Best Banh Mi in Saigon – 3 Places You Must Try!

By Mark Wiens 64 Comments
Where to eat the best banh mi in Saigon
Eating the best banh mi in Saigon.. this one’s from Banh Mi Hong Hoa (Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa)

If you’re on your way to visit or spend time in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), one of the questions you’re probably wandering (especially if you love Vietnamese food, like I do) is, “where can I get the best bánh mì (banh mi) sandwich?

…And if you didn’t ask that to yourself, you probably should have!

I definitely asked that exact question to myself when I was on my way to Saigon for the first time.

During my stay in Saigon, along with conquering many other delicious dishes, one of my food missions was to devour some of the best banh mi sandwiches Saigon has to offer.

Banh mi is one of the greatest examples of fusion food done extremely well – a representation of Vietnam and France, all stuffed into a handheld crusty baguette.

Many have called it one of the finest sandwiches in the world, and I can’t disagree, it’s an absolute gem of a sandwich, fully worth traveling to Vietnam (or Saigon) just to eat.

Note: In this post I’ll cover 3 banh mi sandwich stalls / restaurants in central downtown Saigon. The reason I could never say these are “the 3 best,” is because I think there are probably hundreds of the best banh mi in Saigon. You literally can’t go more than a few steps in the city without bumping into the next banh mi stall, and many are incredibly delicious. So these are just 3 of the hundreds of choices you have when you’re in Saigon.

what is banh mi
What is banh mi?

What is banh mi?

I know you already know what banh mi is (and if you didn’t, the first photo may have given it away), but just so we’re all on the same page here, let’s quickly go over the basics of banh mi.

Vietnamese bread
Vietnamese baguettes

First of all, and I didn’t know this before going to Vietnam myself, is that bánh mì (banh mi), in Vietnamese actually just means bread.

However, the word, especially in the Western world, has morphed into referring to a full Vietnamese sandwich – not just the bread itself, but the entire sandwich.

But for the purposes of this article about the best bánh mì (banh mi) in the city, I’ll stick to phrase as referring to the Vietnamese sub sandwich, not just bread in general.

Bánh mì (banh mi) sandwiches are normally served in the signature personal sized 3/4 foot long baguettes.

The bread is sliced down the side, filled with a number of different meats, from luncheon meats to grilled pork patties, to pâté, and often complemented with Vietnamese pickles, cucumbers, cilantro, and finally a bit of chili sauce and spicy peppers to top it off.

Jimmy, from Jimmy Eat World, breaks it down nice and simple – the bread, the protein, the pickled and vegetables, the seasonings and garnishes.

There are many different types of meat and ingredients that can make up a banh mi, and if you’re interested, here’s a pretty extensive list of different banh mi fillings you can try and order.

But really, when you’re walking around the streets of Vietnam, and you see that glass cabinet full of baguettes and other ingredients, all you’ve got to do is stop, smile, and order.

Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa)
The sandwich at Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa)

Where to eat the best in Saigon?

Here are a few of the most famous and most well know banh mi stalls in Saigon.

The first two restaurants on this list were recommended to me when I asked on a YouTube video about where to eat the best food in the city, and the third one, I just stumbled into when I was walking around.

While I haven’t even scratched the surface of eating even a fraction of all the best banh mi the city has to offer, here are some places you can try.

All 3 of these places are located within a 5 minute walk of each other, so you can go on a little Vietnamese sandwich marathon if you’d like.

Banh Mi Huynh Hoa
The outside of Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa) – often considered the best in Saigon

1. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa)

Easily the most praised and most well recognized banh mi sandwich restaurant in all of Saigon, with almost what seems to be a cult following, is Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (Banh Mi Huynh Hoa).

Many people from the YouTube video, and even the great bloggers at Eating Saigon, call it the best in Saigon.

banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City
The amount of pre-sliced meat will blow your mind!

You’ll know you’ve arrived by the scores of motorbikes out front, the bright white fluorescent lights shining in the restaurant, the red shirted sandwich makers, and the insane quantities of pre-sliced cold cut meats – plus a small mountain of pork floss – all stacked and lined up, and ready to be loaded into toasted baguettes.

Their business is so successful, there isn’t just one, but two fully loaded glass cabinets, brimming with all the ingredients needed to make monstrous Vietnamese sandwiches.

If you’re going to get a sandwich from Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (Banh Mi Huynh Hoa), the first thing you’ll have to do is be a bit aggressive – they handle a lot of customers, and there’s no real system of a queue.

