Nightlife in Saigon - A sleepless city - What to do after the dark?

Updated: Jan 15

What to do when the night comes in this dynamic city? How to spend time suitably to do some activities of the nightlife in Saigon? The night is time for outdoor activities. Let's explore now!


Ho Chi Minh City is considered as a sleepless city which means even when the night comes, you don’t have to come home, turn off the light, and sleep. Here, the night is as dynamic and sometimes busy as the day, especially at the weekend. Some activities of the nightlife in Saigon are different from that in the day, as according to the official working time ends around 18:00 that you cannot visit any indoor attractions such as War Remnants Museum, Củ Chi Tunnels. The night is time for outdoor activities. 


Especially when you do the night tour with locals who are so familiar to nightlife activities and want to share their experience to you, who want to explore Sài Gòn by night. Haha Tours members know that you want to explore the real Saigon and activities which local people usually do. With them, all travellers are friends who they want to share their nightlife experience in this dynamic city. Therefore, you can hang out with them on motorbikes (or taxis if you are afraid of motorbikes) and discover the Saigon Night Lights, visit https://www.hahatours.com/saigon-night-lights for more information.


Go shopping - An activity of the nightlife in Saigon

The very first thing you should do to start the trip is shopping. There are several places to go shopping, from the local brands to luxurious brands.


Bến Thành Market

Bến Thành night market

The first place coming out is Bến Thành Market, where travelers can visit the attraction and do shopping at the same time. Actually, during the day, market businesses take place indoor, when the night comes, they move out and become the night market. Although the products are not various as the day, you can also find handcrafts, souvenirs, clothes or some kinds of street foods. It should be noted that some are overpriced that you should bargain as much as possible.



Nguyễn Trãi - A shopping street

Nguyễn Trãi Street

This is the shopping heaven for everyone, from cheap local brands to famous local ones, shops spread from District 1 to District 5 in this street. Girl’s clothes, men’s clothes, bags, caps, shoes, high heels, are accessories can be found in this long street. However, be careful when working around since it is crowded at night and some people take advantage of that to steal things.



Shopping malls

Vincom B Center

If you want to find some luxurious brands such as H&M, Zara and you need a place with air conditioners, you should go to the shopping malls, especially Vincom B Center.


Try local street foods

After going shopping, you might get tired and hungry and want to eat something. You can find food everywhere; however here is the clue of some street-food heavens that local people usually go.


Vĩnh Khánh Street

Vĩnh Khánh Street

This is the most famous street in the city where you can find plenty of seafood restaurants with local reasonable price. There, surely you will be a little bit surprised that those restaurants are snuggled close together and wonder which restaurant you should choose. Don’t worry since each restaurant has its own special food.


Nguyễn Thượng Hiền Street

Nguyễn Thượng Hiền Street

From the flavor noodles to small seafood restaurants, from beverages to Vietnamese snacks, all are gathered in this tiny street. Although they are not close to each other, you can make a trip walking along this street to find what you want to try. Besides, you can also find some clothing shops there.





Turtle Lake

Turtle Lake

Teenagers usually gather around the Turtle Lake, where you can find Bánh Tráng Nướng (Vietnamese pizza), mixed rice papers, grilled foods. The Turtle Lake is located right at the roundabout near the Notre Dame Cathedral.


Hồ Thị Kỷ flower market

Hồ Thị Kỷ flower market

One of the most famous places for Vietnamese street foods in Ho Chi Minh City is Hồ Thị Kỷ flower market, located in District 10. There at the flower market, you will not only enjoy the colorful street, but you also try some Vietnamese street foods.


Do a walk

After eating, of course doing a walk is a need. Where to find a street to walk around without the crazy traffic? Here you are!


Nguyễn Huệ - local walking street

Nguyễn Huệ walking street at night

Nguyễn Huệ is a local walking street where people gather around for street-styled music, flashmobs. This street is opposite of Saigon Riverside and the second highest tower - Bitexco Financial Tower. There is a Cafe Apartment located at Nguyễn Huệ Street, which you can stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee.




Bùi Viện walking street

Bùi Viện walking street

The most crowded walking street in the city as it is full of bars, clubs, pubs and people. At night, vehicles are not allowed in this street where you can walk around without the fear of motorbikes. You should walk along the street to find your favorite bars and do the next activities, chilling out.



Drink and chill out

The next activities you should do is find a bar or pub to drink and chill out with other people, both local and foreigners.


Rooftop Bars

Chill Sky Bars


There are some rooftop bars in the city, usually located at the central district. For example, Chill Sky Bars, The View Rooftop Bar, Rooftop Bar Garden…





Backpackers area

Backpackers area


This is the most famous place to find bars or clubs to drink and chill out. However, this area is so crowded that you should be careful of your belongings anytime.





Gather at 24h coffee shops


After drinking and chilling out, if you don’t want to go home, then find some 24h coffee shops to take a cup of coffee and enjoy the moving city at night. Here are some examples.

Thức Coffee

Add: 182 Pasteur, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1

48 - 50 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng, District 1

37/11 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1

Opera Tea House

Add: 1st Floor, 39 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1

Togo Coffee & Tea

Add: 7 Nguyễn Trãi, Bến Thành Ward, District 1

Mr. 8 Coffee

Add: 2 Cách Mạng Tháng 8, Bến Thành Ward, District 1

Ice Zone

Add: 89 Cách Mạng Tháng 8, Phạm Ngũ Lão Ward, District 1

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