My favorite vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

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After living in Saigon teaching English for almost one year, I’ve compiled a list of my go-to vegetarian restaurants in the city. I do not claim my list is complete—I still have a list of places I’d like to try—just that these are the best restaurants I’ve tried so far and would recommend to vegetarian travelers around the world.

The following restaurants cater to tourists/expats, offering English menus and English-speaking waitstaff. Many also have a sustainability focus, which can be a relief after seeing the amount of one-time-use plastic you’ll encounter during your travels around this quickly developing country.

All of these restaurants, however, are unique. Some primarily serve Vietnamese food. Others serve mostly Western dishes. Most have a relaxed feel while a few have a fancy date night atmosphere. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

Of course, Vietnam is full of cheap street food. You can find plenty of meals under $1-$2 on any given street. I love budget food just as much as anyone else. But sometimes, the charm of hunting down good food to enjoy in little plastic chairs wears away. (Saigon is a big Asian city full of traffic and culture differences. The culture shock can impact even experienced travelers!) These are the moments I find myself craving a stress-free, air-conditioned, restaurant experience. That’s what this list is for.

**Some of the restaurants on this list are not strictly vegetarian. However, they all have an excellent vegetarian food selection.

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Bún Bar – A Noodle Hangout
Veggie Saigon
Kashew Deli
Hum
Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro
Here and Now

Bún Bar – A Noodle Hangout

Website // Facebook // Delivery

Hours: Every day, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: 10% discount on bill 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: 40 Đặng Thị Nhu, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)

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Bún (said like “boon” with an up tone—“boon?”) is a type of round rice noodle that can be served in many different dishes that you can explore at the Royal Bun Bar. Choose noodles made with beetroot, black sesame, carrot, etc. for a splash of Instagrammable color.

My favorite dish is the bún “non-thịt” nướng, a southern Vietnamese dish traditionally served with pork made instead with grilled seitan. You can check other their menu here (vegetarian options listed first!), but when you visit, don’t be surprised if a daily special not listed here catches your eye!

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This restaurant is fairly new. Ethan and I discovered the Royal Bún Bar when we first moved to Saigon and were living nearby. This restaurant is constantly changing and developing. If you visit at lunchtime, the owner is usually around, asking what you think of the new menu items and suggesting new dishes for you to try.

Like most of the restaurants on this list, the Royal Bún Bar has a sustainability focus. They have a water bottle refill station, metal straws, bamboo placemats, etc.

The Royal Bún Bar also carries Saigon Cider, La Holista kombucha, local craft beers, homemade rice milk, and more. Check out my Saigon craft beer tour here.

Veggie Saigon

Facebook // Delivery // Menu

Hours: Every day, 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Location: 42 Đường Đề Thám, Quận 1, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)

Veggie Saigon is the most affordable restaurant on this list, mostly because it’s the closest to traditional, local food. Generally, when we visit, we order an appetizer and two dishes and still, our bill only adds up to about 200,000 VND (about $8 USD) in total. Find my crash-course on Vietnamese currency here.

Veggie Saigon’s menu is mostly Vietnamese with a few Thai and Korean dishes. The restaurant has a Buddhist theme. It’s the kind of place where you remove your shoes and the door and musical chants play on a loop in the background all day long. The tables, chairs, and everything else are simple but the restaurant has air conditioning—a relief after exploring the nearby backpacker district.

My favorite dish is the dill-tofu soup. Ethan and I also love many of their appetizers including the vegetarian spring rolls, fried mushrooms, and banana flower salad. The smoothies are also excellent.

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Dill-tofu soup—my favorite dish at Veggie Saigon—available for only 49,000 VND (about $2 USD).

Kashew Deli

Facebook // Delivery

Hours: Every day, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: 14 Trần Ngọc Diện, Quận 2 (Google Maps)

Kashew Deli is a brand new location selling sandwiches made with vegan cashew cheese. Even before Kashew got a new brick-and-mortar location in Thao Dien, this was one of Ethan and I’s favorite places to order delivery.

