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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Market
“This is the most famous market in HCMC. It is traditional open market which you can buy many things from many different sellers.”
  • 173 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Museum
“Looking for historic monument to visit? Well look no further because the Indepedence Palace is a must visit for all tourists coming to Vietnam. The Independence Palace was a presidential place for the President of South Vietnam during the civil Vietnam War. In this location, you will get to see a lot of the place where the South Vietnamese government used to work during the War as well as sightsee some amazing tanks that is located outside of the monument itself. This is a must visit for all tourists.”
  • 152 locals recommend
  • 7 Experiences
Church
“The most famous Church at HCMC. There is a park here where many local and tourist person come at the afternoon and night for "Bệt" coffee (take a coffee and seat down around the park, no chairs, no tables) for friends, exchange culture...”
  • 158 locals recommend
  • 26 Experiences
History Museum
“A truly moving museum with vivid photos and stories of the effects of war on the people of Vietnam. Important note, some photos are not suitable for children.”
  • 133 locals recommend
  • 9 Experiences
Bar
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“Quite pricey. Great 360 degree view of city. Expect well dressed party goers”
  • 111 locals recommend
Post Office
“The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Alfred Foulhoux and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century.”
  • 101 locals recommend
  • 18 Experiences
Department Store
“Luxury mall, well designed and finished. It’s rarely mall in Vietnam that designed to support mom with baby, disabled person ( sloping ramp, room for baby feeding)”
  • 71 locals recommend
Opera House
“The Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays. Performances are advertised around the building and information can be found in the state-operated tourist information central close by.”
  • 87 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Shopping Mall
“This mall have Zara, H&M so many clothes brand and the price is much cheaper than other countries. Movie theater and convenience supermarket included. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Pub
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“Located in the heart of District 1, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham are the destinations of dust tourists when visiting the most crowded city of Vietnam, West Saigon is always bustling with visitors from The West Road is not only home to foreigners but also tourists in the country. Here your first impression will be the noisy and bustling with all kinds of languages, all skin color.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The beauty of Saigon was once inspired by French architectures during the last century. As a desire to bring back the resonance of the immemorial Saigon. Not only delicious pizzas but also great experiences in the poetic space here. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Zoo
“Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a plant and animal conservation park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is the 8th largest zoo in the world.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“Park with a dining area, cheap shopping and a variety of souvenirs with rooms in the way of Vietnam The park is located right next to Bui Vien street”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“Housed in a grand colonial-era mansion, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum holds an impressive collection of art from Vietnam and beyond. Paintings (on silk and in oils), sculpture, ceramics and lacquerware all feature. You can view contemporary works by some of Vietnam’s most important artists, as well as historical pieces, some dating from as far back as the fourth century. Cham art from the seventh to the 14th centuries is also on display. The yellow and white mansion is a work of art in itself; built in the early 1930s, its captivating details include stained-glass windows, marble floors and lofty ceilings. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Park
“Leafy public park featuring manicured gardens, a Buddhist temple, play areas & sports facilities. Favorite places by the youth and the elderly to hold any outdoor activity ”
  • 32 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Bar
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“Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later. ”
  • 65 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“The beauty of Saigon was once inspired by French architectures during the last century. As a desire to bring back the resonance of the immemorial Saigon. Not only delicious pizzas but also great experiences in the poetic space here. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Do you want to know what Vietnamese people have on their table at dinner? Visit this place, true Vietnamese-cuisine, stunning decorations and music inspired by the old Vietnamese style at the 80s, very good English speaking waiters. However the price is little bit high because all the ingredients are planted by themselves. And the decorations too, i bet you will definitely take a lot of photos there. Enjoy”
  • 90 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“ It is a rustic garden sited on the rooftop of the city center, where people can enjoy the deliciousness of foods and tea with affordable price. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Very nice place to eat with your family and friends. They offer different Asian dishes aside from Vietnamese cuisine. Serving time is fast and they have a lot of seat for you and your group. Even with a crowded place waiting time to be seated was around 10min.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Vietnamese food, with nice view from the top of an old building in the very center of Saigon. The decor of the restaurant reminds you of some rural Vietnamese houses. An interesting place. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Boutique
“Craving for pho? Here's one of my go-to Pho shops. They are open for 21 hours every single day, starting from 6AM-3AM, so if you need a hangover cure, this is it!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“L‘Usine stocks a unisex collection of contemporary fashion, combined with an art gallery and one of the coolest coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City on the second floor. This is a great place to pop into for a coffee, lunch, drink or a snack, it also contains a concept store retailing emerging Vietnamese labels as well as contributions from abroad”
  • 39 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Hum desires to contribute a more friendly and positive perspective towards vegetarianism. The food is marvelous. Very calm and un- rushed. Wonderful place for all sorts of visits. Very calming. Price is reasonable for a restaurant located in the heart of HCMC in district 1. Recommended for the one that love to eat vegetarian. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

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