High ceilings and tall potted plants give the impression of bringing the outside in as you choose from a massive pan-Asian selection – Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chinese are all on the menu.
Most dishes will set you back around 80,000VND (£2.80).
Containing exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War with the French colonialists, it displays the horrors of battle in stark fashion.
While the ground floor documents the anti-war movement, upstairs there are graphic pictures detailing the effects of the USA’s chemical weapons – Agent Orange, napalm, and phosphorus bombs. Cultural afternoon Finish the day with a trip to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre (20) (0084 8 3930 2196) for a traditional Vietnamese show.
An aperitif Head to Snuffbox (12) (0084 1) if you’re in the mood for classic cocktails in Gatsby-esque surroundings.
This upmarket speakeasy is suitably hidden away down a back alley and up some stairs in a dingy-looking residential block – the only indication of its existence is a large disco ball visible from the street.
An instrumental building during the Vietnam War, the Palace is now open to the public daily from 7.30-11am and 1-4pm; 40,000VND (£1.40).
Order a set of four tasting beers for 175,000VND (£6).Take a view Head for the Bitexco Financial Tower, otherwise known as the Saigon Skydeck (3) (0084 83915 6156, bitexcofinancialtower.com), in District 1 for 360-degree views of the city from 230m up.Opt to visit the bar on the 50th floor – it’s free, and you can grab a drink for roughly the same price as entry to the Skydeck while enjoying the panoramic views in plusher surroundings.Dine with the locals One of Ho Chi Minh’s more decadent eateries is Hum Café (14) (0084 28 3930 3819, humvietnam.com) in District 3, a highly-rated vegetarian restaurant so popular that a sibling, Hum Lounge (15), has also opened up in District 1.Dine at the original Hum for an intimate vibe, attentive staff and pretty fairy lights twinkling in the trees outside.