Where to eat fast food in Vietnam - Vietnamese fast food

Fast food is an icon of the hustle and bustle modern life. Almost people choose to eat fast food because it is time-saving and convenient. Besides, many popular fast-food chains own their secret recipes to make their special taste that are irresistibly delicious. And in the countries, many people eat fast-food not just because of its convenience but they are really fans of this kind of food.

On the way exploring Vietnam, we have many times asked by our clients about where to eat fast food like burger, pizza, fried chicken and chip… in Vietnam. Ad we realize that many of tourists might have the same questions when they are planning a trip to Vietnam. But, is it worth having fast-food on your customized trip to the destinations in Vietnam, where are famous for having a rich and unique cuisine, or are the fast-food really that “fast” to eat? After thinking about all of those questions, we decides to write this article to give you a short but clear answer of the fact about fast-food in Vietnam and give you some recommendations when you really want to include fast-food on your travel meal.

Fun facts about fast food in Vietnam

The fast-food industry is really thriving around the world, with hundreds of famous fast-food chains spreading over countries’ border. Vietnam, with population of over 90 million people is a potential market for the fast-food companies. However, even though more than a dozen fast-food brands have stepped into Vietnam and grown up for over a decade, the size of this industry in Vietnam is still far away from what the enterprises expect. But not like some unevidenced comments from someone who has never been to Vietnam that “the fast food industry cannot develop in Vietnam because Vietnamese people are poor to pay for a meal in fast-food restaurant”, when travel to Vietnam, you can easily find out here are the true reasons:

In Vietnam, there are food services that are even faster

When enjoy a food tour along Vietnam, you will be totally surprised by how fast a food seller at a street vendor can prepare a dish for customers. You can have a hot big bowl of Pho just 2 minutes after your order, or a crunchy Banh mi with full of barbecue, corianders, cucumber and spices under 5 minutes. These incredibly fast service can totally beat the key to success of fast-food: fast served.

Vietnamese street food is much more various than fast-food restaurants’ menu

It might take months to enjoy all of Vietnamese street food along the country. From world famous Pho, Banh mi, Bun bo Hue to some unique street food that you may never hear about before such as avocado ice cream, clamp rice, Cao lau, Lemon grass skewers pork… For foodies, Vietnam is really a food paradise. From breakfast to night supper, Vietnamese cuisine can always fulfill your stomach, different dishes for different meals if you want, there is no problems.

Vietnamese food services are even more convenient compared to fast-food services

In Vietnam, there is no 24-hour open fast food restaurant, but Vietnam is famous for it night food stall along the street when every restaurant is closed. Vietnamese people do not have fried chicken or burger for their breakfast and late-night meal. Another thing to make Vietnamese street food more convenient is that Vietnamese people mostly travel on a motorcycle, so it is much easily to stop by a street food stall on the side of the street to by some hot-served dishes.

Vietnamese street food is also much cheaper compared to the price in fast food restaurants. You can easily buy a big bowl of delicious Bun bo Hue with under 2$. While a Big Mac may cost 5$ at least.

In Vietnam, fast food can be a way to reward kids.

Vietnamese elderlies are rarely found in fast-food restaurants, since they have spent a whole life eating Vietnamese food and they would stick to Vietnamese taste. However, kids are biggest fans of fried chicken, pizza, burger and chips, because they have a really good and unique taste, totally different from the casual meals the kids have every day. Another reason is that fast-food restaurants run many promotional campaigns targeting the kids. How can a toddler refuse the loveliness of Jollibee’s mascot, or the friendly clown of Mc Donald’s? Vietnamese parents usually reward their children, when they get a good grade at school, or help their parents a lot, by bringing the kids to their favourite fast-food restaurant. Who wants a hot spicy wing? Me

Where to enjoy fast food in Vietnam

Almost fast-food restaurants are in city center like in shopping mall, main street, top tourist attractions, in the airports… It will be much easier to find a fast-food restaurant in a big city like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang, Hai Phong than in the smaller cities and provinces. Here are the most famous fast-food brands that have stepped into Vietnam and built their reputation here.

  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • Lotteria
  • Burger King
  • Jollibee
  • Popeyes
  • The Pizza Company
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Pizza Hut


KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken opened the first store in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam in 1997 and became the first foreign fast-food chain to step into Vietnamese market. After more than 2 decades of development, KFC has 140 stores in 21 cities and provinces. To Vietnamese customers, the most loved item of KFC is its traditional fried chicken, with a secret recipe to make a true American taste.

KFC Zinger Fried Chicken Burger

KFC Friend Chicken Burger (Cre: CNN)

Find KFC restaurant near you: https://kfcvietnam.com.vn/en/find-a-kfc.html


McDonald’s is the biggest franchise in the fast-food industry, presents in more than 118 countries and proudly serves nearly 70 million customers every day. This giant has 23 restaurants in Vietnam, all located in Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi. Vietnam McDonald’s menu also consists of the iconic item of this brand: French Fries, Big Mac, and Chicken McNuggets. Services and quality in McDonald’s Vietnam are also committed to follow the company’s global standards.

McDonald's Big Mac

McDonald's Big Mac (Cre: McDonalds.com)

Find McDonald’s restaurant near you: https://mcdonalds.vn/restaurants.html


Lotteria is a fast-food chain comes from Korea and guaranteed by Lotte Group - one of the five largest Korean corporations. The brand arrived in Vietnam in 2004 and has opened more than 210 restaurants in over 30 cities and provinces along the country. The most favorited items of Lotteria are hot and spicy chicken (HS chicken), fried chicken with soy sauce, shrimp burger…

Find Lotteria restaurant near you: https://www.lotteria.vn/

Burger King

Burger King is world’s second-largest hamburger chain. Their restaurants diligently bring the best quality burgers to more than 11 million guests around the world every day. First appear in Vietnam in 2011, the chain is now present in 5 cities and provinces in Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, and Kien Giang.

Burger King Whooper

Burger King's Whooper (Cre: Burger King)

Find Burger King restaurant near you: https://burgerking.vn/storepickup


From The Philippines, the lovely red bee from Jollibee has arrived in Vietnam since 2005. Jollibee has more than 100 stores across the country. The kids love the bee, and they also love sweet, sour and spicy fried chicken, pasta, mango and peach cake, hamburger and ice cream.

Jolliebee red bee, fried chicken, chips, spaghetti, burger

Jollibee best seller items (Cre: Jollibee)

Find Jollibee restaurant near you: https://jollibee.com.vn/en/cua-hang


Despite just opening their first story in Vietnam in 2013, Popeyes is now present in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Kien Giang, Hai Phong, Dong Nai, Da Nang, Binh Duong and Da Lat, with 35 restaurants. Popeyes is loved by its spicy and mild fried chicken, with a very American taste, crunchy outlet layer with soft meat inside, seasoned with spices mixed by an unique recipe to bring an aromatic flavor. Most famous item of Popeyes Vietnam is its Cajun fries.

Popeyes chicken nuggets

Popeyes' crunchy chicken nuggets (Cre: Today.com)


Find Popeyes restaurant near you: https://popeyes.vn/store.html/

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