Ho Chi Minh City

Where can I shop for groceries in Ho Chi Minh City?

You will find convenience and grocery stores everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City, chances are regardless of where you are there will be one within walking distance, and many of them are open 24/7.

Vinmart and Coopmart offer local produce at a reasonable price, while convenience stores such as 7-Eleven, Circle K, B’mart offer a more international selection at a higher price.

Is cooking significantly cheaper than eating out in Ho Chi Minh City?

Yes, eating out in Ho Chi Minh City will almost always cost you more than cooking your own meals at home or in your hostel, and if you are eating street food not to mention that exhaust fumes from cars and motorbikes are sure to ruin your dining experience when eating street food.

It has to be noted though that street food is usually incredibly tasty, and if you can find a fairly clean street food stall tucked away from the main street, then by all means you should go for it!

Are there any hostels in Ho Chi Minh City that offer cooking facilities?

Yes, there are hostels and home stays in Ho Chi Minh City that offer cooking facilities, usually in the form of a shared kitchen.

Guests are welcomed to cook and have their lunch/dinner in the kitchen, but pleasure make sure that you wash the dishes and clean the area after using it – the host will thank you for it.

You have plenty of choices through Airbnb (private apartments/studios) or Luxstay (home stays/hostels).

Tip: If you book a property in Binh Thanh district, District 3 or 4 you will save a bit more than in District 1 and you will still be within reasonable distance from the city center.

Are there any recommended restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City for the budget conscious?

In Ho Chi Minh City you will have the opportunity to experience the full diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.

Here you will find hundreds, if not even thousands of different dishes from all over the country.

Although it is quite hard to only name a few restaurants or places, below is a list with the ones that you cannot miss:

  • “Pho” Le (Noodle soup with beef) – 413-415 Nguyen Trai, District 5.
  • Dimsum Tien Phat – 18 Ky Hoa, District 5
  • Fish hotpot Dan Ich – 99 Chau Van Liem, District 5
  • Beef hotpot – 162 Ho Ba Kien, District 10
  • Snail street at Vinh Khanh, District 4 (Oc Oanh, Oc Thao).
  • Vermicelli with fried tofu and shrimp paste – “Dau” Homemade.

Where can I find good street food in Ho Chi Minh City?

Street food stalls crammed in small alleys have been part of Ho Chi Minh City’s culture for the longest time.

Street food can be found in every district, there are a lot of regular folks who open small kiosks outside their houses with only a food stall, plastic tables and stools, and they make a living selling the food or the dish they can cook best, and when enough people in the neighborhood do the same, voilà – a new street food destination is born!

Below are the top street food destinations where you can eat to your heart’s (or belly’s) content for less than VND 100,000:

  • Ally 76 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1
  • Street 20 Thuoc, District 4
  • Street food at Chau Van Liem, District 5. Most of food stalls are owned by Chinese people which mostly served Chinese food.
  • Street food at Ho Ba Kien, District 10.
  • Alley 195 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street, Binh Thanh District.

Any vegetarian food or restaurant that comes recommended?

  • Lac Viet Restaurant, Alley 407 Minh Phung Street, District 11.
  • Thuyen Vien Restaurant, 13-15 Nguyen Van Dau Street, Phu Nhuan District.
  • Vegetarian food street, 702 Hong Bang, District 11
  • Vegetarian food street, Tran Dinh Xu, District 1

Is street food in Ho Chi Minh City safe?

If you have a sensitive stomach or dietary restrictions, please ask the seller and make sure you take some medicine with you when eating out.

With that being said, street food is a must-try and a unique experience when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

Is street food in Ho Chi Minh City inexpensive?

Yes, street food in Ho Chi Minh City is fairly inexpensive. Eating out will only cost you VND 15,000-50,000 per person per meal.

With VND100,000 in your pocket you can have a very filling dinner and you will be able to try plenty of tasty street food.