The Ultimate Guide to Cheap Eats in Ho Chi Minh City

Best Cheap Eats in District 1

Best Cheap Eats in District 3

Best Cheap Eats in District 4

Who eats at cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

Saigon has hundreds of foods including international and traditional Vietnamese foods served at different eateries. Prices vary and range between 10,000 VND (0.5 USD) and a few million VND (a few hundred USD). The minimum salary in Vietnam is around 4,000,000 VND (190 USD) per month. A large number of people in Ho Chi Minh City can only spend maximum of 2 USD for their meal. Cheap eats are the choices of poor people in slum areas, porters, small vendors, pupils, students, teenagers, even officers. Sometimes, rich people and famous artists come to famous cheap eats for the famous foods in the city.

Is it safe to eat at cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

You may have heard about poisoning and dirty food in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. It is right that you should be careful to eat in developing countries where the government can not control food safety as well as in developed countries. Many foreigners are aware of street foods so that they have missed this big part of the city. Here are some useful tips to eat well and safely at cheap eats in Saigon:

  • Try to eat at famous or recommended cheap eats on trusted guide books, magazines, travel blogs, and TripAdvisor. In this Ultimate Guide to Cheap Eats in Ho Chi Minh City, I try my best to introduce to you the best places which have been carefully researched.
  • See if there are many locals eating there. If the cheap eat is crowded and busy, it is worth eating there.
  • See if the foods are fresh, cooks use gloves while preparing and making the foods.
  • Check if there are insects such as ants and flies on the tables.
  • Check if the eating utensils are clean. Sometimes, you can see they wash the utensils next to the food and cooking areas.

How to recognize cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

Certainly, cheap eats are not located in shopping malls or multi-story houses on the streets. You can see them as:

  • Moving food stalls such as vendor carrying baskets of foods,  street food shoulder poles, rolling carts made from metal and glass, food stalls on motorbikes or bicycles. It is interesting to see a few vendors try to carry a few small chairs for their customers. When they move to other places, they collect chairs and bring to new places. Experienced vendors know when to leave and where to sell the foods at the best. For example, they can stop next to the gates of schools or universities at break time.

  • Small street food stalls on the pavements, at local markets, in food areas, on food streets, in narrow alleys. These eateries have enough space for the vendors and foods, a few small tables and chair or stool, most of which are plastic. Customers tend to buy and take away foods. These eateries can be outdoor or indoor, some are under canvas roofs.

  • Small restaurants serve their foods in small houses and on the pavements. In facts, some Saigon people love to sit outdoor right on the pavements instead of in the house which is less cool.

What are the differences between cheap eats and the other eateries?

  • At cheap eats in Saigon, you can see all of the ingredients, cooking utensils, and how to cook. It is an amazing part of cheap eats where you can learn more about Saigon rich cuisine. It is true that you can not reach cooking areas.
  • The owners of cheap eats are also the cooks, sellers, sometimes waiters. At long-standing cheap eats, you can meet old owners and learn more about the stories of the eateries.
  • Famous cheap eats are usually crowded with lines of people. Be patient and wait for your turn.
  • Cheap eats may look dirty and messy. Tissues are everywhere under the tables on the floor or pavements. Some tables with leftover foods have not been arranged. Cooking and eating utensils are put around, sometimes washed next to cooking areas.
  • Cheap eats may have small plastic tables, chairs, and stools.
  • Eating utensils including plates, bowls, forks, spoons, chopsticks look cheap and old.

Because of the cheap price, they do not have enough money to rent more employee to make sure everything is clean and tidy. They also can not buy better tables and utensils.

Which foods to eat at cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

Before sharing the best cheap eats in the city, I would like to give you some overview of great foods Saigon must to offer. The city has everything to satisfy your taste buds, from savory dishes to desserts, from noodle soups to dried foods, from seafood dishes to BBQ.

Saigon specialty foods such as Rice noodles with grilled pork, Grilled beef in wild betel leaf are highly recommended at cheap eats. If you are a seafood lover, you can find lots of seafood dishes and snail dishes at cheap eats. BBQ grilled on charcoal stoves on tables by diners is also a great choice in the city. If you would like to eat something warm and with a rich broth, you can choose Crab noodle soup or Crab soup cake.