But just be persistent until someone takes your order, and your money, and you’ll eventually come out of the restaurant with your sandwich in hand.

The first thing I noticed is that the banh mi at Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (Banh Mi Huynh Hoa) was extremely heavy – it was probably the most heavy of all the versions I tried… and the weight didn’t come from the bread, that’s for sure.

After unwrapping my sandwich, and dissecting the insides, I could see they added the most layers of meat of any banh mi I ate in Saigon.

Along with a substantial layer of mayonnaise and pate, there were easily 6 – 8 layers of salty luncheon meats and grilled pork, ranging from pink to white, and quite a generous sprinkle of pork floss tossed in as well. It reminded me of the Vietnamese version of the monstrous Mexican torta.

While it was heavy on the meat, it was light on the vegetables, with just a few slices slices of cucumber, cilantro, and a small amount of thickly cut Vietnamese pickles – daikon and carrots.

best banh mi in Vietnam
The super-rich banh mi at Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (Banh Mi Huynh Hoa)

The Verdict

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How many layers of meat!?

Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (Banh Mi Huynh Hoa) is the most well known banh mi in Saigon (and many people’s, both locals and foreigners favorite for best sandwich in Saigon) for a reason: it was incredibly good, and incredibly meaty and rich.

However, I thought it was packed with almost too much meat.

I know for meat lovers, like I am myself, that might sound impossible, but with so much salty hot-dog like luncheon meat, and with a thick layer of mayonnaise, it was honestly almost too rich for me.

But perhaps I’m more of a fan of a balance of meat with cucumbers, green onions, cilantro and pickles, and I thought their version was a little lopsided.

Don’t get me wrong though, I did thoroughly enjoy all of it (to the final bite), and if you’re looking for Saigon’s most meat filled banh mi, this would likely be the best you can find.

Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open hours: 3:30 pm – midnight, daily
Price: 30,000 VND ($1.40) – this is one of the most expensive in Saigon, but it’s also one of the most meat packed, so it’s easily worth the price

Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai
Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai (Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng Hẻm 37) street food stall

2. Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai (Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng Hẻm 39)

Another one of the Vietnamese street food stalls I was recommended to try by numerous people, was a street food cart that goes by the name Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai (that’s the address where they park, but it’s really on Hem 39).

After learning about this spot, and doing a quick search, I found out my friend Kevin also loved the banh mi here.

Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai
The beautiful little patties of meat at Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai

Instead of serving banh mi pate, she serves Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng, or grilled pork sandwiches.

I arrived on the early side, just as she had opened, and noticed her cart from the signature red design on the bottom and fancy cursive writing, plus a “google search” printed on the side of her cart.

At Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai, you simply stand in line, pay, and wait however long it takes before your sandwich is wrapped up and handed to you in a bag.

The sandwich included, I think about 5 or 6 pork patties, all charcoal grilled, flipped with chopsticks, and coated in a sauce that smelled and tasted nearly like a yakitori sauce.

On top of the pork patties was a generous amount of cucumber chunks, strands of cilantro, green onions, Vietnamese pickles, and finally some sweet chili sauce.

Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng
Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng in Saigon

The Verdict

I highly enjoyed my banh mi sandwich at Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai.

The little pork patties were like slider hamburgers, and they were seasoned, both within the minced pork itself, maybe some garlic and salt, and also that teriyaki like glaze on the outside.

Along with the pork patties, I was overjoyed with the quantity of vegetables packed into the sandwich.

The pork was extremely tasty, and the vegetables and sauces all worked together for an insanely delicious balance of flavors and a wonderful sandwich.

I also liked how she barely kept any extra stock of grilled patties, they were literally plucked right off the grill and into the baguette – so it was fresh and hot when I got it.

Address: 37 Nguyễn Trãi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (but it’s right at Hem 39)
Open hours: Usually from around 5 pm – 7:30 pm or so daily, but I went at about 4:30 pm, and she was open, but just a little ways down the alley. I think at about 5 pm she might roll her cart up to the front of the street. But don’t come too late, or she’ll be sold out.
Price: 16,000 VND ($0.75)

Banh Mi Hong Hoa (Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa)
Stopping for a morning banh mi at Banh Mi Hong Hoa (Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa)

3. Banh Mi Hong Hoa (Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa)

Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa is just sort of a classic normal, but wonderful, banh mi shophouse in Saigon. In the morning is when their business thrives, with motorbikes rolling in for drive-though takeaway.

