Foodies in Saigon have a wide selection of traditional Vietnamese dishes available, and thankfully Vegetarians don’t have to miss out. With its Buddhist roots still alive and well, there are many Vegetarian restaurants to choose from. These top picks neighbour such sites as the War Museum, Nguyen Hue walking street and reach well into expat areas such as District 2 and 7. Enjoying veggie Saigon is easy with our short guide on the best that the city has to offer.
Budget-friendly (60k and under)
Saigon has a plentiful selection of restaurants for those conscious of their budget. These selected restaurants cost less than 60k / 3 USD for a main and a drink.
Veggie Saigon – District 1
Veggie Saigon is a stone’s throw away from Saigon’s busy tourist streets. The staff here are super friendly, and offer up affordable and delicious dishes.
This restaurant has changed a lot in the past year due to mounting pressure from COVID – focusing more on take aways rather than sitting in. But the food is still worth . There are many vegetarian and vegan options of traditional dishes like Pho nam (pho with mushrooms).
Address: 42 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cầu Ông Lãnh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
Popular with the local monks, this vegetarian restaurant offers a large open outdoor area for guests. Dishes start at around 25k, so you can treat yourself to a couple of dishes and still not break the bank.
Address: 17/4 Nguyễn Huy Tưởng, Phường 6, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Within a short period of time being in Vietnam, it’ll quickly become apparent that the country is reasonably veggie-friendly, so those looking for cheap places to eat needn’t look far to spot a local vegetarian restaurant.
Despite its regal name, Royal Saigon serves up traditional Vietnamese dishes for a reasonable price. Adorned on the walls are positive eco messages and paintings of some of the more popular herbs used in Vietnamese cuisine, making for an inviting feeling. It sits along Bui Vien which means you’ll likely be disturbed during your meal by street sellers unless you head further inside or upstairs.
Address: 201 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam
Loving Hut – Across Saigon
Loving Hut, the global vegan restaurant chain, has many places dotted around Vietnam, and Saigon is no exception. The interiors of these restaurants vary greatly, but the prices tend to be similar – with vegetarian Pho being priced at around 60k. Coffee addicts are also taken care of. Coffee with vegan milk is available for those itching to try a guilt-free Caphe Sua Da!
Although there are many Loving Huts in Saigon, the one that stands out is the one above in District 3.
Veggie Garden – District 7
For one of the best vegetarian Banh Mi’s in Saigon, the Veggie Garden is worth a visit. There are also vegetarian takes on Korean and Thai dishes to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
Hum vegetarian is known for offering a finer dining experience. Expect mood-lighting and well-presented dishes that can impress your date or friends. Signature dishes include fried rice served in a pineapple and a variety of mushroom-dishes.
Address: 32 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Who knew that Japanese and Italian fusion food could taste so good? Pizza 4Ps was started by a Japanese chef living in Vietnam. It has the pleasure of being one of the few places serving up sashimi pizza. But vegetarians are treated to a separate menu with a variety of toppings. Flowers, lotus seeds, pesto, and courgette all find their way onto some of these pizzas. Vegans are even taken care of with a coconut-based layer of cheese.
Specializing in Ramen and Japanese-style curries, this restaurant offers an exhaustive menu of delicious dishes. Although it serves many meat-based dishes, vegetarians are treated to generously portioned katsu curries and a couple of salads.
Saigon is one of the more vegetarian-friendly places to visit in Asia, but to make your stay here go more smoothly a few phrases will help. “Tôi là người ăn chay,” which means “I am a vegetarian,” can be very helpful in searching for vegetarian meals in this city. Vietnamese people are very friendly, and the majority of restaurants and street food vendors can cater to your needs if you use this phrase, so enjoying Veggie Saigon should be made a tad easier.
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