Hiding Out in D7

A little off the beaten path in District 7 is an oasis for foodies and sports fans LOST BOYS HIDEOUT (147, 2B-3C Le Van Luong, D7, www.facebook.com/lostboyshideout) is indeed hiding out down a corridor set back from the main street. Walking into the spacious sports bar, Lost Boys Hideout is an open, airy space with multiple levels of

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Morning Delight

Here’s where to start a day off right Eighteen months after opening Saigon’s first gourmet French burger bistro, the team behind Marcel Gourmet is back—this time for brunch and happy hour. Café Marcel (96 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D1) is serving a new menu of homemade and fresh breakfast favorites, as well as petite assiettes

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Food, Food and more Food

The Ben Thanh Street Food Market, one of the liveliest places for food & drinks in the city Once you get to Thu Khoa Huan Street there’s no missing Ben Thanh Street Food Market. There’s a large sign above the entrance, glowing brightly, while below it is the bustle of motorbikes being parked. Behind a

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Friends and Food

Friends and Food Great coffee, great food and great live music—Lêla Saigon has something for everyone The Vietnamese expression “lê la” is best translated “to go somewhere and hang out with friends.” But for its new namesake in the heart of Pham Ngu Lao in District 1, a more apt description might be “something for

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Fit for a King

Yu Chu gives comfort Cantonese cuisine a royal makeover Chances are that if you’ve had Chinese food outside of China, it’s been a version of Cantonese cuisine. In the 1800s, a large number of mainly Cantonese immigrants journeyed overseas to work on the railroads in America or to follow the gold rush in Australia. They brought with them their cuisine which combined with local ingredients

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Hoi An on a Plate

Spice Viet Restaurant serves up lighter, fresher fare One of the joys of Hoi An is uncovering its surprisingly robust culinary scene. While part of the foodie experience is wandering down alleyways in search of a single-dish food stand that may or may not be open or even uncovering your own hole-in-the-wall find, sometimes you just want to enjoy it all with minimum

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Anything But Simple

Located on one of Saigon’s most coveted downtown streets, a new bistro pairs romance with fusion fare The Little DOOR Bistro (49 Ton That Thiep, D1, www.facebook.com/thelittledoorbymrsimple) welcomes diners with a soft, warm glow from inside. Stark white tables illuminated by vintage bulbs, a sleek espresso bar and a display of delicate baked goods greet us

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Juicy Grilled Glory

Meat-lovers will not want to miss the beer and barbecue at The Rooftop BBQ in District 1 Opened in June, what sets The Rooftop BBQ (2nd floor of M Plaza at 39 Le Duan, D1; www.facebook.com/therooftopbbq or therooftopbbq.com) apart, an open-air restaurant, are a few distinct features. First, unlike other BBQ places where you cook

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Rediscover A Classic

A long-time favorite, Xu is still going strong with its ambitious, mostly assured nouvelle Vietnamese cooking Xu Restaurant Lounge (71-75 Hai Ba Trung, D1) is in the heart of the upscale area of District 1. Xu is trendy and a place filled to the brim with the hopes that something story-worthy will happen that night—similar

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Garden Of The Senses

From Montpellier to Saigon, the three-Michelin starred Pourcel brothers have recreated their famed fine dining experience at Jardin Des Sens Saigon Within a 100-year-old French colonial villa, on the corner of Dien Bien Phu and Le Quy Don, is the latest gastronomic venture of twin brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, bringing Vietnam its first fine

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