Best Pho in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) [Video]

by Victoria on March 19, 2014


After dropping in to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam this past Friday, I started to collect some recommendations of places to eat while I’m here. One of the main reasons is to check out the food itself, from the food stalls and markets, to a variety of restaurants that could serve me up some great Vietnamese food that I can’t necessarily find back home in Vancouver.

At this point, I feel like I’ve just started to really get into what there is to offer in this city, and almost want to stay longer than a week so that I have the chance to taste it all! Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve had in a new video.

Again, I’m still playing with video and editing all from my iPhone, and I apologize for the shakiness, as even though I purchased a couple different small tripods for my travels, I didn’t have them on me yesterday. Also, based on the fact that almost every single person I’ve talked to here – locals and foreigners alike – told me to never have my phone out if at all possible, I didn’t want to risk not having my hands firmly on my phone at all times while out in public.

In the meantime, if you want to see what I’m up to on a daily basis while traveling around in the city, including food photos and random silliness, join me over on instagram.

Video Transcription:

Do you want to know what my favourite pho restaurants are so far in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)?

I will take you through so that you can see some of my favourite bowls of soup I’ve had while I’ve been here.

The staff at my hotel recommended this first pho restaurant to me. The broth was flavourful, they had their own house made chili oil, which was fantastic, and of course there was a pile of vegetables to choose from (Pho Hung, 241-3 Nguyễn Trãi, Nguyễn, District 1, +84 8 3838 5089.) And it’s open late night until 3 am!

This next local pho place also had a great broth, and the meatballs were delicious! While not known for it’s atmosphere, it’s great to sit near the front and people watch over a meal. (Pho Le, 303-305 Vo Van Tan St., District 3). Thanks for the tip, Jodi (of Legal Nomads)!

Those have been some of my favourite bowls of pho that I’ve had in Saigon

I’ve got a few more days here, so please do let me know in the comments if you have any other favourite pho places I should try out while I’m in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Doug March 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hi, Liked your post… I have been living on and off in Saigon for 10 years or so and during that time things have changed a lot. Though a couple places that are still the same are two of my favorite Pho spots.

First is Pho 32 (or 31, never can keep it straight) on Le Thi Rieng St, just down a bit from the round about. Still use a charcoal fire to keep things steaming. No menu and no English, just sit down and tell then Pho. If you want ca phe su a (iced coffee) they run/shout your order to the motorbike seat repair shop a couple doors down. Then one of the owners of the shop delivers it to you. In the end it’s added to your bill for the pho, total bill 48,000 dong or about $2.25 US.

Number two pho spot is over on a corner of Pham Nhu Lao across from the 23-9 park on the edge of the Backpackers area. Pho Quynh has a menu in English and due to the proximity of tourists the prices are a little higher than Pho 32 but steal a bargain. Sit outside and it’s a great place to watch people and the traffic that stops at the light in front.

Oh, just thought of a third spot and some what famous, along with being very popular with Vietnamese, Pho Hoa. Located on 260 c Pasteur in dist 3. Close to the end of Pasture street. Excellent pho and inexpensive. Any motorbike guy can take you there.

Victoria March 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Hi Doug,

Thanks so much for these additions! I will definitely have to check these out when I head back (which may actually be in the next couple of weeks before I leave the country) and I’m sure my readers will appreciate it as well! Also, keep an eye out as I’ve got another post coming up with other great food spots in the next couple of days for the city and I’m sure you’ll have lots to add there as well!

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