Best Places to Spend Christmas & New Year in Saigon 2020
With Christmas suddenly upon us after what has surely been the longest year ever, you’d be forgiven for not having made plans for the big day yet! Luckily for you, CityPass Guide and #iAMHCMC have been putting in the leg work and researching the best places to spend Christmas and New Year in Saigon.
Whether you’re looking for a 5-star festive feast or a casual Christmas Dinner, we’ve got a selection of options to ensure a very merry Christmas, plus a variety of New Year party destinations that are sure to kick off 2021 in style!
Christmas has always been a special time of year at the Caravelle, as the historic hotel first opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1959! 61 years later and the celebrations are still as stylish as ever. This year you can enjoy either a spectacular Christmas Buffet at the flagship restaurant Nineteen, or a sumptuous Christmas Eve Dinner at award-winning Reflections Restaurant.
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On New Year’s Eve, Reflections Restaurant will not only offer beautiful views over the Opera House, but a stunning six course Gala Dinner, whilst up on the rooftop Saigon Saigon provides a less formal, but no less spectacular venue to see in the new year, with a drinks and canapes package available for VND 990,000++ per person.
For full details of all Christmas and New Year Events at Caravelle Saigon contact Caravelle Festive Counter on (84) 28 3824 7155 or (84) 906 900 523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving from rooftop to riverside, The Deck is a beautiful location for a leisurely, yet sophisticated Christmas on New Year celebration. With the option of arriving at ‘one of the best bars in the world’ by boat, The Deck certainly offers plenty of opportunity to celebrate in style. A seafood and Champagne brunch is available between 23rd and 30th December, and with spectacular Set Menus specially prepared for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve (VND 1,850,000++ per person) , The Deck is certainly a strong contender for best venue for the festive season.
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Hotel Des Arts Saigon
A perpetual contender for the title of Best Brunch in Saigon, it is no surprise that Social Club at Hotel Des Arts is also in the running for the title of Best Christmas Dinner in Saigon too!
With a 5-Course Set Menu Dinner (VND 1,688,000++ per person) with the option of a wine pairing being served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a spectacular ‘Festive Epic Brunch’ including free flow Tattinger Champagne on December 27th (VND3,400,000++ per person) and a New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch (VND 3,888,000++ per person) served, unsurprisingly, on New Years Eve, it might just be worth moving in to Hotel Des Arts for the festive period.
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With Saigon Kitchen Restaurant also offering a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch, complete with a visit from Santa, Hotel Des Arts also has a shout at claiming the crown for best place for a family Christmas in Saigon.
A regular haunt for Thao Dieners, Mekong Merchant may not have the wow-factor of a 5 star hotel, but if you are looking for a comfortable, affordable and fuss free Christmas Dinner, ‘M.M.’ must be considered one of the best options in the city.
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If you are looking for an option that allows some flexibility in regards to what you eat, but would prefer a sit down dinner rather than a buffet, Mekong Merchant’s Christmas Day menu, is certainly worth considering. Starting at VND 690,000+ per person for two courses, Mekong Merchant is certainly more affordable than many options, and if Turkey doesn’t float your boat, you can choose from Salmon, Beef Wellington or Pumpkin Involtini for your main, and from Traditional Christmas Pudding, Pavlova or Christmas Parfait for dessert.
Continuing the theme of being totally flexible, the choice to add a starting sharing platter and wine package, or free flow package is also available on the day.
Another hotel, yes. Another budget busting buffet, perhaps not! Basilico at Intercontinental Saigon may not offer a traditional turkey dinner, but with an abundance of exquisite festive treats including veal, salmon, beef, cold cuts and cheeses being served alongside Prosecco, house wines, beers and soft drinks, the Christmas Eve Dinner (1,390,000++ per person) and Christmas Day Brunch (1,500,000++ per person) are certainly worth considering.
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If you simply cannot call it Christmas without a slice of turkey, Market 39’s buffet has got you covered. This may also be a great choice for anyone with children who need to let off some steam before going to bed on Christmas Eve as Market 39 is offering balloon modelling, a magic show and a visit from Santa in addition to a delicious Yuletide buffe on the big night! I’m tired just thinking about it!
With a reputation for serving up one of the best Sunday Roasts in Saigon, N21 was bound to be a strong contender for best Christmas Dinner. With a focus on sourcing responsibly produced and sustainable ingredients of the highest quality, N21 not only promises to serve up a fantastic festive feast, but a side of guilt-free indulgence too!
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Available on December 24th and 25th, N21’s 3-course Christmas Feast Menu (VND 850,000k per person) definitely ticks the boxes for a traditional European style Christmas Dinner. Duck fat potatoes, creamed brussel sprouts, honey glazed carrots all appear, as do pork chipolatas and smoked bacon, which, for many people, is what makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.
With Mulled Wine also being included in the menu, N21’s mouthwatering menu has a good chance of being considered the most authentic and traditional option for Christmas dinner in the city.
In addition to offering the usual festive buffets and set menus that you would expect from a top hotel, Park Hyatt Saigon is also offering two rather unusual events this Christmas that may just make it the best place for anyone looking to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season, young or old!
Magic at The Park is the first and only private magic show series in Vietnam, and provides opportunity for families to enjoy a uniquely magical experience this Christmas. Combining magic, the funfair spirit and the joys of the festive season, this limited period performance is certainly an exciting addition to the Christmas calendar in Saigon.
If you prefer your magic to come with a side of gastronomy, Le Petit Chef will also be spending Christmas at Park Hyatt Saigon. Combining cutting edge 3D technology with an authentic fine dining experience, Le Petit Chef is sure to delight diners regardless of their age. However, with the Le Petit Chef Festive Edition with Wine Pairing Package priced at 6,500,000 VND++ per person, this package may need to be a Christmas gift for someone very special!
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R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant
For anyone looking for a peaceful, intimate place to enjoy Christmas or New Year, R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant is an excellent option. An air of calm sophistication greets all who walk through the doors and with a dress code and no admittance of children under 12 policy, R&J is certainly a venue that offers an alternative to the boisterous festivities that are par for the course at many other venues.
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On 24th and 25th December, a 5-course dinner (VND 2,888,000 ++ per person) featuring the exquisite Italian fare for which R&J is well known will be served between 6pm and 10pm and on New Year’s Eve the Felice Anno Nuovo menu (5- courses with wine pairing VND 4,288,000 ++per person) promises to make your year end celebration one worth remembering!
So much more than a rooftop restaurant, Shri is one of the best places in the city to spend any evening, let alone a special evening like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. With fantastic views of downtown Saigon and one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, Shri could well be the best place to enjoy Christmas and New Year for anyone who is looking for effortless sophistication this festive period.
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A 5-course Christmas Set Menu (VND 2,000,000++ per person) featuring Fois Gras, Lobster Bisque and Salmon Tartare is available on 24th, 25th and 26th December, whilst a 4-course Festive Season Menu is available throughout the month of December. A delicious Vegetarian Set Menu is also available (VND 1,100,000++ per person) as is a Kid’s Set Menu.
On New Year’s Eve, Shri’s spectacular terrace will likely be one of the best places to be as the clock strikes 12 but with details still unannounced, you’ll have to wait to find out exactly what delights are in store!
Of course in Saigon, we are spoiled for choice with so many excellent restaurants and venues to choose from. In the coming, week’s we’ll be updating this list with more fantastic options for your Christmas and New Year celebrations, so be sure to check in with us regularly!
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