If you want to start enjoying the street food life, or you’re just visiting and want to see a bit of the culture, or have been living here and just want to know where to spend a good night out, then check out this list. These are the 5 best places to see street food in Vietnam, and you won’t be disappointed. These streets have a little of everything and represent a cross section of all that Saigon has to offer. From fresh seafood to grilled pork and spring rolls, these streets have it all in abundance, so head on down and enjoy a great meal at a street nearest you.
Vạn Kiếp Street (border of Phú Nhuận & Bình Thạnh districts)
When it comes to street food in Saigon this is one of the heavy weights, it’s one of the highlights of Vietnamese street food. It’s a short street, but within that short walk there are dozens of food stalls selling a variety of street food. Vạn Kiếp Street is found between two districts, Phú Nhuận and Bình Thạnh. There are so many types of food it’s hard to keep track of them all: phở, bánh canh cua, bánh mì, bánh xèo, bún mắm, bún bò Huế, bún chả, nem nướng, chè – just to name a few. This street is very popular with younger Vietnamese and will often be crowded with a groups of twenty something Vietnamese sitting around plastic tables on plastic stools enjoying the company of their friends and some of the best street food in Vietnam.
Sư Vạn Hạnh Street: District 10
Sư Vạn Hạnh is always filled with lots of people enjoying a wide range of street food. There is a popular street with Vietnamese people in general and hosts a variety of food stalls, vendors, Vietnamese eateries, cafes and bars. This street is popular with young and old and you will often see families sitting around and enjoying their street food. The street is always colourful and lively.
This speciality here is bánh xèo (dough filled with pork and bean sprouts). Dozens of places serve small bánh xèo which are cooked on circular trays over flaming, coal-fired barbecues. There are many fine street stalls and little eateries lining the street. These places are always crowded with Vietnamese who gather around the tiny tables in groups to enjoy all the different street food found here.
Vĩnh Khánh Street: District 4
Another popular spot for young people. It’s often hard to find anyone here that isn’t over 30, they love to sit around smoking, drinking, laughing together, and of course eating street food. It has one of the most vibrant and eclectic atmospheres of any of the street food streets in the city. There are also large numbers of people yelling, playing loud music, and just generally enjoying themselves. It’s worth visiting if for no other reason. This is also the place to see fire eaters and street dancers too. This place is beyond crazy, it’s noisy, hot, crowded, and filled with great food and fun times
Go to Ốc Oanh (534 Vĩnh Khánh Street) for seafood and shellfish. This is one of the most famous places to get seafood in Saigon. The portions are big, the seafood’s fresh, and the service is good. Prices can be higher, but the quality of the food is worth it.
Phan Văn Hân Street: Bình Thạnh District
Phan Văn Hân Street is a long, narrow street lined with cheap food stalls frequented by locals and students from nearby universities. Phan Van Han street is crowded and lively with a real local flavour. The street is crammed with food vendors, shops, homes, businesses and motorbikes, and all the other minutia of Vietnam life. Everything comes together to create a real pleasant atmosphere, and the street food stalls litter the street selling everything from seafood to Banh Xeo. It’s an enjoyable and congenial atmosphere.
This is a fun place to come and enjoy some street food. Come between 6.00-8.30pm to experience the busy nightlife. You can try the delicious bánh xèo , or the bột chiên, or Lương Ký Mì Gia, or the famous is mì vịt tiềm (fresh yellow noodles with marintated duck) as you wonder up and down this crowded street.
Cô Giang Street: District 1
Cô Giang is a long, straight street that borders the infamous backpacker district, Pham Ngu Lao, in District 1. However, Cô Giang Street is a lot quieter than the other streets that make up the backpacker area, and is in fact quieter than most of the other popular streets. In general, travellers who choose to spend time on this street are looking for something more ‘authentic’, more ‘Vietnamese’ from their time in Saigon. And though Cô Giang isn’t as crowded and busy as some of the other streets we’ve talked about, it still boasts a generous array of eateries and street food dishes, including many traditional Vietnamese dishes. The street comes alive at night with open air eateries and barbecues and the scents of roasting pork and duck. It’s a delightful place to experience the real sights and sounds of street food in Vietnam. This prices are also reasonable with most dishes going for under $5 a dish. You can find what your looking here under the fluorescent lights amongst the texture and tones of modern day Saigon.
So whatever you’re in the mood for, be it food, fun, crowds, laughter with friends or a quiet meal with a special friend then these streets have what you are looking for. There is something for everyone. You can enjoy a variety of delicious street food at a reasonable price and really get to know what the Vietnam street food life is all about.