Experience the soul of Saigon through its world-famous food. Head to places favored by locals and taste the most iconic southern Vietnamese street food dishes. Explore markets and street stalls, and see the city come to life as the sun goes down.
What to Expect
Make the most of your visit to Ho Chi Minh City and head out with an in-the-know local to pick out the best of the best of the city’s street food.
Your 2.5-hour Saigon Street Food tour kicks off with a short walk from the Opera House to the Old Market, passing architectural styles that offer glimpses of the city’s past.
The 40-year-old Old Market is home to dozens of street vendors that tempt locals with beloved local favorites, such as fresh spring rolls, green papaya salad, and Vietnamese savory steamed rice cakes, just to name a few. Sample some authentic local appetizers, inhaling the spicy aromas, and watch as local life unfolds before your eyes in the heart of Saigon.
Your immersion in local life continues as you head to Mong Bridge to see the flow of the river at sunset, the stream of traffic at rush hour, and the juxtaposition of historical periods played out in the architecture. It’s here that you’ll indulge in what just might be the most famous of Saigon’s street food –
banh mi. This really is a classic Saigon dish.
It wouldn’t be a truly local experience without enjoying coffee the way local aficionados do on a daily basis. You’ll stop at a popular local hem with a run-down façade that hides a gourmet coffee haven.
Next up on your food adventure is another of the city’s iconic street food dishes – com tam. You can find this at the city’s street stalls and in its fancier restaurants. What makes it so beloved is that the ingredients are so strikingly simple, yet the tastes and flavors are truly unforgettable.
Visit the Ben Thanh Night Market to try a sweet soup-pudding-beverage dessert that’s really popular with locals.
Cap off your Saigon street food tour with a local beer. Savor a cold Saigon beer and enjoy the opportunity to mingle with locals as you end your evening tour.
Your local guide will be happy to provide tips for exploring the area further, or assist you in getting a taxi back to your accommodation.
- Local English-speaking guide
- All food items as per the description
- 1 coffee and 1 beer
What's Not Included
- Items of a personal nature
- Additional food and drinks
- Tips/gratuities for the local guide
Front entrance of the Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi Street at the intersection of Le Loi Street, District 1
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Know Before You Go
Please inform your local guide about any food allergies you may have. Vegetarian options are available.