There are many reasons to fall in love with Dalat, and one of them is its food. The diversity of cultures in Dalat has created a unique feature for Dalat cuisine.
What to eat in Da Lat?
Here are our top picks for the best Da Lat food and places to try them.
1. Dalat pizza (Grilled rice paper)
Bánh tráng nướng (grilled rice paper) is a popular snack that anyone who visits Da Lat should try.
It’s often known as “Vietnamese-style pizza” or “Dalat pizza,” and it can warm you up in the chilly weather of Da Lat.
The rice paper is grilled on charcoal until crunchy. Then, different ingredients such as quail eggs, scallions, pork rinds, and dried shrimp are added.
Best places to eat Dalat pizza
Here are our favorite places to try Dalat pizza, but you can be adventurous and try it at any street corner.
- 26 Hoàng Diệu
- 61 Nguyễn Văn Trỗi
- 180 Bùi Thị Xuân
2. Bread shumai
Bánh Mì Xíu Mại (Bread shumai) is a delicious Da lat food for breakfast. From small alley street vendors to luxurious restaurants, you can easily spot this tasty dish.
The meatball is made from lean meat, finely ground, and shaped into small cubes. The dish is served with a pinch of cilantro and pork rind and served with Banh mi.
When eating, people often cut bread into small pieces, dipping in the cup of broth, adding a bit of satay to create spiciness.
Where to eat bread shumai in Dalat
Hoang Dieu street has many great Shumai shops. Our favorite is the one at 47 Hoang Dieu.
Each portion is about 12,000 VND, including shumai and bread. To add beef and cheese, you can choose the 30,000 VND portion.
3. Grilled corn and sweet potatoes
Walking around the streets at night, enjoying corn or grilled sweet potatoes, will keep you warm and recharge after a long day of exploring.
We had them almost every night during our stay in Da Lat.
Corn and sweet potatoes are easy to find in Dalat, but the lakeside and night markets are the most popular areas. The price is only from 10,000 to 15,000 VND.
Where to buy grilled corn and sweet potatoes
- Xuan Huong Lake: 9 Tran Quoc Toan
- Dalat Night Market: 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
4. Da Lat dry fruits
Da Lat is famous for its dried fruits made from local fruits. We enjoyed the sweet buffet at L’angfarm, a trusted brand for Da Lat’s delicacy.
Here, we could sample several snacks from dried persimmon, dried sweet potatoes, dried bananas, dried jackfruit, dried taro, etc. We also had unlimited ice cream, complimentary tea, and coffee.
5. Nem nuong
Nem nướng (grilled pork) is a renowned name on the list of dishes that you must try in Dalat. What makes this dish special is the unique dipping sauce.
This dish uses the shoulder part of pork and then is grilled on charcoal. You can eat by rolling the Nem with rice paper and dip in the dipping sauce.
Although it seems simple, this special dish has a unique secret to charm its diners.
Where to try Nem nuong in Dalat
Here is the list of our favorite Nem nuong restaurants in Da Lat.
- Ba Hung Restaurant: 328 Phan Đình Phùng
- Ba Nghia Restaurant: 45 Bùi Thị Xuân
- Hung Van Restaurant: 150 Bùi Thị Xuân
6. Grilled chicken with bamboo cooked rice
Gà nướng cơm lam (grilled chicken with rice) is one of our favorite dishes in Da Lat.
The chicken is well-marinated, juicy, and has crispy skin. The dish is even better with bamboo-cooked rice and sesame salt.
Where to try
We enjoyed dining at Cá Nướng Cơm Lam. Address: 142 Phan Đình Phùng
The price is lower than the other places, and their chicken tastes delicious. A big-size grilled chicken is enough for 3 to 4 people.
We haven’t tried their grilled fish yet but heard it’s excellent as well.
7. Beef noodles
Don’t forget to try one at Phu Gia noodle shop if you love beef noodles.
Phu Gia noodles are very special. It’s freshly-made and quite similar to Japanese ramen but soft and suitable for Vietnamese tastes.
The broth is the most outstanding feature. It’s cooked with traditional remedies such as anise flavor and jujube, which are nutritious and beneficial to digestion.
The shop opens from 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and only 80 bowls are sold daily. So come before 4:30 pm!
8. “Căn” Cake (Bánh Căn)
Can cake is made from glutinous rice flour, added quail eggs or duck egg, and then scorched baked in a clay mold.
The smell of burnt crackers in the mold and taste of this snack is mouth-watering.
Best places to try Can cake
- 56 Tăng Bạt Hổ street
- 1 Nhà Chung street (near Dalat Cathedral)
9. Chicken Stuffed Pancake (Bánh ướt gà)
Usually, pancake (Banh Uot) is served with sausages, but in Dalat, people eat this cake with chicken.
