Affordable Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
There is lot of misconception related to being able to find food for vegans to eat while travelling through Southeast Asia. My fiancé and I moved to Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, about two years ago and we were concerned about finding vegan food options, but honestly we had no problem finding it. It helps since more than half of the population here is vegetarian/vegan due to their religion. Since everything adds up we are always in search of budget friendly vegan restaurants, with a variety of great tasting menu options. If you are someone who is planning to visit, make a permanent move or someone who is already living in Saigon here are some of our favourite budget friendly restaurants.
This is one of our favourite places to go for dinner. It’s owned by a famous Vietnamese singer Phi Nhung. Love the meaningful quotes painted on the wall. You can either sit on the ground floor with tables and chairs or upstairs on the floor with low tables - the traditional Vietnamese way of eating. This is an ideal place for family and friends gathering. The menu is both in Vietnamese and English. There is an extensive range of vegan choices and their desserts are out of this world. Our personal favourite is sweet tofu with ginger sauce. You can eat your heart out without having to worry about breaking the bank.
📍 5 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Phường 9, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh
Hours : 10:30am to 9:00 pm (Everyday)
Nhà Hàng Chay Vajra
If you haven’t had the opportunity to go to Tibet, but want to enjoy the vegetarian dishes and taste of this land then Vajra Restaurant is the place for you. Set on the second floor of a Buddhist shop, this restaurant is a vegetarian/vegan haven. The traditional Tibetan decor, the statue of Buddha and wooden prayer wheel on a spindle sets the mood for some traditional Tibetan food. Even if you are not a vegetarian this place serves mock meat which tastes exactly like the real thing, so you can invite your carnivore friends. Whether it is crispy tofu or fried rice incubated in lotus leaf fragrance it is best to combine it with their famous homemade vegetarian sauce.
Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (Everyday)
Nhà Hàng Hoan Hỷ Chay
With the motto “unique cuisine from nature “ Nhà Hàng Hoan Hỷ Chay Restaurant brings pure vegetation food without any preservatives and unnatural aroma which is really good when you are trying to eat healthy. The Buddhist mantras playing in the background help you relax while you dine. This place is great for a family or friends gathering hence why hotpots are a go to for many diners here. Kimchi hotpot was just recently added to the menu along with tofu served with orange sauce, spring rolls and curry bánh mi. Vegetable curry, fried spring rolls, Thai salad (a little on the spicy side🌶) and vermicelli with tomato sauce are some of our favourites dishes there. Almost everyone speaks English so you shouldn’t have any problem with communication if you don’t speak Vietnamese.
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm, 4:00pm to 9:00pm (Everyday- Both Locations)
Dharma Garden- Quán chay Pháp Uyển
This Restaurant has all the qualities that we look for when choosing where to dine: high quality food, ambiance, unique dishes, clean, price factor (cheaaaaapppppppp). They have the best Vietnamese soups in Saigon, fresh vegetables, tons of tofu dishes, noodle dishes, spring rolls, summer rolls, wontons, stir fried cauliflower and our favourites fried stuffed tofu with skin and fried stuffed pumpkin flower. This place fits perfect when you are trying to eat healthy and stay within budget. It got so addictive that at one point we went to this restaurant two weeks straight for dinner. We are their regulars 😊. The staff is very friendly and most can speak English. We would recommend to go early to avoid long waits on full/new moon as most of the Vietnamese observe vegetarian fast on these days according to the lunar calendar.
Hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm (Everyday)
Just incase you are feeling home sick and craving some western vegan/vegetarian food Bookworm’s Coffee has all the western comfort food you need to make yourself feel at home. The owner himself is an Englishman and is very nice and friendly. English tea and breakfast is available all day long. The extensive choice of meals will make you want to have everything oh god... I don’t know where to start from fish and chips, banners N mash, quiche, homemade burgers, pasta, pizza, french fries and salad. He’s got it all covered! The Spicy bean burger is one of my favourite burgers to have at this place (make sure to ask for mint sauce on the burger, it goes incredibly well with it) and my better half enjoys Poutine (of course our Canadian thing).
There are also books to read and board games to enjoy the time.
Hours: 7:00am to 11:30pm (Everyday)