What and where to eat in Dalat: A complete local guide

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You are a traveler and you are not sure what to eat or where to eat in Dalat City. The comprehensive list below is just right for you. Along with breathtaking scenery and comfortable weather, Dalat is also famous for its exquisite food. This city owns itself an excellent condition for farming, which provides high-quality and fresh vegetables for every dish served to customers. So even though you are a fan of Western cuisines, a local-food addict, or even a BBQ lover, you will always be able to find your favorite places here.

A guide for local-food explorers

Dalat's local food is a particular highlight for every traveler. With fresh ingredients, the dishes are made in simple ways while the flavors are superb. Enjoying Dalat's local cuisines in such perfect weather while watching beautiful scenery is a brilliant experience you shouldn't miss. Discover your own with some recommendations from locals:

Bánh căn

An excellent combination for a completely flavorful meal. Photo by ninheating

Known as Vietnamese mini pancakes, topped with eggs, meat, or seafood, the pancakes are served with broth made with fish sauce and meatballs. A serve of Bánh căn certainly warms you up in Dalat's cool weather. The dish is a delicious meal at a reasonable price.

Price from 20,000 VND ($0.9)

Where to eat in Dalat?

  1. Bánh căn Nhà Chung
  • Address: 1 Nhà Chung Street, Ward 3, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 7:00AM - 9:30PM
  1. Bánh căn Cây Bơ
  • Address: 56 Tăng Bạt Hổ Street, Ward 1, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 6:00AM - 11:30AM

Bánh ướt lòng gà

Bánh ướt lòng gà is a strongly recommended dish by locals. Photo by now.vn_saigon

Vietnamese steamed rice cake with boiled chicken served with sweet and sour fish sauce and Vietnamese herbs. The cuisine with familiar ingredients, simply cooked though the taste is unforgettable.

Price from 40,000 VND ($1.80)

Where to eat in Dalat?

  1. Bánh ướt lòng gà Long
  • Address: Alley 202, Phan Đình Phùng Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  1. Bánh ướt lòng gà Trang (400 meters away from Dalat central market)
  • Address: 15F Tăng Bạt Hổ Street, Ward 1, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 11:00AM - 8:00PM

Bánh mì xíu mại:

Bánh mì xíu mại is Dalat's beloved ubiquitous food. Photo by phe.vivu

Bánh mì xíu mại is a Vietnamese baguette served with meatballs and pork skin broth. This is a familiar dish for both locals and travelers. Bánh mì xíu mại can be easily found on nearly every street corner. This is a must-try breakfast while staying in Dalat.

Price from 20,000 VND ($0.9)

Where to eat in Dalat?

  1. Bánh mì xíu mại 4 Trần Nhật Duật
  • Address: 4 Trần Nhật Duật Street, Ward 5, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 6:00AM - 7:00PM
  1. Bánh mì xíu mại Hoàng Diệu
  • Address: 26 Hoàng Diệu Street, Ward 5, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 6:00AM - 9:00AM

Bánh tráng nướng:

The most popular street food in Dalat City. Photo by xinchaolocals.com

Foreigners usually call it Vietnamese pizza. The Bánh tráng nướng's base is made of rice paper grilled over charcoal which is crispy and light, topped with various toppings like sausage, beef jerky, dried krill, spring onion, mayonnaise, chili sauce, etc. You are recommended to have Bánh tráng nướng with a hot glass of soybean milk - a perfect combo for a chilling Dalat night.

Price from 15,000 VND ($0.70)

Where to eat in Dalat?

  1. Bánh tráng nướng 112 Nguyễn Văn Trỗi
  • Address: 112 Nguyễn Văn Trỗi Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  1. Bánh tráng nướng Dì Đinh
  • Address: 26 Hoàng Diệu Street, Ward 5, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 2:00PM - 8:00PM

Suggestions for fans of Western food

Dalat is a beautiful place for chefs to discover and advance their culinary careers, especially Western art. The exciting thing about popular Western restaurants in Dalat is that the chefs are primarily local. Therefore, they know well about high-quality ingredient resources, then combine them perfectly to create authentic and delightful Western cuisines.

