If you’re heading to Vietnam then it’s likely that you’ll end up in Saigon (AKA Ho Chi Minh City) which is great if you’re a vegan because there’s some awesome vegan eating to be done. It’s easy to be vegan in Saigon because of the number of ‘Quan Chay’ (vegetarian restaurants) which serve either all vegan food, or a large selection of vegan food. You will also find vegan burgers, a vegan roast dinner and some of the best vegan cheese you’ve ever eaten if you know where to look. There is generally a good level of English spoken so language isn’t a huge barrier either (but do check out our Vegan Guide to Vietnam for a brief vegan language guide to be extra prepared). We hope you enjoy our Vegan Guide to Saigon with our favourite places to eat vegan food in Saigon.
Opening Times: 11am-10pm every day (closed Monday)
Vegan Fish & Chips with Heinz baked beans? Check. Vegan roast dinner? Check. Vegan full English breakfast? Check. Vegan donuts? Check. We could go on but you get the picture. Filthy Vegan is the place to go when you’ve had your fill of kale salads, Buddha bowls and detox smoothies. They are conveniently located in District 1 meaning you have no excuse not to visit and enjoy some fantastically filthy vegan food. Filthy Vegan are now the recipients of an ‘Excellent reviews’ sticker from HappyCow and rightly so…
Opening Hours: 11am-2pm buffet and 6pm-10pm a la carte every day
Co Noi Bong Sen Hotel 7th floor District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Quite simply this is one of the best veggie buffets we’ve ever had. It’s a little more expensive that other local buffets in town, but it’s in a nice hotel and is presented very nicely. This vegan restaurant offers an a la carte menu every evening, but it’s the lunchtime buffet that you need to know about. Every dish was vegan and there were more than 50 choices on the day we visited, yes that’s 50 delicious vegan food options in the heart of Saigon district 1. We really enjoyed everything we tried and can’t wait to visit again. Very good indeed.
Opening Hours: 11am-8.30pm Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm Saturday and closed Sunday
This was the closest 100% vegan restaurant to where we were staying so we wanted to check it out, it was a little tricky to find as was upstairs on the first floor but it was worth the effort. We loved the vibe, the staff were super friendly and the food was fresh and flavourful. They have a new menu every day on the chalk board featuring a variety of fresh spring rolls, noodles, soup and dishes with rice. We had an excellent mixed mushrooms and home made tofu dish which was served with a clear soup packed with leafy greens. We also tried a selection and of the spring rolls available which were all very good. Check this place out for sure, straight away a favourite of ours.
This local vegan spot was super busy in the evening which is already a good sign. It was a little tricky to order as the staff didn’t speak English so any questions we had were left unanswered. We ordered pineapple and veggie fried rice with tofu and mock ham, also a portion of seitan in lemongrass and chilli. The rice was good, but the seitan wasn’t great, it was crispy fried strips which were dry with no sauce. So an extra order of crispy wontons and sweet and sour sauce was ordered and it was excellent. It was worth persevering as this dish went well with the fried rice, and a few pieces of the fried seitan skin on top. Would definitely come back and try something else as despite the lack of English, the staff were full of smiles and very welcoming.
Opening Times: 10am-8.30pm every day (closed Tuesday)
Having persuaded friends who were visiting Saigon to become international Kashew Cheese smugglers and hand deliver packages to us in Siem Reap (on more than one occasion) we were fully aware how mighty damn fine the product was. Therefore we were excited to finally visit the source and enjoy dining at their deli in district 2. We were not disappointed and enjoyed some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever eaten, an ice cold Kombucha and whilst there were happy to present a ‘Excellent Reviews’ sticker from HappyCow to Lena, the owner and creator of Kashew Cheese.
Passengers 46/9 Tran Quang Dieu District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Times: 9am-10pm every day
We are happy we jumped in a cab and checked out this cool spot in district 3. It was a little tricky to find as tucked away down an alley but provided an oasis from the crazy streets outside. Our almond milk cappuccino and matcha green latte were excellent and this would be the perfect spot to hide for a few hours with a couple of nice drinks and catch up with some work or read a book. We were able to meet the owner Du, and present him with an ‘Excellent Reviews’ sticker from HappyCow during our visit.
Nha Hang Chay Sen has a room where you sit on the floor on low tables and a table and chairs section upstairs. Downstairs there is a cabinet with foodstuff on sale including vegan stock, noodles, sauces and the intriguingly labelled ‘meat fluff’. The portions were small (and therefore a bit pricey for this kind of restaurant) but they have the not-to-be-missed-must-try-if-you’re-in-Saigon vegan egg on the menu, it’s worth a visit just to marvel at this vegan egg which actually tastes way better than an animal egg and has great novelty factor. No beer here and be careful for hidden extras that you will be charged for like the wet tissue they will add to your bill after leaving it on the table. We laughed when we saw ’tissue’ on the menu with all the mock meat, thinking it was a bad menu description for something, only to find that it did actually mean ‘serviette’ and was chargeable. Weird.
