Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a popular evening and weekend destination for locals and tourists alike. Located in center of Saigon, between People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon River, Nguyen Hue Street is a broad boulevard with large pedestrian area and two-lane streets on each side.
History of Nguyen Hue Street
During French colonial times, Nguyen Hue area was Cho Vai Canal, a canal connecting the Saigon River to Xa Tay Palace, now People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Hall. In the late 1800s, the city had the canal filled and made into Charner Boulevard. It was then renamed Nguyen Hue Street in the 1950s.
It was only in 2015 that Nguyen Hue became a pedestrian street and the city cleaned up and renovated the area. Some of the houses on the street are still under renovation such as Union Square. The area is also greatly affected by the construction of the Saigon Metro on both side of the street.
This famous street in Saigon’s downtown area has something for everyone. Regardless if you’re looking for high-end shops and classy restaurants or street food and souvenirs, you will find it at Nguyen Hue Street.
The walking street is particularly popular on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm as the streets on each side get closed off from traffic. Locals and tourists will flock to the street and stroll up and down the boulevard listening to street musicians, watch people dance and enjoy the street performers.
Nguyen Hue Street is located close to many of the city’s main tourist attractions such as Bitexco Tower, Opera House, Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. But Nguyen Hue Street has attraction of its own such as People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Hall, the Ho Chi Minh Statue and Café Apartment on 42 Nguyen Hue Street.
People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Location: 86 Le Thanh Ton
The Colonial French originally constructed the building in early 1900s as Hotel de Ville de Saigon. It remained a hotel until 1975 when its name and purpose changed to Ho Chi Minh City Hall.
The City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is still very much in use by the city council so tourists are not allowed to enter the building. But it’s a popular photographic location specially in the evening when the building gets lit up.
Ho Chi Minh Statue
Located in front of the city hall, the 7,2 meter high copper alley statue of Uncle Ho was constructed in 2015 at the same time the Nguyen Hue pedestrian area was completed.
Coffee Shops on Nguyen Hue Street
Café Apartment at 42 Nguyen Hue Street
Location: 42 Nguyễn Huệ
This abandoned apartment building has been taken over by dozens of coffee shops and small craft stores. With its lively and colorful coffee shop front, the building is a popular Instagram spot. It has been rumored for the last couple of years that the building will be demolished for a newer, more modern building. But despite the rumors, it remains open.
Starbucks Nguyen Hue
Location: 99 Nguyễn Huệ
There is no need to introduce the Seattle-based mega chain. Starbucks has enjoyed major success in Vietnam since establishing its first outlet in 2014. Starbucks Nguyen Hue is highly popular but there is a limited seating capacity so you may be forced to get a take-away.
Trung Nguyen Legend Coffee
Location: 133 Nguyễn Huệ
Trung Nguyen Legend is a popular Vietnamese coffee brand. It’s a great place to stop at if you like a cup of proper Vietnamese coffee.
Slow & Chill Coffee
Location: 90 Nguyễn Huệ
Slow and Chill Coffee is where the young and hip people of Saigon go to for their cup of coffee or milk tea.
Bars on Nguyen Hue Street
Rex Hotel Rooftop Garden
Location: 141 Nguyễn Huệ
One of the most iconic bar in Saigon, Rooftop Garden was were the U.S. generals and journalist would regular during the Vietnam American War. This is the place where the “Five O’Clock Follies” press briefings were announced from during the war.
Broma – Not A Bar
Location: 41 Nguyễn Huệ
Broma is a New York-style rooftop bar with great ambiance and chill vibes. Broma has a large selection of both local and international beers along with cocktails. The 4th floor rooftop bar offers a good view of Nguyen Hue Street.
The Long @ Times Square
Location: 22-36 Nguyễn Huệ
The Long @ Times Square is a sidewalk-style bar outside Landmark Times Square building and stretches from the shopping street of Dong Khoi to Nguyen Hue. It offers wide selection of cocktails and bistro food.
Restaurants on Nguyen Hue Street
Location: 98 Nguyễn Huệ
SH Garden is a rooftop restaurant offering homemade Vietnamese cuisine. The elevator ride alone in a retro-style elevator and the view once upstairs is reason enough to visit the restaurant. But they also have great food and large selection of drinks.
Location: 55 Nguyễn Huệ
Amigo Grill has existed on Nguyen Hue for over 20 years. The American / Australian steakhouse has great steaks, fully stocked bar and extensive wine list.
B3 Steakhouse & Craft Beer
Location: 90 Nguyễn Huệ
The perfect place on Nguyen Hue Walking Street to stop for steak and craft beer. They have large selection of local craft beer along with international favorites. B3 Steakhouse ranks #35 of almost 4,000 restaurants in Saigon on Trip Advisor.
The Street Food on Nguyen Hue Street
Police have started chasing down illegal street vendors on Nguyen Hue Street. So some street food vendors have moved into the side streets around Nguyen Hue. But they are easy to find and they offer some great street food from their scooter carts.
A popular street food amongst locals in Vietnam, Bap Xao can be found on Nguyen Hue Street. Bap Xao consists of fried corn, dried shrimp, scallions onion, butter and sugar. Expect to pay about VND 15,000 (USD 0,60) per portion.
Bánh Tráng Trộn
Banh Trang Tron is rice paper mixed with various herbs and sauces along with mango, chili, salt and boiled quail egg. Expect to pay about VND 25,000 (USD 1) for this spicy street food dish.
Bánh Tráng Nướng
Banh Trang Nuong is a large flat rice paper barbequed with various toppings which most often include dried shrimp or minced meat, onion and quail egg. Expect to pay about VND 15,000 (USD 0,60) per portion.
Shopping on Nguyen Hue Street
There are plenty of options for shopping on Nguyen Hue. Although many of the high-end stores at Union Square are currently under construction, there are shops such as Runway, Rolex and Cartier across the street at Rex Hotel.
There are also more affordable stores on Nguyen Hue Street such as souvenir shops and Lucky Plaza, which is like a small version of Ben Thanh Market.
Hotels on Nguyen Hue Street
Location: 141 Nguyễn Huệ
One of the most famous hotels in Saigon, Rex Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city, in front of People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Hall. It has undergone extensive renovation in recent years but had maintained its French colonial charm.
The Reverie Saigon
Location: 22-36 Nguyễn Huệ
The Reverie Saigon is said to be the most luxurious hotel in Vietnam. Occupying the top floors in the Landmark Times Square Building, The Reverie Saigon is the only hotel in Vietnam that is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Location: 171 Đồng Khởi
Saigon will get yet another 5-star luxury hotel in 2020 when The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open their first hotel in Vietnam. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Saigon will be located at Union Square on Nguyen Hue Street just across from the city hall and Rex Hotel.
Saigon Prince Hotel
Location: 63 Nguyễn Huệ
A 4-star boutique hotel located on Nguyen Hue Street, Saigon Prince Hotel offers comfortable environment for leisure and business travelers in heart of Saigon.
Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival
Nguyen Hue Street is popular for every kind of event happening in Saigon, whether it’s watching sports on huge screens or live music performers. But there is no even on Nguyen Hue Street larger than the Flower Street Festival.
Every Lunar New Year, or Tết as it’s known in Vietnam, the Nguyen Hue Walking Street turns into the 750-meter flower display with LED lighting and artwork. In 2019, over 190 different types of flowers were used and more than 190,000 flowerpots.