10 Best vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city (update 2019)

best vegetarian restaurants in ho chi minh city aka Saigon

Is it possible to find any good vegetarian food in Saigon?

The good news for vegans and vegetarians is that US travel website When On Earth has listed Ho Chi Minh City among the ideal cities worldwide for vegans and vegetarians. The city is named one of the ten destinations that “tickle veggie-loving taste buds” as it offers a wide range of veggie-friendly and vegan options. This is due to the dominated religion Buddhism and the tropical geographic location of the country.

See more:  Vegan Food Tour on back of the bikes

Vietnam vegan ingredients that might interest you

  • Chao: this is fermented tofu which is very popular among Vietnamese vegans. Like durian’s smell, half people love and half people hate eating Chao.
  • Ca tim nuong: this is grilled eggplant, cooked with a bit oil and green onion leaves on top.
  • Mock meat: Some find it interesting, some hate it. But this is a way to encourage more people in Asia go eat green.

grilled eggplant ca tim nuong mo hanh“Ca tim nuong” – Photo: pxhere.com

Language guide for vegan – Speak like a Vietnamese

On the first and the fifteenth day of each month in the lunar cycle, Buddhists eat vegetarian. This can lead to restaurants being closed on these days if they don’t serve vegetarian food. Since the main religion is Buddhism, quite a lot of local eateries have vegan option from reasonable price to high-end restaurants.

Below is some basic helpful phrases for your vegan guide:

  • Tôi ăn chay = I’m vegan
  • Chay = Vegan
  • Có đồ chay không? (Koo Dou Chai Khoong?) = Do you have vegetarian food?
  • Không trứng (Khoong tru’ng) = No egg
  • Không sữa (Khoong sũa) = No milk
  • Không cá (Khoong Ká) = No fish
  • Không thịt (Khoong Theet) = No meat
  • Xin chào (Sin chow) = Hello
  • Cảm ơn (Caam oon) = Thank you

Now time for the vegan food hunting. Below is a list of 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city you can easily find

1. Ngoc Tho 

  • Address: 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao street, District 1
  • Opening hours: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
  • Price: 55,000 dong – 80,000 dong

Ngoc Tho is a vegetarian restaurant that serves the all-veggie take of your typical Vietnamese cuisines such as Pho, Spring roll or Bun Thit Nuong. They have the mock meat that tastes really like real. Thus, if you are vegan or non-vegan, the place worth a try.

2. Bong Sung 

  • Address: 86 Nguyen Du street, District 1
  • Opening hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Price: 20,000 dong – 250,000 dong

Bong Sung is a great place for a healthy dinner with great service. From a personal perspective, the restaurant is more suitable for meeting a friend or celebrating an occasion than a quick meal. I went there a few times and the staffs speaks really good English, patient in explaining what ingredients behind every dishes.

3. Saigon Vegan

  • Address: 378/3 Vo Van Tan street, District 3
  • Opening hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Price: 35,000 dong – 80,000 dong

This place is a rustic vegan restaurant with an extensive menu of over 100 healthy food at moderate prices. The restaurant also serves coffee and other drinks with a preference of soya milk over cow milk for white coffee. Kids menu available.

4. Mandala Restaurant

  • Address: 110 Suong Nguyet Anh street, District 1
  • Opening hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Price: 50,000 dong – 150,000 dong

Mandala Restaurant is inspired by Tibet Buddhist. There are intricate paintings hang across the walls and multi-colored stones pave the walking path. Although staffs of the restaurant does not receive much compliments from old guests but the food is quite good and is a mix between Tibetan and vegan Vietnamese.

