The food scene in Ben Tre as far as sit-down restaurants are concerned is pretty threadbare. Both the Dong Khoi and Hung Vuong restaurants have reasonable restaurants, and there's a large floating barge that is being refurbished at the moment --- once that reopens it could be a good bet. Aside from that a few stalls serve up coffee and other cold drinks on the northern rim of Truc Giang Lake and there's a couple of dimly lit, lazy chair affairs within easy walking distance. The market has a few basic noodle joints open from the early hours onwards, but come the evening they mostly vacate the premises. The riverfront, which is screaming out for a few cold-drink shacks was totally devoid of eating options when we passed through.
Noi Ben Tre
Add: Hung Vuong Street
A multistorey barge moored in the river, this place doesn’t cruise, but it does draw a healthy breeze by night. The menu is extensive and includes everything you can imagine and some things you can’t.
Hao Ai Restaurant
Add: Tan Thach village Hamlet 2
Set in lush landscaped gardens, this attractive island restaurant does a roaring trade with tour groups exploring the delta by boat. There are enough pavilions for independent travellers to hide away and generous set menus are available for two or more. Get here by hiring a private boat from Ben Tre or My Tho.
Add: 40 Phan Ngoc Tong
Centrally located, this place draws a lively local crowd thanks to its popular grilled chicken, best washed down with lashings of draught beer.