Non-Touristy Things to Do in Vietnam on a City Break in Ho Chi Minh City

Face on the facade of the post office in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Are you looking for non-touristy things to do in Vietnam? Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) was the most non-touristy place that we visited in Vietnam. Since we were in a less touristy place, we focused on doing less touristy things. Read on to find out more about things to do in Ho Chi Minh City that are a bit off the usual tourist trail.

Sample Vietnamese Craft Beer in Ho Chi Minh City

Non-touristy Vietnam: Beer at Pasteur Street Brewery in Ho Chi Minh City
The Vietnamese craft beer scene is definitely on the rise. We stopped at Pasteur Street Brewery and Heart of Darkness. We also discovered a variety of craft beers on offer at Malt Bar.
Non-touristy places in Vietnam: Craft beer at Heart of Darkness in Ho Chi Minh City

Grab a Cocktail with a Sunset View at the Caravelle Hotel in HCMC

Things do do in Ho Chi Minh City: Sunset views from the Caravelle Hotel
The Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City features a rooftop bar. Ride the elevator to the top and stake out a table on the balcony for sunset views with your happy hour cocktail.
Jameson on the bar at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Cocktails at the rooftop bar of the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Enjoy a Non-touristy Foodie Lunch at Saigon's Mountain Retreat

non-touristy lunch of Vietnamese spring rolls at Mountain Retreat in Ho Chi Minh City
We discovered a hidden gem of a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to Google Maps. Mountain Retreat is situated five stories up a spiraling staircase with a centerpiece of red lanterns. We were rewarded for our exertions with a gourmet meal; one of the best we had in Vietnam.
Staircase with red lanterns in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Get a Vietnamese Foot Massage at HCMC's Sỏi Spa

non-touristy places in Vietnam: Soi Spa sign in Ho Chi Minh City
For as little as $15 USD an hour, you can treat yourself to a Vietnamese foot massage in Ho Chi Minh City. I tried Sỏi Spa located on the top floor of an office building. The atmosphere was relaxed and the spa incredibly clean and hygienic. It's definitely worth taking the time to enjoy the art of Vietnamese maassage.

Negotiate for Cheap Shorts at the Bến Thành Market

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam: Bến Thành Market
You can find just about anything at Bến Thành Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Take some time, wander around, and be prepared to negotiate. We bargained hard for a pair of cheap shorts. We got them for the equivalent of about $5 USD which seemed like a good deal until they fell apart after one wear. You win some, you lose some.

Mail Your Postcards and Wave to Ho Chi Minh's Smiling Countenance in the Post Office

Portrait of Ho Chi Minh in the post office in Saigon Vietnam
The post office in Ho Chi Minh City boasts some impressive architecture. Come here to mail your postcards beneath a huge portrait of Uncle Ho himself.

Print Your Instagrams with Boft at the Mall in Ho Chi Minh City

Non-touristy things to do in Vietnam: Boft Instagram printing machine in Ho Chi Minh City
We ducked into a modern shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City to get a break from the oppressive May heat. That's when I discovered Boft. You can call up your Instagram account and print out your favorite photos for a small fee. The locals simply love it and this is about as non-touristy as Vietnam gets. 

Take an Air-Conditioned Coffee Break Like a Local in Vietnam

Highlands Coffee being prepared in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
In Ho Chi Minh City, coffee shops are a great resource. Not only are they full of caffeinated goodness, they are also generally air-conditioned. We visited Vietnamese chain coffee shops like Highlands Coffee and Korean-based The Coffee House. The Coffee House even featured frozen coffee ice cubes in our iced beverage. Definitely a very refreshing and non-touristy place in Vietnam.
Non-touristy places in Vietnam: Coffee ice cubes in iced coffee at The Coffee House in Ho Chi Minh City

Get on a Motorcycle and Eat All the Street Food with a Back of the Bike Tour in HCMC

Back of the Bike Street Food Tour in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
In Ho Chi Minh City, the preferred mode of transportation for locals is a motorcycle. I'd never dare drive a motorcycle on the streets of Vietnam but that doesn't mean I wouldn't get on the back of a bike. We signed up for a street food tour with Back of the Bike Tours ($67 per person at the time of writing). We darted through some pretty gnarly traffic as we made our way from one delectable food stall to another. 
Spicy quail on the Back of the Bike Street Food Tour in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
We started with a picnic of green papaya salad and dried beef liver. Spicy quail sandwiches followed at a shop that sells 3000 quails a day. We got to make a Vietnamese pancake before eating one with wine samples. A hearty soup filled in the cracks in our full stomachs. Dessert included coconut jello, flan, and pumpkin custard. We were definitely weighing down the back of the bike more at the end of the evening than at the start!
Vietnamese dishes tried on the Back of the Bike Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Map of Non-Touristy Places in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City? What are your favorite non-touristy things to do in Vietnam?

Further Reading About Things to Do in Vietnam

For more on things to do in Ho Chi Minh City (albeit things that are a little more touristy but in a sober way), check out: Three Vietnam War Era Sites That Americans Should See On a Trip to Ho Chi Minh City. If you enjoy city breaks in Vietnam, read highlights of things to do in Hanoi.

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