Our 5-star Riverside Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City provides just the kind of peaceful sanctuary you’ll crave after a busy day in the Vietnamese capital. Our in-house spa has a wide selection of restorative treatments, and our rooftop pool is the perfect place to unwind away from the heat and noise of the city below. Our plethora of restaurant choices will satisfy every taste, whether you enjoy Vietnamese, Chinese or Western fare. Our location in the city’s District 1 means that once you are ready to explore the wild, eclectic delights of Ho Chi Minh City, you’re never far from the next landmark. And our local Navigator Danh is more than happy to act as tour guide for this unique part of the world.
Savor Vietnamese cuisine with a gourmet flair at this boat restaurant docked right on banks of picturesque Saigon.
Dine alfresco under the twinkling stars and glittering lights of HCMC on this elegant floating restaurant offering some of the best city views from its wooden sky deck. Savor market-sourced seafood specials like king prawn sautéed with salted egg, stewed sea cucumber and shark's fin; blood cockle salad; crab sautéed in tamarind sauce; and steamed grouper in black bean sauce. While the menu focuses on bounty from the sea, there are also other local specialties like butter-garlic snails; roasted pigeon; stewed beef with green peppers; and Chinese spinach with shitake all accompanied by savory rice or noodles. A nice selection of wines offers the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Be sure to call ahead to book a table, as the boat is a popular venue for special occasions and private functions.
Address: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3826 4435
Website: http://elisa.vnHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.6 mi
Choose from over 300 wines to pair with dishes like Wagyu beef with lobster as you soar over the HCMC skyline at this trendy restaurant.
Discover Ho Chi Minh from the top of its tallest building as you dine with a panoramic view of the meandering Saigon river and dazzling city lights. This restaurant exudes elegance from every angle with massive floor-to-ceiling windows, plush curved seating and chic black-and-white décor. Their French-inspired menu offers a contemporary twist on classic fare, as well as a delectable array of deserts and tasty small plates. Head up to their Heli Bar for an after-dinner drink, while the Cafe EON on level 50 is ideal for both family brunches and cozy dinners. Appreciate the exclusivity of dining uninterrupted at one of their mezzanine tables. Savor plates like grilled lamb chops with Moroccan sauce; German noodles with stir-fried mushroom; and beef cheeks burgundy paired with a classic Pinot Noir. Their cocktail lounge is the ideal venue to unwind after a long day.
Address: 2 Hai Trieu, Level 51, Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 6291 8751
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Website: http://www.eon51.comHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.3 mi
Spain meets Vietnam at this cozy downtown bar where the vibrant strains of live flamenco music are guaranteed to have you tapping your feet.
Let the soulful rhythms transport you to the heart of Madrid as you appreciate the flamboyant art of flamenco. Carmen's classy decor is evocative of a wine cellar, complete with characteristic mood lighting in crimson hues and rustic, unfinished stone walls. Rest your glass on a candle-lit table fashioned from kegs as you enjoy the music and some conversation over a shared pitcher of sangria. Their drinks menu is quite extensive featuring beautifully-presented craft cocktails, wines and beers. If the beat catches your fancy, don't hesitate to get up and dance either, it's a great place to show off those ballroom moves. Carmen is a hit on all fronts; it's no wonder that the bar is packed full of locals and expats on most weekend nights.
Address: 8 Ly Tu Trong, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 829 7699
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 PM to 12:00 AMHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.7 mi
Amp up your signature style with exotic crocodile leather purses, belts and wallets from this exclusive local boutique.
Located in the heart Ho Chi Minh's upscale District 1, Viet Thanh is the epitome of sophistication. Discover a handcrafted selection of unique accessories made from the finest leather at this store. Each of their beautifully-finished products are manufactured in Vietnam, and guaranteed to be authentic. Whether you decide to make a bold style statement with one of their vibrant red totes or an elegant entrance with a classic black purse; you're sure to find something to suit the occasion. Their custom-made key chains and coasters make for an ideal souvenir or special gift. Call ahead for hours.
Address: 137 Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3803 0476
Website: http://www.vietthanhcrocodile.vn/Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.4 mi
Take a tour and discover the contribution of Vietnamese women, particularly in the struggle for National Independence at this modern museum.
Spread out over 2000 square meters (21527 square feet), this museum is a must-visit for all those interested in the art, culture and politics of Vietnam, seen through the eyes of women. Each of the 10 galleries is dedicated to this theme, shown through artifacts, photographs and multimedia. Some of the major ideas include armed struggle in the southern wars, labor and factory life, daily routines, and historic sites and the myths surrounding female personalities. The museum also features a large (500-seat) auditorium, library, film theater and souvenir boutique. The galleries exhibiting ethnic apparel, memorabilia of revolutionary soldiers, fine jewelry, traditional furniture and ceramics are especially interesting. They weave a story of resilience, national sentiment and pride of these bold pioneering women, through the past and into the future. Explanations in English are available throughout the museum.
Address: 202 Vo Thi Sau Street, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3932 0322
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Website: http://www.baotangphunu.com/Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 1.7 mi
Vietnam's 2000 year old tea culture is given a new spin at this upscale cafe on the exclusive Đồng Khởi street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh.
