Ho Chi Minh City, still fondly referred to by many as Saigon, is a vibrant metropolis where ancient temples brush shoulders with skyscrapers, and the echoes of history intertwine with the buzz of modern life. This captivating city offers a kaleidoscope of experiences for visitors – delve into the rich tapestry of Vietnamese culture, explore the stories of a fascinating past, or simply lose yourself in the infectious energy of its bustling streets.

Whether you're a foodie eager to tantalize your taste buds with delectable street food, or a luxury traveler looking for comfort and easy-going experiences, and someone who loves taking beautiful photos. Saigon has something for everyone. This guide from Galerie Mode will be your companion as you navigate this dynamic city, offering insights into must-see sights, hidden gems, and local experiences to make your Saigon adventure unforgettable.

Photo by Galerie Mode in front of Nam Giao restaurant for our guide to beautiful places to take photos with Ao dai at Lunar New Year


Filled with life and flavor, Saigon cuisine is a symphony of fresh ingredients and bold contrasts. Local vendors proudly display their steaming bowls of pho and banh mi, fragrant with herbs and chilies. The influence of the French lingers in crusty baguettes and creative takes on European classics. Whether you savor a sweet and savory rice dish or dive into a fiery bowl of noodle soup, Saigon's culinary scene promises an unforgettable adventure for your taste buds.

Our recommendations:

Vietnamese food for breakfast, lunch or casual dinners:

If you're in District 1, head to Alley 76 on Le Thanh Ton for a hidden gem atmosphere like Nam Giao (central Vietnamese specialty), Cocotte (French cuisine), MamaPho (Phở). Quán cơm Dượng Bầu, known for its delicious home-cooked Vietnamese fare, is a perfect choice for a casual lunch. For a wider exploration of local flavors, Quán Ngon offers an extensive menu sure to tantalize your taste buds. And if you're seeking a romantic escape, Lua's intimate garden in District 2 provides a dreamy ambiance to complement your meal. 

International cuisine:

A cultural hub of Vietnam, Saigon is the perfect destination to venture beyond the delicious local flavors. The city boasts a thriving international dining scene as well. For pizza lovers, Pizza 4Ps offers up delectable Japanese-inspired pies with unique toppings. Craving dim sum? Crystal Palace is a local favorite known for its exquisite selection of steamed and fried dumplings.  If you're in the mood for Spanish tapas, Iberico serves up a vibrant selection of small plates perfect for sharing. And for the freshest sushi and Japanese fare, Hokkaido Sushi is a must-try.

Fancy dinners:

For a delightful twist on Vietnamese flavors, The Brix offers a fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine. If you're in the mood for Asian diversity, Lai-Towa Restaurant blends Cantonese and Japanese specialties. And for a touch of elegance, Social Club Restaurant at Hotel des Arts promises a sophisticated ambiance to complement your meal.

Coffee shops

Coffee is a must experience in Saigon and what's a better way to do it than having a sip in a serene space, inundated with natural light and trees amidst Saigon's buzz? Look no further than these cafes known for their tranquil atmosphere and natural ambiance. Da Bao Concept exudes a nostalgic vibe influenced by traditional Vietnamese architecture, with natural light and quiet atmosphere. Dia Phuong beckons with its calming, nature-inspired interiors, perfect for a quiet cup of coffee and a moment of peace. Hien Cafe welcomes you with a touch of greenery and a focus on locally sourced ingredients, ideal for those who appreciate both sustainability and a laid-back atmosphere. Immerse yourself in Saigon's eco-conscious coffee culture and discover your new favorite tranquil spot.

For drinks

If you’re craving a scenic drink in Saigon, here are some spots worth trying. For a chic and modern atmosphere with stunning riverside views and a crisp bottle of white wine, head to Clay. If sunset cocktails with a touch of luxury are your preference, set sail for the Ros yacht club. For a touch of timeless elegance, the Park Hyatt martini bar awaits. This classic hotel bar offers expertly crafted cocktails alongside delicious food, creating a sophisticated ambiance to savor your evening.


Saigon's contemporary fashion scene brims with energy, offering a unique blend of global trends and local flair. Young Vietnamese designers are making waves, drawing inspiration from the city's rich heritage and pulsating street style. To experience this firsthand, explore the diverse shopping options. Ben Thanh Market offers a vibrant mix of local vendors selling everything from clothing with a Vietnamese twist to handcrafted accessories. For a curated selection of gourmet products and high-end groceries, An Nam supermarket caters to discerning tastes. If international brands are your preference, Takashimaya boasts a luxurious collection of designer labels. Finally, Galerie Mode boutique provides a haven for those seeking a refined selection of modern classic styles, perfect for adding a touch of timeless elegance to your wardrobe.


Saigon pulsates with historical intrigue and modern delights. For art and photography lovers, make sure you don’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the very heart of the city, the museum is built in French architectural style, harmoniously combining Western and Eastern artistic influences. The museum is highly regarded for its impressive selection of art, from traditional to contemporary, showcasing the artistic heritage of the country.

Breathe in the French colonial charm at Notre Dame Cathedral or the Central Post Office

As day turns to night, explore the rooftop bars with panoramic views or delve into the city's energetic nightlife scene. Hop on the City bus or Water bus tour to experience the never-ending traffic, an embodiment of the city's pulse, representing the constant motion and energy that permeates every aspect of life in Saigon.

Destination for relaxation: 

Time to unwind after exploring the city. Q-spa, a retreat and beauty care center, promises a holistic pampering experience. Looking for some manicure treats? Ther Nail Space, opposite to Galerie Mode space, offers a haven for your nails, providing expert care and a chance to melt away stress. 

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