Banh Mi Huynh Hoa
The first stop for anyone seeking banh mi in Saigon should be Huynh Hoa, which is always filled with a huge throng of locals waiting for their sandwiches. There is no real line to speak of, so be prepared to shout out your order as soon as you make eye contact with the staff. The sandwiches here are made to order, stuffed with as many as nine layers of cold cuts, and slathered liberally with pâté.
26 Le Thi Rieng, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 8 3925 0885
Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai
Vietnamese baguettes are lighter, with a thinner crust, than French baguettes, because they are made with a combination of rice flour and normal flour. This means that the baguettes found in Ho Chi Minh City’s bakeries have the perfect texture for soaking up sauces and juices. At 37 Nguyen Trai, freshly baked baguettes are paired with grilled pork in addition to the usual fillings, which makes for an enormously satisfying snack.
Banh Mi Nong Tuan Map
Located on Pasteur Street, home to many well known restaurants, Banh Mi Nong Tuan Map offers a number of banh mi options including banh mi with classic Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, and even marinated pig’s ear. The best combination of fillings is probably roast duck with grilled pork, which results in an extra-juicy and sweet sandwich.
196 Pasteur, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 8 3823 2149
Banh Mi Hong Hoa
Hong Hoa bakes its own baguettes, and stuffs them generously, with a great emphasis on the vegetables. The general mood at Hong Hoa is not so hectic, which means you can enjoy your sandwich in peace, or spend more time deciding which toppings to order. A must-try here is the banh mi xiu mai, filled with meatballs instead of the usual cold cuts.
62 Nguyen Van Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 908 811 592
Banh Mi Nguyen
Unlike most other banh mi stalls, Nguyen offers coffee, smoothies, and hamburgers in addition to their signature sandwiches. The banh mi here is on par with the best vendors in the city center. The coffee shop-style setting makes it easier to linger a while after eating your sandwich, and you might end up going for seconds or even thirds.
68A Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 94 535 36 66