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Markus & Eleanor’s guidebook

Markus & Eleanor
Markus & Eleanor
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Markus & Eleanor

Markus & Eleanor’s guidebook

Convenience Stores
Large local supermarket; accepts foreign credit cards.
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CoopMart Cống Quỳnh
189 Cống Quỳnh
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Large local supermarket; accepts foreign credit cards.
Small convenience store with everything you could need; free WiFi.
Circle K
257 Nguyễn Trãi
Small convenience store with everything you could need; free WiFi.
Nightlife
Main tourist street with lots of bars and restaurants.
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Phố đi bộ bùi Viện (Bùi Viện Walkingstreet)
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Main tourist street with lots of bars and restaurants.
If you want to go to a place where you can find yourself singing to familiar melodies and dancing with the locals, Fang pub is the one for you! Every night from 9 PM to midnight, the local bands will rock the stage with various English hits from the billboards, together with many famous Vietnamese songs from the 2000s.
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Fang Pub
17 Nguyễn Thị Diệu
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If you want to go to a place where you can find yourself singing to familiar melodies and dancing with the locals, Fang pub is the one for you! Every night from 9 PM to midnight, the local bands will rock the stage with various English hits from the billboards, together with many famous Vietnamese songs from the 2000s.
This is a double-level roof top bar on 41 Nguyen Hue. The cozy and romantic design with colorful lights, candles, and long bench seats lining the edge of the rooftop turns the bar into an ideal hang out spot after work for many expats and locals.
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Broma Not A Bar
41 Nguyễn Huệ
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This is a double-level roof top bar on 41 Nguyen Hue. The cozy and romantic design with colorful lights, candles, and long bench seats lining the edge of the rooftop turns the bar into an ideal hang out spot after work for many expats and locals.
This ever popular District 3 establishment is a hit with locals and expats, serving up more craft beer than anywhere else in the city. Prices are on par with most craft beer joints, $5-$7 a pint, but the options are endless.
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BiaCraft Artisan Ales | Q.3
1 Lê Ngô Cát
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This ever popular District 3 establishment is a hit with locals and expats, serving up more craft beer than anywhere else in the city. Prices are on par with most craft beer joints, $5-$7 a pint, but the options are endless.
This is the most popular sky bar in Saigon because of its expansive glowing outdoor bar section offering views over Saigon. This 1,000-square meter bar comes with Western-style decoration. There is a walk-in liquor cabinet, which displays more than 300 types of brands, in the sleek dining area. Every day, a Vietnamese or international DJ plays music starting at 9:30 PM. Last but not least, don’t forget to dress up if you decide to go to Chill Skybar as they have a strict dress code.
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Chill Skybar
76A Lê Lai
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This is the most popular sky bar in Saigon because of its expansive glowing outdoor bar section offering views over Saigon. This 1,000-square meter bar comes with Western-style decoration. There is a walk-in liquor cabinet, which displays more than 300 types of brands, in the sleek dining area. Every day, a Vietnamese or international DJ plays music starting at 9:30 PM. Last but not least, don’t forget to dress up if you decide to go to Chill Skybar as they have a strict dress code.
Lush Nightclub has been hailed as Ho Chi Minh City’s premier nightclub in Ho Chi Minh since its inception in 2004. It is the best place to mingle with party-loving crowds who are always dressed to impress and not afraid to spend a little cash.
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Lush
2 Lý Tự Trọng
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Lush Nightclub has been hailed as Ho Chi Minh City’s premier nightclub in Ho Chi Minh since its inception in 2004. It is the best place to mingle with party-loving crowds who are always dressed to impress and not afraid to spend a little cash.
Street Food
Our top spots when it comes to food in the city; you won't be disappointed!
One of our favorite dishes in Vietnam! This wrap and roll dish is the perfect combination of fresh ingredients and grilled meat. Make your own mouthwatering roll by putting lettuce, herbs, vegetables and grilled pork sausage into a rice paper. It is served with either Nuoc Mam (Fish sauce) or homemade peanut dip.
Nem Nướng Oanh Vy
245/4 Nguyễn Trãi
One of our favorite dishes in Vietnam! This wrap and roll dish is the perfect combination of fresh ingredients and grilled meat. Make your own mouthwatering roll by putting lettuce, herbs, vegetables and grilled pork sausage into a rice paper. It is served with either Nuoc Mam (Fish sauce) or homemade peanut dip.
Great Pho restaurant with huge portions and amazing broth
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Pho Hung
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Great Pho restaurant with huge portions and amazing broth
Crispy Vietnamese Pancake; a must try when you are in the South of Vietnam!
