District 1

Oct 152017
Maison Marou - Best Chocolate in Saigon, or Anywhere?

Maison Marou 167-169 Calmette Street District 1 +84-873005010 09:00 am – 22:00 pm ************************************************************************ Fifteen years ago, when I first began traveling back and forth between Vietnam and California, there were two predictable requests by my Vietnamese friends about what items I must buy in the USA and bring back for them upon my return [Read on …]

Jun 072017
4 P's Pizza - Saigon's Best

4 P’s PIZZA 8 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1 (immediately behind Bến Thành Market) +84-8-3622-0500 (Reservation Only) ***************************************************** Once in a while, Hai and I decide to leave Saigon’s streets and enjoy dinner inside a “fully-enclosed” eatery. And we recently decided to do it in real style! Not only had we convinced ourselves that we deserved an [Read on …]

 June 7, 2017
May 182017
The Saigon Iced Tofu Lady

Tàu Hủ Đá 254 Lê Thánh Tôn Street District 1 ************************************************ Saigon Street Food is currently under threat! In recent months, Saigon city officials have launched a “clear the streets of street food” campaign as part of a new “reclaim the sidewalks for sidewalk walkers” policy. Enforcement seems particularly aggressive this time. Motorbike sidewalk parking [Read on …]

 May 18, 2017
Mar 302017
Bún Thịt Nướng - Chả Giò

Bún Thịt Nướng – Chả Giò 01 Nguyễn Trung Trực (at the corner of Lê Lợi) District 1 ***************************** Saigon is different now. Scores of highrise office buildings and apartments have mushroomed across downtown. The government is clearing sidewalks of “unauthorized” street food vendors. The subway system is under construction, and shopping malls are rising [Read on …]

 March 30, 2017
Mar 122016
Saigon Xôi Bắp Lady

Saigon Xôi Bắp Lady 24 Nguyễn Hữu Cầu District 1 ****************************************** By far, the greatest thrill of writing Eating Saigon! over the past several years has been discovering a new, truly authentic Saigon Street Food Lady. Someone who has sat on the same Saigon street or small alley for decades offering her unique culinary specialty [Read on …]

 March 12, 2016
Sep 032015
Bánh canh bột gạo cắt

Bánh Canh Bột Gạo Cắt  75 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, P. Đa Kao District 1 0122 365 6973; 0904 499 298 ***** Having served her food at this street corner for over ten years, this Saigon street food vendor features a few special treats! First, Bánh Canh Bột Gạo Cắt‘s District 1 location is rather convenient to Saigon’s [Read on …]

 September 3, 2015
Jun 082015
A Saigon Cafe ... in a place like no other!

Banksy Studio Cafe’ 1st Floor, Old Apartment Building 14 Tôn Thất Đạm District 1 0169 999 0003 ***** No place in Saigon could be further from the classic verdant rice paddy image of Vietnam than the Banksy Studio Cafe’. I mean, Was I in Sojo, New York City, 1970?  Was I in the Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, 1972? NO, [Read on …]

 June 8, 2015
Sep 052014
Lẩu (Hot Pot)

Cô Khàn Đêm 57-59 Hàm Nghi Street District 1 ***** Some weeks back, when our friend, Hai (not my Hai, but Hai’s friend, Hai) (that’s clear, right?) invited us to enjoy some lẩu (Vietnamese hot pot), of course we said dĩ nhiên (of course). Hai (the other one) is also a connoisseur of excellent, authentic, [Read on …]

 September 5, 2014