Eating vegetarian food in Ho Chi Minh City: Reviewing 4 vegetarian restaurants

It’s not always easy traveling as a vegetarian, and it’s even harder when you’re a vegan. There’s some countries that makes this even impossible! But if you’re traveling to Vietnam anytime soon, you’ll be happy to know that vegetarian food exists here in abundance. Just look for signs saying “com chay” (which means vegetarian food). The Vietnamese kitchen is filled with vegetables, which is ideal if you’re a vegetarian. In most restaurants you can be served rice, vegetables and tofu, but if you’re craving something else, or you want to go to a restaurant where you know for a fact that they don’t use any meat products, I got you covered.

After staying in Ho Chi Minh City for 3 days, I got to try some really tasty food. Since there’s so many of them, I only went to the all vegetarian restaurants, and I was always very pleasantly surprised by the food. Here are the 4 vegetarian restaurants I tried and my thoughts on them.

Veggie Saigon Restaurant

Address: 42 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cầu Ông Lãnh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

The restaurant is situated a bit further away from the city centre, but it’s worth the walk to get here. The restaurant was empty when I first arrived, but as time passed, there were many guests who came, mostly foreigners. First of all, the WiFi is great so if you need to work at the same time, bring your computer. The staff are very friendly and doesn’t mind if you work there at the same time. Although it’s not the coziest place to sit and work at, it works. When it comes to food, I only ordered water and the spring rolls with vermicelli. The total sum was 49.000 dong, which is about 2 dollars. Not only is it a very affordable place to eat at, the food was also very delicious and there was a lot to choose from. You can have everything from noodle dishes to seaweed spring rolls and fried oyster mushroom. Don’t forget to try their smoothies as well, which are very filling and is perfect after a meal. I would happily return back to Veggie Saigon Restaurant because of the good food, the kind staff and the diversity of the menu. There’s still so much to try!

Nha Hang Chay Sen

Address: 10 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Phường 6, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh 700000

This vegan restaurant is a bit more on the pricey side, but I say this in a very light way. I got one spring roll for appetizer and a main course plus water, and it all added up to 89.000 dong, which is about 4 dollars. The meals are quite small, so you might have to order more than I did (I had a banh mi before so it filled me up). What makes this place good is that it’s very close to Bui Vien Street, which is the backpacker area, so if you’re staying somewhere close to Bui Vien, you can just walk to this restaurant. Although it wasn’t my favorite restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, I would still go back because of the location and the fact that it’s an all vegan restaurant.

Nha Hang Chay Ngoc Tho

Address: 175/9 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Another vegetarian restaurant located very close to Bui Vien Street and one that I can recommend. Even though it’s located in one of the more expensive areas, the prices still remain very affordable. I went there for breakfast and had a bowl of vegetarian warm pho, which cost me 45.000 dong, approximately 2 dollars. What makes this restaurant a bit more unique is that they also serve mexican food, which might sound a bit odd, but the enchiladas looked incredible. So if you’re getting tired of noodles, spring rolls and banh mi’s, you should come here and try their vegetarian mexican food. I wouldn’t say that one comes here for the atmosphere, but come here if you’re looking for delicious and very affordable vegetarian food.

Quan Chay Sala

Address: 71c Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 11, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Have you been wandering around the city looking for vegan banh mi, but haven’t been able to find one single stall which serves it? Well, now you’ve found one. It’s not just a banh mi stall though, it’s also a restaurant which serves very affordable vegan food such as udon noodles and noodle soups. The banh mi I had only cost 17.000 dong, which is less than one dollar. Although it wasn’t very filling, you can easily order another dish if it doesn’t fill you up. It’s a must if you love banh mi and want to make sure you don’t get fish sauce in it (it has happened to me several times).

Before arriving to Vietnam, remember to apply for a Vietnam visa so you won’t have any problems at immigration. You can either get a Visa on Arrival, which is the preferred option since it’s both affordable, easy and fast. If you need to get a visa within a few hours, you can apply for an Emergency visa. There’s also the option of getting a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.