Dancing in the Walking Street

Dear expat !!!

Have you ever been to Bui Vien Street? Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so-called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City

Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street.

The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$  4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later.

Bui Vien Street (Saigon) and Ta Hien Street (Hanoi) are the two most famous “European Street” in Vietnam, are must-visit places when visiting these two cities.

Bui Vien is a street in district 1 where many Western tourists choose to stay and relax (most of them are backpackers).

There are many exciting activities to do, and many Vietnamese traditional foods at good prices such as Banh Xeo, Pho, and Bun Bo, that you can find more at the suggestions below.



From Ben Thanh Market to Bui Vien Street is about 1 km, you can get there on foot. You should use google maps to get there easier. 

In departure, you enter: “Ben Thanh Market”.

In destination, you enter: “Bui Vien”.

Then click on “Start” and follow the instructions.

Similarly, if you depart from another place.

If you walk, you will take about 15 minutes.

If you get there by taxi/grab the cost around 20,000 dong.


As late as the Bui Vien Street more crowded, most of them are travelers. They come here to experience the Saigon nightlife, enjoy a few bottles of Saigon beer, watch the strangers in a tropical City and sometimes they have to run away from the sudden rain.


We would like to introduce you to some restaurants that we found reasonable on Bui Vien Walking Street.

  1. Boheme Pub (Bar): Address: 28 / 2A Bui Vien;  Price: 50,000 – 200,000 dong/one; Opening: 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM.
  2. Five Oysters: Address: 234 – 236 Bui Vien; Main food: Saigon Streetfood,  Price: 30,000 – 80,000 dong/dish; Opening: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
  3. Kebab Station: Address: 230 Bui Vien; Price: 50,000 -110,000 dong; Opening: 11 AM – 0 AM.
  4. Pho Hai Thien: 14 Bui Vien, Main food: Pho; Price: 35,000 – 55,000 dong; Opening: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM



Most of the foods are the typical street foods of Saigon, if possible, you should come here once, surely you will not be disappointed! The best time to visit is at night.

Choosing a restaurant on the roadside, enjoy some bottles of Saigon beer with a few street foods, watch the passers-by, and maybe you will love Saigon from this moment. Saigon beer is about 20 000 – 30 000 Dong /1 bottle. Foods are about 50 000 – 100 000 Dong/1 dish, it’s listed in most restaurants here.

Prices are affordable, however, you should see the prices on menus before you buy (These places haven’t menus, you should ask prices directly).

Some other streets were well known as European Street as Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham.

You can rent a hotel in this place with reasonable prices, the majority of the shops open until midnight or all night.

Bui Vien street will block vehicles at the weekend (7:00 pm – 2:00 am), just for walking, you should come here at this time.

Bui Vien Street is one of the top 10 Places to Visit in Ho Chi Minh City.



Bui Vien street is always crowded with people from many different places, so you should keep your belongings carefully such as cell phones, cash, and wallets. There have been a few thefts here.