Vietnamese Crepe Ngọc Sơn
103 Ngô Quyền
Crispy Vietnamese Pancake; a must try when you are in the South of Vietnam!
One of our favorite food places in Saigon! Very cheap and super delicious bowl; perfect for a quick lunch or dinner
Bún Thịt Nướng Kiều Bào
139 Đề Thám
One of our favorite food places in Saigon! Very cheap and super delicious bowl; perfect for a quick lunch or dinner
What makes this dish special and unique are the betel leaves. Seasoned ground beef is wrapped in piper lolot leaves from the Piper sarmentosum plant, then placed over a charcoal grill to cook. This is another wrap and roll dish where you roll your own ricepaper with lettuce, herbs, beef in betel leaf and vegetables into your own delicious snack. It is often served with the infamous Mam Tom (Shrimp paste) but can also be eaten with Nuoc Mam (Fish Sauce).
Hòa - Bò Lá Lốt & Mỡ Chài
92 Cô Giang
What makes this dish special and unique are the betel leaves. Seasoned ground beef is wrapped in piper lolot leaves from the Piper sarmentosum plant, then placed over a charcoal grill to cook. This is another wrap and roll dish where you roll your own ricepaper with lettuce, herbs, beef in betel leaf and vegetables into your own delicious snack. It is often served with the infamous Mam Tom (Shrimp paste) but can also be eaten with Nuoc Mam (Fish Sauce).
This dish is loved by most Vietnamese but can be considered as dare food for foreigners. The highlight of it is Mam Tom - Shrimp paste.
Bún Đậu 46
46 Cao Bá Nhạ
This dish is loved by most Vietnamese but can be considered as dare food for foreigners. The highlight of it is Mam Tom - Shrimp paste.
Restaurants
Legit restaurants with great service and high table and chairs.
The service will blow your mind! The staff is extremely friendly and the food is amazing.
Den Long - Home Cooked Vietnamese Restaurant
The service will blow your mind! The staff is extremely friendly and the food is amazing.
Great roof top restaurant/bar with authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Vo Roof Garden
44 Nguyễn Huệ
Great roof top restaurant/bar with authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
The food is great paired with a really good vibe from the open atmosphere and colorful lanterns of the restaurant.
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Secret Garden Restaurant
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The food is great paired with a really good vibe from the open atmosphere and colorful lanterns of the restaurant.
Western Restaurants
Double B is truly a paradise for pasta devotees! Located in a small alleyway in District 1, this restaurant is well-known among the local community and it is definitely one of our favorite restaurants. Coming to this lovely-decorated restaurant, you can choose to sit on the open air garden, on the adorable balcony or stay cool in the air-conditioning room. Don't miss their signature Double B spaghetti, spaghetti with cheesy meetballs, spaghetti carbonara and their tuna salad.
Nhà hàng Mì Ý Double B
Double B is truly a paradise for pasta devotees! Located in a small alleyway in District 1, this restaurant is well-known among the local community and it is definitely one of our favorite restaurants. Coming to this lovely-decorated restaurant, you can choose to sit on the open air garden, on the adorable balcony or stay cool in the air-conditioning room. Don't miss their signature Double B spaghetti, spaghetti with cheesy meetballs, spaghetti carbonara and their tuna salad.
Modern and comfortable space; perfect for a short break. There is a beautiful art gallery on the first floor of the apartment where it is located in!
The Loft Cafe & Bistro
Modern and comfortable space; perfect for a short break. There is a beautiful art gallery on the first floor of the apartment where it is located in!
Fancy some American style BBQ and craft beer? It’s time to head to Quan Ut Ut! This BBQ restaurant is well-known by both locals and expats in Saigon. If you get lost in their big menu, go for the combo or ask for recommendations. Ribs are the superstar dishes at Quan Ut Ut.
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Quán Ụt Ụt - American BBQ & Craft Beer | Q.1
168 Võ Văn Kiệt
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Fancy some American style BBQ and craft beer? It’s time to head to Quan Ut Ut! This BBQ restaurant is well-known by both locals and expats in Saigon. If you get lost in their big menu, go for the combo or ask for recommendations. Ribs are the superstar dishes at Quan Ut Ut.
Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants
Hum restaurant has succeeded in capturing the spirit of a traditional pagoda. Visitors are greeted by a zen, cozy space highlighted by a small pond brimming with colorful lotus blossoms. Hum has now become the prime spot for those who love eating delicious vegetarian food.
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Hum Vegetarian, Café & Restaurant
32 Võ Văn Tần
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Hum restaurant has succeeded in capturing the spirit of a traditional pagoda. Visitors are greeted by a zen, cozy space highlighted by a small pond brimming with colorful lotus blossoms. Hum has now become the prime spot for those who love eating delicious vegetarian food.
