Saigon is a safe heaven for vegetarians. Traveling on a special diet may be challenging in some countries, but not in Vietnam as food here are generally lavished with leafy plants you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you are on a strict vegetarian diet or maybe a meat-avoidance friend is coming over to visit you here, this list is for you. We have compiled the following list of favorite Saigon Vegetarian Restaurants.
1. Taste Upscale Vietnamese Food in Hum Vegetarian Lounge & Restaurant
Let everything you eat put a smile on your face. Hum Vegetarian is a favorite among expats and visitors in Saigon because of its upscale Vietnamese food excellently prepared by friendly staff on a gorgeously modern and hip atmosphere.
With the substantial servings, it’s best to come here with your partner or with a group of friends so you can share and taste a variety of dishes. The huge and innovative menu offers wide range of delicacies. Even though appetizers such as spring rolls and winged bean salad could already fill your tummy, still try a fantastic bowl of flower hot pot. The price reflects the excellent food and service quality so expect to spend at least $30 for a complete meal for two.
Find it here: 2 Thi Sach St. Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
2. Find Authentic Vietnamese Vegetarian Dishes in Huong Lai Restaurant
While it’s often challenging to find delicious vegetarian food that is more than just the typical stir fried vegetable with noodles or rice, you will find authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food in Huong Lai. The place offers both meat and veggie menu, which includes Hummus, Falafel, Arabic Moussaka and Tabouili and other Vietnamese dishes like Tofu Pho. The mouthwatering fresh in-house pita bread is made as you order. The price is also reasonable. You can get an authentic mediterranean meal for $10.
Find it here: 185 Bui Vien | Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
3. Diverse Menu Will Blow You at Kay Vegan Bistro Restaurant
Up for an authentic, amazing vegan food with a Thai twist? Find that, and some more at Kay Vegan. This small family restaurant caters a varied menu, freshly prepared as you order with local ingredients that are in season.
The dishes will satisfy your craving for innovative vegan food when served at your table. Try the yellow curry and mushroom tofu dish with rice, but reserve some space for stewed peach in coconut milk dessert at the end of your meal. Although the space is small, the atmosphere is cozy. At a reasonable price of $15, you can get food enough for two. We suggest you call for reservation, as well as to make sure it is open during your time of visit.
Find it here: 84A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Da Kao, Q. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4. Explore Flavours in Prem Bistro & Cafe Restaurant
Located down an alley way, this Saigon Vegetarian restaurant is a hidden paradise. But I’m vegan, you might say. Don’t worry. Feel free to make any dish on the menu suitable for your diet. This is one of the great things about Prem Bistro & Cafe. The other thing might have been the diverse menu.
You may find it hard to make up your mind on what to order since its extensive menu covers a range of cuisines from Vietnamese to Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican and Western. Labels clearly mark dishes that are vegan or can be made vegan. Try the quinoa salad and butternut squash samosas which are best sellers. Considering the quality of food with fresh organic ingredients, as well as the laid back and relaxing restaurant atmosphere, prices are reasonably slightly higher than other Vietnamese restaurants. It could get tricky finding the place, so if you feel like having a good vegan dinner at home, you can also opt to have your meals delivered to your doorstep.
Find it here: 204 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
5. Eat Scrumptious Vegetarian at Bong Sung Vegetarian Food & Coffee Restaurant
The cozy atmosphere and the divine Vegetarian dishes will appeal to your senses in Bong Sung restaurant. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a bottomless serving complimentary cold Chinese herbal tea. Find your craving from their English-translated menu, where you’ll find traditional Vietnamese food, the vegan version. Try the noodle soups Pho and Bun Hue, and Cuon, a soft noodle spring roll. The relaxed and welcoming ambiance is brought by top notch decor and presentation. You may also request to dine at the bohemian-inspired veranda. You’ll get full here without emptying your pocket as $20 could already satisfy two Vegetarians tummy and souls.
Find it here: 86 Nguyen Du, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
6. Enjoy Vietnamese Culinary Culture at Com Chay Mani Restaurant
If you want to try a different experience other than the upscale vegetarian restaurant options, then try Com Chay Mani, a local family business. Although the prices are cheaper compared to other vegetarian restaurants, your taste palates will not feel betrayed by the quality of food, served with bottomless complimentary tea. You will find a fair variety of vegan options including the typical noodle, rice, tofu, vegetable dishes, all freshly prepared and quickly served after you order. Try the house special Faux pork rolls, popular for its pork taste without any pork ingredient. For a different twist to your rice, try the green tea fried rice. The small place is good if you want an intimate feel, although it could get be tricky to find it along its alley.
Find it here: 291/2 Vo Van Tan, Phuong 5, Quan 3 | Quan 3, Ho Chi Minh City
If you’re staying in Saigon for a short time, make sure to visit at least one of these top rated Vegan Restaurants in HCMC. You can also eat vegan in local food stops where traditional Vietnamese noodle soups are sold. Even with a language barrier with the server, you can simply say “chay” and the staff would know not to put meat on your meal. But if you are going to live here for quite a while, you also might want to store up some ingredients found in Vegan lanes in some groceries.
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