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Guidebook for Ho Chi Minh City

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Guidebook for Ho Chi Minh City

Food Scene
Fun little noodle stall with great street vibe. It received overnight fame after visited by Anthony Bourdain. She serves a different dish everyday. It's a lunch time only spot.
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The Lunch Lady
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Fun little noodle stall with great street vibe. It received overnight fame after visited by Anthony Bourdain. She serves a different dish everyday. It's a lunch time only spot.
If you're looking for a nice authentic Vietnamese meal but with a slightly hip and modern vibe. Check this place out. Tucked all the way on a rooftop of an old building (inside an alley), Mountain Retreat is definitely worth the 4 storeys climb.
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Mountain Retreat Vietnamese Restaurant
36 Lê Lợi
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If you're looking for a nice authentic Vietnamese meal but with a slightly hip and modern vibe. Check this place out. Tucked all the way on a rooftop of an old building (inside an alley), Mountain Retreat is definitely worth the 4 storeys climb.
An open air bbq beer hall that serves serious American foods. Craving some tender Tennessee BBQ ribs and burgers? Some bourbon oyster shots and buffalo wings perhaps? Wide selections of local microbrewery beers? This is the place to be if you're in the meat feast mode. (not the other kind of meat feast). Best to go at night. It's a bit too warm for lunch.
Quán Ụt Ụt - Bacontainer
60 Trường Sa
An open air bbq beer hall that serves serious American foods. Craving some tender Tennessee BBQ ribs and burgers? Some bourbon oyster shots and buffalo wings perhaps? Wide selections of local microbrewery beers? This is the place to be if you're in the meat feast mode. (not the other kind of meat feast). Best to go at night. It's a bit too warm for lunch.
A no frill street restaurant with incredible duck noodles and dumplings. Very popular and busy all the time. They are only open at night.
Lương Ký Mì Gia
A no frill street restaurant with incredible duck noodles and dumplings. Very popular and busy all the time. They are only open at night.
Great pho place right next to the river. This is our hang over cure after an epic night out. So soothing and healing. It's very walkable from Bunker. Opens from 6AM - 9PM.
Quán Phở Phượng
25 Hoàng Sa
Great pho place right next to the river. This is our hang over cure after an epic night out. So soothing and healing. It's very walkable from Bunker. Opens from 6AM - 9PM.
This is the go-to place if you're craving for the famous Nha Trang noodle soup with fish cakes. They also serve beautiful fish salad, spring rolls and other Nha Trang specialties.
Bún Cá 49
49 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
This is the go-to place if you're craving for the famous Nha Trang noodle soup with fish cakes. They also serve beautiful fish salad, spring rolls and other Nha Trang specialties.
An small, cozy and avant-garde Japanese Izakaya/restaurant. They do amazing fusion Japanese Italian food. Try their sea urchin pasta! The Bomb.
Kakinoki
12E Phạm Viết Chánh
An small, cozy and avant-garde Japanese Izakaya/restaurant. They do amazing fusion Japanese Italian food. Try their sea urchin pasta! The Bomb.
Delicious sushi with surprisingly affordable price. Popular among young locals and expats who low on budget but want to eat well ! The restaurant is quite small so you might have to wait in line a little bit. Only open for dinner.
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Sushi Nhí
25 Nguyễn Công Trứ
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Delicious sushi with surprisingly affordable price. Popular among young locals and expats who low on budget but want to eat well ! The restaurant is quite small so you might have to wait in line a little bit. Only open for dinner.
The famous Mi Quang noodle from Central Vietnam. No frills and cheap place for lunch. Just 5 minutes walk from Bunker !
Mì Quảng Ngon Phố Thị
50 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
The famous Mi Quang noodle from Central Vietnam. No frills and cheap place for lunch. Just 5 minutes walk from Bunker !
This is an incredible vegetarian restaurant. Delicious, cozy, stylish but it comes with unbelievably affordable price. For example, with just around 15 USD ,2 person could get so full with them beautiful Vietnamese greens.
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Tib Restaurant
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This is an incredible vegetarian restaurant. Delicious, cozy, stylish but it comes with unbelievably affordable price. For example, with just around 15 USD ,2 person could get so full with them beautiful Vietnamese greens.
Cuc Gach Cafe is the sister of the famous Cuc Gach Restaurant in Tan Dinh where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dined few years ago. The designs and foods pay homage to the 70s Vietnam. It's located right in front of the alley of Bunker. Here you can find terrific traditional home-cooked style meal and wonderful drinks.
