The weather here in Ho Chi Minh City is pretty much always like the dog days of summer. It’s hot, it’s humid and it also happens to be the year of the dog. So let’s paws for a moment and consider five great dog-friendly restaurants that will treat your four-legged friend right.
Boomerang throws a lot of Antipodean dog-friendliness out in District 7, and it usually comes back in the form of well-behaved canines.
This large and popular bistro on the scenic promenade of Phu My Hung welcomes dogs in their outside section for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as long as the pooches are on a leash to ensure the happiness of other diners.
When people arrive with a dog, the canine customer gets a water bowl with some fresh water. There are also plans being hatched for homemade dog treats for pups.
“We love dogs here and realise they are part of your family and welcome them with open arms,” manager Tony Cappello told AsiaLIFE.
The Crescent Residence 2, CR2 3-4, 107 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7
Heart of Darkness Brewery
Dogs are welcome in the garden bar at the Heart of Darkness Brewery in District 1.
Like all customers, dogs are expected to be polite to the brewery’s staff, furniture and other customers.
There is plenty of shade for the dogs and their human companions in the outdoor section. Human customers can order food and drinks, while the pooches are provided with free bowls of water.
For people who arrive without their dogs, or don’t want to hang out with other people’s pets, there are plenty of other eating and drinking and areas inside.
AsiaLIFE recommends pairing a drinking-with-dogs session with a Chicago hotdog (of course) and a few glasses of Primeval Forest Pilsner (because dogs love trees).
31D Ly Tu Trong, District 1, HCMC
Despite the high-brow name of this French bistro, you don’t need to have a superior breed of dog to bring it along to The Refinery.
Hounds of all descriptions can hang out in in the outdoor patio section, no matter whether their owners are stopping by for a coffee, a glass of wine or a meal.
Well-behaved dogs are always welcome, as are parakeets, according to Refinery’s owner Noelle Carr-Ellison. Every dog customer is given a bowl of water on arrival.
The Refinery is also a place to ponder that eternal question — to share or not to share … when you order a shared platter. Consulting with your canine friend may bring enlightenment in this case.
The Refinery’s sister restaurants, La Chola, Au Parc, Propaganda and Rico Taco, are equally dog-friendly, Noelle told AsiaLIFE.
74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, HCMC
Saigon Outcast calls itself “the place where you come to be you”, and if you’re a dog-person, Saigon Outcast is definitely for you.
Dogs are welcome in this bohemian almost-anything-goes home-away-from-home in District 2’s Thao Dien. Most days you’ll find a dog or two wandering around, lounging or just generally chilling, while their two-legged friends chat, enjoy a few cold beers, snack, skateboard or climb.
Fur-babies are welcome at all of Saigon Outcast’s events, from weekend markets and movie nights to live music and after-work wind-downs.
188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC
Sancho’s Craft Beer + Mexican Kitchen
Sancho’s dog policy is quite simple, according to owner Calvin Bui: “All dogs are welcome. The end.”
It’s this kind of simplicity and friendliness that makes Sancho’s what it is, a great place to hang out with friends — old, new and four-legged — while tucking into great Mexi-Cali fare and some Rooster craft beer above the table, and free water under the table.
Sancho’s is also a place where people are happy to have a bit of fun.
So while all dogs are welcome, and they don’t even need to be on a lead, Mexican dogs are especially welcome. In fact, if anyone ever brings a Xoloitzcuintli to Sanchos, Calvin will spring for a free pitcher of Margarita. (To claim, Sancho’s management needs to be informed a day ahead of the visit.)
For those who don’t know, Xoloitzcuintli, also known as a Mexican hairless dog, are believed to be descended from the pre-Columbian Xoloitzcuintle dog, and they come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.