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Eating Da Nang food is one of the highlights of visiting the city! Traditional Vietnamese cuisine, fresh-caught seafood and international fare are all on offer. During our two weeks in the city, we feasted on top local gastronomy and sought out the best restaurants in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Da Nang Food: What To Eat in Da Nang
The food in Da Nang is some of the best – and most unique – in the country. Located between the sea and the Central Highlands – and at the half-way point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang cuisine has evolved from a blend of influences. Furthermore, because Da Nang attracts expats from around the world (and, in recent years, has seen an influx of Korean visitors), there is a higher concentration of international eateries in Da Nang than in the rest of the country.
What Food is Da Nang Known For?
The most famous Da Nang food is Mi Quang. In fact, a bowl of Mi Quang noodles is easier to find than Vietnam’s most iconic noodle dish, Pho. Mi Quang, which is a bowl of rice noodles in a turmeric broth topped with meat and herbs, is typically served for breakfast. However, because it is the most famous food in Da Nang, many restaurants and vendors serve it throughout the day.
Other popular local Da Nang food is Banh Xeo (crispy pancakes), Com Ga (chicken and rice) and Bun Cha Ca Da Nang (fishcake noodle soup).
Da Nang Restaurant Scene: Where To Eat in Da Nang
Just like the rest of Vietnam, there is no shortage of places to eat in Da Nang. As is often the case in Vietnam, many of the same types of eateries are found in one area.
Restaurants featuring the best local food in Da Nang are found in the city center. Meanwhile, the best international restaurants in Da Nang are found in the An Thuong district between the Han River and the East Vietnam Sea. In the markets and on the street corner, vendors make delicious Da Nang street food. And, for visitors seeking the best seafood in Da Nang, the Man Thai fishing village is the place to go.
Restaurants: Best Food Da Nang
There is such a massive variety of things to eat in Da Nang! We never got bored of the city’s cuisine – and had no trouble finding good food in Da Nang, either. During our stay, we indulged in the traditional local cuisine, but feasted on international fare, too. To help other travelers, we created a list of the best places in eat in Da Nang.
Best Restaurants in Da Nang
Eating is one of our favorite Da Nang activities! Our list of top restaurants in Da Nang features both local food and establishments serving food from around the globe.
Use our Da Nang Food Guide to find the best food in the city. For each of the Da Nang restaurants on our list we provide a recommended dish and a link to Google Maps so that you can easily route your way there. At the end of the post, we include a Da Nang Restaurant Map of all our recommendations.
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Banh Xeo Ba Duong: Best Banh Xeo Da Nang
Banh Xeo is a typical dish of Central Vietnam. The first time I tried it was at a Hanoi Cooking Class – and the dish quickly rose to the top of my favorite foods in Vietnam. The crispy turmeric pancake is stuffed with a mixture of meat and shrimp and then cut into strips. The pieces are rolled into rice paper – along with lettuce, herbs and cucumber. Before eating, the rolls can be dipped into a peanut sauce for a perfectly flavorful bite.
Banh Xeo Ba Duong (MAP) is the most popular Banh Xeo restaurant in Da Nang. Not only do they make absolutely delicious Banh Xeo, but visiting the restaurant is a true Da Nang experience. The no-frills eatery is loud, chaotic and fun…and it’s filled with locals. Patrons share tables – and the waitstaff squeeze as many people in as possible.
The pancakes are enormous, so we ordered just one to share between the two of us. Once we placed our order, a server brought us a platter of meat-on-a-stick (you only pay for the sticks you consume) to eat while we waited for our meal. Before our Banh Xeo arrived, we took note of fellow diners’ techniques for assembling the rolls so that by the time our steaming platter arrived, we were more than ready – and the perfectly balanced meal hit the spot!
Pro Tip: Don’t be fooled into sitting down at one of the other Banh Xeo restaurants that line the alley on the way to Banh Xeo Ba Duong. Keep going to the end of the lane to street address K 280/23 Hoang Dieu (which is printed on their sign).
Com Ga A Hai Restaurant Da Nang
Com Ga Da Nang is a classic meal of chicken and rice and it is found on many Da Nang restaurant menus. However, Com Ga A Hai (MAP) is the best restaurant in Da Nang, Vietnam for the staple dish, because they make the ordinary dish extraordinary. Popular with locals and in-the-know tourists, there are only a few items on the menu…and no menus in English. Don’t worry – the friendly waitstaff knows why you are there: to eat their incredible roasted chicken and rice.
When we sat down, the waiter simply asked, “How many?” and held up one – then two – fingers. Within minutes, maybe seconds, dishes started appearing on our table. First was a green onion soup, then a small bowl of pickled vegetables followed by a spicy dipping sauce. At last (probably two minutes after ordering), the roasted skin-on bone-in chicken leg and rice was placed on our table. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and seasoned to perfection – Com Ga A Hai is a DaNang Must Eat!
Bep Hen: Best Restaurant Da Nang
On our mission to find the best food in Da Nang, we found Bep Hen (MAP) – and it did not disappoint! The shabby chic Da Nang Vietnamese eatery occupies three floors – complete with a rooftop garden room and a small outdoor space. While the ambiance is charming, the food is positively spectacular.
Featuring Vietnamese home cooking, menu items can be shared family-style (and we highly recommend it!). The signature dish, Caramelized Braised Pork, comes with boiled eggs and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We also tried the Eggplant Stuffed with Minced Pork – which absolutely blew us away. Fully cooked, but not soggy, the stuffed eggplant is enhanced with a splendidly sweet garlic soy sauce dressing. The food we ate was so good that we rank Bep Hen as one of the best restaurants in Vietnam!