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Cuc Gach Cafe
79 Phan Kế Bính
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Cuc Gach Cafe is the sister of the famous Cuc Gach Restaurant in Tan Dinh where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dined few years ago. The designs and foods pay homage to the 70s Vietnam. It's located right in front of the alley of Bunker. Here you can find terrific traditional home-cooked style meal and wonderful drinks.
Chic and quiet coffee place just a few steps away from Bunker. It's a perfect spot for people who enjoy some quiet time in the morning to do their works or some reading perhaps. The foods are pretty good too.
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The Vintage Emporium
95 Nguyễn Văn Thủ
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Chic and quiet coffee place just a few steps away from Bunker. It's a perfect spot for people who enjoy some quiet time in the morning to do their works or some reading perhaps. The foods are pretty good too.
Hands down the best Vietnamese coffee you can get. You don't know what you've been missing! Perfect glass of ice cold Vietnamese coffee to kickstart your senses in the morning. You can sit there on the little chair on the sidewalk and watch Saigon lives go by. Highly recommended. WARNING: The coffee is very strong. Don't drink it if you have cardiac issues.
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Cafe Vy
277 Lê Thánh Tôn
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Hands down the best Vietnamese coffee you can get. You don't know what you've been missing! Perfect glass of ice cold Vietnamese coffee to kickstart your senses in the morning. You can sit there on the little chair on the sidewalk and watch Saigon lives go by. Highly recommended. WARNING: The coffee is very strong. Don't drink it if you have cardiac issues.
Oh boi! This pizza place is something different. Something you never seen before. This is a Japanese run pizza place where they do organic crafted pizzas with a Japanese touch. They produce all of their ingredients including their beautiful cheese in their Da Lat farm.
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Pizza 4P's Ben Thanh
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Oh boi! This pizza place is something different. Something you never seen before. This is a Japanese run pizza place where they do organic crafted pizzas with a Japanese touch. They produce all of their ingredients including their beautiful cheese in their Da Lat farm.
I'm not recommending you to go to KFC but to the place next to it. This is the best place to get "cơm tấm", the notoriously delicious dish native to Sài Gòn. The king of Saigon lunch. It's steamed broken rice served with bbq pork ribs and eggs. You gonna love it. This place opens only from 11am til 3pm. Perfect lunch meal. Direction: Go to KFC at the corner of Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Van Cu, you will see a bbq pit in front of the house next door, that's it!
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I'm not recommending you to go to KFC but to the place next to it. This is the best place to get "cơm tấm", the notoriously delicious dish native to Sài Gòn. The king of Saigon lunch. It's steamed broken rice served with bbq pork ribs and eggs. You gonna love it. This place opens only from 11am til 3pm. Perfect lunch meal. Direction: Go to KFC at the corner of Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Van Cu, you will see a bbq pit in front of the house next door, that's it!
One of the most popular cafe right now in Saigon. Imagine a hybrid of Starbucks and communist propaganda. I'm kidding about the Starbucks part, their menu is way better.
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Cong Cafe
26 Lý Tự Trọng
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One of the most popular cafe right now in Saigon. Imagine a hybrid of Starbucks and communist propaganda. I'm kidding about the Starbucks part, their menu is way better.
This is one of our favorite Sunday brunch spots. It's a French restaurant that offers 3 course brunch set for only 200,000 vnd. Housed in a charming colonial building with original cement tiles and old window frames, Au Parc is ideally located half way between the Reunification Palace and Notre-Dame cathedral. The space has a peaceful, relaxed feel to it and is a perfect stop on a busy day around the city.
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Au Parc
23 Hàn Thuyên
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This is one of our favorite Sunday brunch spots. It's a French restaurant that offers 3 course brunch set for only 200,000 vnd. Housed in a charming colonial building with original cement tiles and old window frames, Au Parc is ideally located half way between the Reunification Palace and Notre-Dame cathedral. The space has a peaceful, relaxed feel to it and is a perfect stop on a busy day around the city.
We heard that you're looking for the perfect Banh Mi? Here's the best in the world. For those who don't know, Banh Mi is the signature sandwich/baguette of Saigon. It's a killer when you have it with a Cafe Sua Da in the morning. So we suggest that you grab a Banh Mi here, bring it to Vy Cafe for a real Saigon morning experience.
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Huynh Hoa Bakery
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We heard that you're looking for the perfect Banh Mi? Here's the best in the world. For those who don't know, Banh Mi is the signature sandwich/baguette of Saigon. It's a killer when you have it with a Cafe Sua Da in the morning. So we suggest that you grab a Banh Mi here, bring it to Vy Cafe for a real Saigon morning experience.
