Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam has a wide variety of vegan food including burgers, pizza, pancakes and desserts. With a multitude of different vegan restaurants and cafes in Saigon, you’ll never be looking too long for delicious food!
(If you’re wondering how to get from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to your hotel in the City Centre District 1, there are 5 options you can choose by reading this post)
In Saigon, most people working in hospitality know English so you won’t have any trouble asking questions like “does this have dairy or egg in it?” or “do you have soy milk?”.
“Quan Chay” restaurants are mainly vegan so if you type “Quan Chay” into Google maps, you’ll find many places to visit for vegan food.
The vegan friendly restaurants and cafes I visited are below. I hope they help you on your travels 🙂
If you’re backpacking around SouthEast Asia you may also head to the Komodo Islands so here is a vegan food guide to Labuan Bajo if you need it!
VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
The Running Bean
A multi level cafe, with a working space and balcony, this place has a really cool relaxed and minimalist vibe.
Highlights: Mangoholic smoothie bowl and a strawberry banana smoothie
A cute little cafe tucked away off a main road that’s a few minutes from the Pink Church (Tan Dinh Church). Best bagels I’ve ever tasted!
Highlights: Banana-nut bagel
Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant
Sitting out the back near the pond is incredibly calming. Food is delicious. Expensive for Vietnam though.
Highlights: Pineapple fried rice in a pineapple
Be An Vegetarian Bistro
Located in the centre of Saigon, just off Nguyen Hue Walking Street, this is a cozy restaurant with tasty food.
Highlights: Coconut juice and steamed vegetables with caramelised dipping sauce
If you’re looking to mix things up and try some Mexican food in Vietnam, then this is a great place to visit. I couldn’t find this restaurant the first time I looked but then I realised it was located through a yellow archway off Hai Bà Trưng that has “The Manufacture Courtyard” written above.
Highlights: Alambre Vegetariano naked bowl, guacamole snack
On a very busy corner in the backpackers district, this cafe has a vegan menu full of everything you could imagine! (Sit at the front table to get the full experience of Saigon!)
Highlights: Vegan full English breakfast
My favourite cafe in Saigon. I went to half a dozen of them throughout Vietnam! Staff wear military type uniforms and their cafes are fitted out with war time memorabilia.
Highlights: Saigon salted kumquat, Da Nang salted lime with Soda, Hanoi dracontomelon with soda
IMPORTANT: Cong Caphe’s coconut coffee is NOT VEGAN 🙁 Their coconut milk is pre-mixed with condensed milk and they can’t change that so that’s why I ordered all the cold drinks instead of coffee at Cong Caphe.
I learnt that a lot of coffee beans in Vietnam are roasted with extra flavouring added like butter and fish sauce. So if you’re ordering coffee, please check with them how they roast their beans and if they use any flavouring.
Happy Cow – comprehensive map and reviews of vegan friendly eateries all around the world. My go to resource.
The Vegan Vietnam Facebook group – friendly and informative group to ask questions if you need answers quickly