Their spicy classic cashew cheese sandwich was an instant favorite as well as one of their more recent offerings: the filling but pricier aged cashew cheese and ricotta sourdough sandwich. Stacked high with avocado, spinach, thick slices of tomato, thinly-sliced bell pepper between two varieties of creamy and tangy cheese, this isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s a wonderful plant-based lunch when you’re craving the creamy goodness of cheese.

Kashew also caters many eco-centric events offering the opportunity to sample their large selection of cheeses and sandwiches. You’ll also see them at flea markets, selling packages of cheese alongside other vegan and sustainability-focused companies.

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Kashew Cheese also sells their product in beautifully boxed wheels so you can enjoy it in any way you choose.

Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro

Website // Facebook

Hours: Every day, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: 10% discount on bill 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: 21 Hàn Thuyên, Quận 1, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)

+842838229048 Menu

Propaganda features a Viet Cong theme but isn’t afraid to try new things with their “twisted Vietnamese cuisine.” This restaurant is part of a small chain. Propaganda is a great place to bring your meat-eating friends and still enjoy a full selection of vegetarian options yourself.

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Hand-painted murals adorn Propoganda’s locations.

Propaganda is a wonderful place to try a vegetarian twist on popular Vietnamese street foods like bánh mì, pho, and spring rolls as well as other rice and noodle dishes. My favorite item is the spring rolls with homemade lemongrass tofu and spicy soy sauce.

Propoganda is a great place for lunch but also an excellent option to treat yourself to a fun night out, especially because they boast an impressive cocktail menu.

Hum

Website // Facebook

Hours: Every day, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Location 1: Hum Café & Restaurant, 32 Võ Văn Tần, Quận 3, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)
Location 2: Hum Lounge & Restaurant, 2 Thi Sách, Quận 1, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)
Location 3: Hum Garden & Restaurant, 32 D10 Street, Quận 2, TP Hồ Chí Minh (Google Maps)

Of the restaurants on this list, Hum is the place you want to go for a fancy dinner or even a date. Though it feels like luxury, plates hover around just $8-$10 USD.

I chose the steamed mushroom in coconut. The presentation of this dish, like all of Hum’s dishes, was absolutely incredible. It was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten, vegetarian or otherwise. My favorite guilty pleasure is scooping the coconut meat out with a spoon after my meal.

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I chose this option for 185,000 VND (about $8 USD). This dish, like all the dishes on Hum’s menu, is beautifully presented.

There are lots of options on this menu (all of which is perfectly translated into English and can be found here). You might need some time to explore online before you arrive in the restaurant. Overall, expect a peaceful, fancy date-night experience that will only total $20-40 for two people depending on if you add appetizers or drinks.

Here & Now

Website // Facebook

Hours: Every day, 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Phạm Viết Chánh location), 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Nguyễn Trọng Tuyển location)

Location 1: 74/1 Phạm Viết Chánh, Quận Bình Thạnh, TP Ho Chi Minh (Google Maps)
Location 2: 220/12 Nguyễn Trọng Tuyển, Quận Phú Nhuận, TP Ho Chi Minh (Google Maps)

Here & Now has a menu of Vietnamese food and other Asian foods. They offer fair-priced set lunches in an incense-filled, and (like several others on this list) Buddhist atmosphere. Expect fresh, healthy ingredients in every dish. Set lunch prices are very reasonable and a wonderful way to taste all the different flavors they have to offer. Main dishes also come at a fair price: about $4 USD per plate.

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Set lunch menu from Here & Now vegetarian (only available in Vietnamese at this time). Set lunch is only 70,000 VND—about $3 USD. If you order one and your friend orders another, you can try a majority of the sides offered at this restaurant in just one meal.

Despite the fact it’s primarily a Vietnamese restaurant, my favorite dish is the pad thai. It’s honestly better than any I had in Thailand, plus it’s vegetarian. I also love the kimchi, fried spring rolls, taro dumpling soup, and “violet smoke” smoothie (taro + coconut).

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What other vegetarian restaurants should I add to this list? Please let me know in the comments.

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