Top 6 famous vegetarian restaurants for your Saigon food tour

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A Saigon food tour is always one of the things that tourists expected the most when visiting Southern Vietnam. Because vegan food in this city is both delicious and good for health, Saigon has become a promised land for vegetarians for such a long time. The following restaurants will be the most ideal destinations for vegans to come this summer.

Thanh Luong Vegetarian Restaurant

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Thanh Luong vegetarian restaurant

Thanh Luong Restaurant will give you a different view on Saigon cuisine. This will be the first time which you ever discover that not all dishes in Southern Vietnam are sweet.

The restaurant is simple but very airy. Also, the menu is quite diverse with many types of food. Especially, dishes that have sauces here are highly praised by various connoisseurs. The last day of a month or the 15th day of the Lunar month is usually the busiest time in the restaurant.

So you can have the vegan food ordered and shipped. The quality is just the same.

  • Address: 545A 3/2 Street, Ward 8, District 10

Vegan Hu Tieu Cay De – Le Van Sy

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Hu Tieu cay de vegetarian food

If you like elegant-designed restaurants, Hu Tieu Cay De – Le Van Sy will be a perfect place for you. Its decorations are luxurious but tranquil, which is appropriate for family meals. Moreover, Hu Tieu is fully served in a large bowl. Each of its strands is tough and the broth is tenderly sweet.

Although the name of the restaurant is Hu Tieu, you can find a great number of dishes here. Fruit spring roll, bitter mushroom spring rolls, or Thai noodles are some excellent choices for your meal. And you won’t be able to resist trying them when they are brought out.

  • Address: 385 Le Van Sy Street, Tan Binh District

Trang Sen Quan Restaurant

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Trang Sen vegetarian food

Don’t hesitate to book a table at this restaurant when you invite some Buddhist. The decorations here are a combination of yoga and Buddhism style. That is why the restaurant looks not only peaceful but also very impressive.

The food is also not oily and made with complex recipes. This is revealed in the names of the dishes, which sound relatively Buddhism. Some instances are Trang Sen Noodles, Fried Rice Noodles, Rice Spaghetti, and Crispy-fried Corn. Sometimes, in the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can even find the restaurant selling mooncakes. And the price is very low, which takes only less than 20 cents.

  • Address: 213 Le Van Luong Street, District 7

Hum Vegetarian

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Hum Vegetarian food

One of the most common vegan restaurants for foreign travelers in Vietnam culinary tours is Hum Vegetarian. In fact, most international tourists love this place when it comes to choosing a restaurant for vegetarians.

The interior design of Hum is very cozy, close to diners’ hearts, and friendly to the environment. Furthermore, it seems to be the restaurant that has the highest number of dishes in Saigon. All of them are always garnished and laid out beautifully before you start your meal. Several healthy foods that you can find here are lotus-seed soup, fruit salad, brown rice wrapped in lotus leaves and five-taste soup.

  • Address: 32 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3

Ba La Vegetarian Restaurant

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Ba La vegetarian restaurant

Despite located in the most modern and expensive of Saigon, the restaurant still surprises customers with a countryside style of Southern Vietnam. It is plain, natural, and pleasant. Particularly, you will sense a jasmine-like fragrant the moment you walk into Ba La.

The food here is incredibly plentiful as well. The connoisseurs’ most favored dishes are those made from vegetables and mushrooms in the Southwest area of Ho Chi Minh City. The best one is leaf spring roll, whose ingredient is forest vegetables. Some other dishes that leave a deep impression in travelers’ mind are curry, fried mushrooms with salt, spring roll noodles, and bamboo-tube fried rice.

  • Address: 32A Cao Ba Nha Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1

Thien Kim Vegetarian Restaurant

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Thien Kim vegetarian food

Thien Kim is very crowded on the Buddha’s birthday and the 15th day of the Lunar month. But on ordinary days, you will not find too many diners here. Therefore, it is easy to call for your friends and have a healthy vegetarian meal together in this restaurant.

Hotpots are the most popular food in Thien Kim and also on the list of the best dishes in Saigon. The tastiest one is definitely vegetarian goat-meat hotpot. You will see the reason why when you bite the first piece of goat-meat. Although it is not real, the meat is tough and has muscle fibers just like genuine meat.

In addition, the spices of all dishes are carefully added and allowed to be steeped. Some Chinese herbs are even put in some time, making the food not only delicious but also healthy.

Your Saigon food tour will be much more interesting with such vegetarian dishes. 