The baguettes are baked fresh, and despite selling plenty of sandwiches, when I was there, I noticed they also had quite a business of selling just plain baguettes, which were loaded into big baskets, and whisked away by motorbike delivery men – likely to other smaller banh mi vendors and bread sellers around the area.

I ordered their standard banh mi, which was of the sliced triple pork version, including grilled pork, pork sausage, and some type of luncheon meat.

Along with serving, what I thought, was an extremely well balanced bánh mì (banh mi), the owners were all extremely friendly, and despite being busy and chaotic in the morning, they seemed to really care about taking my order (whereas some other places you need to really be aggressive).

The Verdict

Of these three best banh mi sandwich stalls in Saigon that I covered in this post, Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa was my favorite, even though it’s probably the least famous of the three.

For me, this was a perfectly well balanced version of banh mi – there was just the right amount of meat, but not too much, and rich but not overpowering pâté. It was packed with thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh cilantro and green onions, and I think they had the best sweet and sour Vietnamese pickles as well.

Along with all the fresh ingredients, I also think Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa had the freshest bread, which was incredibly crispy and crusty, and fluffy on the inside, and finally, on top of the delicious banh mi, the family was extremely friendly.

Address: 62 Nguyen Van Trang
Open hours: I think they are mostly open during the morning. I arrived at about 8 am, and the banh mi was fresh and delicious, but I think they are closed in the evening
Price: 17,000 VND ($0.80)

Saigon street food
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of amazing banh mi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Other street food stalls

You’ll find literally thousands of banh mi stalls scattered, not more than a block apart, throughout all of Saigon, and you can’t walk more than a few meters without your next sight of light brown baguettes basking in a glass cabinet (usually next to a few rounds of happy cow cheese).

All that to say, you’ll have the opportunity of eating Vietnamese sandwiches nearly anywhere you go in Saigon – and after trying quite a few, I don’t think I ever had a bad one.

Usually the cheaper the sandwich translates to less meat and filling ingredients – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it just depends on what you’re feeling like eating.

I had delicious banh mi sandwiches for 10,000 Vietnamese Dong and also great ones for around the 15,000 – 20,000 Dong price range.

Vietnamese street food
Your next banh mi, just might be the best you’ve ever had!

Conclusion

In the end, I’m not so sure there is a best banh mi in Saigon (or if there ever will be)… it sort of depends on what you feel like eating, at the time you feel like eating it.

Let’s just say, banh mi is a delicious Vietnamese creation, and it’s no wonder it’s such a popular snack or light meal.

Perhaps the hunt for Saigon’s best banh mi is a never ending search that’s impossible to ever come to a complete conclusion or agreement upon, and I’m sure there are hundreds of the best banh mi’s you could eat in Saigon.

Listed here are just three of the famous banh mi stalls in Saigon that you can start with, but really, the biggest advice I can give you is to walk around and explore Saigon, and when you see that big glass case filled with baguettes and colorful ingredients, have a banh mi – it will be the best banh mi you have that moment.

Do you have any other recommendations for where to eat banh mi? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.



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  • Khiêm

    9 months ago

    I have another advice for you. It’s is Bánh mì 110 ( aka Bánh mì Hồng Hoa ) at 110 Hoang Van Thu street, Phu Nhuan district ( 110 Hoàng Văn Thụ, phường 9, quận Phú Nhuận ). I have eaten banh mi here since i was 5 :). About 17.000 VND

  • Liz

    1 year ago

    Thank you for the recommendation Mark! My husband and I tried the banh mi from Banh Mi Huynh Hoa and they were amazing!

  • Shin May

    1 year ago

    Greeting from Malaysia !! Thanks for sharing ~ I gonna try the Banh Mi Hong Hoa this weekend ..Can’t wait ~

  • ĐInh Hương Tím

    1 year ago

    i found out another best banh mi in Banh Mi Viet stall, at 102 Cong Quynh, District 1. i loved fresh beef bread so much. hope all have a nice meal in there with different fillings inside banh mi.

  • Marilyn Uy Go

    2 years ago

    Thanks Mark, just check on your blog when looking for best bhan mi here in saigon….was able to try the sandwich in Ban Mhi Hong Hua..and i can say that they are very good…also freshly bake bread coming out from their oven….small place but clean n owner nd staff are friendly…showed them your write up and they are very happy…….i am happy too your article make my eating experience here easy and perfect……Many Many Thanks Mark…👍👏👏👏

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Marilyn, thank you very much, so glad to hear you found some delicious banh mi while in Saigon. Thank you for showing them my post, really appreciate it!

