The 10 Best Bakeries in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Traditional, delicate macarons | © Pexels / Pixabay
You’d be hard-pressed not to encounter the sweet smell of freshly baked bread in the many districts of Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese have woven elements of French cuisine into their own, and luckily for tourists, delicious baked goods are now commonplace in big cities. Check out the 10 best bakeries in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Annam Gourmet Market
Bakery, Cafe, Vietnamese, French, $$$
Annam Gourmet is an upscale market offering a wide range of products from around the world, from European wine and cheese to American comfort snacks. It also features a baked goods section that includes macarons, croissants, brownies, and more. The stars of the show are their freshly baked baguettes, which are lightly crisped on the outside, and fluffy and soft on the inside. Annam Gourmet has four locations in Ho Chi Minh City but the biggest is on Hai Bà Trưng in District 1. You can sit and enjoy one of their tasty treats with a coffee, as three of their locations also have a cafe!
ABC Bakery & Cafe
Bakery, French, European, $$$
ABC Bakery & Cafe is a local favourite for a sweet fix. They offer many different kinds of European baked goods, from croissants, danishes, and doughnuts to delightful slices of cheesecake. Better yet, this bakery prides itself on offering high-quality treats for minimal cost; most treats run in the 20,000-40,000 VND range ($1-$2 USD). If you’re sporting a sweet tooth and find yourself craving a treat, don’t miss this dessert heaven situated in the heart of District 1.
Bakery, Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Charm Bakery is known for its perfectly baked bánh mì bread- a mini French baguette used to create the famous Vietnamese sandwich of the same name. Customers of this little bakery routinely rave about their fresh bread and delicious bánh mì ingredients, including pickled vegetables, barbequed pork, and fresh chilis. They also offer vegetarian and breakfast-style alternatives, baked goods, tea, and coffee. Step in and enjoy one of their delicious sandwiches on a fresh, perfectly soft baguette and a strong Vietnamese coffee.
Tous Les Jours
Bakery, French, European, Vietnamese, $$$
Tous Les Jours is a South Korean bakery chain that has several locations in Ho Chi Minh City. This bakery always smells heavenly as the bakers continuously produce various treats throughout the day. Tour Les Jours offers fresh baked bread, muffins, danishes, croissants, and more, plus an extensive beverage menu . If you’re a fan of cream cheese, keep an eye out for their ‘cream cheese walnut bread’- it is divine.
Fly Cupcake Garden Café
Cafe, Dessert, $$$
As the name suggests, this quirky little cafe is an ideal place to enjoy a cupcake alongside a cup of tea. To make this place even cuter, FLY actually stands for “Forever Love You” – which is exactly what you’ll do after a bite of one of their many cupcakes on display. Their cakes aren’t overly sweet but they have a perfect spongey texture, delightfully creamy frosting, and are adorably decorated. Make sure to try their “Queen Velvet” cupcake, and if you’re on the go, sample a variety of these little delights with a takeaway box to share with some friends (or not)!
Paris Baguette Café
Bakery, Cafe, French, Dessert, $$$
Paris Baguette is another successful bakery chain that hails from South Korea. Inside their spacious cafes you will find a huge selection of freshly baked breads, sweet pastries, doughnuts, and more. They also offer a savoury spin on their treats, such as the sausage roll danish or pizza-esque pastry. Their sugar twist doughnut is especially recommended – you can’t go wrong with a light, fluffy doughnut that is lightly dusted with sugar!
Paul Bakery Vietnam
Bakery, Restaurant, French, $$$
This upscale bakery and restaurant has been delighting diners with their delicious menu and wide selection of fine desserts since they made their debut in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2017. Paul Bakery’s menu features a variety of sandwiches and baked delicacies, as well as beautifully presented entrees. The restaurant has a very European feel to it, with elegant floor-to-ceiling draped windows, tasteful chandeliers, and relaxing music. It is a little more expensive than surrounding restaurants, but the mouthwatering French dishes and baked treats are worth shelling out some extra cash for.
Saint Honoré Saigon
Restaurant, Bakery, French, European, $$$
This delightful French patisserie and bakery has been wowing diners with their elegant, tasty desserts. Their restaurant is nestled in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thảo Điền ward with a lovely courtyard that is perfect for whiling away an afternoon. Saint Honoré Saigon also offers some of the best breakfasts in the city, presenting a wide selection of traditional French and American breakfasts. Their lunch and dinner menu is equally impressive. Try to save room for dessert; the extensive menu features gooey cinnamon rolls, fresh apple tarts, various cakes, scones, and more.
Sweet & Sour Bakery
Bakery, French, European, $$$
Sweet & Sour is another lovely bakery found in the expat-favourite Thảo Điền ward. This bakery creates mouthwatering cupcakes and delicate macarons. The cupcakes come in a huge variety of flavours, from classic vanilla to salted caramel, lime coconut, and the incredible cà phê sữa đá, a baker’s take on Vietnamese milk coffee. Step into this adorable shop and try to stop yourself from devouring one too many cupcakes!
Restaurant, Bakery, French, $$$
This French bakery has several locations in Ho Chi Minh City that provide a cool respite from the heat and a welcome array of baked goodies. Surprisingly, Givral isn’t only popular for their wide variety of French pastries, but also for their flavourful bowls of phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) which diners consistently rave about! Givral also has some fascinating history behind it; their remodeled location on Đồng Khởi street was a favourite after-hours haunt for journalists, CIA personnel, embassy staff, and international reporters during the Vietnam War.
These recommendations were updated on June 30, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.