Guide to Vegetarians in HCMC
Are you vegetarian or following a plant based diet? One of the tough part about being Vegetarian is to travel around, specially if you are a backpacker. You don’t want to spend a lot of money, but you also don’t want to stick with the same meal everyday. When I arrived in Vietnam I was a little bit concerned about my meals, I’ve read and heard that the main meals here were pork, fish or chicken.
Well, I have to say that it is true. It’s not a easy task to have the famous “street food” being a vegetarian. There are option, of course, but as a foreign that don’t speak Vietnamese and most of people that sell street food don’t speak English you are never 100% sure if there’s no meat– unless you are walking around with a local.
There’s no reason to get desperate about it, there are loads of free meat options and restaurants. It’s important to highlight that the main religion in Vietnam is Buddhism and they don’t eat meat for at least 2 days per month, following the lunar calendar and also a lot of people are becoming more aware about the consumption of animals so it’s definitely becoming easier to be a vegetarian and a traveler! I would recommend to write in a paper and learn how to pronounce “VEGETERIAN / NO MEAT“ in the language of the country you are going to, so you will not have to depend on locals or to find a place that people speak English! In Vietnamese is : “Ăn chay”.
I went to some really good places – some of them I found by myself and some was recommended by locals – so here it come a guide to Vegetarians in HCMC! <3
Buffet Chay Sala
Address: 319 Nơ Trang Long, Phường 13, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
How Much: 70.000d weekdays / 90.000d weekend – All included
Review: One of the best restaurants I’ve been, a lot of delicious options with a good price. The best thing? It’s a vegetarian buffet, so I didn’t have to worry about asking what was meat free or not! Make sure you are hungry before visiting, since you will want to try everything!
Ben Thanh Street Food Market
Address: 26-28-30 Thủ Khoa Huân, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000
How Much: 30.000d – 100.000d
Review: Yes, it’s a tourist place but worth the visit! It’s a food hall and isn’t mainly vegetarian but there are a lot of options! The one I’ve had it’s the Vegetable Samosa in “Indian Cuisine”.
SEN Vegan Restaurant
Addrees: 171 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000
How much: 70.000d – 150.000d
Review: It’s a vegan restaurant, so you definitely don’t have to worry about the meat over there. The menu has a big range of Vietnamese food options, so you are able to taste the culture flavor.
Address: 151b Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000
(They have many restaurants around HCMC, I recommend to see the one closest to you!)
How much: 200.000d – 250.000d
Review: This one is a treat for yourself with you are in a pizza mood, it’s little bit more expensive than others restaurants but totally worth the visit! The whole experience, service and, of course, vegetarian options are amazing!! They also have a sustainability program of 0 food waste, since they compost everything!
Bánh khọt Cô Ba Vũng Tàu
Address: 40B Trần Cao Vân, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh
How much: 60.000d – 90.000d
Review: They have a vegetarian section in their menu, which is very good! I had a banh xeo (a vietanamese crepe) with coconut, amazingly good!
Now on the list it’s of restaurants that unfortunately I didn’t visit, but they were on my list to visit! If you are reading this article and visit one of those places, please comment your review to collaborate with others vegetarians.
Buffet Chay Chơn Lạc
Address: 710 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh, Phường 25, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh
Recommended by one of Living English student, that’s is vegetarin as well. It’s a vegan buffet.
Address: 2 Thi Sách, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Have good reviews.
Address: 54 Lý Văn Phức, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
Address: 31 Đặng Tất, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
Address: 378/3 Võ Văn Tần Võ Văn Tần, 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Be aware that the vegetarian places might be very busy the 2 days that Buddhist don’t eat meat – 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar.