Sai Gon Night Street Food Guide - Part I

11 June 2018

Saigon people seem to prefer feasting at night rather than day, as evidenced by diners only getting crowded at night. Gradually, this habit has formed the bustling and diverse night street food centers with many delicious dishes. Explore the most frequented street food centers in Saigon, as laid out below.

 

Tan Dinh Night market

If during the day, Tan Dinh market is bustling with textiles and clothing shops then at night, this place becomes an attractive culinary destination. With many restaurants along the road in Hai Ba Trung section, while enjoying the food, you can also enjoy the atmosphere of Saigon at night. The dishes offered here are also very diverse, from typical dishes like rib porridge, chicken organ sticky rice, broken rice plate etc. to the fragrant Singapore frog porridge.

If you’re full and just want a snack, there are many coffee shops frequented by young people at night, for example Eck tea, various dessert pudding places, flan etc. If you want to some savoury snacks then a bo bia man cart will be a good choice.

Around 5 pm is when the food stands start to roll out, but it doesn’t get really crowded until 8pm. However, most of the food places here are situated on the sidewalk and the price is somewhat more expensive than other areas. Therefore, you should do your research online to not get ripped off.

Address: Tan Dinh Market, Hai Ba Trung St., District 1

Opening hours: 5pm - 2am

Price range: 20k - 90k

 

Ben Thanh market

Speaking of street food at night, you cannot miss out on Ben Thanh market. The market isn’t deemed the symbol of Saigon for no reason. The evening at Ben Thanh market is always bustling with many restaurants and eateries to street vendors. The dishes offered in the market is extremely varied, but most of the dishes are typical of Vietnamese cuisine such as pho, crab vermicelli, banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe), banh beo etc.

You can also explore street food when you come to the market at night. With a menu of banh beo, all kinds of colorful sticky rice, banh trang tron (rice paper salad) or dessert puddings etc., Ben Thanh market at night is sure to satisfy your inner foodie. The plus point in the food court area at night is the large amount of seats with wide tables and chairs for you to enjoy the hustle and hustle of the streets of Saigon. However, since it is in the central area where most tourists hang out, the price here is not as low as some other places.

Address: Ben Thanh market, Phan Chu Trinh St., District 1

Opening hours: 6pm - 11:30pm

Price: 35k - 200k

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