Ho Chi Minh City is one of the top vegan and vegetarian destinations in Asia. Check out our recommendations for the 6 best vegan restaurants in Saigon!
It may come as a surprise to you but Ho Chi Minh City is one of the top vegan-friendly destinations in the whole of Asia. Many street food dishes feature tofu and vegetables instead of animal products so it’s not hard to find vegan alternatives in many vegan restaurants around Saigon.
What are the vegetarian/vegan options of traditional Vietnamese dishes?
To make it even easier to spot vegan-friendly food in Saigon, look out for the word ‘chay’ meaning vegetarian on local restaurant signs. ’Quan chay’ also means vegetarian restaurant. Most options will be vegan, just make sure they don’t include fish sauce.
Cha gio chay: vegetarian fried spring rolls
Pho chay: vegetarian noodle soup
Lau nam: mushroom hotpot
Banh xeo chay: vegetarian Vietnamese pancake
Goi bong chuoi: banana flower salad
Goi cuon chay: vegetarian fresh spring rolls
Of course, these aren’t the only vegan and vegetarian options in Saigon, but these are the most common at street food level. Vegan restaurants in Saigon will put their own slant on popular Vietnamese dishes so you won’t have to worry about missing out on the local cuisine.
The 6 best vegan restaurants in Saigon
So whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or just looking for some hearty plant-based dining, here are the six best vegan restaurants in Saigon.
A personal favorite to many in the area, Vegan Kitchen (Bep Thuan Chay in Vietnamese) is a restaurant that serves traditional dishes with vegan-friendly substitutes. It is also one of the most affordable vegan restaurants in Saigon with most dishes coming in at 60-70,000 VND.
- We recommend: deep-fried mushrooms, the vegan chicken salad and the vegan Pho (a take on the classic Vietnamese noodle soup dish)
- 23 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District
- Open daily 9am – 9pm
This is a vegan restaurant in Saigon, you’ll find yourself returning to again and again. Saigon Vegan boasts generous portions, an extensive vegan menu, friendly staff, and a cozy atmosphere. It’s also very reasonable with most dishes around 70-80,000 VND.
- We recommend: the veggie version of Bun Cha (a typical Northern Vietnamese dish of meatballs, tasty soup, salad and noodles)
- 378/3 Vo Van Tan, Ward 5, District 3
- Open daily 7am – 10pm
Set in the heart of the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Ngoc Tho serves vegan takes on classic Vietnamese dishes. This vegan restaurant in Saigon is known for its fabulous ‘fake’ meat. It is tender, juicy and so delicious that it’s hard to believe it’s made completely out of plants. Here, being vegan doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on Vietnamese cuisine, Ngoc Tho caters to all your plant-based needs. And with prices from 30-80,000 you’ll barely notice the effect on your wallet.
- We recommend: the vegan Bun Thit Nuong (a popular Vietnamese dish with vermicelli noodles, salad and spring rolls)
- 175/9 Phạm Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
- Open daily 8am – 10.30pm
If you were to ask someone where to go for vegan-friendly food in Saigon, this would be one of the first answers you would get. Slightly more expensive than other vegan restaurants in Saigon, but still very inexpensive compared to the western world, Hum Vegetarian offers a sophisticated dining experience.
Dishes range from 65-240,000 VND, so choose Hum if you want to dine on delicious local cuisine in a beautiful garden setting.
- We recommend: the artichoke salad and steamed mushroom in coconut
- 2 Thi Sach, Ben Nghe, District 1
- Open daily 10am – 10pm
This vegan-friendly restaurant in Saigon is a hidden gem well off the beaten tourist back. Set in the front room of a French colonial building, this is a vegetarian restaurant where the chefs don’t use measuring cups or recipes. They have been cooking these dishes for offer 100 years and have perfected the art of Vietnamese cuisine. Here you’ll find vegan-friendly versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes as well as delicious curries. Tin Nghia is also one of the best budget options as dishes range from 35-60,000 VND.
- We recommend: The vegan Vietnamese curry and the vegan fresh spring rolls
- 9 Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1
- Open daily 7.30am – 1pm and 4pm – 7.30pm
Another winner among the best vegan restaurants in Saigon is Pho Nhu Vegan for its great vegan take on Vietnamese pho. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese dish of noodles, vegetables and pork or tofu all in a tasty bowl of broth. You can’t leave Vietnam without trying pho, and this vegan restaurant in Saigon is the best place to indulge for no more than 50,000 VND.
- 54 Truong Quyen, Ward 6, District 3
- Open daily 6am – 10pm
So there you have a definitive list of the best vegan restaurants in Saigon. Whether you’re craving budget traditional cuisine or something a little fancier, Saigon will cater for your vegan needs.