CNTraveler: Top 10 destinations making Saigon a must – visit City
From the local markets to the riverside bar and the traditional restaurants, Ho Chi Minh City is always full of vitality. CNTraveler picked out 10 locations that attract tourists most in this must visit city as below:
Located in a building that used to be the Hotel De Saigon constructed in 1980s, this place includes a unique café, a shop and an exhibition hall in the center of District 1 on Dong Khoi Street. Let come to enjoy lunch, drink coffee, choose souvenirs or clothes in the collection of Vietnamese fashion designers.
2. Cuc Gach Quan (Brick restaurant):
This small villa is changed into a restaurant which welcomed Angelina and Brad Pitt. The menu is abundant with Vietnamese traditional dishes. If you wonder what food to choose, you can ask the staff here for suggestion.
3.The Deck Saigon:
You can stay apart from the noise and the bustling of the busiest city of Vietnam by spending time in this unique riverside restaurant, to which it takes 20 minutes by car or by boat. The garden with the comfortable benches, and remember to choose the place in front of the restaurant door and have a view to the river. The food here is delicious with modern Asia style, cocktails and wine.
4. Saigon Central Post Office:
This historic building was designed by Gustave Eiffel and finished in 1891, two year after accomplishing the symbol tower of France. You can contemplate the elegant architect and the gorgeous ceiling of this splendid post office.
5. Ben Thanh Market:
The central market of Saigon is located in District 1, which was constructed in 1870s. Come here to experience the liveliness of a market among the colorful tropical fruits stalls, the fresh fish stands and hundreds of local products.
6. Chill Skybar:
After a long day going sightseeing, you can come to floor 26th of AB tower to contemplate the panorama picture of Ho Chi Minh City. Take a seat at the wine bar to observe the drink-mixing skills of the bartender while looking at the striking light of the streets below.
7. Luc Binh Restaurant:
This riverside restaurant is located in the precinct of An Lam Saigon River Hotel. High speed canoe will take the tourists straight to the quay of the hotel within 20 minutes. It is an ideal place to have lunch and to contemplate the Saigon river. The food here is a combination of traditional Vietnamese and international flavor, with the local organic materials.
8. Au Parc:
This neat little cafe is in a wonderful building which has view to the park. Au Parc serves Vietnamese food, the breakfast is influenced by international tendency, with the dishes having inspiration of California(Granola and yogurt), Turkey (hummus and feta cheese), and Sweden (Museli and fruits).
9. Mieu Noi (Floating temple):
Tourists can come here by boat. The atmosphere in this temple is peaceful and quiet, even you may be there alone. There are many painted statues and dragon shape sculpture in this temple, which is near the river full of living activities.
10. The Refinery:
This is a small pub that has classical French style located in an old factory. You can enjoy a glass of wine with tuna and feel a little of French flavor in the central of the most crowded city of Vietnam.