One of the finest and upscale Vietnamese vegetarian place. There's a lot of attention to details from the interiors to the foods. This place is perfect if you feel like having a more curated and special vegetarian dining experience. Or perhaps a date night?
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Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant
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One of the finest and upscale Vietnamese vegetarian place. There's a lot of attention to details from the interiors to the foods. This place is perfect if you feel like having a more curated and special vegetarian dining experience. Or perhaps a date night?
Saigon's most famous fresh crab spring rolls and noodle. This place is just around the block from Bunker.
94 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
94 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
Saigon's most famous fresh crab spring rolls and noodle. This place is just around the block from Bunker.
It's pretty hard to find a vegetarian pho place that is good. This is probably the best vegetarian pho restaurant in Saigon and it happens to be just 5 minute away from Bunker.
An Nhiên 94 Nguyễn Văn Thủ
94 Đường Nguyễn Văn Thủ
It's pretty hard to find a vegetarian pho place that is good. This is probably the best vegetarian pho restaurant in Saigon and it happens to be just 5 minute away from Bunker.
Anan is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant we help designed and developed. The foods are definitely phenomenal and creative! To be clear, Anan is not the place for traditional Vietnamese food. However, Peter, the chef has carefully curated and taken the recipes to another level in his restaurant. It's so delicious, still very Vietnamese, original and each dish has great story! My favorites are the taco(bomb!), Vietnamese Pizza and the porkchop (which melts in your mouth). Don't over look the drinks menu! They have insanely good cocktails. You have to try the Tra Da Cocktail and Mulberry. They're the perfect drinks after a hot dayout in Saigon.
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ANAN Saigon
89 Tôn Thất Đạm
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Anan is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant we help designed and developed. The foods are definitely phenomenal and creative! To be clear, Anan is not the place for traditional Vietnamese food. However, Peter, the chef has carefully curated and taken the recipes to another level in his restaurant. It's so delicious, still very Vietnamese, original and each dish has great story! My favorites are the taco(bomb!), Vietnamese Pizza and the porkchop (which melts in your mouth). Don't over look the drinks menu! They have insanely good cocktails. You have to try the Tra Da Cocktail and Mulberry. They're the perfect drinks after a hot dayout in Saigon.
This place is oftenly the cures for my dimsum craving. Ocean Palace is a huge and legit dimsum house but get pretty packed in the weekend. You can get there within 10 minute walk from Bunker. Just right across from the Zoo
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Nhà Hàng Trung Hoa Ocean Palace
2 Lê Duẩn
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This place is oftenly the cures for my dimsum craving. Ocean Palace is a huge and legit dimsum house but get pretty packed in the weekend. You can get there within 10 minute walk from Bunker. Just right across from the Zoo
In Vietnam, it is important to understand the concept of "nhậu" which is the style of drinking and eating at a no-frill street vandor. This is a typical spot for you for experience such activity This river-sided restaurant serves interesting bbq dishes and other mouth watering Vietnamese drinking foods. This whole street is full of these type of restaurant.
Xien Khe
117 Trần Khắc Chân
In Vietnam, it is important to understand the concept of "nhậu" which is the style of drinking and eating at a no-frill street vandor. This is a typical spot for you for experience such activity This river-sided restaurant serves interesting bbq dishes and other mouth watering Vietnamese drinking foods. This whole street is full of these type of restaurant.
This restaurant recently gained notorious reputation for being featured in two big food show on Netflix, Ugly Delicious and Somebody Feeds Phil. Keep in mind that this is no gimmicks, their unique blend of Cajun and Vietnamese spices is absolutely mindblowing. Things to try: clams & shrimps with butter and cajun sauce. 5 spice beef salad.
Cậu Ba Quán
85 Hoàng Sa
This restaurant recently gained notorious reputation for being featured in two big food show on Netflix, Ugly Delicious and Somebody Feeds Phil. Keep in mind that this is no gimmicks, their unique blend of Cajun and Vietnamese spices is absolutely mindblowing. Things to try: clams & shrimps with butter and cajun sauce. 5 spice beef salad.
Drinks & Nightlife
Resides in an beautiful old colonial villa, Indika shares the spacious yard with a bbq joint and a couple fashion stores. It's a real hidden gem with great atmosphere and the frequent stop of "the cool kids" in Saigon. They close a bit early, around 12am so go there for good foods and pre-drinks!