Ad-lib Saigon street food areas roundup | Emblematic names

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When the topic of Saigon cuisine is put on the scale, it may take us a lifetime to confirm how burdensome it is. Saigon culinary tour is now something extremely prevalent that you may only need a finger snap to own a high-ranking local food tour guide advise you what to be served when night falls. With a coverage of over 2000 square kilometers, have you ever wondered that how many food stalls, bistros, restaurants, and eateries are located within the domain of Saigon? The answer is obviously COUNTLESS. However, this inquiry seems to get a lot easier when it turns out to be a simple map dividing Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, into smaller specific localities with their own distinctive gastronomy assets. Below listed a walkover on where to locate different Saigon food zones like a local pro.

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Street food vendor

Local markets archive:

Let’s kick start out guideline by listing down some famous local markets before everything. Why is that? Markets are endless sources of nutrition and inspiration where the best of the best is found. It may sound a little absurd when some of you may incite Saigon’s fine-dining bistros into the list. The thing is, most of the country’s culinary quintessence was started in the hands of mothers, long before high-end eateries were even born, and it may date back to thousands of years ago when markets were first formed.

In Saigon today, any local market owns a separate food court inside of which. Apart from Bến Thành, which is hands down the largest market that I do not need to even mention, other names you can step into are Bà Chiểu, Hồ Thị Kỷ, Tân Định, Bàn Cờ and a lot more. Daily dishes are what you can find here. For instance, common names that Vietnamese cannot live without, such as rice noodles, egg noodles, vermicelli noodles, Phở, broken rice, soup, spring rolls, pancakes and so on. Here is a tip for you, most of these markets are open at daytime, which means the best hours of the day for you to come to visit vary in the very first section of a day.

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Tân Định Market

District 4 – Paradise of Hotpot and BBQ

Lied across a small segment of Saigon River, District 4 is now a sensational icon with long chains of BBQ and Hotpot eateries queued up along both sides of little thoroughfares. One thing you should keep in mind is that not the whole coverage of District 4 is used for BBQ and Hotpot only, but a part of which. Vĩnh Khánh Street is a familiar name to native Saigonese when a desire for tasty smoky meat is aroused in the middle of a hot night. Otherwise, try moving a little further to Xóm Chiếu and Đoàn Văn Bơ areas. These are tiny alleys crossing one another which makes them look exactly like a chessboard. Yet a variety of Vietnamese desserts show up at almost every single corner.

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Vietnamese BBQ

Chinatown – Little Hong Kong in the heart of Saigon

There is no doubt that our third candidate is saved for Chinese food this time. I must admit that Chinatown is found everywhere on the Globe’s surface, but the fusion and harmony of Chinese food added an elegant savor of Vietnamese essence will differentiate Saigon’s Cholon to any other namesakes (P/s: Cholon is a colloquial term for Chinatown).

Dating back to 300 years ago, the history of Cholon may amuse you with the same level of its culinary culture. A huge collection of Dimsum treats sweet soup dessert and noodles food stalls all make Cholon as great as always. Various Saigon food tours offer diversified packages towards hidden spots around these areas so there is no worry about getting lost at where to start.

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Hà Ký sweet dessert in Chinatown

Downtown alleys combination

Last but not least, downtown Hẻm (Alleys) in Saigon is where you can recognize the core values for the true street food of Saigon. I am not overestimating the meaning and role these Hẻm are playing. Their long existence must be based on some reasons. Let’s get started!

Cô Giang Street in District 1 actually lives up when the Sun is gone. The place is notable for its string of Bò Lá Lốt spots. To be clear, Bò Lá Lốt is literally translated into Grilled beef wrapped with betel leaves. Some Saigon food tour companies will pick this dish as a type of starter.

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A portion of Bò Lá Lốt

Cao Thắng Alley in District 3, meanwhile, will offer you Phá Lấu (Stewed Cow’s intestines with coconut juice), stir-fried noodles, soup noodles, flans, hotpot, smoothies and the list goes on.

Hồ Con Rùa, or Turtle Lake, a large manmade lake lied in between District 1 and District 3 at around 6 p.m is virtually lively. Covering a small area on the surface of the lake, Hồ Con Rùa is where you can find local Vietnamese fast food such as beef balls, tofu, sausage, Okra, soup, stir-fried corn and so on.

There is one thing for sure that my list above will definitely not end Saigon street food list right there. These are simply iconic roundups just in case you have no idea where to start your night. The best way to fulfill your stomach in the most “pro” way is to have a local companion with you. Imagine sneaking through the insane traffic at night and sit on the tiny plastic chairs place on the pavements while surrounded by locals, this is going to be one of the best memories you can ever have in Vietnam.