Nineteen Restaurant at the Caravelle Saigon hotel is a seafood buff et delight. Italian at Opera in the Park Hyatt is superb, La Villa and Chanh Bistro are top-notch French eateries, Noir nails it for fusion and Ichiba Sushi Vietnam is renowned for its sashimi. The adventurous may care to try deep-fried snake (good for virility), fertilised duck eggs, and scorpion and snake wine. Coff ee is an art form here too, with iced coff ee preferred due to the humidity.
For top-end retail head to Diamond Plaza, Vincom Centre or Saigon Centre, or shop like a local in Trai Street. Fashion can be found in Nguyen Hue Street and antiques at Le Cong Kieu. Be ready to haggle at Ben Thanh Market and Tan Dinh Market in District 1 and fi nish your day with a mani/pedi in the Pham Ngu Lao area and a drink at the Temple Club or on the roof top bars at the Caravelle, Rex or Majestic hotels.