Perhaps, the most obvious French-influenced food in Vietnam is the bread, most specifically the Bánh mì, which is a type of baguette that’s usually sliced lengthwise and filled with savory ingredients and eaten as a sandwich. When it comes to delicious and freshly baked bread, the best places to get them are at the local bakeries. In Ho Chi Minh, there are a number of bakeries that serve delectable baked goods. So if you’re craving for some bread and other baked delicacies on your trip to Vietnam, check out this list of the best bakeries in Ho Chi Minh.
1. Sweet & Sour Bakery
Sweet & Sour Bakery is a lovely bakery in Thảo Điền ward known for its lip-smacking pastries, such as cupcakes, macaroons, and cakes. The moment you enter, you’ll immediately be greeted by a long display of colorful cupcakes in different flavors and designs. Aside from the classic flavors of chocolate and vanilla, they also have lime coconut, red velvet, salted caramel, and the luscious cà phê sữa đá, which is inspired by the famous Vietnamese milk coffee. Their French macaroons are also available in different flavors, such as red velvet, salted caramel, green tea, and more.
2. Paris Baguette Café
Paris Baguette Café is an international bakery chain that originated in South Korea. Their branch in Ho Chi Minh offers a wide selection of freshly baked pastries, doughnuts, bread, and more. They also serve a wide range of savory treats, such as the sausage roll Danish and pizza flavored pastries. One of their most popular baked goods is the sugar twist doughnut, a fluffy doughnut that’s dusted lightly with sugar. They currently have three branches in Ho Chi Minh and their most popular branch is the 2-storey cafe at the corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Cao and Thang Streets. Serving 80 different kinds of breads, 40 cream cakes, and a wide range of beverages, this cafe will surely satisfy your bread and cake cravings.
3. Tous Les Jours
Tous Les Jours is another bakery chain based in South Korea with a branch in Ho Chi Minh. This bakery sells delicious baked goodies and you can immediately smell the freshly baked pastries the moment you get inside. They sell a wide range of pastries and bread, including Danishes, muffins, croissants, baguettes, and more. You can also order some beverages to go with their baked pastries. Their cream cheese walnut bread is very popular especially if you pair it with a cup of coffee.
4. Annam Gourmet Market
Annam Gourmet is an upscale European style market that caters mostly to expats and foreign tourist. They sell different kinds of imported products and their bakery section is known for selling delicious baked goods and pastries. Here, you’ll find delicious brownies, muffins, croissants, macaroons, and more. Some of their most popular products are the newly baked baguettes that are soft and fluffy on the inside but lightly crispy on the outside!
5. ABC Bakery & Café
The ABC Bakery & Cafe is a popular haunt among locals who are trying to satisfy their sweet cravings while having a good conversation with friends. This cafe serves a wide range of baked goods, from doughnuts, croissants, muffins, brownies, and different kinds of cakes. Their cheesecake is divine and a favorite among its loyal customers. Situated in District 1, this cozy cafe has comfortable seating and offers free Wi-Fi. What’s great is that their products are very affordable compared to other cafes in the city.
6. Paul Bakery Vietnam
The Paul Bakery in Ho Chi Minh is a franchise of the famous French chain of bakery that was established in 1889. It has several branches all over the world and caters mostly to upscale customers. In Ho Chi Minh, the Paul Bakery is famous among westerners who are craving for delectable European meals and baked goodies. Their menu consists of a wide selection of desserts and European bread, such as croissants, baguettes, and muffins. This bakery doubles as a restaurant and also serves a wide range of sandwiches and some savory meals. Customers love the elegant and cozy atmosphere of the Paul Bakery, which has a European feel to it.
7. Charm Bakery
Charm Bakery is the best place to go to if you’re craving for the famous bánh mì or the local version of baguettes. Most locals would come here to buy the baguettes and would prepare the sandwich at home using their own fillings. The bakery also serves their own versions of bánh mì sandwiches in different fillings that include barbecued pork, pickled vegetables, chilies, and delicious sauces. This bakery also caters to vegetarian customers and serves delicious vegetarian versions of the bánh mì sandwiches. You can also order beverages to go with your bánh mì sandwich, such as coffee, tea, juices, smoothies, etc. Of course, they also serve a delicious cup of Vietnamese coffee that goes perfectly well with the bánh mì.