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Welcome to Saigon

Home of the world’s best street food

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Sample some of the world’s best street food with Saigon Street Eats, created by an Australian-Vietnamese couple who are obsessed with Vietnamese food. Barbara and Vu run small group street food tours in Ho Chi Minh City, tours that delve into the culture as well as the food of this exciting and crazy metropolis.

We are an anti-tour kind of operation. No stern lectures from us! Instead, expect to feel like you’re hanging out with friends who are showing you the best — and tastiest — bits of their city.

We also understand that not everyone is comfortable on the back of motorbikes. Our focus is the food, not the bikes. So we created a morning walking tour (the Pho Trail) and evening tours with the scaredy-cat option of taking taxis to and from the tour area. We don’t even poke fun at you for being a scaredy-cat! (We’re nice like that.)

Check out our NEW tour upgrade option: Pasteur Street craft beer, available on our evening tours. We are the only tour company in town offering a selection of Saigon-brewed American-style craft beer featuring uniquely Vietnamese flavours. Our craft beer packs contain three brews: Passionfruit Wheat Ale (4%); Jasmine IPA (6.5%) and Saigon Saison (7.2%).

Saigon Street Eats Tours

All the delicious details of our street food tours in Ho Chi Minh City. Start scrolling, dude!

Check out our tours for details of our tours, including prices and start and finish times.

About Us

Vietnamese food is the best in the world.

And the best Vietnamese food is available on the streets of HCM City.

But it’s not always easy to experience authentic street food without some local help.

That’s where we come in!

Let us show you what the locals eat. Leave the tourist area behind and experience the real Vietnam, eating and laughing alongside the locals.

All of Saigon Street Eats’ tours are designed by Australian-Vietnamese couple Barbara and Vu, who met in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2008 when Vu crashed an office Tet party.

They have been eating their way around the city ever since, stopping only briefly to have a baby and to chase street food sensations in Singapore and Thailand.

Barbara and Vu decided to start street food tours of Ho Chi Minh City after realising how few non-Vietnamese people were able to enjoy their favourite activity — eating Saigon’s best street food!

  • Vu

    Vu comes from a family of foodies. He’s a great cook and has a wealth of knowledge of local ingredients — and the medicinal properties of local herbs, spices and vegetables.

    He was born in post-war Vietnam in the central part of the country. When he was a small boy, his family moved to a village about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, where his parents set up a small restaurant which they still run today.

    When Vu met Barbara he was working in the marketing department of a consumer finance company by day and eating street food and hanging out in hip hop bars at night. (He doesn’t need much sleep.)

    Vu’s favourite food is still anything his mother cooks and his favourite beer is Saigon Red.

  • Barbara

    Barbara grew up in a small mining town in outback Australia. Her parents moved to the beach when she was a teenager and a year later she went to the city to study business and journalism at university.

    After a successful career as a journalist in Australia, Barbara quit the rat race in 2007 and moved to Ho Chi Minh City to teach English. She discovered she didn’t really like teaching, so she found a job at a local English language newspaper. And it was at this newspaper’s Tet party in 2008 that Barbara met Vu, the party crasher.

    Barbara’s favourite food changes every couple of days. This week it is scallops cooked in quail eggs. Last week it was prawn paste on sugar cane sticks. Her favourite food is usually Vietnamese and her favourite drink is a free one. (Once a journalist, always a journalist … as they say.)

    She is the author of the popular food and travel blog, The Dropout Diaries, which chronicles the food and funny stories she’s encountered since her career dropout.

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What others say about us

My friend and I did the seafood tour with Barbara and Quang and loved it. The motor cycle ride to the restaurants was crazy and gave us a different view of Saigon. The 3 restaurants we went to were out of the way and we would never have found them or thought of going there. We had so much food I couldn’t even guess how many courses and it was all beautiful. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to enjoy a great experience and fantastic food.

Tim T

This was a great tour. We did the morning saigon pho trail and it was so much more than just pho. We got to try a lot of different types of food and drinks from the local markets, which were all delicious and fresh. Vu was an excellent guide. He is extremely knowledgable and entertaining and the tour was an excellent way to find out about local culture and history. Vu gave us some tips on spotting “safe” food vendors. If you’re thinking of doing this tour, bring a camera and an empty stomach. Thank you Vu for a wonderful experience of Saigon’s food. This is the best food tour we’ve done!

au_sydneysider

I highly recommend this tour, especially at the start of a trip to Vietnam. It gave us confidence to order street food, and we knew what to look for in a trustworthy place. We did the morning pho tour and everything was delicious!

Ilka DAbu Dhabi

This tour was my favourite part of our trip. We were collected from our hotel and taken on the back of a motor bike to district 3. Our drivers drove very well, and not once did we feel unsafe. We met our guide binh who was lovely, took us to aroubd 4-5 different places offering tips on what, where and how to buy street food. All meals were delicious and fresh. All I can say is make sure you come on an empty stomach! Great night- thanks guys.

Prue12345Melbourne