20 Best Dishes To Eat In Da Lat Vietnam & Where

Dalat Food Guide

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 very unique feature for Dalat cuisine.

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 added different types of ingredients such as quail eggs, scallions, pork rinds, and dried shrimp.

grilled Vietnamese pizza

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

grilled Dalat pizza

 

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 accompany with Banh mi. 

When eating, often people will cut bread into small pieces, dipping in the cup of small broth, adding a bit of satay to create spiciness. 

Banh mi xiu mai

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 most popular area is the lakeside area and the night market. 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 maded 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, free tea and coffee at this place. 

Da Lat food

 

5. Nem nuong

Nem nướng (grilled pork) is an outstanding 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 roll 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. 

nem nuong Da lat food

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. 

grilled chicken and rice

Where to try

We enjoyed dining at Cá Nướng Cơm Lam. Address: 142 Phan Đình Phùng

The price here is cheaper than the other places, and their chicken tastes amazing. A big-size grilled chicken is enough for 3 to 4 people.

We haven’t tried their grilled fish yet but heard it’s very good as well. 

 

7. Beef noodles

If you love beef noodles, don’t forget to try one at Phu Gia noodle shop. 

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! 

beef noodles

 

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)

banh can Dalat food

 

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 pieces of chicken, and dinners try it with delicious sauce and vegetables. 

Where to try Banh uot ga

  • 68 Phan Đình Phùng

banh uot long ga

 

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

We had an enjoyable time at Leguda hotpot buffet restaurant after taking Da Lat cable car. 

The restaurant is located on the top of Robin hill, so you can 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 culinary paradise, with many unique vegetables of Dalat. The price is also reasonable, all food is fresh and worth a try.

vegetable hotpot Da Lat Vietnam

 

11. BBQ meat

Getting warm-up by the charcoal stove, choosing each skewer, and grilling it by 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

grilled meat bbq restaurants Da Lat Vietnam

 

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

snail

 

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 night markets. Our favorite one 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 those who are fan of avocado, 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 a rich, aromatic avocado and condensed milk. 

avocado icecream

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 an amazing experience. 

The most famous restaurant is Ba Toa Quan Go Hot Pot Restaurant. Address: 1/29 Hoàng Diệu.

beef hotpot Da Lat food

 

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 a part to make hotpot dishes more attractive and tasty.

Where to try: Chicken hotpot 3/4 street is the most popular place to try this dish. 

chicken hotpot Da Lat food

 

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.

Beside Char siu rice, we also recommend roasted duck rice and soy chicken rice. 

Address: 143 Bùi Thị Xuân

char siu rice

 

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 freindly atmostphere for diners. 

Here, you can choose from beef curry, chicken curry, Penang curry to braised beef. The brooth is creamy and savory, and beef is soft and tender. 

Address: 32 Anh Sang hamlet, Da Lat

curry dish

 

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 a bit 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. 

Bun Bo Hue Vietnamese Food

 

20. Wonton noodles

Wonton noodles is a delicious combination of soft noodles, and wontons 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

wonton noodles

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