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Excellent food can be found in all corners of the country, but Ho Chi Minh City is undoubtedly the dining-out capital of Vietnam. From hip rooftop tables to upscale Vietnamese served in a Chinese temple, here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for some of the best places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City:
1. Quan An Ngon. No matter how many times we’ve dined here we still won’t leave Ho Chi Minh City without dinner and drinks on the outdoor balcony at this perpetually packed place. Don’t come expecting a quiet candlelit dinner — in fact, be prepared for the exact opposite — but bring your appetite and an adventurous palate because the Vietnamese food here is easily some of the best in the city.
2. Chill Skybar. You’ll be wowed by both the panoramic city views as well as the inspired fusion cuisine at this chic rooftop hotspot. Grab a cocktail at the open-air bar — the first of its kind in the country — then head indoors to the restaurant for succulent beef shank, pan-roasted Japanese cod or black angus steak prepared on a wood-fired grill.
3. Temple Club. A long-standing Ho Chi Minh City institution housed in a former Chinese temple, this charming restaurant is a wonderful place to sample a well-prepared variety of gourmet Vietnamese cuisine in an upscale setting. Reservations are recommended; if there’s a wait, consider it a good excuse to sip a cocktail or two at the restaurant’s elegant bar.
4. The Sushi Bar. Authentic, affordable and one of the growing number of Japanese restaurants in District 1, The Sushi Bar is consistently rated one of the top places in Ho Chi Minh City to score platters of fresh, expertly cut sashimi or sushi. Locals keep it packed from open to close — one of many reasons why five more branches have popped up around town.
5. Pho 2000. If it’s good enough for a president, it’s good enough for us. This casual little spot near Ben Thanh Market is one of our favorite places in the city to slurp down a bowl of fresh pho: Order it with your favorite protein, garnish with fresh greens and chiles, and eat at a table beneath photos of former president Bill Clinton’s visit here in, fittingly, 2000.