The soft wet cake is served with marinated chicken pieces, and dinners try it with delicious sauce and vegetables.
Where to try Banh uot ga
- 68 Phan Đình Phùng
10. Vegetable hotpot
Da Lat is famous for its fresh vegetables, so vegetable hotpot is on the top list of things to try in this city.
Where to try
After taking Da Lat cable car, we had an enjoyable time at Leguda hotpot buffet restaurant.
The restaurant is located on the top of Robin hill to see the panoramic view of Dalat city on one side and the other side covering the pine hill of Prenn pass.
Leguda is known as a vegetable paradise, with many unique vegetables of Dalat. The price is also reasonable, and all food is fresh and worth a try.
11. BBQ meat
Getting warm-up by the charcoal stove, choosing each skewer, and grilling it ourselves is our favorite thing to do in Da Lat. You can select a variety of meat, such as chicken, pork, beef, seafood.
Here is our review of the best BBQ restaurants in Da Lat.
- Quán nướng Chu: 3 Phạm Ngũ Lão
- Fungi Chingu: 1 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai
12. Stuffed snail with meat
If you feel adventurous, why not try the famous stuffed snail dish in Da Lat?
Ốc bươu nhồi thịt (stuffed snail with meat) is a favorite snack of both locals and tourists.
Snails are cleaned, stuffed with pureed pork, and then steamed. The dish has a long-lasting fragrant, mixed with the flavor of lemongrass and sweet and sour sauce.
Places to eat stuffed snails in Da Lat
- ốc nhồi thịt: 33 Hai Bà Trưng
13. Hot Soya Milk (Sữa đậu nành nóng)
Whenever you need a little warmth for your body, get a glass of hot soy milk, and enjoy it with cakes.
Where to try soya milk in Da Lat
You can easily find a soya milk shop on the streets or at night markets. Our favorite is the Hoa Sua shop at 64 Tăng Bạt Hổ street.
The shop is about 50m from the Dalat market, opening from 4 pm till late at night. In addition to soya milk, you can also try green bean milk, peanut milk, and some cakes there.
14. Avocado ice cream
For avocado fans, don’t miss your chance to try avocado ice cream in Da Lat!
Enjoying delicious avocado ice cream in the cold weather of Da Lat is an interesting experience. This dish is made from rich, aromatic avocado and condensed milk.
Where to try Avocado ice cream in Dalat
- Kem bơ Thanh Thảo: 76 Nguyễn Văn Trỗi
- Cham cafe: 27 Nguyễn Trãi, Đà Lạt
15. Beef Hotpot
With the chilly weather of Da Lat, enjoying a delicious beef hotpot is a fantastic experience.
The most famous restaurant is Ba Toa Quan Go Hot Pot Restaurant. Address: 1/29 Hoàng Diệu.
16. Chicken hotpot with Basil leaves
In addition to beef hotpot, Lẩu gà lá é (chicken hotpot) is also a popular dish in Da Lat.
A pot costs around $10 for half a chicken, a plate of fresh noodles, some mushrooms, and a bowl of basil leaves. Dalat green vegetables are also what make hotpot dishes more attractive and tasty.
Where to try: Chicken hotpot 3/4 street is the most popular place to try this dish.
17. Char siu rice
We stumbled upon an excellent Chinese restaurant while exploring Dalat, and the dishes there are so tasty.
Our favorite one is Char siu rice, a dish of grilled sliced pork served with steamed rice and vegetable on the side.
Besides Char siu rice, we recommend roasted duck rice and soy chicken rice.
Address: 143 Bùi Thị Xuân
18. Chicken curry
If you’re bored with other dishes, we suggest trying chicken curry.
Also located on Anh Sang hamlet culinary street, Curry Chaaa is famous for its quality. The shop is quite small, offering a rustic and friendly atmosphere for diners.
Here, you can choose from beef curry, chicken curry, Penang curry to braised beef. The broth is creamy and savory, and the meat is soft and tender.
Address: 32 Anh Sang hamlet, Da Lat
19. Bun Bo Hue
Bun bo Hue is considered a signature dish of Hue, but it also gains its popularity in Da Lat.
With the cold weather of Dalat in the early morning, enjoying Hue beef noodle soup is a good choice.
Beef is soft, moderately chewy, while the broth is savory and spicy with chili satay.
Where to try Bun Bo Hue
There are many shops on Anh Sang hamlet culinary street selling Bun Bo Hue, and the most popular one is Bun Bo Van.
20. Wonton noodles
Wonton noodles are a delicious combination of soft wonton leaves wrapped in shrimp and pork. The rich broth is also a plus for this dish.
Where to try:
- Vinh Loi noodle shop: 2 Hải Thượng, Ward 6, Dalat