  • David

    2 years ago

    I went to Bahn Mi 37 a few days ago and my advice is to get there before 4:30 as mark says because the line was huge when I showed up around 5:30. It was a 40 minute wait just to order because everyone in line was ordering multiple sandwiches. This place is really popular with the locals so get there as early as possible.

    This is a very taste sandwich and at 17,000 dong (a tremendous value) and one of a few places that doesn’t try to play games with the price. I ordered 5 of these bad boys to take back home. They are also easily reheatable with a skillet and the bread still tasted great after 4 days in the fridge.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey David, fantastic, thank you for the helpful update and for the tip about reheating them – sounds delicious!

  • Philippa

    3 years ago

    i went to Hong Hoa on the strength of your recommendation – it was delicious! And well worth the adventurous walk to get there! I showed her your post and explained (with smiles, thumbs up etc) that that was why I’d come to her. She was really pleased!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Philippa, great to hear this, thank you for showing them the post, really appreciate it! Makes me want to go there again immediately for another banh mi.

  • Tim

    3 years ago

    I enjoyed watching all your videos. Thanks for being a nice guy, your wife is cute too. My daughters and I are going to Vietnam this summer and definitely will visit all the places you posted.

  • Tim

    3 years ago

    Love all your videos, thanks for being such a nice guy. BTW your wife is very lovely lady, too. My daughters and I plan to visit Saigon this summer and will try to go to all the restaurants in your videos.

  • Christoph

    3 years ago

    Hi,

    Awesome post, thanks! Do you happen to have a good Banh Mi place pretty close to the Nikko Saigon possibly?

    All the best,

    Christoph

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Christoph, you’re welcome, glad you enjoyed this. Here’s a map of most of the places I ate in Saigon: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zYYci1LPgf6g.k6WC8GLZT7hw (I’m still working on the map, but you can check this out). And it looks like your hotel might be about a 15 minute walk from all three of these Banh Mi places: http://migrationology.com/2014/12/best-banh-mi-saigon-ho-chi-minh-city/ Have a great trip and enjoy the food.

      • Christoph

        3 years ago

        Thanks so much Mark!

        We’we arrived now, but I realize that almost everything’s closed due to Tet, Lunar New Year. Any good hint on a good place which might be open later on today?

        All the best, and thanks again.

        C.

        • Mark Wiens

          3 years ago

          Hi Christoph, oh, didn’t think about this. Honestly I’m not sure, I think a lot of places will be closed. Hope you were able to find some open places.

          • Christoph

            3 years ago

            Hi again! No worries – even though all the three above were closed, we found a really nice place next to NYDC Cafe, 5 Nguyễn Trãi, Bến Thành, serving us some delicious Banh Mi – well worth to try.

            All the best (we’re back home now, miss the vietnamese food so much!)

  • Jason Warshaw

    3 years ago

    Mark, from a fellow foodie and traveller, thanks for this post. Found it thanks to google and went to Banh Mi Hong Hoa. Your video helped me find the exact location, and the Bahn Mi did not disappoint!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Jason, great to hear from you, glad you found this place and enjoyed it!

  • Stef Thong

    3 years ago

    Hey Mark,
    Aydin and I are big Aussie fans of yours and I always check your YouTube channel for new videos.

    We landed in Ho Chi Minh this afternoon and wrote down all the street addresses of each Banh mi place per your suggestion.
    We tried visiting huyhn hoa at 10:30pm but the fella said they sold out! Probably because they’re so tasty, we’ll try our luck tomorrow but can’t wait to sink our fangs into the epic Banh mi.

    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions, we found it incredibly helpful when venturing the streets of Ho chi minh.

    P.S your description or each meal is as colourful as your pictures. Incredibly vibrant!

    Stef

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Stef and Aydin, great to hear from you, thank you for the kind comments. Glad that you’re visiting Vietnam, how long will you be there? Glad you’re already enjoying the food, and thank you very much for watching our videos.

  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    3 years ago

    The bread in that photo looks like the best bread ever made.

  • Clay

    3 years ago

    I’ve never heard of a Banh Mi sandwich until now, but it looks delicious! By the way, your articles always seem to be very detailed and incorporate media well in them, so props on that. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Clay, thank you very much for the feedback, hope you can try some banh mi in the future.

  • david

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark
    A fan of your food videos I tried to find banh mi Hong Hoa as I’m in saigon now the address is incomplete. Do you know what district this is in?