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Indika Saigon (House of Curiosity)
43 Nguyễn Văn Giai
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Resides in an beautiful old colonial villa, Indika shares the spacious yard with a bbq joint and a couple fashion stores. It's a real hidden gem with great atmosphere and the frequent stop of "the cool kids" in Saigon. They close a bit early, around 12am so go there for good foods and pre-drinks!
Fun little bar near the Opera House that offers a wide variety of music from hiphop to electronic bass to funk. It also has a chill rooftop overlooks the Opera house.
Piu Piu
97 Hai Bà Trưng
Fun little bar near the Opera House that offers a wide variety of music from hiphop to electronic bass to funk. It also has a chill rooftop overlooks the Opera house.
A speak-easy type of bar. Cozy and relax atmosphere. It's hid inside an old apartment building so it's going to be a bit of an expedition to find. No worries, just find Building number 14 Ton That Dam, go inside the alley, go up the first stair on the right then it'll right in front of you.
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Snuffbox
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
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A speak-easy type of bar. Cozy and relax atmosphere. It's hid inside an old apartment building so it's going to be a bit of an expedition to find. No worries, just find Building number 14 Ton That Dam, go inside the alley, go up the first stair on the right then it'll right in front of you.
Another chill rooftop bar right in the heart of the city. Drinks are a bit pricey but it has a very appealing location. You gotta climb all the way up to the roof which is 4th floor.
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Broma Not A Bar
41 Nguyễn Huệ
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Another chill rooftop bar right in the heart of the city. Drinks are a bit pricey but it has a very appealing location. You gotta climb all the way up to the roof which is 4th floor.
Looking for a hip local brewery? Come and taste their exotic crafted beers like the Jasmine IPA (My favorite) and a plate of Nashville chicken nuggets. This is the first and currently the best microbrewery in Saigon. The go-to place after a long day out under the sun. They close at 11pm.
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Pasteur Street Brewing Co. - Original Taproom & Restaurant
144 Pasteur
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Looking for a hip local brewery? Come and taste their exotic crafted beers like the Jasmine IPA (My favorite) and a plate of Nashville chicken nuggets. This is the first and currently the best microbrewery in Saigon. The go-to place after a long day out under the sun. They close at 11pm.
A nice and chill rooftop bar with cheap and good drinks ! Located in the backpacker area but it has completely different atmosphere. Ask the waitress for the secret 79k menu. They are very generous with their alcohol.
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The View Rooftop Bar
195 Bùi Viện
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A nice and chill rooftop bar with cheap and good drinks ! Located in the backpacker area but it has completely different atmosphere. Ask the waitress for the secret 79k menu. They are very generous with their alcohol.
The Observatory serves as Saigon’s fully­ dedicated underground music club: located on the 3rd floor of a building with a commanding view of the Saigon River. You can dance away to the best house music until 7AM in the morning. This is the only place to do that in Saigon.
The Observatory
3 (Cang Sai Gon) Nguyễn Tất Thành
The Observatory serves as Saigon’s fully­ dedicated underground music club: located on the 3rd floor of a building with a commanding view of the Saigon River. You can dance away to the best house music until 7AM in the morning. This is the only place to do that in Saigon.
Coming from a collaboration between the famous Pizza 4Ps and an American brew master, this new brewery is definitely a new player to watch out. They offer a nice range of house-brews and terrific beer foods. It's very close to the Japanese Town.
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Heart Of Darkness Craft Brewery
31D Lý Tự Trọng
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Coming from a collaboration between the famous Pizza 4Ps and an American brew master, this new brewery is definitely a new player to watch out. They offer a nice range of house-brews and terrific beer foods. It's very close to the Japanese Town.
Another great hidden craft beers taproom. There's a pretty chill rooftop you can hang and contemplate over a refreshing pint ( or more!)
Rogue Saigon
Another great hidden craft beers taproom. There's a pretty chill rooftop you can hang and contemplate over a refreshing pint ( or more!)
This new emerging bar is gaining wild popularity in Saigon. Imagine Saigon's take of a New York lofty mixology bar in Lower East Side. Tucked on the 3rd floor of an old building and right next to the most famous gay club Republic, it provides a hip and casual setting with delicious drinks for you to start a classy drunk night. So many good drinks there but if you're into whisky I highly suggest their Smokey Bourbon cocktail!
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Layla - Eatery & Bar
63 Đông Du
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This new emerging bar is gaining wild popularity in Saigon. Imagine Saigon's take of a New York lofty mixology bar in Lower East Side. Tucked on the 3rd floor of an old building and right next to the most famous gay club Republic, it provides a hip and casual setting with delicious drinks for you to start a classy drunk night. So many good drinks there but if you're into whisky I highly suggest their Smokey Bourbon cocktail!
