7 best new restaurants and bars in Vietnam


American travel magazine Travel & Leisure announced a list of the 7 best new restaurants and bars in Vietnam, all located in Ho Chi Minh City.

American travel magazine Travel & Leisure announced a list of the 5 best new restaurants and 2 bars in Vietnam to suggest culinary and entertainment destinations for tourists in 2024. Selection criteria include new operating points. The restaurant’s dynamism, luxury, chefs and bartenders regularly receive “excellent” or top-scoring reviews. These 7 destinations are all located in Ho Chi Minh City.

Considered “bringing a part of Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City”, Bambino is the first restaurant mentioned in the list by an American magazine. The chefs and bartenders here come from Melbourne. Recipes of dishes have been around for a long time and have been upgraded over time. One of the highly appreciated dishes is beef tartare. After 10 p.m., diners should be ready to enter a new experience when dining under charming lights and a DJ playing bustling music. Photo: Tripadvisor

Little Bear is located on Nguyen Ba Huan street , which means Little Bear, but according to Travel & Leisure , the shop is not small at all. The owner is Long Tran, co-founder of Michelin-starred GIA restaurant in Hanoi, and chef Nhat Duy, winner of the James Beard American culinary award. One of the suggested dishes to try is fried rice with beef pickle and beef stew. Photo: Little Bear

Pot au Pho is led by Peter Cuong Franklin, chef and founder of Anan Saigon – the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. American magazine evaluates that the new restaurant will elevate pho, Vietnam’s national dish, to a higher level. The restaurant has 14 counter seats, a spacious bar and an open kitchen where diners can see the chefs at work inside. Black chicken pho is a suggestion for customers when coming to the restaurant. Photo: Instagram/Pot Au Pho

International award-winning chef Sam Aisbett arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and opened Akuna . In the Australian aboriginal language, Akuna means “flowing water”, reflecting the restaurant’s philosophy of freedom as well as the ups and downs of Aisbett’s 20-year career as a chef.

The restaurant has 50 seats, located on the 9th floor of Le Meridien hotel. Steamed eggs with garlic, swagman bread, broken rice porridge are some dishes suggested by American magazines. Photo: Akuna Restaurant

ST25 by KOTO brings modernity to Vietnamese cuisine. Combined by chef Bao La (formerly executive chef at Le Garcon Sai Gon in Hong Kong) and Heath Gordon (former executive chef of Park Hyatt Sai Gon) from Australia, the menu includes creative dishes such as Grilled seabass with betel leaves, stir-fried vermicelli with lamb marinated in chao. The restaurant also honored the ST25 rice variety that won the title of “World’s Best Rice” in 2019. Photo: Tripadvisor

Xao Xac Bar is located in a villa with a large garden and open outdoor space. The shop is located at the end of an alley but is a popular destination thanks to its classic cocktail drinks combined with local herbs such as lemongrass, tangerine, and rosemary. The bar’s bartender was rated by American magazine as “one of the best bartending talents in the city”. Photo: Xao xac bar

Dot Bar located in District 1 is a newly reopened restaurant. Closing 2023 with a bang, Dot Bar returns with a more spacious space, brighter neon signage and bolder cocktails including homemade spirits flavored with jackfruit and baby corn. The restaurant is rated “very wallet-friendly”. Classic cocktails are priced from 190,000 VND. During the daily happy hour from 5:00 p.m. to 19:00 p.m., the price of some drinks is reduced to 99,000 VND. Meanwhile, the 6 shops above cost from 75 USD per person, according to the price list from the shop’s website. Photo: Vietnam is awesome

($1~24,000 VND)
(According to Travel & Leisure )