    Thanks!
    David

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey David, glad you’re in Saigon now. The address is 62 Nguyen Van Trang in District 1. Here’s the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zYYci1LPgf6g.k6WC8GLZT7hw if you scroll down, then click on “Banh Mi Hong Hoa” and it should highlight the position. Hope you can find it.

      Mark

      • David

        3 years ago

        I found Banh Mi Huynh Hoa since it was walking distance from my hotel and wow it was good! Thanks again now I am off to Bangkok tomorrow and will try some of the food you have posted. Then after that its Phuket!!

        • Mark Wiens

          3 years ago

          Glad you found it and enjoyed it David. Have a great trip to Thailand.

  • Renuka

    3 years ago

    As usual, delicious! I think your blog will be on top of my list whenever I set out to explore Southeast Asia.

  • Anwesha

    3 years ago

    I want me some Banh Mi right now…
    Btw, did you find out if your show is available online yet?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Anwesha, thank you very much. I haven’t found out for sure yet, but I don’t think it will be online, at least not at first when it’s aired. I’ll let you know if I figure anything else out. Hope you’re doing well.

  • dayuen

    3 years ago

    cool!
    I’m going to vietnam this weekend 😀 definitely a must try food.
    Thanks Mark, i really enjoy your youtube channel

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Dayuen, glad you’re going to Vietnam, hope you have a great time.

    • Duyen

      3 years ago

      If you come to Hoi An, this is one of the best places to eat banh mi: Banh Mi Phuong – Hoang Dieu street, Hoi An. It’s near Hoi An market. Banh Mi in this shop is considered as one of the best Banh Mi in Viet Nam. Hopefully, you have great time in Hoi An. If you want to have a clearer look in Vietnam’s food, let’s try Hoi An food tour in http://www.hoianfoodtour.com. It’s surely worth a try!
      Best wishes from Hoi An’s girl! 🙂

      • Mark Wiens

        3 years ago

        Hi Duyen, thank you for sharing, that sounds great. I hope to visit Hoi An in the future!

  • Dee

    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your eating experiences and travels with us.

    I want your life!!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Dee, you’re welcome, thank you very much for your support!

  • JohnF

    3 years ago

    Ok!

    This is where my last post about this awesome sandwich should have went!!!!!

    *DrooooooooooooooooooL*

    Love me some Banh Mi! Haha

  • Leo

    3 years ago

    too bad! i just came back home from saigon 4 days ago.. and i was really looking forwards to this post – well, better luck next time 😛

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Leo, oh too bad, Saigon and more banh mi will be waiting for next visit!

  • Sigurdur Bjorgvinsson @theRedHeadExplorer

    3 years ago

    I can’t wait to try the Banh Mi when I get to Vietnam, I am planning to go there next year and Banh Mi is now officially on my list of foods to eat in Vietnam.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Sigurdur, thank you very much for reading. I know you’re going to really enjoy the banh mi when you’re in Vietnam.

  • MOHMAD HASRAF

    3 years ago

    Dear Mark, I love all your videos. As a Muslim, I couldn’t eat certain food. But the way you eat in all your videos make my mouth watery. Mark you have very good eating skill, I like the way you munch the food with your big eyes wide open…….very nice

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Mohmad, thank you very much for your kind support, really appreciate it.

  • Karen

    3 years ago

    AH! Anything with banh mi is something I’ll read. These photos look incredible – and you really didn’t find the best spots to try (I’ve been to all, and you’re right on the money). Next up… banh mi in Hanoi?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Karen, thanks so much for reading, glad that you love banh mi as well.

  • Ahmed Noman

    3 years ago

    Dear Mark, your reviews are very important for the tourists. I followed your reviews about Egypt and took a lot of benefit. I am planning to visit Thai land next year. I am sure my tour will be fantastic following your tips and guidance.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Ahmed, thank you very much, so glad that you enjoy traveling and eating. And hope you have an amazing trip to Thailand next year.

  • Ashley

    3 years ago

    I had a really delicious Banh Mi sandwich in Hoi An, but now I definitely regret missing out on Saigon’s Banh Mi stalls!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Ashley, great to hear that. I still haven’t been to Hoi An, a place I’d love to visit in the future as well.

  • Jimmy Dau

    3 years ago

    I’m going to have to try Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai. I love nem nuong banh mi! p.s thanks for the shout out 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Jimmy, no worries, I love your food photos, and your passion for food as well. Hope you enjoy the Banh Mi at 37 Nguyen Trai, they are like little teriyaki burgers.