Best Gourmet Shops in Saigon
In a new but rapidly developing metropolis like Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes the best things remain hidden or hard to find.
Without much marketing or advertising, great shops that you never heard of only come up during conversations with friends or a random in-person encounter while you’re zipping around the city. But let’s say you need some rare spices, want a regular place for your organic items, or miss yourself some good old quality chocolate. Where do you go? Luckily, we compiled a handy guide of awesome shops and what they specialise in. Check it out below.
Annam Gourmet Market
Saigon’s most popular imported goods chain, you can find plenty of Western produce, beverages, kitchen items and more. The staff speak English and delivery is available for orders above VND300,000. You can also buy our #iAMHCMC gazette here!
Less fancy and more affordable than Annam, Phuong Ha is closer to what you’d expect from a corner convenience store in America, packed with goods. While not too pretty in appearance, this space has been operating for 20 years and has 20,000 local and imported items, both for individual shoppers and companies. They offer free delivery within 5km and speak some English.
Next door to Phuong Ha and with a similar appearance, Thai Hoa specialises in kitchen items, imported branston pickles, Russian caviar, cereals, biscuits, canned foods, spices, frozen foods, wine and spirits all at fair prices. Delivery services are available and English is spoken.
Nam An Market
A premium shop in line with Annam, Nam An specialises in providing fresh food items, particularly U Minh prawns, Norwegian salmon, fresh squid from Ninh Thuan. In addition, you will easily find all kinds of imported and local meats, vegetables and fresh fruit.
100% Alimentation Générale De Qualité
The concept of 100% is simple, evident by their simple motto: “100% local, 100% natural, 100% safe and 100% GOOD products.” Began in 2013, the store now has 800 local quality products including desserts (made by an in-house pastry chef), cheese, spices, honey, coffee, wine and more. Also includes beauty products like essential oils, homemade soaps and more. At the shop you can enjoy a glass of wine with some great cheese or create a gift basket.
This mall offers an extended range of products, from fresh food to grocery items and general merchandise. It is a favourite shopping destination for both local and expatriate customers. The bread, beer, wine, cheese and cold cuts sections are not to be missed. Little to no English is spoken.
This international standard, Australian-owned butchery in the heart of District 2 serves imported beef and lamb, local poultry and more, as well as catering for BBQ events. All meat products are free range, ensuring juicy, healthy cuts. They have great weekly specials as well - so watch out for those.
VP Food is a wholesaler and retailer who provides a diversity of seafood and top notch product quality. They offer live, fresh and frozen local seafood, including shrimp, crustaceans, fish, oysters, shellfish, ready meals and even specials like stingray. French and English are spoken.
The Organik Shop
Organik is a cool shop in Thao Dien selling GAP certificated products which come from their own farm in Da Lat. Everything from fruit, vegetables, rice, fish, prawns, grains, flour, meats, herbs and food supplements is lovingly presented for purchase from their shop, online or by phone. Order before 2 p.m. every day except Saturday and your delivery will arrive the following day. Delivery is free for all orders above VND150,000 and the staff are proficient in English.
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
14 Pham Hong Thai, D1; +84 28 3823 8526
This specialist grocery store focuses on imported goods. The shop has a small but interesting range of imported international food products, coupled with fresh produce direct from their own farm in Da Lat. The walk-in cold chamber stocking steaks, salmon, cheese and salads is definitely worth a visit. They have no delivery service and staff have only basic English.
Operating three small shops in the city, Organica offers great products that are hard to find in HCMC, like European organic certificated liquid stevia, imported organic cosmetics and imported beverages. Their two hectare farm in Long Thanh, Dong Nai, produces tropical vegetables and a few traditional herbs. In addition they also develop a few family farms in Lam Dong for growing temperate vegetables, and in Quang Ninh for growing all kind of pulses. They operate a free delivery service for orders over VND500,000 and within 5km. After that the delivery fees range from VND15,000 - 40,000.
This is a specialised distribution system supplying bio-organic, GlobalGAP standard products. Fresh Shop provides fruits and vegetables, cakes, preserves and mushrooms at reasonable prices. In addition, they also provide fresh top quality seafood. Staff speak English.
Organic Market sells all kinds of vegetables and fresh fruit which are produced to high quality, organic, natural, and GAP standards. Check the blackboard outside each day for special deals. They operate from their shop in District 7’s Sky Garden, and the staff speak English.
5th Element SC Vivo City D7
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
SC VivoCity, 1058 Nguyen Van Linh, D7; +84 28 6298 3988 / +84 9 3182 1525
From their unit inside District 7’s popular shopping mall, this shop sells a wide range of fresh produce. Nutritious salads, home-made cold-pressed sugar-free juices, soups, organic coffee and more. Products can be enjoyed in-store, to takeaway, or delivered to your door. Staff speak a little English.
Boniva stocks an impressive 70 traditional and modern flavours of chocolate. Founded in 2004, they have created unique products and become a well-known brand in HCMC. These unique flavours include: Vietnam lemon, caramel, ginger, tropicana or even durian. Staff speak a little English.
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat stocks superb quality hand-made dark chocolates, with cacao beans grown in Dong Nai, the Mekong Delta, Lam Dong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Their packaging is original and produced in-house and staff speak English.
Une Journee a Paris
This French cafe near Ben Thanh Market serves arguably some of the city’s best French breads and pastries; healthy products with ingredients imported from EU. They also make customised cakes for special occasions. Delivery is available for orders above VND300,000 and staff speak English and French.
Pat’ a Chou
Pat’ a Chou is one of the more well-known names in the city. They provide fresh bread, pastries, sandwiches, cakes and high quality biscuits from their District 1 and 2 locations. They offer free delivery for orders above VND300,000 and basic English is spoken.
Lovely European style bakery producing fresh breads, quiches, pastries and pies. Their fine tarts and cakes are among the best in the city. Delivery service is free within District 2. English and French are spoken.
Their product lines are lovingly prepared, designed and displayed by their French chef, pastry cook, chocolate maker and ice creamer. La Patisserie also make cakes for any special occasions. English and French are spoken
Harvest Baking is a specialty bakery that produces premium fresh-baked goods. These include heart-healthy options such as whole grain breads, bagels, English muffins, pitas and tortillas. They also offer healthy food choices for gluten-intolerant and vegan customers. English is spoken.
Red Apron offers a wide range of imported fine wines and spirits from more than 10 countries. Delivery is available for all orders within the city and English is spoken.
Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
5/5 Le Thanh Ton, D1; +84 28 3825 8826
924 Tran Hung Dao, D5; +84 28 3825 8826
94 Xuan Thuy D2; +84 9 1493 8844
101 Mai Thi Luu, D1; +84 93 110 71 09
With 8,000 brands to choose from and a first class range of spirits and wine accessories, The Warehouse is HCMC’s most comprehensive beverage shop. Delivery is available on orders of three bottles or more and English and French are spoken.
Wine Embassy Boutique
Wine Embassy is a lively shop with more than 150 well selected wines. The resident sommelier has more than 12 years experience and will assist you in your selection. They stock more than 30 wines below VND400,000 from various countries, five different champagnes and a great selection of fine wines. They have a loyalty program and wine tastings. Free Delivery until 8:30 p.m., white wine and sparkling will be delivered already chilled, ready to enjoy.
Discount shop with lots of cheap toys, kitchen items, utensils, party items and more. Basic English is spoken and they offer free delivery for orders over VND150,000 in HCMC (VND20,000 for less). Deliveries within 1-2 working days. Little English is spoken.