Ho chi minh food tours


Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, is home to some of the finest regional Vietnamese cuisine and one of our favorite destination for food.

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Vietnam and its largest city, Saigon, present you with a fine glimpse of history and local culture with authentic and freshly prepared foods.

Unique ingredients, unfamiliar spices and herbs, and uncommon fruits – a food adventure awaits you at every corner.

While you’re spoilt for choice, the varied foods, aromas, and flavors can get overwhelming for first-time visitors.

Food tours help you explore the city’s food offerings at your own pace. A conversant local guide makes the experience entertaining and personally satisfying.

We have curated 7 of the best Saigon food tours to help you know the vibrant city through its foods, and taste some amazing Vietnamese foods.

Various food products at the colorful Ben Thanh market

With the undivided attention of your foodie local guide, this 10 tasting food tour takes you on a fascinating tour of Saigon.

You’ll experience the real Vietnam with a curated list of places to see and things to do with a local guide.

This culinary tour is also a cultural tour as you visit colorful markets and admire historic landmark.

In great company, you’ll discover the best local bites, relish steamed rice cakes, papaya salad, sugar cane juice and more.

Rice flour cakes, pork and shrimp dumplings with nuoc mam pha dip are your first introductions at Ben Thanh Market.

A visit to the 20th century Mariamman Hindu temple and Tao Dan Park in the city center follow. Another food tasting of local Saigon style banh mi sandwiches awaits you here.

Walk to the Independent Palace to admire the view and sip some delectable cane juice.

And, the historic Turtle Lake beckons you with an opportunity to enjoy some snacks and local culture.

Another food tasting happens at Saigon Square as you walk to Tan Dinh Market to enjoy some banh xeo, dessert and traditional tea or coffee.

Throughout your walking tour, your highly trained local guide will stories about Vietnamese culture and life in the capital.

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You’ll also get tips for the best local restaurants, Vietnam travel tips and everything you need to make your trip an unforgettable one.

As this tour is private, it can be customized to your needs. This private tour with locals is one of the best food tours in Saigon for seeing the city with a local friend.

Cost: Private tour $59.05 per person

Time and Length: Approximately 3 hours. Tours offered every half hour from 10.00 am to 3:30pm

Group Style: Private Saigon food tour conducted in English


If you want to skip one of the walking food tours and experience Saigon like a local, take a street food by motorbike.

Enjoy a hassle-free pick up and drop off end sample Vietnamese food as you zip through five city districts on a bike.

You can count on tasting at least 10 authentic dishes, including seafood. And visiting at least 7 traditional restaurants and eateries.

Some of the iconic dishes you’ll try include Bun Bo Hue, Goi Cuon, Nuoc Mia, Banh Mi, Saigon Pizza, and Banana Crispy Crackers,

As you enjoy a fun ride around the city, you’ll stop at historic sites. Thich Quang Duc Monument, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, and Chinatown are a few of the places you’ll be visiting.

At Xom Chieu Market, you’ll stop for delicious French influenced Vietnamese flan cake for dessert and share local food stories.

While connecting with locals, this thrilling food tour on the back of a motorbike offers an exciting adventure in Ho Chi Minh City.

Cost: Private tour $20 per person

Time and Length: Approximately 4 hours. Tours start at 8.00 am, 1:00pm or 6:00 pm

Group Style: Private or small group food tour conducted in English


Seafood features prominently in Vietnam and especially snails. This was one of our most surprising discoveries while exploring the local and authentic specialties.

This Seafood trail Ho Chi Minh food tour takes you the small hole-in-the-wall eateries for delectable seafood.

You’ll try sea snails, and other seafood like mussels, prawns, scallops and more. Organized like a progressive dining experience, you’ll try a variety of snacks and foods from different vendors.

In addition to famous dishes like bun cha and banh mi, you’ll also try unaccustomed flavors like quail eggs and more.

Throughout this Saigon food tour experience, you’ll learn about Vietnamese culture and history as you taste the history in simple street food.

Over a course of 4 to 5 hours, you’ll have lots of fun, diverse stops, enjoyable company, and of course, great-tasting Vietnamese food.

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For adventure seekers, this is one of the best food tours in Saigon for unusual seafood and motorcycle rides.