This is the best way to see Saigon. Period. Street food is the cultural backbone of Saigon and only through learning about this exciting food can you really learn about the culture here. These places are just a thin slice of what’s available, but they are all popular so they’ve been included here. Food tours are by far the most popular thing to do when visiting Saigon and everyone that visits should do at least one tour and at least one cooking class, as it’s a great way to meet some really fun Vietnamese people and also to eat and make some amazing food. Here’s a few to get you started.
Back of the bike tours
The back of the bike tours is a popular street food tour whereby you ride around with a Vietnamese person on the back of a motorbike and visit different street food locations around the city. They take you through several districts (districts 1, 3, 5, 8, and 10) and pair you up with an English speaking tour guide that can explain all about the variety of foods you will be trying.
Our focus for this tasting menu is to introduce our guests to Vietnamese Street Food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by offering the chance to eat what we find to be delicious Vietnamese recipes in an order that you would expect to experience at a restaurant. Starting with a few local snacks or salads, soup, main course which is typically a Vietnamese style soup, and then onto dessert. In the design of the menu, we have thought long and hard about what Vietnamese food we thought was not only great tasting but would also please a majority of our guests while giving them the experience of trying something different, unique, and local to Vietnam.
There are several tours to choose from including an afternoon and night tour and a chef tour, where you go around with a chef and learn more about the street food in Vietnam. The tours start at around $64 or 1,300,000 vnd, and you can visit their website below to find out more details and to book your tour. Enjoy!
Saigon Street eats
This is similar to ‘back of the bike tours’ without the motorbike. Rather than hauling you all over the city on the back of a motorbike this focuses more on the food and introducing you via walking tours to various types of street food commonly found in Saigon. This is run by an Australian and Vietnamese couple and they approach the whole street food experience from a more casual and relaxed point of view.
We are an anti-tour kind of operation. No stern lectures from us! Instead, expect to feel like you’re hanging out with friends who are showing you the best — and tastiest — bits of their city.
So if you’re looking for a fun, affordable way to try the food that has made this city famous then this is the way to go. There are several different tours to choose from ranging in price from $40-$65, or you can customize your own tour. You can visit them to learn more on their website below.
Saigon cooking class by Hoa Tuc
This is one of the more well established and popular cooking classes offered in Saigon and it is a great experience. Hoa Tuc is a fine dining Vietnamese restaurant serving fantastic fusions of street food in a gourmet setting. The cooking classes are also of an equally high quality.
Our menu proposes a selection of Saigon Cooking Class’s traditional recipes but also contemporary signature dishes from Hoa Tuc’s kitchen that allows us to share with you some of their culinary secrets. Of course no MSG and Knorr powder are used.
In a warm atmosphere, participants cook all together with our Chef but everyone has their own material and ingredients for a better understanding of cooking techniques. What makes our cooking classes so special and unique are the small class size that never exceeds 12 participants, and the great care taken in all details.
Detail that make all the difference and ensure a great cooking experience: discovering the fresh exotic ingredients, cooking with authentic Vietnamese kitchenware in a beautiful set up surrounded by thoughtful, English speaking staff.
I can personally recommend this Restaurant and these cooking classes as I’ve done this class before and it was fantastic. The food is excellent and the instruction is careful and easy to follow. It’s well recommended if your visiting Saigon.
There are a variety of cooking classes that you can enjoy at very reasonable prices. Most prices range from $40-45, and can be easily booked in advance by visiting the website below.
HCM cooking class
This is a different kind of cooking class from the Saigon cooking class, but is also equally enjoyable and worthwhile. In this you take a more holistic approach to the cooking process, picking vegetables to cook from their garden, learning the history and culture of the food your preparing, and also learning ways to use the food your preparing in a healthy and medicinal way. Vietnamese food is very healthy and that is the focus of the HCM cooking class to teach how to prepare food in a healthy and holistic way.
Our class is held in the most beautiful Agricultural Village where you will see ourVietnamese Medicine Garden with many different kinds of herbs, spices and vegetables. You will learn how to grow many kinds of mushrooms in our Mushroom Houseand experience what it is like to be a Vietnamese farmer. It’s an interesting approach and one that is tailor made for those of you looking to really learn about the agrarian culture of Vietnam. And the price is very reasonable at $43 for adults and $27.50 for children.
Visit their webstie for more details.
Saigon food tour
This is another tour that delves into the exciting world of Saigon street food. These knowledgable people share with you there understanding of Vietnamese traditional foods and introduce you to the places that only the ‘locals’ know. So that you can really experience the culture and life of street food in Saigon.
Our friendly and experienced group of local English speaking tour guides have been personally trained by us to give you a once in a life time taste of some of the best foods in Vietnam. Our ever-changing tours take you from rice paddies to back allies and provide you with an insider’s knowledge of the best street food Vietnam has to offer. Our goal is to not only introduce you to the diverse and exotic street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, but to also provide you with a firsthand look at the many customs and traditions that make Vietnam unique.
This is a great opportunity to really get in and experience the heart of Vietnam, and to meet some great people and make new friends at the same time. There are many different tours to choose from and the prices are very reasonable ranging from $45-60. All the tours are about 4 hours long. For more information visit their website.
There are of course many fine tours and cooking classes in Saigon. That is one of the most popular activities for people visiting the city and it’s a really great way to get to know the people and culture of Saigon while also enjoying some great food at the same time. So don’t come to Saigon without doing a food tour and a cooking class.