The city has dozens of desserts, the best of which include Vietnamese sweet soup, Flan cake, Ice cream in coconut, Ice cream with longan, Coconut jelly, Jackfruit filled with steamed sticky rice. The best snacks in Saigon include Rice paper salad, Rice paper roll, Grilled girdle cake. If you are a foods fear factor lovers, the city offers Fertilized duck egg, Stewed organs (Pha lau), and Congee with pork organs, Rice noodle soup with fermented fish. Goat, frog, squid beak are strange but delicious foods that you should try and open your view of Saigon cuisine.

Should I tip at cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

At most of the cheap eats, they do not charge for service charge. Tipping is optional in Ho Chi Minh City. However, a small tip is really appreciated. If you like the foods and services, you can tip them. The small amount can make the staffs happy and encourage them to work better. How much is enough? Prices are usually low, a portion costs around a few USD. A tip of 5 – 15% of the meal price is reasonable.

Are credit cards and USD cash accepted in Ho Chi Minh City?

I could say that most of the cheap eats do not accept credit cards and USD cash in the city. So that bringing VND cash to cheap eats is a must. They hate big money such as 500,000 VND and 200,000 VND, sometimes they do not have small changes and can refuse to serve you. They can accept and go around to exchange the smaller bank notes. Thus you waste your time waiting for the exchanging. Thus having some small bank notes is better. If you exchange the money at bank branches or gold shops, tell them to give you some small bank notes.

Check out the Ultimate Guide to Vietnamese Currency in Ho Chi Minh City

How to reach cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

It is quite easy to reach upscale restaurants which are usually located in luxury buildings and skyscrapers or in houses on main streets. As mentioned above, many cheap eats are in narrow alleyways or local markets which can only be reached by motorbikes and on foot. To reach hidden cheap eats, you can take a taxi, bus, or motorbike taxi to reach the alleys, local markets, food areas, then walk to the eateries.

How to get around Saigon – Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Food Tour

If you go to cheap eats yourself, you can not eat many foods in the city due to lack of information and personal transportation. A Saigon Food Tour (Ho Chi Minh City Food Tour) is a good choice to taste lots of foods at great eateries within a few hours. I would like to recommend to do Night Saigon Food Tour on which you enjoy the nice view of the city at night, exploring night markets and food areas. If you like something adventurous, choose Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike. If you are aware of sitting on the back of a motorbike, just do a Saigon Walking Food Tour.

Where to find cheap eats in Ho Chi Minh City?

Cheap eats are everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find them on the main streets, hidden alleys, local markets, and food areas. It is not easy to list the best of cheap eats in Saigon because there are hundreds of great cheap eats around the city.

Best cheap eats in District 1

Foods in District 1 are more expensive than foods in other districts because of high costs of rent. It does not mean that there are not many cheap eats in District 1. You can find the best cheap foods at the following food areas:

Co Giang Food Street

  • Bun Thit Nuong Chi Tuyen, 175 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 20:00; What to eat? – Rice noodles with grilled pork and fried roll – a Saigon specialty food (highly recommended); Prices:  42,000 – 55,000 VND; Highlights: old-standing and very famous Bun thit nuong stall.

  • Bun Rieu Da Lat or Crab Tomato Soup Da Lat, 86 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:30 – 22:00; What to eat? – Crab noodle soup; Prices:  28,000.

  • Hoa – Bo La Lot & Mo Chai, 92 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 13:15 – 22:00; What to eat? – Grilled beef in wild betel leaf, Grilled beef with fat; Prices:  25,000 VND.

  • Che Co Giang, 85 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:30; What to eat? – A large number of sweet soups including Egg sweet soup, Cheung Bo Leung, Dried grape sweet soup, Lotus and water chestnut sweet soup; Prices:  13,000 – 15,000 VND.

