Saigon’s Best Breakfast Restaurants You Need to Try – Western & Vietnamese
A diverse list of breakfast restaurants around Ho Chi Minh City that will satisfy all palates. From western fare with eggs, bacon and buttered bread to traditional Vietnamese breakfasts of noodles, rice and wraps.
1. Banh Cuon, stuffed rolls for breakfast from Hue
Bánh cuốn is a roll made with thin fermented and steamed rice batter stuffed with a medley of pork meat and mushrooms. If you’re feeling extra hungry, order the Dac Biet (special) version and it comes fully stacked with other goodies, including spring rolls, Cha meat cakes, and more. Take that already delicious plate of goodness and cover it in spiced-up, sweet fish sauce and you’ll have one of our favorite breakfasts in the city—possibly in South East Asia. Check out our full list of favorite spots to eat Bánh cuốn, here.
2. UCC Roastery: The best Egg breakfasts in Saigon and Specialty Coffee
In the heart of the higher-end neighborhood of Saigon Pearl sits UCC roastery, known for their coffee, but also experts where eggs are concerned. Stuffed with shredded cheese and fried in plenty of butter, this gooey masterpiece brings us back on a weekly basis for more. Serving an international clientele, this breakfast restaurant does specialty-grade coffee and killer breakfast combos. The specialty coffee prices average at 80K, but if you opt for the combo with breakfast at 110-120K it’s a deal worth re-visiting (again and again). For the full menu, click here.
Our favorites combos: Scrambled egg bread and special toast
🕞07:00 – 19:30 (irregular) | 📍17 Đường D2, Phường 22, Bình Thạnh🔗
3. Banh Mi Op La, an iconic Vietnamese Breakfast for $1
If I didn’t say Banh Mi Op La (Fried eggs) was my favorite breakfast in Saigon I would be lying to you. The simplicity of the baguette, with a layer of pate, pickled veggies, fried eggs all covered with a drizzle of chili and soy sauce is the stuff of dreams. That’s what makes up the traditional banh mi op la, however our favorite and, without a doubt, the best, is a variation from Nha Trang. A corner stand on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai serves up a very unique Banh Mi with a killer sauce and pickled garlic. The sauce in question? A sweet, thick secret concoction with a heavy dose of caramelized fish sauce jam packed with garlic and peppers, slowly pickling away. The eggs are (usually) perfectly cooked with that perfect runny yolk dripping through, and they insert a heavy slice of cucumber, adding a delightful and textural crunch. The regular dose of pickled carrots and radish are added, however no pate is included in this particular banh mi—don’t worry, the “secret sauce” more than makes up for it.
For our full list of Banh Mi Spots, click HERE.
Insider Tip: After you become a regular, about three weeks of regular purchases, the sassy aunty who runs the shop will start giving you three eggs, instead of two for the same price.
📍41/1 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Đa Kao, Quận 1 | 🕘 7:00 – 12:00 Every Day
4. Vintage Emporium: Boutique breakfasts of healthy bowls, eggs benedict, and more
Vintage Emporium is a healthy, boutique breakfast establishment with locations in D1 and Thao Dien. From healthy buddha bowls, Moroccan breakfast, to eggs benedict and more, Vintage Emporium suits most local and international cravings in two stunningly cozy spaces. With their locations in D1’s ever-popular Da Kao ward, and D2’s Thảo Điền, they have entrenched themselves as one of the best breakfast restaurants for a lazy Sunday. Apart from the previously mentioned Morrocan breakfast and eggs benedict, our favorite dish is actually one of the healthiest, the absolutely stunning mango coco chia bowl pictured above.
5. Tartine Saigon’s sourdough bread & the best eggs benedict in town
Tartine Saigon has become synonymous for sourdough bread among all hungry Saigonese denizens. However their offerings don’t’ stop at the fantastic sourdough loaves, croissants and more. They also have, in my humble opinion, the best eggs benedict in town. Their truffle hollandaise sauce paired with the cured strips of ham on top of the perfectly poached eggs and fresh English muffins make for the most unique and flavorsome “Eggs Benny” in town. Our second favorite, which often times is in contention for a spot in the top with the egg bennies, is the shakshuka. The popularity of this middle eastern dish has exploded in the last 2 years with many restaurants vying for a spot as the go-to shakshuka breakfast in Saigon. However, Tartine is the one that nails it with the perfect balance of spices, great egg consistency and, of course, some of the best sourdough in the city to dip it. They now have four locations around town, so you can choose the ideal one below. For the full menu Click HERE.
6. Noodle soup phở breakfast? oh yeah
In Saigon, people eat pho for breakfast like American teenagers eat corn flakes. At 7:00AM on a weekday you will see popular pho establishments completely packed with regulars chowing down on one of the world’s most popular noodle soups. For many, the idea of eating beef noodle soup for breakfast might be a bit much, but we’ve tried it a enough times and are fully converted. There is something about hot bone broth at 7am that wakes up your senses more effectively than any carb-heavy western alternative could ever do. Our favorite Breakfast Phở spot is also Saigon’s most famous and expensive: Pho Dau
Phở Dậu is northern style, so they serve it in big bowls with a side of onions. At the right time, it is one of the absolute best pho broths that exist. The right time, in this case, means as early as possible, as soon as they start serving when the broth is richest. Come for the pho and take in a classic scene in a district 3 alley.
Insider Tip: Order a poached egg on the side, for that creamy richness of egg yolk in the broth.
📍288 M1 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, P 8, Q 3 | 🕘 6:00 – 11:30 Every Day
7. Eddie’s Diner: All American Breakfast & brunch Experience
Eddie’s diner is truly the All-American experience in Vietnam. Whether for locals looking for that diner experience straight from a Hollywood movie or Americans homesick for hash browns, eggs, breakfast burritos and more, this is the spot. Eddie’s New York Deli & Diner has become synonymous with big hearty breakfasts, incomplete without a steaming hot cup of perfectly imperfect diner coffee of course. They are known for their incredible hospitality, reminding anyone who has experienced it of old-school Americana charm. The friendly vibes aside however, it’s the food from their expansive menu that we are here to talk about. Carve out a chunk of time to consider your order, but we’ve got a few recommendations. Our favorite staples from the breakfast menu include the breakfast burrito, the breakfast skillets, the pancakes and the the breakfast sandwiches. The portion sizes are very generous, as are the smiles from one of Saigon’s friendliest team of waiters & waitresses. For the full menu Click HERE.
8. Au Parc & Propaganda Bistro, breakfast in the park
Paris meets Saigon for one of the best breakfast restaurants for an immersive experience; here, you can sip on coffee and watch the world go by just moments from Indpendence Palace. Amid one of the city’s nicest parks, it’s an ideal space to take in the morning sunshine. Au Parc and Propaganda are two concepts housed under the same roof, serving Western and Vietnamese food, respectively. Something about getting up early and enjoying that cool weather over a simple but fantastic breakfast is hard to beat. Our favorite combo is the Vietnamese breakfast, which comes with an omellete banh bi packed with the usual trimmings. And, of course, the Ca Phe Sua is there to jumpstart your day in the way only Vietnamese coffee can. For the full menu at Propaganda click HERE, and for Au Parc clicker HERE.
📍21 Hàn Thuyên, Bến Nghé, Q1 | 🕘 7:00 – 23:30 Every Day