Best Date Night Ideas in Saigon
Dating in Saigon is hard enough without the headache of finding where to go. Our list of Best Date Night Ideas in Saigon will make it a little easier for you.
Dating in Saigon can be tricky. If you’re one of the rare people in an actual real life couple (congratulations and you make me sick), date night is an integral part of maintaining a healthy relationship. If you’re riding the Tinder rollercoaster like most of us, and you successfully finesse a person worth meeting, kudos! In either situation, success may be short lived if you can’t find the perfect place to have your next date.
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The perfect date in Saigon is elusive though. Perfect is subjective, and there are thousands of places to choose from in Ho Chi Minh City. Plus, in this changing social climate, a boring dinner and movie date isn’t going to cut it. While some like the traditional rom-com date night, others may want to do something that’s going to have that Instagram feed popping.
Lucky for you, dear readers, I’m a dedicated dating researcher and I’ve compiled a list of varied date spots for every sensibility and budget. Here’s Angee the Diva’s List of Best Date Night Ideas in Saigon.
Social Club Saigon - $$$$
MGallery - Hôtel des Arts Saigon, 23rd and 24th Floors, 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, HCMC
+84 28 3989 8888
7 days 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Perfect for: Rooftop city views & dreamy sunsets.
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Impress your date with a night out at one of the most beautiful sky high restaurants in HCMC - Social Club Saigon. Romance abounds with expansive views of the city skyline, comfortable seating, custom crafted cocktails and gourmet dining with excellent service. On select nights, they even have a DJ or live jazz band to get your toes tapping. Social Club Saigon is the perfect place to get cozy with your date, with one of the best vantage points to watch the sunset in Saigon.
The Library at Shri Restaurant & Lounge - $$$
+84 28 3827 9631
Selected Saturdays 7:00 pm - Late
Perfect for: Secret themed parties in an instagrammable speakeasy.
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On select Saturdays, enter the secret room at Shri Restaurant & Lounge for The Library - a unique concept party series in Saigon. DJs, performances, specialty cocktails and elaborate decorations swirl together for an upscale party experience that isn’t stuffy or pretentious. Get a few drinks and cut a rug with your date among the trendiest party goers in HCMC. Or take a few IG-worthy photos with the eclectic decor. When you need a break, be sure to take in the spectacular views from the 23rd floor rooftop restaurant.
Era Coffee - $
+84 28 3932 0703
Perfect for: Incognito dates.
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Escape the noisy crowds and usual brightly lit cafes of Saigon and escape to this secret gem. Era Coffee is dark, quiet, and can be a bit of an adventure to find. There are comfortable sofas, soothing jazz music, all the coffee shop staples and a few simple cocktails as well. Inconspicuously flanking a craft beer bar, you’re not likely to see anyone you know here, but it is a good spot to get to know your date without shouting over the music.
“Top of the Tunnel” - $
Perfect for: Low key Vietnamese hangouts with a view.
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A typical and authentic Vietnamese pop-up arrangement of plastic chairs and street food vendors, this place makes our list for the picturesque unobstructed views of Saigon River. It’s located in the Thu Thiem area of District 2 near the Thu Thiem Tunnel, just across from Empire City. This isn’t a fancy spot by any means, but it’s the charm of true local Vietnamese living that makes it so much fun. Enjoy a few snacks and some cheap beers while gazing into the eyes of your date alongside the romantic riverfront.
Schiller River Club - $$
+84 90 909 3910
Tuesday - Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am | Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Mondays CLOSED
Perfect for: Chilled out river views from a tropical oasis.
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Schiller River Club is the spot for fresh air and lush green space on your next date. It’s located just 20 minutes north of District 2 in Thu Duc. Chill out on a blanket in the courtyard by the river or lounge on the comfy sofas and cushions on the patio. Order some drinks and make your own wood-fired pizza while you enjoy the slower pace just outside of the city. Schiller hosts events regularly, too! From music festivals to holistic markets to international headliner concerts -- you can choose to go when there is entertainment that both you and your date will enjoy.
Saigon Climbing Center - $ to $$$
+84 88 822 2045 | +84 96 622 1822
7 days 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Perfect for: The actively inclined.
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If you’re the fit type, why not take your date on an activity that is challenging, somewhat competitive, and loads of fun? Saigon Climbing Center in District 2 fits the bill. There is an array of climbing walls, ropes, rings to impress your date with your strength and stamina. Or, it could be a great way to check out your date’s muscle definition from various vantage points. Defy gravity and get your blood pumping with a fun and active date at Saigon Climbing Center.
Khai Hoan Spa Massage - $$
+84 83 975 6420 | +84 83 975 6421
Perfect for: Stress-relieving date night
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Couples massage, mani and pedi, hair wash, ears cleaned, foot rub, body scrub and soaking pools. What more could you ask for? How about 24-hr service and 12-services all inclusive for only VND500,000? Get the ultimate in relaxation with a date night at Khai Hoan Spa Massage. It’s prudent to book a car for this one because you’ll be way too relaxed to drive home afterwards.
Kurtz by Heart of Darkness - $$
+84 90 397 7596
Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 12:00 am | Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Perfect for: Craft beer enthusiasts.
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The craft beer market has exploded in Saigon, and at the forefront of the game is Heart of Darkness Brewery. The brand has been steadily expanding all over Asia, and the newest addition in Saigon is the rooftop digs of Kurtz by Heart of Darkness Brewery. Just off the highway into Thao Dien, Kurtz by Heart of Darkness has arguably the best sunset view in District 2. For a low pressure date any night of the week, Kurtz has you covered with an array of cold (and sometimes STRONG!) microbrews and finger-licking bar food. It’s also a good spot to catch some live music or an international comedy show. You don’t have to get dressed up to have a good time at Kurtz by Heart of Darkness Brewery.
090 236 57 80
Thursdays 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Free
Perfect for: Netflix and Chill, for real.
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Saigon Outcast transforms into an outdoor cinema on Thursday nights, screening different classics every week under the stars of the District 2 sky. Entry is FREE, with full bar and food menu options available. Thursday Outdoor Cinema nights start at 8:00 pm at Saigon Outcast. Grab your date, snuggle up, and enjoy an ice cold beer whilst watching your favourite film up on the big screen.
Salsateka Dance Studio - $$
+84 93 216 40 58
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 am | Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 am | Sunday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Perfect for: Turning up the heat!
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If you need to add some spice to your date night, why not try getting up close and personal whilst learning some sensual dance moves with Salsateka Dance Studio! International teachers with decades of combined experience guide couples through salsa, bachata, afrochic, and other Latin and Afro dance styles. You can take full 2-hr classes at the studio, or if you need some liquid courage first, shimmy into the dance party at Cuba La Casa del Mojito on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00pm. With a range of classes for beginners and beyond all week long, there are many options to turn up the heat on date nights!
Planning a good date in Saigon can be difficult, but hopefully this list makes it a bit easier to have a good time when you do. Have I missed a spot? Is one of these your favourite? Let us know what you think!
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