This trendy tearoom offers posh locals and visitors a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The décor is an eclectic blend of stylishly-modern and classic elements. This is accentuated by high ceilings, stone pillars, contemporary lighting and wood and cane furniture. Artfully-placed potted plants and brightly-scented flowers create romantic nooks and cozy spaces to settle into. Opt for a table overlooking the busy street or a quiet courtyard corner. Appreciate a traditional tea service complete with fragrant pots of tea, fine china and delicate pastries. They also offer authentic Vietnamese coffee, aromatic bubble teas and light fruit infusions to pair with crisp salads, sandwiches and snacks. Their rose-infused brew, black currant sorbet with Phú Quốc pepper, passion fruit cake and iced chai are quite popular as well.
Address: 46-48-50 Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 1266666657
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 10:30 AMHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.2 mi
Catch a glimpse of artists at work at this lacquer ware center and take home a traditional Vietnamese masterpiece for your living room.
Minh Phuong Fine Art & Handicraft is an exquisite gallery for art connoisseurs. This sprawling center, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh, features an inspiring collection of handcrafted lacquer work that Vietnam is famous for. The professional and knowledgeable staff offer a tour of the premises which includes the workshop and showroom. Visitors can watch the production process and peruse the beautiful paintings, furnishings, vases, coasters, jewelry boxes and wall dishes on sale.
Address: 40 Phung Khac Khoan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 38247689
Website: http://www.minhphuongart.com.vn/Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 1.26 mi
Peruse bamboo bags, jewelry and fine art while your silk ao dai is being made-to-measure at this souvenir store, one of the best in Vietnam.
Miss Ao Dai is your one stop shop for authentic Vietnamese souvenirs. This store, spread over three floors, features an amazing collection of fine art, handicrafts and jewelery, as well as the ao dai, Vietnam's traditional national costume. Peruse their assortment of antiques, furnishings, wood and bamboo bags, lacquer dining ware, that make for great gifts and souvenirs. From humble beginnings to now being on the global map, this store is a must-visit among tourists. Visitors can savor the complimentary lotus tea and local specialties while shopping.
Address: 27B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3822 2139
Website: http://missaodai.com.vn/Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 1.3 mi
Tradition meets modernity at this Vietnamese temple dedicated to Buddha - it's the largest in HCMC.
One of the city's most popular sights, the Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm offers a unique insight into the culture of Vietnam. This major temple is open to the public for visitation and prayer. Spread out over 6000 square meters (64583 square feet) the temple features a beautiful sanctuary decorated with elaborate carvings, pillars and statues of Siddhartha Gautama, Samantabhadra and Manjusri. The 40-meter (130-foot) high tower is the highest structure of the temple complex, and quite an impressive sight. Come during worship hours to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a traditional prayer session with the aroma of incense and the echoes of chants reverberating through the walls.
Address: 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3896 6798
Website: http://vinhnghiemvn.comHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 2.22 mi
This casual eatery specializes in all things Southern barbecue - their cashew-smoked pork ribs and roasted pork belly are legendary.
Quán Ụt Ụt literally translates as "Oink Oink" and unsurprisingly, the raison d'etre of this busy restaurant is meat - specifically pork - in all its forms. Each moreish plate they serve is prepared with meat, chicken or seafood that has been slow cooked for hours to infuse it with aroma and flavor. Every morsel will transport you to the American Deep South, and leave little doubt as to the restaurant's popularity with locals and expats alike. Savor specialties like sweet sugarcane-smoked chicken, sticky pork tail, cheesy grilled oysters, and charcoal grilled pork rib tips; they pair perfectly with a Platinum Premium Pale Ale or a carafe of house wine. Save room for dessert; their bacon ice cream is to die for.
Address: 168 Vo Van Kiet, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3914 4500
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 04:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Distance: 1.1 mi
Perched atop the Centec tower, this chic restaurant offers the best European cuisine paired with stunning views of Reunification Palace.
Arguably one of HCMC's best rooftop restaurants, Shri offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of the historic center. This contemporary restaurant and lounge offers an intimate dining space that is at once elegant yet comfortable with a 360-degree spread of the glittering city lights. Dine alfresco under the stars on their gorgeous garden terrace framed by Frangipani trees and tranquil water features as you sip on fine wines and craft cocktails. Savor dishes like pigeon supreme, braised lamb, foie gras on brioche with star fruit, and scallops with lentils. Head to Shri for quiet conversations and romantic dinners.
Address: 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Centec Tower, Level 23, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3827 9631
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM,Sunday from 04:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Distance: 0.9 mi
Discover a haven of serenity in the heart of the ever-busy Dong Khoi as you absorb the peaceful atmosphere and simply take a breath.
Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting place to explore with its lively street culture and rich history. However, all of it can get overwhelming at times. For a break from the chaos and noise, head to the Central Mosque to discover a different side of Saigon. This beautiful building was constructed in 1935 by South Indian Muslims so they could have a place to worship in the city. It is now one of 12 mosques serving HCMC and a place of pilgrimage for Indonesian and Pakistani believers as well. The mosque features a shaded verandah, decorative minarets and the customary pool for ablutions. Dress modestly and remove your shoes before you enter the building. If you're looking for halal food, the neighborhood around the mosque offers a variety of options.
Address: 66 Dong Du, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 09:00 PMHotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Distance: 0.2 mi