Proper whisky bar with great selections and cozy atmosphere.
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Firkin Bar
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Proper whisky bar with great selections and cozy atmosphere.
Shopping
Another great old building that was revived. It also has bunch off little cozy cafes and clothing stores on everyfloor. But here you will find more of a thrift clothing scene. It also house SnuffBox bar mentioned in this guide.
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
Another great old building that was revived. It also has bunch off little cozy cafes and clothing stores on everyfloor. But here you will find more of a thrift clothing scene. It also house SnuffBox bar mentioned in this guide.
This is another old colonial building which is now the home of many young, independent fashion brands and hip cafes.
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26 Lý Tự Trọng
26 Lý Tự Trọng
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This is another old colonial building which is now the home of many young, independent fashion brands and hip cafes.
This is an old apartment building that recently became the habitat of the young and hip crowd. You can find indie fashion brands, diy stuffs, small coffee shops and many other things.
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42 Nguyễn Huệ
42 Nguyễn Huệ
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This is an old apartment building that recently became the habitat of the young and hip crowd. You can find indie fashion brands, diy stuffs, small coffee shops and many other things.
One of the best up and coming, contemporary ceramics brand in Saigon. Their designs are terrific blends of traditional and modern chic.
Authentique home
71 Mạc Thị Bưởi
One of the best up and coming, contemporary ceramics brand in Saigon. Their designs are terrific blends of traditional and modern chic.
This is one of the 3 popular old apartment buildings that are now home of many local fashion designers. Some young brands worth checking out are Studio66, Penguin Islands, FOMO... It's located right in the center of town and surrounded by many cafes and bars. You might want to check it out if you're in the area ! It's also a short walk to Chung Cu Ton That Dam, which is also another interesting apartment-building-turn-indie-fashion-home.
42 Tôn Thất Thiệp
42 Tôn Thất Thiệp
This is one of the 3 popular old apartment buildings that are now home of many local fashion designers. Some young brands worth checking out are Studio66, Penguin Islands, FOMO... It's located right in the center of town and surrounded by many cafes and bars. You might want to check it out if you're in the area ! It's also a short walk to Chung Cu Ton That Dam, which is also another interesting apartment-building-turn-indie-fashion-home.
Sightseeing
The famous temple that Obama visited last June. Among Vietnamese people, this temple is famous for young couples praying for the eternity of their love.
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Ngọc Hoàng Pagoda
73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu
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The famous temple that Obama visited last June. Among Vietnamese people, this temple is famous for young couples praying for the eternity of their love.
Come to see the vibrant live of Saigon's Chinatown at this historic market. This area is one of the first settlement of Saigon 200 years ago. Chinatown managed to retain lots of its beautiful colonial Indochine architectures and characters. It'd nice to walk around and find all attractive old temples.
Binh Tay Market
57 Tháp Mười
Come to see the vibrant live of Saigon's Chinatown at this historic market. This area is one of the first settlement of Saigon 200 years ago. Chinatown managed to retain lots of its beautiful colonial Indochine architectures and characters. It'd nice to walk around and find all attractive old temples.
Arts & Culture
Look out for the AOShow which is hosted at the Opera House twice a month. It's a very visually attractive show that blends contemporary dance, aerobics and Vietnamese culture dance. Website: http://www.luneproduction.com/saigon-opera-house
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Municipal Theatre 's Ho Chi Minh city
07 Công Trường Lam Sơn
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Look out for the AOShow which is hosted at the Opera House twice a month. It's a very visually attractive show that blends contemporary dance, aerobics and Vietnamese culture dance. Website: http://www.luneproduction.com/saigon-opera-house
This place is now one of the most active contemporary art gallery in Saigon. They don't always have a show so you should check on their website or facebook page before visiting.
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The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ
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This place is now one of the most active contemporary art gallery in Saigon. They don't always have a show so you should check on their website or facebook page before visiting.
Getting Around
There's a bus stop in front of Sushi Bar that takes you downtown for 5000 dong. It's 5 minute walk from Bunker.
THE SUSHI BAR 3
54 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu
There's a bus stop in front of Sushi Bar that takes you downtown for 5000 dong. It's 5 minute walk from Bunker.
Entertainment & Activities
This is a pretty good place to get quality massage after a long day of exploration.
Miu Miu Spa
4 Chu Mạnh Trinh
This is a pretty good place to get quality massage after a long day of exploration.