Best Vietnamese Vegetarian Restaurants

Don’t worry if you don’t eat meat. You have a lot of choices now. And we are here to help by sharing with you some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Vietnam.

So, you’ve come to Vietnam, and you’re a vegetarian. Hats off to you. At first, it’s really frustrating. The answer to my vegetarian requests was often “no” with the customary side-to-side hand shake. I ordered the same bowl of pho khong thit (noodle soup with no meat) from the little restaurant on the ground floor of my apartment out of sheer convenience. I also found myself stepping over the threshold of a thread of overpriced “TripAdvisor Top 10 Vegetarian Restaurants in Saigon” way too often. After a while though, I was lucky enough to discover some of the best Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants. And here they are, a fitting complement to our vegan list.

Nam Thien Dang (Saigon)

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Hours: 9am to 9pm, everyday
Spend: 80,000 to 150,000 VND
Address: 278 Le Van Luong, Tan Hung, District 7

Nam Thien Dang is a real find. It’s a little local restaurant on a busy road in District 7 with a cute and simple space. And the food is dirt cheap (10,000 VND rice paper rolls, anyone?) and authentic. You’ll be spoiled for choice with the extensive menu. The staff are super friendly and attentive, and the food comes out lightning quick. I’ve been in and out in under half an hour multiple times. My go-to order was the braised tofu and mushroom clay pot. The mushroom coriander salad is also a great pick.

LaSen (Saigon)

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Hours: Open 24 Hours
Spend: 80,000 to 150,000 VND
Address: 312 Le Van Luong, District 7

LaSen is quite similar in look, feel, service and menu to Nam Thien Dang. But it’s significantly more obscure. This makes for a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. In fact, they’re located just a few minutes walk away from each other on the same road in District 7.

Buddha Chay (Saigon)

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Hours: 10.30am to 9pm, everyday (District 1); 9am to 10pm, everyday (District 5)
Spend: 100,000 to 200,000 VND
Address: 31 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, District 1; 5 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ward 9, District 5

Buddha Chay wins the most brownie points for ambience. I visited the District 5 location, but there’s also one in District 1. The Buddhist decor makes for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll find an abundance of cushions and long, low tables to dine at, perfect for larger groups. The menu provides a nice range of Vietnamese and Asian options. I visited Buddha Chay with a medium-sized group, and we ordered a selection of dishes to share. All that we ordered was fresh and full of flavor, but the banana flower salad was a clear standout.

Phong Nha Vegan (Phong Nha)

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Hours: 7am to 10pm, everyday
Spend: 80,000 to 150,000 VND
Address: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quan Binh Province

I owe a lot to Phong Nha Vegan. This was the first location where I was able to get my hands on a soy latte in Vietnam. I sat back and savored it, along with a refreshing banana nut smoothie bowl as I relaxed and enjoyed the rustic, colorful decor and open plan design. The menu has a range of dishes that are all fresh, healthy and vegan-friendly. Upon recommendation from the waitress, we ordered the veggie kebab for lunch. It was a kind of do-it-yourself deal where we were served skewered char-grilled vegetables to wrap with rice paper sheets and peanut satay. It was so tasty.

Here & Now Vegetarian Restaurant and Coffee (Saigon)

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Hours: 7am to 9.30pm, everyday (Binh Thạnh); 9am to 9.30pm, everyday (Phu Nhuan)
Spend: 150,000 to 250,000 VND
Address: 74/1 Pham Viet Chanh, Ward 19, Binh Thanh; 220/12 Nguyen Trong Tuyen, Ward 8, Phu Nhuan

Here & Now Vegetarian Restaurant and Coffee is another pick of the bunch that has two locations. The minimalist industrial design is quite stylish, with a range of seating options spread across the three levels. Price points here tend to lean a little bit more towards the expensive side. For my iced herbal tea, Pad Thai and rice paper rolls, I paid around 200,000 VND including the service tax. That pad Thai was something else, though. The service was top notch too. I even had a lovely conversation with the waitress for a little while after I finished my meal.

Quán Chay 103 (Saigon)

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Hours: 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday
Spend: 40,000 VND to 80,000 VND
Address: 103 Nguyen Thai Binh, Phuong Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1

This place is a hidden gem. A true local style restaurant, Quan Chay 103 is bursting with the typical plastic chair and white tile aesthetic. Expect to be in and out in under 20 minutes. It’s an ideal spot if you’re after a quick snack. The ambience might not be anywhere near the level of the other restaurants included in this list, but the food definitely is. They do an awesome bun cha gio.

ROU Vegetarian (Saigon)

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Hours: 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday
Spend: 150,000 to 300,000 VND
Address: 567A Duong Tran Hung Dao, Cau Kho, District 1

This place is probably the most commercial of the bunch on this list. But the deep-fried mushroom dish at ROU Vegetarian didn’t disappoint. Beyond that, there was a  that was delicious. Bear in mind, this place is relatively expensive. I forked out around 260,000 VND for my portion of the hotpot and a few other shared dishes between friends.

An Lạc Chay Quan (Hanoi)

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Hours: 8am to 8pm, Sunday to Friday, and 8am to 6pm on Saturdays
Price: 50,000 to 150,000 VND
Address: Dau, Ngo 35 – Dang Thai Mai, Quang An, Tay Ho

A friend and I stumbled across An Lạc Chay Quan on a stroll nearby the river in Hanoi one night and left very satisfied. We opted for their buffet option in which you can choose five different dishes for only 45,000 VND. We were served by the loveliest Vietnamese couple and ate happily among the greenery in their restaurant/garden setting, complete with a pond and decorative statues.

It gets easier

Being a vegetarian in general is no easy task, let alone in Vietnam. Don’t let it get you down, though. It really does get smoother to navigate after a little bit of time. Here in Vietnam I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some of the most mouth-watering vegetarian food that I’ve ever had.

Do you have any favorite Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants?