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  1. Top 10 budget restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

    posted by Guest expert – Hayley Coleman of TripAdvisor’ | 0 Comments

    Dec192012

    This month’s guest expert is Hayley Coleman from TripAdvisor. In this post Hayley introduces us to a selection of great restaurants that are ideal for travellers visiting Ho Chi Minh. She takes a look at what's on offer in each restaurant along with sharing reviews from TripAdvisor travellers. You can also find more great travel reviews and tips from TripAdvisor on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

    With 2013 on the horizon, many people will be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. If travelling is on your list, Ho Chi Minh City is one of South East Asia’s most vibrant and exciting cities and a firm favourite with our TripAdvisor community.

    Vietnam’s largest city is filled with eateries serving many different cuisines and styles, but as Ho Chi Minh is such a popular destination for backpackers and those looking for a great value trip, we have pulled together a list of the top Ho Chi Minh City restaurants ideal for the budget conscious backpacker*. We’ve also included quotes from some of our top contributors, keen to share their insights and experiences on the restaurants.

    1. Bahdja Restaurant, 87-89-91 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1

    This restaurant claims to be Ho Chi Minh City’s first Algerian restaurant and serves multi-ethnic Berber North African and Mediterranean cuisine cooked and served in a traditional Algerian style.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "A tidy and crisp restaurant with a warm welcome and attentive service."

    "We found this delightful oasis by accident when exploring Ho Chi Minh City one afternoon. We went back the following evening for what I can only describe as the most heavenly food in Ho Chi Minh City."

    "This is an interesting offering in a very central location, offering something different at reasonable prices. Worth a visit! All-in-all we had a good time and will be back for more."



    2. Cuc Gach Quan, 10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan Dinh, District 1

    Set in a French colonial house, restored using recycled materials, Cuc Gach Quan offers traditional Vietnamese food.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "Two former family town houses in Ho Chi Minh City converted into a fabulous cosy restaurant, which retains the former house atmosphere. Simply wonderful Vietnamese cuisine served by the most attentive and friendly staff."

    "I picked this as it was the highest ranked Vietnamese restaurant for Ho Chi Minh on TripAdvisor and the reviews were spot on. There are so many good places to eat in Ho Chi Minh but this was by far my favourite."

    "If the Michelin Guide should ever dare to come out here, this is the restaurant that would be recommended as the best. Genuine Vietnamese food and rich flavours."



    3. Skewers, 9A Thai Van Lung, Dong Khoi / Hai Ba Trung Area

    Located in District One, Skewers serves Mediterranean cuisine for those looking to sample something other than Vietnamese food during their time in the City.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "You can't go wrong with anything at this stellar restaurant. Fabulous ambiance and service."

    "Skewers is one of my favourite restaurants in Ho Chi Minh. Consistently great food, excellent service and a nice menu, it’s hard to pick which dish I like best!"

    "I would struggle to find fault with our recent dining experience at Skewers. Every dish we ordered was delicious. Portions are generous, and the prices are quite reasonable."



    4. Huong Lai, 38 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1

    Serving traditional Vietnamese food, this restaurant is set in the loft of an old French-colonial house, all staff here are from disadvantaged families or are former street children and receive on-the-job training, education and a place to stay.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "Training kids to give them a future with a hand up rather than a hand out is hugely commendable. Food, service and prices are very good. It thoroughly deserves a visit and your support, you will not be disappointed."

    "This is the perfect place to have your first Vietnamese dinner or just to have a quiet and good quality dinner."

    "The restaurant itself is a beautiful setting for a meal. The staff were so unbelievably friendly – lovely young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The food was tasty with a great, extensive Vietnamese menu. Simple but tasty."



    5. My Place, 195 Dien Bien Phu, District 3

    Located in District Three this restaurant offers Belgian and French inspired cuisine.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "I was impressed with everything at My Place. It is quiet and comfortable. The food is good, and for the quality, not too expensive."

    "Hidden in a small alley, My Place is truly a gem hidden in a big city. The set lunch menu offers great value to anyone."

    "Fantastic western food in this little restaurant hidden away in District Three. This is home cooked European fare at its best, ideal for those looking for a break from Vietnamese food."



    6. Baba's Kitchen, 164 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

    Located in District One, Baba’s Kitchen serves Indian cuisine.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "Can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. My wife and I enjoy our Indian food and Baba's dishes are without doubt some of the best we have tasted."

    "Enjoyed all the food we ordered and pleasantly surprised at the quality of the dishes. The service was excellent with the waiters always refilling our waters (free) and was all reasonably priced."

    "Having travelled in India and tried the real cuisine I had been disappointed to return to the UK only to find illuminous coloured curries which lacked the real flavour. Baba's kitchen was a real find, the curry was amazing. Fresh and fragrant and 100% authentic."



    7. Fanny, 29-31 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Dong Khoi Area

    Located in District One, Fanny is an ice cream parlour serving ice cream, cakes and sweet treats.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "I would recommend this place for all ice cream lovers. There are lots of choices and some rather interesting combinations, a large well illustrated menu to choose from and around 50 different kinds of ice cream. They also have a great selection of ice creams for kids."

    "A very popular ice cream parlour with seating indoors and out. The very extensive and picturesque menu features such items as sushi and fondue ice cream."

    "A delight of Vietnam – a must try with every flavour you could possibly think of and more!"



    8. Ly Club Restaurant, 143 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. District 3

    Set amid a garden featuring an infinity fountain, the French colonial-era style Ly Club is located in Ho Chi Minh’s District Three.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "We visited based on a review in an airline magazine and we weren't disappointed. We had the seven-course tasting menu and each course was delicious. Serving sizes were very generous and they also let us swap a course with no extra charge."

    "We had our final meal in Vietnam at Ly Club and it didn't disappoint. The whole experience was as good as any fine dining experience we have ever had."

    "We went there for our wedding anniversary dinner and it was the best anniversary ever. We took the Chef's recommended course and wines and all were excellent. The staff were well trained and we felt very comfortable."



    9. Hoa Tuc, 74/7 Hai Ba Trung, District 1

    Offering contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, Hoa Tuc is located in District One and also offers cookery classes. Décor is Parisian inspired and alfresco dining is available.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "Lovers of Vietnamese cuisine should not miss this restaurant. Situated along Hai Ba Trung road (just behind the Opera House)."

    "We loved this restaurant. It’s in a little alley opposite the Park Hyatt and has a great atmosphere and fantastic food. We went there twice and it was our favourite restaurant of all the places we went in Ho Chi Minh City."

    "We had some great meals in Ho Chi Minh City but the meal at Hoa Tuc was definitely the best. Set in the corner of a courtyard, the setting was quiet and romantic, the staff really friendly and the food amazing."



    10. Café Alex, Street 40, Nguyen Thi Thap, District 7

    Located in District Seven, Café Alex serves Asian, Vietnamese and English cuisines.

    What TripAdvisor travellers say:

    "This is really a great find in the city. The food is really good – genuine English food, done properly. Overall, a nice place to relax and enjoy some good food."

    "Cafe Alex is a great little cafe in District Seven serving real English food. The bangers and mash are a must, along with the fish and chips!"

    "I have been to Cafe Alex many times and consider it one of the best. It is a really friendly restaurant offering both Western food and Vietnamese food all day long."


    So take your pick of cheap places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City for your trip. Whatever you pick, we're sure you wont be disappointed, and it definitely won't eat into your budget. For more information on Ho Chi Minh City click here.

    *List is selected according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index.

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