Accela Insights: 24 Hours in HCMC

Getting the feel for a new city in a day can be daunting, but with a lot of information and planning, you can pack a lot in. We’ve selected our top spots in Ho Chi Minh City from the whole team; the best places to eat and drink, and the must-do touristy things for a...

Accela Insights_24 Hours in HCMC

Getting the feel for a new city in a day can be daunting, but with a lot of information and planning, you can pack a lot in. We’ve selected our top spots in Ho Chi Minh City from the whole team; the best places to eat and drink, and the must-do touristy things for a short break.

 

MORNING 

L’Uisine

Start the day off right with part cafe, part gallery, part shop and enjoy brunch at this local hot-spot. All the usual favourites are there, but there’s also a breakfast-style Bánh Mi and a special selection of Vietnamese coffee and hot chocolate. 

Reunification Palace 

Also known as Independence Palace, this is a short walk from L’Uisine and is best known for being the site for the fall of the city in 1975. Stand where Communist tanks crashed through the iron gates, and learn about the gritty history of the Government building; the rooms have been left as they were to get a real feel for what it was like to live there. 

War Remnants Museum 

If a palace isn’t your scene but you’re a keen history buff, this moving museum is an essential visit. Once named the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, many of the exhibits relating to the Vietnam War are one-sided, most of the displays of disturbing photographs are from US sources. 

 

AFTERNOON 

Propaganda

An Accela PR team favourite, if you’re looking for a delicious local meal, this is the place to go. Propaganda offers an extensive menu of street-food inspired dishes from around the country and eclectic decor featuring colourful murals and retro posters; and with a Fresh Spring Rolls section in their menu, you know they mean business. 

Ben Than Market (closes at 6 pm)

In the heart of one of the city’s most bustling areas, this is your one-stop-shop for souvenirs from clothing, jewelry, coffee, pots and pans to spice -; pretty much everything apart from a kitchen sink, but that might also make an appearance. The indoor market closes at 6 pm, but don’t worry if you miss it, a small night market takes over the streets outside and stays there well past midnight. 

Pasteur Street Brewing Company 

One of the pioneers and biggest names of craft beer in Vietnam, make a pit-stop for at their original taproom at their namesake on Pasteur Street. Afraid to commit? You can try their flight of beer to get a taster of their 6 best brews, including Jasmine IPA, Passion Fruit Wheat Ale, Imperial Chocolate Stout.   

 

EVENING

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and The Deck Saigon 

Venture to District 2 for some culture and a sunset dinner, only a 15 to 20-minute drive from the city center. The Factory focuses on contemporary Vietnamese work; it’s small but worth a visit for any art lover. A few doors down, The Deck is a real escape from the intensity of the city. Situated on the banks of the Saigon River, this modern restaurant and bar is famous for its sunset views. 

 

NIGHT 

Social Club Rooftop Bar 

This stylish bar sits above the Hotel des Arts Saigon next to the highest rooftop pool in the city. If a cocktail overlooking the night glow of HCMC is for you, this is the place to do it.