An interesting touch to the recently opened Spice Temple is that the whole ground floor is reserved for motorbike parking, which is rare in the golden area of Saigon. Just a few metres off Nguyen Hue walking street and set in a three-storey building, Spice Temple oozes modernity and elegance through the use of subtle lighting, high windows and wooden geometric wall decorations.

Recently opened, the swank, sophistication and cuisine of Twenty21One has gained itself some positive feedback. So what does our mystery diner think? Photos by Bao Zoan

If you fancy going for a beer and a game of billiards, on the far side of town, then head on down to Heyday Beer Club.

Xoi Xiu

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A Vietnamese staple, xoi or glutinous rice is eaten at any time of the day. One tasty version served up with meat can be found at Xoi Xiu. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Leah Rolando

Sancho Cantina on Bui Vien in District 1 has given itself the tag of king of Mexicali food in Ho Chi Minh City since opening earlier this year. But if co-owner Calvin Bui has his way, Sancho’s will soon be the king of Mexicali food in all of Asia. They already make one of the best margaritas in Vietnam.

To find Indika: House of Curiosities, you must keep your eyes peeled for the logo at the street entrance and follow the winding path down past the restaurants and cafés. You are then greeted by a spacious courtyard decorated with green outdoor furniture and a constant rhythmic bass line coming from the music.

Located in a secluded alley in Tay Ho, this is an excellent place to chill out on a sunny afternoon while enjoying a Moroccan tajine or French flammekueche and a Brazilian coffee.

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