  • Xoi Mit Xi Gon, 187/5/6 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 9:30 – 21:00; What to eat? – Jackfruit filled with steamed sticky rice, shredded coconut meat, coconut milk sauce; Prices:  35,000/5 avrils; 80,000 VND/12 avrils.
  • Kem Xoi Dua – Co Giang, 89 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Ice cream in coconut or longan (recommended), Jackfruit and steamed sticky rice ice cream, Black glutinous rice yogurt, Khuc bach sweet soup, Coconut water with kumquat juice; Prices:  10,000 – 30,000 VND.

  • Pha Lau Nga, 91 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Stewed animal organ, Fertilized duck egg (boiled or stir-fried with tamarind sauce) – foods fear factor in Vietnam (recommended), Stir-fried corn, Crab soup; Prices:  10,000 – 25,000 VND.

Pha lau - Noodle Soup With Stewed Organs In Vietnam

  • Chao Long Ba Ut, 193 Co Giang Street, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 6:00 – 14:00; What to eat? – Congee with pork organs; Prices:  43,000 VND (a bit expensive price); Highlights: over 80 years old.

Tran Khac Chan Food Street

  • Banh Canh Cua Tran Khac Chan, 87 Tran Khac Chan Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Crab soup cake – a great dish with gelatinous broth, thick noodles, crab, shrimp for seafood lover; Prices:  40,000 – 43,000 VND. Highlights: one of the most famous Crab soup cake restaurants in Saigon.

  • Bun Cha Ngoc Ha, 22C Tran Khac Chan Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Kebab rice noodles which Obama former president ate in Vietnam; Prices:  40,000 – 45,000 VND.

Bui Vien Walking Street

Bui Vien Street is the heart of Saigon backpacker area. The prices were low in the past but they tend to increase the prices of everything in recent. Beers and snacks such as dried foods, fried chicken wings are cheap on this street. I do not recommend to try Saigon foods unless you want to chill out here.

  • Tofu pudding, 167 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Warm tofu pudding with tapioca pearl, coconut milk sauce, ginger syrup; Prices:  10,000 VND; Highlights: mentioned in many trusted magazines.

  • Lang Nuong Ba Sau Nho, 135 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 5:00 (on the next day); Prices:  10,000 – 180,000 VND; Highlights: reasonable prices and great grilled foods.

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market in Saigon so that the prices of foods at the market are a bit expensive. However, there are some food stalls offering good prices.

  • Be Che, Stall 1154 – 1130, Gate 7 on the West of Ben Thanh Market, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:30 – 16:30; What to eat? – A wide range of Vietnamese sweet soup (iced or hot), smoothies; Prices: 20,000 – 35,000 VND (a little more expensive than sweet soups at other dessert stalls); Highlights: old-standing and very famous dessert stall.

Chinese Desserts - Sweet soup in Saigon - Son Qui sweet soup

  • Banh Beo Hue Cua Tay, Gate 7 on the West of Ben Thanh Market, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 8:00 – 16:30; What to eat? – Mixed Hue cakes; Prices: 20,000 VND; Highlights: 22-year-old stall.

Tran Dinh Xu Food Street

  • The Gioi Tau Hu, 122 Tran Dinh Xu Street, Cau Kho Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Tofu pudding with various toppings (recommended), lots of local snacks and desserts; Prices: 17,000 – 29,000 VND.

  • Chuoi Nep Nuong Tran Dinh Xu, 122/10 Tran Dinh Xu Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Grilled banana in sticky rice; Prices: 16,000 VND.

Tan Dinh Market Area

Tan Dinh Market in District 1 is known as the market for the rich because the prices are high at food stalls and restaurant in the market and neighboring areas. However, it does not mean there is no cheap eat in this famous food area.

  • Che Ba Muoi, Stall 866, Tan Dinh Market, Nguyen Huu Cau Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 12:00; What to eat? – Vietnamese sweet soup, Steamed sticky rice, Duc cake; Prices: 10,000 VND.
  • Yen Lan, at the opposite of 111 Nguyen Huu Cau Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00; What to eat? – Rice noodles/Question cake/Wet cake with grilled pork; Prices: 40,000 VND.
  • Com Tam Di Tam, 331 – 319 Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 18:30 – 23:00; What to eat? – Broken rice with grilled pork and/or pork strips, pork pie, chicken organ; Prices: 40,000 – 65,000 VND.