Opening Times: 11am-10pm every day (closes at 5pm on Sunday)
Previously called Organik House and in a different location, we enjoyed our visit and plan to visit the new location next time we’re in town. On our pre-covid visit we selected 3 dishes: sour dough bread with nut cheese, radicchio, pickles and pesto, tortilla chips with spicy nut cheese and stir fried tempeh with veggies and rice. The bread, cheese and pickles were very good as we’re the cheese with tortillas which were made with tofu skin. Unusual and innovative for sure. Both of these dishes made great appetisers and the stir fried tempeh offered the excellent main course. Lots of flavour, not oily and delicious although would have loved a little more sauce! Plus they have a delicious selection of vegan cheese within their dishes and also as a takeaway option from their small deli.
We’ve included this even though we didn’t eat here for two reasons. One, it was recommended by a friend, and two, they were so friendly when we turned up even though they were closed. It was the owners birthday and they’d all just eaten, they invited us in an offered us a drink and some snacks they were eating. They couldn’t have been any kinder. It’s a simple Vietnamese veg spot with an extensive menu featuring a selection of rice, noodles, soups and mock meat. The menu in English is really helpful and we were happy to be told they don’t add MSG to any other the dishes. We will return for sure.
This was a great recommendation from the people behind Filthy Vegan, “way cheaper than Hum which is opposite and just as good for upscale local food”. Our meal comprised of Turmeric & Creamy Coconut Rice Balls, Fried Tofu with homemade Black Garlic Sauce and Vietnamese Mini Pancakes. Each and every dish was outstanding and served with tasty sauces, cooked perfectly, full of flavour and delicious. The menu was daunting however, more than 100 items and we therefore consider ourselves lucky that we chose 3 excellent dishes, maybe they’re all that good? We’ll be back for sure.
A quick overnight in Saigon and this Indian pure veg spot was 100m from our hotel so decided to check it out. Clean and bright with friendly staff, we were sure we’d made the right decision immediately. Easy to order vegan options from the pure veg menu when the staff team understand and they certainly did here. Ordered dal fry, veg kofta, rice and tandoor roti and have to say we were very impressed. The roti was light and slightly crispy, obviously fresh and straight from the tandoor. The veg kofta were outstanding, plenty of spice with a touch of chilli and not at all oily which is sometimes the case. Great dal fry, perhaps a little under seasoned, but again not oily and delicious. Would return here for sure, a fortuitous find.
This cool and modern environmentally friendly restaurant with a green concept is well worth a visit. Bright and vibrant interior and delicious, well presented food. We were just passing and not hungry to be honest but we were drawn in and managed to find space for mushroom bao and tofu leaf rolls with house made sauce. Both were excellent and we will return for sure.
We were welcomed by relaxing jazz music and strong AC which was the perfect antidote to the hot streets of Saigon. We ordered bun cha and coconut soy ribs to share. The bun cha was superb and reminded us that we used to eat this dish all the time in Siem Reap but had forgotten just how good it was! The coconut soy ribs were cold, oily and tasteless so we didn’t eat them. Nice relaxed vibe and friendly staff, shame we chose 1 bad dish!
We’re really only including this restaurant because it’s the place that everyone suggests you go and every says is the best restaurant for vegetarians in town. It isn’t. In fact it’s awful (or at least it was on our visit). Overpriced under flavoured food that’s as stingy on ingredients as it is on flavour. We had a curry that was served with cold noodles which you’re supposed to add to the soup. Doing this makes an already not hot enough bland curry into a decidedly lukewarm bland curry. “Are the noodles supposed to be cold?” we ask our waitress, “Oh yes” she says with a smile, followed by “Are you enjoying your food?” to which we reply “Not really as it’s cold and doesn’t taste of anything”. “OK that’s great” she says with a smile and walks off. That kind of sums up the service at Hum for us and we leave with a feeling that they have been trading on their reputation as opposed to producing really good vegan and vegetarian food. Since our visit in 2016 they now have 2 more locations and we still hear good things about the food, so possibly we will return one day…
If you want exceptionally friendly service and tasty Vietnamese food, then head to Bong Sung. The pate with baguette is full of flavour and has a great texture, it’s one of our favourite dishes there. Other things to sample include the ‘Mushrooms in Tamarind’ and the ‘Vegetable Curry’ (but be sure to ask for it to be made vegan as this dish normally has milk in it). The ‘Stuffed Tofu’ is also great. The staff speak excellent English and were really helpful recommending dishes and checking out ingredients. They serve beer here and excellent soft drinks including a wonderful sweet and salted lemon juice (highly recommended).