DearMoon Dining

It would be much more significant to enjoy your meal with a glass of red wine while admiring Dalat's view from the rooftop. Photo by DearMoon Dining Facebook Page‌‌

DearMoon Dining is a small and intimate rooftop Western restaurant located near Dalat's central market. The owner desires to share good food with his friends or family; that's why he created a cozy and friendly diner for customers. The cuisines are authentic and well-marinated to the taste. You will be checked upon experience by the wholehearted staff so that they can alter dishes for your preference. Since the restaurant does not have plenty of space, you should book your table in advance via phone (0765 787 061) or Facebook fan page.

  • Address: 242 Bùi Thị Xuân Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (right in front of Bùi Thị Xuân High School, ground floor is a milk tea house, the restaurant is on the rooftop. Get there)
  • Opening hour: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • À la carte menu with price from 100,000 VND ($4.40)

Chef's Dalat Restaurant

The dishes are beautifully prepared at Chef's Dalat Restaurant. Photo by Chefs Dalat Facebook Page

Chef's Dalat is a European restaurant established by a passionate local chef located near Dalat University. While presenting with a simple setup and cozy ambiance, Chef's Dalat provides a great culinary experience with good food, professional service, and affordable price. Don't forget to try beautiful Artichoke tart, traditional Italian pizza, and strawberry soup if you visit this place. The restaurant's surroundings are romantic in the evening onward, which is also perfect for a date.

  • Address: 2 Lý Nam Đế Street, Ward 8, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 10:00AM - 10:00PM
  • À la carte menu with price from 150,000 VND ($6,60)

For BBQ lovers

In cold weather in Dalat City, gathering around a fire grill and having delicious BBQ cuisine is undoubtedly a great experience. There are various BBQ styles, ranging from local to Korean or eclectic style. If you are interested in BBQ and still not sure where to eat in Dalat City, here are some recommendations:

Cút Kít BBQ & Beer

A nice BBQ place with a reasonable price. Photo by dalatreview‌‌

Located in the heart of Dalat City, Cút Kít is favored for delicious dishes and impressive decoration. Based on local ingredients, the eatery marinates with its style of mixed Vietnamese and Korean BBQ. Cút Kít BBQ & Beer is one of the most popular places for local youngsters to have good food and lovely photos after a busy day.

  • Address: 145 Phan Bội Châu Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 11:00AM - 11:00PM
  • Buffet menu with price from 160.000 VND/pax (~$7.0)

Nướng ngói Cu Đức

Cu Đức serves Vietnamese BBQ style, one of the best places in Dalat City. Photo by damanfood

Cu Đức is one of the first local BBQ restaurants to use red tile (ngói) to grill food. Using tile will help prevent food from burning and keep the best quality of meat or seafood. The eatery is among the most famous top list of BBQ diners in Dalat City. Even though Cu Đức has a standard and straightforward setup, regulars still often come back because of its diverse menu and well-marinated food. So if you plan to travel to Dalat, don't forget to stop by and enjoy superb dishes at Cu Đức.

  • Address: 6A Nguyễn Lương Bằng Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 10:00AM - 9:30PM
  • À la carte menu with price ranges from 100,000 VND to 250,000 VND ($4.40 - $11.00)

For lively nights

Le Retour

A selective collection of wine and cheese at Le Retour. Photo by Le Retour Facebook Page

Le Retour is originally a restaurant, while the place is well known with a distinguished wine bar and relaxing ambiance. The restaurant offers luxurious and romantic space, especially for couples. You can drink a glass of your favorite wine, order a cheese platter to eat over, have a talk with your friends in harmonious music background. Le Retour is a hidden place for you to rejoice.

  • Address: 38 Phan Bội Châu Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 4:00PM - 12:00AM

The Escape Bar

The best place to have fun at night. Photo by The Escape Bar & Cafe Facebook Page

Many foreigners support the Bar because of its vibrant ambiance, excellent live music, and tasty cocktails. Some even consider The Escape Bar to have the best live music in Dalat City; the band regularly covers Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Radiohead songs. So after a long day exploring Dalat's landscapes, why don't you visit The Escape Bar and enjoy a lively Dalat at night.

  • Address: 94 Bùi Thị Xuân Street, Ward 2, Dalat City (Get there)
  • Opening hour: 2:00 PM - 11:45 PM