Read more details about prices and places at Best Cheap Eats for Saigon Street Foods in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Best cheap eats in District 3

Located a few kilometers from District 1, District 3 offers lots of good cheap eats offering amazing foods and reasonable cost.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Rice Paper Salad Street

  • Banh Trang Tron Long, 34 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Rice paper salad; Prices: 10,000 – 35,000 VND.
  • Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien, 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; What to eat? – Rice paper salad; Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00; Prices: 20,000 – 35,000 VND.
  • Banh Trang Tron Co Thao, 90 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; What to eat? – Rice paper salad; Opening hours: 8:30 – 20:00; Prices: 10,000 – 25,000 VND.

Turtle Lake Food Area

At Turtle Lake, you have a chance to enjoy a wide range of street foods including Grilled quail egg cake, Grilled girdle cake, Rice paper salad, Fried corn, many drinks at very small stalls. All of them are extremely delicious, price range between 10,000 and 25,000 VND. Click here to view on Google Map.

Vo Van Tan Food Street

  • Che Via He Co Diep, 241 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Vietnamese sweet soup, Cow cake, Steamed sticky rice; Prices: 10,000 VND.
  • Bun Cha Ho Guom – Vo Van Tan, 135 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Rice noodles with pork pie (kebab) and/or Fried shrimp and crab roll, Flan cake, Spring roll, Duc cake, Fried shrimp cake; Prices: 50,000 VND.
  • Bot Chien Dat Thanh, 277 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00; Prices:  20,000 – 30,000 VND.

  • Hung Phat – Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo, 323 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 6:30 – 22:30; What to eat? – Vietnamese bread with beef pie, Savory steamed sticky rice with mixed toppings or chicken; Prices: 17,000 VND.

Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings Food Area

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings were built in the 1960s and have been home to Saigon people for 60 years. There are lots of long-standing food stalls offering great foods in the area around these buildings.

  • Pho Chua Lang Son, 242/101 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:00 – 20:30; What to eat? – Sweet and sour Pho noodles (recommended), Pyramidal rice cake; Prices: 25,000 – 55,000 VND.

  • Oc Loan, 012 Block C, Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings, To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 1, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 50,000 – 150,000 VND; Highlights: 60-year-old.

  • Chao Vit Lien, 21/3 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 2, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Duck congee, Duck salad, Cellophane/rice noodle soup with duck; Prices: 20,000 – 100,000 VND; Highlights: 60-year-old.

  • Banh Mi Chao Co Le, 003 Block D, Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings, Alley 213 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 12:00;  What to eat? – Vietnamese pan bread; Prices: 20,000 – 35,000 VND.

  • Oc Xuyen, 174/43 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 50,000 – 180,000 VND.

Ban Co Food Market

  • Banh Beo Cho Ban Co, Ban Co Market, 51/73 Cao Thang Street, Ward 2, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00;  What to eat? – Hue cakes; Prices: 35,000 VND.
  • Chao Tieu Co Ut, 51/33 Cao Thang Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:30 – 22:30;  What to eat? – Teochew congee with ground pork/mushroom/snakehead/liver/organs/mixed; Prices: 27,000 – 80,000 VND (rather high price); Highlights: 70-year-old.
  • Bun Bi Tu Loan, Ban Co Market, 664/14 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:30 – 17:00;  What to eat? – Spring roll, Rice noodles with grilled pork/pork patties, Pork patty roll, Fried roll; Prices: 8,000 – 35,000 VND.

Cao Thang Street – Grilled girdle cake street

  • Banh Trang Nuong Da Lat, 53 – 57 Cao Thang Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Grilled girdle cake with various toppings; Prices: 21,000 VND.


Read more about details of Best Cheap Eats for Saigon Street Foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Best cheap eats in District 4

District 4 is the former mafia hotspot run by Nam Cam criminal. Although this tiny island is separated from other parts of the city by waterways, it is one of the most favorite places of Saigon foodies by day and by night.