If you want to grab some food in a rustic and cozy restaurant, 3 La Vegan Restaurant is where you should go. All of the dishes cooked and served in Vietnamese style. What we love the most here are 3 La spring roll, Com Tho (fried rice), Diep Cuon (mushroom and vermicelli wrapped in lectuce) and Lau Thai (Thai hot pot).
Nhà Hàng Chay 3 Lá
If you want to grab some food in a rustic and cozy restaurant, 3 La Vegan Restaurant is where you should go. All of the dishes cooked and served in Vietnamese style. What we love the most here are 3 La spring roll, Com Tho (fried rice), Diep Cuon (mushroom and vermicelli wrapped in lectuce) and Lau Thai (Thai hot pot).
Sightseeing
The main attractions of Saigon.
If you’re at all bothered by aggressive shopkeepers, then you should probably avoid this one. It’s interesting, but make no doubt about it, there will be women grabbing your arms and shouting at you in shrill voices to come to their shop. If you find something you like, bargain - bargain hard. A 30% markup for foreigners is pretty well expected.
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Ben Thanh Market
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If you’re at all bothered by aggressive shopkeepers, then you should probably avoid this one. It’s interesting, but make no doubt about it, there will be women grabbing your arms and shouting at you in shrill voices to come to their shop. If you find something you like, bargain - bargain hard. A 30% markup for foreigners is pretty well expected.
For history buffs, the Independence Palace or Reunification Palace is an absolute must. This is the site of those famous images of tanks crashing through gates during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Aside from the stunning grounds and impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels like you’ve gone back in time. You can see where the southern government operated the executive branch during the Vietnam War – even the bomb bunker in the basement, where the maps still hang on the walls.
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Independence Palace
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa
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For history buffs, the Independence Palace or Reunification Palace is an absolute must. This is the site of those famous images of tanks crashing through gates during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Aside from the stunning grounds and impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels like you’ve gone back in time. You can see where the southern government operated the executive branch during the Vietnam War – even the bomb bunker in the basement, where the maps still hang on the walls.
If you only have one day in Ho Chi Minh City, make time to visit this building. The elegance of this area is something to see, especially next to the colossal trees in 30/4 Park and the colonial post office next to it.
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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
01 Công xã Paris
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If you only have one day in Ho Chi Minh City, make time to visit this building. The elegance of this area is something to see, especially next to the colossal trees in 30/4 Park and the colonial post office next to it.
The Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Saigon, with charming colonial architecture and ornate decorations forming the backdrop for newlywed photo-shoots, school trips, and city tours. Moreover, it is a beautiful remnant of Vietnam’s complicated past.
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Saigon Central Post Office
Số 125 Công xã Paris
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The Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Saigon, with charming colonial architecture and ornate decorations forming the backdrop for newlywed photo-shoots, school trips, and city tours. Moreover, it is a beautiful remnant of Vietnam’s complicated past.
For one of the best looks at social and dating life in Ho Chi Minh City, head to Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Here you’ll see families enjoying time together and young couples chatting away and taking tons of selfies.
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Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street
22 Nguyễn Huệ
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For one of the best looks at social and dating life in Ho Chi Minh City, head to Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Here you’ll see families enjoying time together and young couples chatting away and taking tons of selfies.
The Saigon Opera House is an elegant French colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays such as the popular AO show.
Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
07 Lam Sơn
The Saigon Opera House is an elegant French colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays such as the popular AO show.
The Bitexco Financial Tower is an unmistakable landmark. Make sure to visit the Sky Deck to enjoy the views of this buzzing city.
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Bitexco Financial Tower
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The Bitexco Financial Tower is an unmistakable landmark. Make sure to visit the Sky Deck to enjoy the views of this buzzing city.
Established in 1975, this has been and still is the most visited museum in Vietnam. It was once named as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. A compelling museum telling stories of the events during the war and even its aftermath. This museum examines the scars of the Vietnam War through well arranged exhibits of pictures, documents, and artifacts. The experience can be gruesome enough to leave a lasting memory - especially Monsanto’s Agent Orange section. You’ll leave the museum thinking one thing: war is hell.
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War Remnants Museum
28 Võ Văn Tần
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Established in 1975, this has been and still is the most visited museum in Vietnam. It was once named as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. A compelling museum telling stories of the events during the war and even its aftermath. This museum examines the scars of the Vietnam War through well arranged exhibits of pictures, documents, and artifacts. The experience can be gruesome enough to leave a lasting memory - especially Monsanto’s Agent Orange section. You’ll leave the museum thinking one thing: war is hell.