Bui Vien Street

Bui Vien is a street in district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, where many Western tourists choose to stay and relax (most of them are backpackers). The name “Pho Tay” (European Street)  is named by the local resident. This is the multinational and multicultural place because not only western tourists but also other locals and foreigners visit here. It has many exciting activities to do and lots of Saigon food to try with affordable price.


You should read the article 11 best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City and download Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Map before the trip!

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.


Bui Vien waking street at night



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.

How to go to Bui Vien Street from Ben Thanh Market


Saigon Nightlife on Bui Vien

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.

Drink beer at a shop on Bui Vien Street


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.


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