Xom Chieu Food Market

Coming to Xom Chieu Market, 200 Xom Chieu Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, you can eat a wide range of foods at food stalls as below:

  • Mi Oc Hen Di Lan, 2/4 Ngo Van So Street, Ward 13, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00;  What to eat? – Rice noodle soup with snail and/or baby clam; Prices: 21,000 VND.

  • Pha Lau Co Oanh, 200/44 Xom Chieu Street, Ward 14, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Stewed organs, Beef jerky salad, Stir-fried fertilized duck egg with tamarind sauce; Prices: 10,000 – 22,000 VND.

  • Oc To, C218 Xom Chieu Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 12:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 50,000 VND.

  • Sup Cua Hang, C200/18 Xom Chieu Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Crab soup (mixed, with pig brain, century duck egg); Prices: 20,000 – 45,000 VND.

  • Che Ha Tram, C200/8 Xom Chieu Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 13:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 100,000 – 200,000 VND.

Vinh Khanh Snail Street

Since the late afternoon, Vinh Khanh Street in District 4 is full of people coming to eat snail dishes. The street is called snail street because it is lined with dozens of snail restaurants and stalls.

  • Oc Oanh 1, 534 Vinh Khanh Street, Ward 8,  District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 100,000 – 300,000 VND.
  • Oc Dao 2, 232/132 Vinh Khanh Street, Ward 10,  District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 60,000 – 110,000 VND.
  • Oc Thao, 383 Vinh Khanh Street, Ward 8,  District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 1:00 (at night); What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 25,000 – 200,000 VND.
  • Quan Khoi Sai Gon, 122/37/9 Vinh Khanh Street, Ward 8,  District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 00:00 (at night); What to eat? – BBQ (beef, pork, wild boar, seafood); Prices: 80,000 VND.
  • Oc Vu, 37 Vinh Khanh Street, Ward 8,  District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – BBQ (beef, pork, wild boar, seafood); Prices: 30,000 – 160,000 VND.

Check out Best Cheap Eats for Saigon Street Foods in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City for more details.

Best cheap eats in District 5

In District 5 which is home to many Chinese people, you can find lots of delicious Vietnamese foods and Chinese foods.

Thu Do Food Market

Thu Do Food Market or Phung Hung Market is located at 220 Phung Hung Street, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. The market is one of the best places to eat Saigon street foods including Stuffed vegetables (Kho qua ca ot), Crab soup, Dim sum (Kieu Ki stall), Fried young oyster and egg, Stewed organ at Tam Ky stall, Vietnamese cendol, Agar agar and mock pomegranate. Click here to view Thu Do Food Market on Google Map.

Stuffed Bitter Melon, Eggplant And Chili Pepper

An Duong Vuong Food Area

An Duong Vuong Food Area is located near Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University. In fact, there are lots of food areas are located around universities and schools in Saigon. There you can find tons of things to eat: Grilled octopus/squid/chicken lizard/chicken feet (the most popular), Bo pia roll, Dimsum, Fertilized duck/quail egg, Fried corn, sugarcane juice. Click here to view An Duong Vuong Food Area on Google Map;

Nguyen Kim Food Area

Nguyen Kim Food Area is next to Hung Vuong Plaza, 126 Hung Vuong Street, Ward 2, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. They offer hundreds of amazing street foods at cheap prices, around 15,000 VND. Coming there, you can wander and choose some great foods such as Rice paper salad, Flan cake, Jelly, Spring roll, Stir-fried rice pasta, Stewed organs, Stir-fried rice. Click here to view Nguyen Kim Food Area on Google Map.

Nguyen Tri Phuong Food Street

Nguyen Tri Phuong Street is lined with dozens of eateries serving a wide range of foods. You can choose to sit in restaurants or on the spacious pavement.

  • Nguyet Hy Hotspot, 466 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 4, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00; Prices: 5,000 – 50,000 VND; What to eat? – Grilled meat or seafood, Hot pot with meat, seafood, vegetables; Facebook: Nguyet Hy; Highlights: cheap skewers.

