers...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Top ChoiceClothing in Ho Chi Minh City

Chung Cu 42 Ton That Thiep

Come for the apartment building partially converted into cool boutique shops, and linger for the young, social-media-savvy fashion labels that produce stylish but affordable clothing. Triple T is a great store...

Top ChoiceClub in Ho Chi Minh City

Observatory

This excellent musical cooperative now has a permanent location in a block with a skyline view for its DJ events and gigs featuring emerging electronic musicians and bands. It's one of the best places to check...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

Heart of Darkness

This premier craft brewery has an always-interesting selection of innovative beers on tap. The selection varies as the Heart of Darkness brewers are always trying something, but the Dream Alone pale ale and...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Ho Chi Minh City

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Surrounded by royal palm trees, the dissonant 1960s architecture of this landmark government building and the eerie ambience of its deserted halls make it an intriguing spectacle. The first Communist tanks to...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC Museum

HCMC Museum

A grand neoclassical structure built in 1885 and once known as Gia Long Palace (and later the Revolutionary Museum), HCMC’s city museum is a singularly beautiful and impressive building, telling the story of the...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City

Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

Delightfully fronted by greenery and opening to an interior blaze of red, gold, green and yellow, this is one of the most beautifully ornamented temples in town, dating from 1902. Of special interest are the...

Top ChoiceMarket in Ho Chi Minh City

Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market

Cholon’s main market has a great clock tower and a central courtyard with gardens. Much of the business here is wholesale but it’s popular with tour groups. The market was originally built by the French in the...