Did somebody say bao? We couldn’t resist heading here for vegan tofu bao that we had heard about from our friend, The Hungry Gecko. She warned us that the place was packed with flesh smoking on the BBQ but as bao lovers we made it happen. We think the chef had a bad day, the bao wasn’t cooked properly and the tofu was so oily it went in the bin. Gutted. Also, the BBQ meat surrounding us at all times was a little off putting…
Found this vegan banh mi option on Happy Cow so headed there for breakfast before our early flight. Nothing better that starting your day in Vietnam with a soya milk latte and a vegan banh mi with tofu. Lots of fresh veggies and chilli sauce but no vegan pate or mayo which was a shame. Very tasty though and would eat here again if staying nearby.
Ngoc Tho 75/9 Pha Ngu Lao Street District 1 Saigon
Opening Times: 8am-10.30pm every day
Simple restaurant with a menu including many vegan mock meat Vietnamese dishes. The noodle soups are great but it’s the fake stuff here that really blows our mind. Try their roast pork that had different textures in layers and tastes as real as either of us can remember but it’s just made from plants. The mock chicken dishes don’t taste like chicken as such but they do taste good and offer an opportunity to eat something with a different texture (normally a bit chewy and something you can get your teeth into). There’s wifi, beer and ladies trying to sell you tissues, a fan, some nail clippers or chewing gum at any opportunity which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you need during your meal.
Vegan Fine Dining in Saigon
Bamboo Chic Le Meridien Saigon 3C Đường Tôn Đức Thắng District 1 Saigon
Opening Times: 11.30am-2pm for lunch (closed Saturday) and 6pm-10pm for dinner every day
This upscale restaurant on the 9th floor of Le Meridien Saigon offers the perfect escape from the bustling streets below. At lunch there is a ‘Discovery’ set menu which is vegan and the a la carte menu which is available during lunch and dinner includes a variety of vegan options. Unfortunately they are not labelled but the staff were excellent in helping us order. The vegan side dishes that we chose were huge and not really side dishes at all but full sized portions. We loved the green beans with garlic and the mushroom clay pot and the Thien Ly salad that was served as part of the set menu was excellent.
Li Bai Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers 88 Dong Khoi District 1 Saigon
Opening Times: 11am-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10pm every day
We had a meal at Li Bai when we were staying at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers and were really impressed with the Chinese food there, they have a regular vegetarian menu with a lot of vegan dishes and there’s a huge choice of tofu, mock meat or just vegetable dishes to choose from. Here is the full review of our meal at Li Bai Saigon, but one of our favourite dishes was the ‘sweet and sour vegetarian chicken’ made with braised tofu skin and wrapped around a crunchy lotus root before being deep fried and covered in a sticky sweet and sour sauce.
For a world class, authentic Italian meal (and maybe the best bread you’ve ever tasted) it’s well worth visiting R&J, the Italian restaurant from über luxury hotel The Reverie. For best results, call ahead and tell them you are vegan so they can create something special for you. Sure, they can cater for you without advance notice but your options will be limited. Expect glitz, glamour and a bit of theatre with your food (and expect to be amazed). We loved everything we ate there but the Minestrone Soup and the Smoked Eggplant Spaghetti were particular stand out dishes for us. Here is our review of R&J but be prepared for a lot of gushing about how good the food is.
All the way out in District 2 but well worth a visit, is the restaurant attached to the lovely riverside retreat Villa Song. We were staying at Villa Song and were so impressed with the chef and his team that we decided to have dinner there too… it totally exceeded our expectations and we were blown away with a few of the dishes. Delicious soups, homemade fresh gnocchi and a vegetable platter that was like eating art.
Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels in Saigon
Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Saigon that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, their Vegan Ho Chi Minh City page currently lists 97 all vegan and 104 all vegetarian restaurants for you to choose from, wow, that’s an impressive list! Here are the top 10 options in Ho Chi Minh City according to recent reviews on HappyCow, including these 3 which we would love to check out next time:
As you may or may not know, finding vegan coffee in Vietnam is harder than you might imagine. Coffee beans are often roasted in butter and sometimes even fish sauce to add flavour. We talk about this more in one of our most popular blog posts ‘Is Vietnamese Coffee Vegan‘. Our friend Adelle from Ardor SEO who is based in Vietnam has helped us to help you find vegan coffee in Saigon. She has visited each of the locations listed below and spoken with the owners to confirm that their coffee beans are vegan friendly.
There are of course many more vegan coffee options in Saigon but these will give you a good starting point to find your caffeine fix without a knob of butter or dash of fish sauce for added flavour…!
Other Vegan Guides to Saigon
It is well worth joining both Vegan Vietnam and Vegetarians & Vegans in Saigon groups on Facebook, both groups are super active and have lots of helpful members who can offer up to date information on the best vegan options in town. Also check out the below vegan guides that we found online which will help you with your research prior to your next Vietnam vegan travel adventure!