  • Che Thai Y Phuong, 380 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 4, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 1:30 (at night); Prices: 18,000 – 33,000 VND; What to eat? – Sweet soups, Flan cake, Mixed fruits, Steamed sticky rice in jackfruit, Spring roll, Beef jerky salad, Smoothies; Highlights: one of the most famous dessert restaurants in Saigon.

  • Banh Canh Ghe Muoi Ot Xanh, 484A Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:59; Prices: 45,000 – 85,000 VND; What to eat? – Ocean crab soup cake, Shrimp soup cake.

  • Com Ga Hai Nam, 379 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 6, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00; Prices: 44,000 – 60,000 VND; What to eat? – Steamed rice with steamed/roasted chicken/pork/seafood/duck/pork organs.
  • Banh Bao Tho Phat, 78 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 7, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 5:00 – 23:59; Prices: 15,000 – 33,000 VND; What to eat? – Steamed wheat flour cake, Dimsum, Vietnamese bread, Savory steamed sticky rice, Wet cake.

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Tran Binh Trong Food Street

  • Banh Canh Cua 14, 215 – 223A Tran Binh Trong Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:59; What to eat? – Ocean crab soup cake, Shrimp soup cake; Prices: 45,000 – 55,000 VND; Website: http://banhcanhcua.vn/.
  • Chao Muc 175, 175 Tran Binh Trong Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Congee with squid (recommended) or beef ball/blood pudding/organs/mixed; Prices: 19,000 – 33,000 VND.
  • Banh flan 223, 223 Tran Binh Trong Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:30 – 21:00; What to eat? – Flan cake with chocolate/blueberry/matcha/durian; Prices: 12,000 VND.

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Minh Phung Food Street

  • Banh Canh Vit Cai Lay, 347/5 Minh Phung Street, Ward 2, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 6:30 – 13:00; 15:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Congee/Cellophane noodle soup with duck/duck blood pudding, Duck and cabbage salad; Prices: 32,000 – 47,000 VND.
  • Thanh Vy – Bo La Lot & Ga Nuong, 267A Minh Phung Street, Ward 2, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00; 15:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Grilled beef in wild betel leaf; Prices: 35,000 VND.

  • Xoi Binh Tien, 88 Minh Phung Street, Ward 5, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 13:30; What to eat? – Sweet/savory steamed sticky rice; Prices: 15,000 – 25,000 VND.

Best cheap eats in District 10

Ho Thi Ky and Cambodian Food Market

Ho Thi Ky Street and Alleys, which are home to Saigon’s biggest flower market and Cambodian market, are crowded and busy all day and nights. Trolling into the wonderland of flowers and eating exotic foods at cheap prices are great things to do in the city.

  • Nem Bo Nuong Sa, 57/23B Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Grilled beef on lemongrass; Prices: 10,000 VND.

  • Che Co Huoi or Quan Che Campuchia, 57/21A Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:00 – 20:00; What to eat? – Sweet soup desserts; Price: 15,000-20,000 VND.

  • Bot Chien Phung, 87/23 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 20:00; What to eat? – Pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake; Price: 25,000-30,000 VND.

  • Banh Beo Hue – Ho Thi Ky, at the opposite of 57/27 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 18:30; What to eat? – Hue cakes; Price: 30,000 VND.

  • Banh Trang Nhat Quynh, 78/10 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Rice paper salad, Green mango salad; Price: 10,000 – 20,000 VND.

  • Hu Tieu Oc Chu Tun, 57/21 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Clear rice noodle soup with snail, Stewed snail; Price: 25,000 – 32,000 VND.

A Saigon Street Food Tour

  • Tu Xe – Bun Num Bo Choc, 57/27 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 6:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Num bo choc rice noodle soup; Price: 45,000 VND.

  • Banh Trang Nuong – Ho Thi Ky, 57/19 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 18:30; What to eat? – Grilled girdle cake; Prices: 15,000 – 20,000 VND.

  • Pho 38, 38 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Pho noodle soup; Prices: 40,000 VND.

Vietnamese Cuisine

  • Canh Bun – Ho Thi Ky, 38 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 19:00; What to eat? – Canh bun noodle soup; Prices: 25,000 VND.

