The Deck Saigon

38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps. Drawing a mix of expats, locals, and tourists, this restaurant is partially set on a riverfront deck (hence the name); it’s been open since 2008. The menu is pan-Asian, while the breezy interiors include solid wooden chairs, creative lighting, and plenty of fresh flowers. Vietnamese ingredients are used in dishes like Phu Quoc prawn rolls and regional soft-shell-crab tempura—but foods sourced globally include French foie gras and New Zealand lamb.

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The Deck - Saigon's Expat Watering Hole

After a hard days work, play or sight seeing, a trip to The Deck will always cap the day off right and serve as the start to a fantastic night on the town. Located outside of District 1, The Deck is my favorite place to unwind and enjoy a few cocktails or partake in some of Saigon’s famous seafood dishes during a five-star dinning experience. No matter where I am in the world, being next to a body of water relaxes me and helps me forget about the issues of the day. The Deck is set right on the Saigon River and offers this to me in addition to purple and cobalt hued sunsets. The Deck 38 Nguyen U Di | Thao Dien, Ho Chi Minh City District 2, Vietnam 84 8 3744 6632

Sunset Drinks on the Mekong River

Make sure to get to this riverside bar and restaurant early—there’s no better romantic experience in Ho Chi Minh City than sipping a French 75 at sunset overlooking the Mekong at this spot. The food at The Deck is pretty good, too: the crispy duck pancakes make a great snack while sipping on cocktails.

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