An expert’s guide to the best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City


Renowned chef and author Andrea Nguyen loves exploring the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, for the famous Vietnamese sandwich called banh mi. She believes banh mi represents Vietnam’s history and culture, blending French colonial influence with native Vietnamese flavors.

Nguyen has a special connection to Saigon, having been airlifted out of the city during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. She often returns to rediscover her roots and enjoy the city’s best banh mi.

Here are some of Nguyen’s favorite places to eat banh mi in Saigon:

  1. Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa: This spot is always crowded, but Nguyen thinks it’s worth it for their delicious sandwiches loaded with roast pork, pâté, sausage, and more.
  2. Bánh Mì Hòa Mã: Open since 1958, this place is perfect for a traditional Vietnamese breakfast with fried eggs, pâté, and meats served alongside a baguette.
  3. Bánh Mì Như Lan: Located in the city center, this bakery offers a wide variety of banh mi options, making it a convenient choice for visitors.
  4. Bánh Mì Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ Minh Tuấn: For a fusion twist, try their döner kebab banh mi, combining Vietnamese and Turkish flavors.
  5. Bánh Mì Cụ Lý: This breakfast-only spot serves unique banh mi with fried sausage and head cheese, offering a different experience for adventurous eaters.

Nguyen believes that exploring different banh mi spots in Saigon is a great way to experience the city’s diverse culinary scene and rich history.


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