5. Pho Chay Nhu

  • Address: 54 Truong Quyen street, Distrcit 3
  • Opening hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Price: 30,000 dong – 55,000 dong

vegetarian Pho in ho chi minh pho chay Nhu
Pho Chay – Photo: Alpha via Flickr

Pho and Banh Mi is the symbolic dish of Viet cuisine. Fortunately, you can also try those tasty ones throughout Vietnam. Pho Nhu serves the best vegan Pho in town with a budget price. With the very local atmosphere, simple plastic chair and inox table and a complex broth with flat noodle, mushrooms, carrots, onion, ginger, v.v… I can’t tell them all, you have the perfect bowl of legendary Pho.

6. Lien Huong Restaurant

  • Address: 10D Tran Nhat Duat street, District 1
  • Opening hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Price: 60,000 dong – 180,000 dong

Lien Huong is an alley vegan restaurant. The place is special because it’s run by a group of Eastern medicine doctors and the cooking philosophy here follows Yin and Yang theory to bring the balanced and good health for those who eat.

7. Tib Restaurant

  • Address: 89-91 Phan Ke Binh street, District 1
  • Opening hours: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm; 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Price: 60,000 dong – 250,000 dong

Tib is worth-a-try restaurant in a traditional setting. The place is considered “expensive” for local standards but for Westerners I think it’s very reasonable. Good service, very delicious vegan food and simply decor space. 10 minutes away from the Jade Emperor Pagoda by walk. If I can suggest you, pick Pineapple Rice Ca Tim Nuong (Grilled Eggplant), stuffed tomatoes, Che Mon (taros gruel) as dessert. The service is good with warm staffs.

8. Healthy Farm

  • Address: 42 Tran Hung Dao, District 1
  • Opening hours: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

best vegetarian restaurants in ho chi minh vietnam healthy farm by saigon kiss tours Veggie bar – Photo: diadiemanuong.com

This is “build your own meal” vegan restaurant. Basically, you have your own basket then fill it up with goodies like veggie, noodle, mock meat and the dressing, check out then you cook it up for you. The food here is tasty, not greasy or salty. In addition, they also have a grocery area with wide selection of Au Lac vegan food that you can buy home.

9. Hum restaurant

  • Address:
    Branch 1 (cafe & restaurant): 32 Vo Van Tan street, District 3
    Branch 2 (lounge & restaurant): 2 Thi Sach street, District 1
    Branch 3 (garden & restaurant): 32, D10 street, ward Thao Dien, District 2
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Hum Vegetarian is a tranquil and spacious luxury vegan restaurant. The food, decor and all details is set up with great care to give guests great dining experience. The places are suitable for private talks, business meeting or if you want a bit high-end vegan meals, Hum is a good choice.

10. Banh Mi hunting

  • Banh Mi Thoi Ke, 172 Ba Hat street, district 10
    Opens from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Banh Mi Ut Hau Mien Tay, Binh Thanh district.
    Opens from 6:00 am  – 8:00 am
  • Banh Mi Tuy Duyen, Q22 Nguyen Huu Hao street, District 4
    Opens from 6:00 am – 11:00 am and 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Banh Mi Bistro: closed (in case you don’t know)

banhmi-banh-mi-barquette-bread-vegan-food-tour by saigonkiss toursVegan Food Tour with Saigon Kiss Tours. Photo: Saigonkisstours.com

I listed many places above for you to try Banh Mi as I honestly think that this is the most delicious sandwich you might ever eat. Thanks to the influence of the French colonists, the local adopted the sandwich and very soon turned it into the local specialty by making the great filling. The recipe for the filling is normally the cucumbers, pickles, herbs, fish or meat, soya bean, special sauce. With the vegan Banh Mi, they go with the mushrooms, tofu and some other alternative ingredients.

If you read until this, I hope that you have helpful vegan guide in Ho Chi Minh city of Vietnam. For more info, please check out our Vietnam travel guide

Having a limited time? Or don’t want to miss all the great Vietnamese cuisine, a food feast on bikes with local drivers can be what you need, check Vegan Food Tour

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100% Vietnamese, my passion is traveling and running projects related to tourism. I'm here to share what I know about Vietnam for travelers.

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