Just For Phở!

Ho Chi Minh City

Phở (“fuh”) is a Vietnamese soup that consists of bánh phở (rice noodles), slices of beef, and aromatic herbs. There are two common variations: Northern-style phở is known for its clear, less-fatty broth and subtle taste; on the other hand, Southern-style phở is characterized by a stronger flavor due to the addition of extra condiments. Explore Ho Chi Minh, and you’re bound to find a restaurant, kiosk, or street stall hawking phở on every corner. Ease your search for the best bowls with our list of the city’s yummiest takes on the delicacy, from your classic stock to dry noodles.

Updated a year ago

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Phở Hòa Pasteur

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Phở Hòa Pasteur sits on a street that once housed many phở restaurants. For decades, it’s been run by the same family who uses a secret recipe for their signature sweet broth. Take a seat and bask in the old-school charm that envelops the 60s-styled joint. The place is famous amongst tourists, so bowl sizes are slightly larger than usual to accommodate bigger appetites. Add in some Chinese fried churros, and you’re good to go for the morning!

+8488297943

260C Pasteur Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

260C Pasteur, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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Phở Lê

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Phở Lê’s best-selling Phở Tái Nầm (phở with rare steak slices and beef brisket) attracts loyal locals looking for good soup. Watch as your bowl arrives at your table with a mountain of herbs and bean sprouts—creating the perfect mix of flavor and texture in every bite! The space is cleaner than most phở eateries, which explains why it is often frequented by a steady flow of regulars.

+84839234008

370 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Ward 7, District 5, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 3, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam


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Phở Miến Gà Kỳ Đồng

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Add a little bit of variety to your phở adventure at Phở Miến Gà Kỳ Đồng. The restaurant puts the spotlight on poultry, serving everything from chicken buns to chicken salad. Their Phở Miến Gà (chicken phở) entices diners with its fresh, juicy meat and sumptuous broth. There’s usually a wait to get a table, but once you’re seated, the quick staff are able to deliver your phở in a snap!

+84838435630

14/5 Kỳ Đồng Street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

14/5 Kỳ Đồng, Phường 9, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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Phở Tàu Bay

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Phở Tàu Bay is your best bet for authentic phở! Operating since 1954, the restaurant dishes out Southern-style soup, complete with heaps of fresh herbs—a practice that’s fairly new to the joint. In the past, Tàu Bay’s phở didn’t come with vegetables and soy bean paste. Instead, it came with red sauce, fish sauce, and lime, which is what you would commonly get with broth from Nam Định province. As time went by, the business started catering to its Ho Chi Minh clientele, adapting its recipe to address the people’s changing preferences.

+84838345128

433-435 Lý Thái Tổ Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

433-435 Lý Thái Tổ, Phường 9, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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PHO 2000

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

PHO 2000 is known to be the place where former American President Bill Clinton enjoyed his first (and second, so they say) bowl of phở during his state visit in 2000. Savor the delicious broth, slurp the glutinous noodles, and bite into the succulent beef; you’ll soon understand why the eatery continues to be a hit! Located near the Bến Thành Market, PHO 2000 provides respite after a day of haggling. Its quick, fast-food-style service also makes it a convenient stop, in case you’re eyeing to go back for more bargains!

+84933335031

1-3 Phan Chu Trinh, Bến Thành Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

1-3 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam


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Phở Phú Vương

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Phở Phú Vương’s extensive beef selection will make every meat lover drool! Choose between skirt steak, brisket, tripe, and more to go with a slightly spicy Southern-style phở. Prices are on the higher side (compared to most phở joints), but the clean space and efficient service deserve the extra change.

+842839918295

339 Lê Văn Sỹ, Ward 1, Tân Bình District, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

339 Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 1, Quận Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam


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Phở Chay Như

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Vegans make a beeline towards Phở Chay Như for their fix of veggie-filled phở! Tender mushrooms and well-seasoned tofu skin add texture to the light, yummy broth. Other vegan dishes are available to complement your soup, such as spring rolls and wontons. Chay Như is down an alley, making it a bit of a challenge to find; just ask the locals for directions should you lose your way.

+84907573869

54 Trương Quyền, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

54 Trương Quyền, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam


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Phở Thìn Hà Nội

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Head to Phở Thìn Hà Nội for a taste of Northern-style phở! Here, only scallions are sprinkled onto the soup as a garnish, letting the broth speak for itself. The place is popular amongst office workers in the area. Steer clear during lunch breaks to eat your phở in peace, or snag a seat before the clock strikes noon to watch the ebb and flow of the city over a hefty bowl!

+842839305739

Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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Phở Hùng (Nguyễn Trãi)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Recommendation • a year ago

Put a little twist in your phở by having it at Phở Hùng! The restaurant serves phở khô (dried noodles), which separates the meat and noodles from the broth. It’s primarily done to highlight the different textures in the dish: springy noodles, luscious meat (pork, beef, or shredded chicken), and the sweet soup. When you’re done delighting in each component, you may combine everything and have it just as you do your usual phở.

+84838385089

241-243 Nguyễn Trãi, Nguyễn Cư Trinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

241-243 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam

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