Vietnamese street food is so good, it’s made it’s way across the whole world. There isn’t a city you can go to in the world where you won’t find a local take on the ubiquitous pho, or traditional spring rolls. Vietnam’s southern city, Saigon, is home to some of the country’s most delicious street eats; if you are in Saigon make sure to hit up these 5 streets.
Van Kiep Street
Nestled in between the two districts of Phú Nhuận and Bình Thạnh, Van Kiep Street is a short little road that is packed full of tasty treats. It’s pretty unanimous that Van Kiep Street offers some of the best street food in town; you can expect to see it bustling with people looking to snag a little plastic stool to enjoy their meal, as well as those who’ll just grab a couple of skewers for the road.
Variety is what it’s all about here, so whether you are looking for a piping hot bowl of bún bò Huế or you fancy trying out some of the bạch tuộc nướng (that’s the grilled octopus, it’s awesome) Van Kiep Street won’t disappoint.
Address: Vạn Kiếp, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
Su Van Hanh
Su Van Hanh, despite it’s inconspicuous location, is buzzing with people from 5am each and every day. The street sits in between Ngô Gia Tự and Nguyễn Chí Thanh buildings, and offers a wide range of delicious eats- from ban xeo roasting away on charcoal fired barbeques, to a more refined meal in one of the street side restaurants. If you get the chance, make sure to check out the savoury pancakes being dished out at the family owned restaurant 004 Lô H.
Address: Sư Vạn Hạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
Co Giang Street
If you happen to be hanging out in District 1, Co Giang is the place you want to go if it’s authentic, cheap, and delicious that you’re after. It’s situated close to Pham Ngu Lao, the backpacker area, but still far enough away that it stay more or less undisturbed. The specialty here is hủ tiếu xào, a variety of Chinese fried noodle.
Nighttime is when Co Giang really comes alive, with the smells of crispy roasted duck sizzling on the barbeque and cold, cheap bia hoi being necked down by visitors and locals alike.
Address: Cô Giang, Hồ Chí Minh
Phan Van Han
Situated in one of the busiest areas of District 1, Phan Van Hanh is synonymous with the crowds of university students who spill out from their nearby campuses, in search of good, honest, cheap eats.
Come during the day to enjoy some of the specialty mì vịt tiềm (fresh yellow noodles with marinated duck), or at night to soak up the atmosphere and slurp down some Lương Ký Mì Gia (fresh noodle soup).
Address: Phan Văn Hân, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
Vinh Khanh Street
Fire dancers, Michael Jackson impersonators, and throngs of hungry people clamouring to get a seat at one of the outdoor tables, Vinh Kanh Street is surely the most wild and atmospheric of all the streets we’ve reviewed today. It may sound a little chaotic, but like many other things in Vietnam, there’s order in the chaos. You know what else there is? The best plate of ốc hương rang muối ớt (fried sea snails with salt and chilli) that Saigon has to offer.
Address: Đường Vĩnh Khánh, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh