Veggy's - maybe closed

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 7 reviews )

Pham Hong Thai St (at Ben Thanh market), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

One of the few stores in HCMC that you can sometimes find things like soy yogurt, ready made hummus, and other vegan items such as nuts, seeds, lentils, spices, tahini, Bragg liquid aminos, maple syrup, molasses, dates, and imported avocados. There is a cold room with a selection of fresh vegetable. Previously at 29A Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. NOTE: maybe closed/shut down - please verify and let HappyCow know. Open daily.

7 Reviews

First Review by gallivantingnomad

Not vegetarian - Edit

First thing to see on the door is a cow drawing with all the meat cuts they sell.
Once inside there's some good variety of health products and produce but nothing really vegan exclusive. The Amy's products they were selling were already expired (I checked because they where 50% off)

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F~@&!ng expensive - Edit

I came here to buy a carton of soy milk because my favourite cafe did not have it. The shop didn't have soy milk, so I picked up a carton of (an Australian brand of) almond milk instead. At the counter I was told it was VND170K. For reference, generally a whole meal in a restaurant will cost me between VND50K and VND100K. For further reference, a carton of soy milk in Australia is usually between $2 and $5, and it's around $10 here. I understand that this is considered an imported luxury item, but it was a bit of a shock. I actually didn't have enough money on me. Because this is obviously an issue of economics, I'm not quite sure what rating to give.

Pros: Provides items hard to find elsewhere

Cons: Very expensive

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Veggy's, Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

There's assorted comments below that are similar to my view.

1stly there are at least a few products on sale (e.g. tins of corned beef hash, tins of tuna chunks) that quite clearly are not vegetarian. There's also other products on sale that with a little examination I suspect are unlikely to be vegetarian due to some of the ingredients used.

There's a lot of products on sale that seem to be general western products that I wouldn't particularly expect to see in a health food shop (e.g. Kellog's breakfast cereals, doritos). There's other things in there that I would expect to see such as a few Amy's Kitchen products and at least one product advertising itself as gluten free.

I'm well enough educated on what the availability and quality of health food shops is like in HCMC to be able to comment otherwise. Thus while this place seems underwhelming, as others have said it may possible be of use to some.

Pros: Some stuff on sale some may find useful

Cons: Not 100% vego (corned beef hash, tuna)

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Not Veg At All, But a Good Resource - Edit

Although this store doesn't even attempt to target vegetarians (much less vegans) by any stretch of the imagination (a full butcher counter, all dairy products, eggs), they do happen to carry enough items that would make it a valuable resource to most veg people living on the area or visiting for any significant duration.

The second floor features a walk-in refrigerator which contains many beautiful and delicious fruits and vegetables, hummus, and all of the dairy products, and also functions as a nice reprieve from the heat. ;)

There are some typical "western" snacks, breakfast cereals, and comfort foods (like cake mix and pasta) that could be really nice for foreigners loving in HCM. For those vacationing, it's worth a look of you are in the area, but the items for sale are mostly intended to be prepared at home in your kitchen. Apart from the nuts (which are widely available elsewhere in Vietnam), the only real on-the-go snack foods are total junk and probably not worth the trip, unless you are really craving that sort of thing.

Worth a look, but not veg by any standard, although could be a nice spot for long-term residents.

Pros: Some unique imports, Hummus, Fresh Produce

Cons: Mostly bulk or pantry-size items

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Limited but potentially useful - Edit

As others have stated, this isn't the vegetarian haven one might hope for... but it does have certain products that you can't find anywhere else. If you really want an Amy's burrito or shepherd's pie, for example, or certain Eden products, they may have exactly what you want (and the extra price is understandable as it's all imported). Still, it's a bit of a wasted opportunity and the shelves seem to be half-full of normal products you can find in other shops.

Pros: Some unique products

Cons: Expensive, Small, Limited selection

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Stevie 21 Sep 2015 - Hi enRoute,

I've just been to this shop. Your description and opinion is seems pretty accurate to me.

Keep well, Stevie  

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Uninspired - Edit

This isn't the place to buy vegies in!

I agree that the pair of shops on Nam Nghi are better for prepared Western foods like tahini, muesli etc, although this stuff is available at Veggy's. BTW, so is meat, so the name is a bit of a misnomer.

I went to the Veggy's in District 1. Not worth the hype they give themselves when there are alternatives available.

Pros: Convenient at times

Cons: Price , Alternatives available

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RIP OFF - Edit

Over priced rip off merchants. They sell vegetables that are old and try to charge you full price. Everything here is 3 times the price of other places in the City.

Go to Ham Nghi street just up from Ngoc Lan bakery there are two shops next to each other which have the same stuff at a fraction of the price.

or try the deliver organic vegies from Dalat Mon to Sat. Much cheaper than Veggys.

Pros: There are none

Cons: Rip off, Rip off, Sullen staff

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