Travelers to Vietnam often email me to ask for restaurant and food suggestions. Though there are a few past posts that I point them to, I’m always a bit reluctant to recommend specific spots, out of fear that they won’t like it or that the place is closed or has moved. I’m not a travel or guidebook writer and my knowledge is based on gut instinct more than a database of restaurants and street stalls.
However, I am good at researching places before I arrive. The books at the top of this post are the kinds of works that I peruse before going to Vietnam. They’re not all bonafide guidebooks but they are full of insights for your adventure. Here’s a rundown from the top of the pile: