Everyone loves a well-made baked good, and with the slew of options in Ho Chi Minh City for a great baguette, rustic loaf or tasty sweet treat, we figured we had to compile a list of great breads and bakeries in the city. From artisanal, self-taught bakers, to good old-fashioned croissants with a cup of coffee – we’ve got everything you need this month to get in between a good sourdough. Photos by Vinh Dao.
Everybody is familiar with Annam shops in Ho Chi Minh City. They are one of the most convenient places to get Western products and a wide assortment of different gourmet products. Whether it’s an imported beer, chunk of great cheese or anything your heart desires, they’ve got you covered.
What you might not know is that their bread selection is seriously fantastic. Not only do they offer two different styles of baguette, they bake a pretty diverse selection of different styles of bread. They have a bacon bread. Yes. This is true. This is probably all you need to know, but for the sake of the list I’ll mention they do a great darker walnut loaf, a hearty sourdough and a croissant that is up to snuff. The best move here is to get there early, pick out one of their personal baguette sized varieties, grab a pile of salami and cheese and make yourself a sandwich on the go.
Freshly baked “La Padam” baguettes and cheese from a quality producer in France complement a well-curated beer, wine, and liquor selection.
But we’re here about the bread. The duo at La Padam make their own signature baguette, and it is truly to die for. The combination of the quality of the cheese they carry with the moist, perfectly crusted baguette, a bit tangy, lusciously smooth on the inside – it gets us going. There might not be anything better in town for a sit down with a glass of wine and some cheese than this baguette. Camembert roti doesn’t hurt either.
230 Nguyen Van Hoang, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
This place is known all throughout the city for baking fantastic stuff and exporting it to stores around town. Voelker might have one of the most diverse selections of breads, but most importantly they are consistent in their quality.
Baguettes galore, a giant sourdough, and a killer brioche. The cool thing too is that for something super rich like brioche, you can get smaller versions than a whole loaf. Sometimes you want that rich, insanely buttery dessert-style bread, but you may be a bachelor, and you don’t want to waste so much of a good thing. Or you eat the whole thing, and you don’t show up for work the next day. They’ve also recently started doing bagels. Their croissants are killer, and although many of their desserts aren’t bread related, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re going to want to stock up a handful on your way out the door.
39 Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
This hotel has been recognized for their bread and pastry programme for as long as they have been around, and for good reason.
Their process of creating each product is simple yet sophisticated. Following the commitment to using only organic ingredients from the of finest sources, Sofitel’s baked goods are freshly hand-crafted with care every day. Their skillful patissiers, with their many years of experience, know well how to bring pleasure to customers by harmonising traditional French recipes with the latest trends. Their baked goods include macarons, croissants, muffins, almond brioche, Danish and cookies.
Plus, you could just show up and lose your mind on any day of the week when they are providing fine, world class service at their hotel’s restaurant.
Central Plaza Building, 17 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Banh Mi Hoa Ma
We don’t know what it is exactly, but we could venture a guess that Banh Mi Hoa Ma’s sandwiches are so good because of the quality of the bread they use.
Well, sure, all of the ingredients on their sandwiches are stellar, but for whatever reason this place is on fire every single day with locals and tourists alike. Reviews online frequently boast this place as being one of the best breakfast meals that visitors have ever had. Something about their baguette. Wide, perfectly crunch-chewy on the outside, light and fluffy, and slightly sweet on the inside, like biting into a tasty baked pillow that just happened to be packed with a bunch of mouthwatering ingredients.
Don’t believe us? Show up for lunch. They close early, so get there as soon as possible!
53 Cao Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City