  • Lau Bo Co Thao, 84/10 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:59; What to eat? – Beef hot pot; Prices: 100,000 – 200,000 VND.

  • Sup Cua Thao, 68/5 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 13:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Crab soup with/without pork brain, century duck egg; Prices: 100,000 – 200,000 VND.

To Hien Thanh Food Street

  • Da Lat Quan – Kem Bo, 266 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 14, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:30 – 23:00; What to eat? – Avocado ice cream; Prices: 30,000 VND.
  • Trai Cay To A Bo, 268 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 15, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Bowl of mixed fruits; Prices: 30,000 VND.

  • Goi Vit Ba Lam, 343/2 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Congee with duck, Duck salad; Prices: 40,000 – 100,000 VND.
  • Bun Dau Mam Tom A Chanh, 175 Thanh Thai Street, Ward 14, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City (next to To Hien Thanh Street); View on Google Map; Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00; What to eat? – Rice noodles with Fermented shrimp paste; Prices: 57,000 VND.

  • Oc Quang Anh, 189 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 13, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 13:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes; Prices: 50,000 – 80,000 VND.
  • Chim Cut Chien Bo Co Nam, 212 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 13, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 21:00; What to eat? – Fried quail with butter; Prices: 15,000 VND.

Su Van Hanh Food Street

  • Sup Cua Hanh, 549 Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 13, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 6:15 – 22:30; What to eat? – Vietnamese crab soup; Prices: 22,000 – 44,000 VND; Highlights: fresh crab.

Ngo Gia Tu Apartment Building Food Area

  • Che Nguyen Huong, 029 Block H, Ngo Gia Tu apartment buildings, Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 2, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 16:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Coconut ice cream (recommended), Vietnamese braised beef; Prices: 5,000 – 35,000; Highlights: since 1975.

Stewed Beef with Cinnamon

  • Che Mam Khanh Vy, 242B Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 2, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – set of 16 Vietnamese sweet soups, flan cake, Vo steamed sticky rice served on a tray; Prices: 10,000 VND/dessert, 160,000 VND/tray of 16 desserts; Highlights: the sweet soup stall has been passed over 3 generations.

  • Kim Anh – Banh Xeo & Bo La Lop, 020 Block H, Ngo Gia Tu apartment buildings, Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 2, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:00 – 23:00; What to eat? – Vietnamese pancake, Grilled beef in wild betel; Prices: 6,000 – 30,000 VND.

Best cheap eats in District 11

Rice Paper Street in front of Binh Tay Market

Coming to Binh Tay Market at night, you can see tens of moving stalls selling many kinds of rice paper salads.

Ha Ton Quyen Wonton Noodle Soup

  • Sui Cao Thien Thien, 195 Ha Ton Quyen Street, Ward 4, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 14:00 – 13:30; What to eat? – Wonton noodle soup, Fried wonton; Prices: 50,000 – 55,000 VND.
  • Sui Cao Ngoc Y, 187 Ha Ton Quyen Street, Ward 4, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:00 – 1:00 (at night); What to eat? – Wonton noodle soup, Fried wonton; Prices: 48,000 – 63,000 VND.

Binh Thanh District

Van Kiep Food Street

  • Ha Cao An La Ghien, 159 Van Kiep Street, Ward 3, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 21:00 (at night); What to eat? – Dim sum; Prices: 22,000 VND.

  • Sinh To Van Kiep, 33/1 Van Kiep Street, Ward 3, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 23:00 (at night); What to eat? – Mixed fruits, smoothies; Prices: 28,000 VND.
  • Com Ga Xoi Mo Ba Ngon, 63 Van Kiep Street, Ward 3, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00 (at night); What to eat? – Steamed rice with pork chop/chicken drumstick; Prices: 30,000 – 60,000 VND.

Binh Chanh District

  • Panda BBQ Nguyen Tri Phuong, 157 Street 9A, Binh Hung Ward, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 23:00; Prices: 5,000 – 50,000 VND; What to eat? – Grilled meat or seafood, Hot pot with meat, seafood, vegetables.

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