Pro Top: Our meal at Bep Hen – which was our best dinner in Da Nang – was incredibly affordable. For the two main entrees, rice and two rounds of beers – plus tip – our bill came out to less than 300k VND (that is less than $13 USD).
Mi Quang Ba Mua: Breakfast in Da Nang
Mi Quang is a special food in Da Nang that is unique to the city. The hearty meal is made with thick rice noodles and a flavorful turmeric broth – but just enough to strengthen the taste, not enough to call it a soup. The noodles are topped with various cuts of meats – either beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or fish – and a variety of accompaniments, typically herbs and peanuts. There are numerous vendors and restaurants in Da Nang, Vietnam that sell Mi Quang for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Relying on advice from locals, we ventured into Mi Quang Ba Mua (MAP) for breakfast – which was already packed when we arrived. While the restaurant has a large menu, only Mi Quang is available in the morning – albeit, they can make it five different ways. We opted for the #1 menu item: Mixed Meat Mi Quang. Packed with pieces of beef, pork, shrimp and fish – and even a boiled egg – it was truly the broth that made the dish.
Pro Tip: Order a side of Vietnamese rice crackers to break over the top. I only realized it was an option when I saw other diners adding the crackers to their meals. I think the crackers would add texture…as well as soak up the tasty broth.
Veda’s Kitchen: Indian Restaurant Da Nang
We had not planned on eating Indian food in Da Nang, but when our friends raved about Veda’s Kitchen (MAP), we couldn’t resist trying it ourselves. Although most Indian food tends to be too spicy for my liking, at Veda’s Kitchen they make phenomenal, full-flavored classic Indian fare with just the right amount of heat.
All of the outdoor seats were occupied during our visit, but they had room for us at a small table inside the restaurant. We ordered Samosas with three different sauces, Cheesy Garlic Naan bread, heavenly (and not spicy!) Butter Chicken and a Tikka Masala that Kris still craves. While the food is more expensive than Da Nang local food, it is absolutely worth the splurge! Without a doubt, Veda’s Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Da Nang, Vietnam for Indian food.
Pro Tip: Family Indian Restaurant DaNang (MAP) is another Indian food restaurant in Da Nang that comes highly recommended by fellow travelers. We didn’t have time to go on our most recent visit, but we look forward to trying it on a future Da Nang trip!
Burger Bros Da Nang
Burger cravings can be difficult to satisfy in Vietnam – but the cheeseburgers at Burger Bros in Da Nang (MAP) are spot on! Patrons can choose from a range of fast-food style burgers complete with all the fixings. Homemade garlic French fries or coleslaw can be added as a side to make it a meal (and add a soft drink for better Combo Meal pricing).
Encouraged by their slogan, “No Burger. No Life.”, we went all in with the double-patty My Khe Burger (the most expensive on the menu at 140k VND – or $6 USD) and the decadent Bacon Egg Burger (priced at 110k VND – or $4.75 USD). Both burgers came with juicy meat patties topped with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. An unbelievably good burger in an unlikely locale.
Pro Tip: The small shack-like restaurant fills up quickly! While we were always lucky to score a table, we saw some visitors waiting for a seat, but it wasn’t typically longer than 5-10 minutes. Don’t want to wait? Order this Da Nang food to go!
Tui Tia Mekong Street Food Da Nang
We stumbled onto Tui Tia (MAP) while looking for Tam’s Surf Shop and Burgers (which has apparently changed ownership) – and we are stoked that we did! The modern and clean Tui Tia features regional street food in a more refined setting.
We opted for the local specialty, Banh Xeo (crispy pancakes), and fried spring rolls. Complemented by an assortment of fresh herbs and pineapple (my favorite Banh Xeo embellishment), the Banh Xeo was slightly different than versions we have tried previously. The owner patiently showed us step-by-step how to properly consume it – and we were impressed by both the taste and the exemplary service.
Pro Tip: We have learned that there are numerous styles of Banh Xeo – we tried yet another rendition on our Hue Day Trip that featured a pancake that was much thicker.
Taco NGON: Mexican Food Da Nang
When most people think of DaNang, Vietnam food, Mexican tacos are probably not the first thing that come to mind. To be honest, having spent years in the American southwest, we were skeptical about eating Mexican food in Da Nang; it’s a tough cuisine to master without the right ingredients. But then we heard about Taco NGON (MAP) – and we were intrigued. Rather than trying to produce authentic Mexican fare, they created a menu of fusion tacos featuring a Vietnamese twist.
Distinctive and daring, the food at Taco NGON is delicious – and each taco only costs 39k VND (about $1.75 USD). The menu is basic. Their homemade tortillas can be filled with one of four choices (pork, fried fish, chicken or veggie) – and topped with one of four sauces (Wasabi Coleslaw, Yogurt Salsa, Ginger Lime and Tamarind BBQ). Diners can mix-and-match to their heart’s content.
The winning combinations for us were Fish with Ginger Lime and Chicken with Wasabi Coleslaw. Other combos we tried were Chicken with Tamarind BBQ (which was way too spicy for me!) and Fish with Yogurt Salsa.
Pro Tip: Check the board for specials! When we visited they had a special of ground beef with cheese sauce – and it was fabulous!
My Casa Tapas Restaurant DaNang
The upscale and stylish My Casa restaurant (MAP) offers two kinds of international fare: Italian pizzas and pasta and Spanish-style tapas. Run by an Italian-Spanish couple, the service is top-notch. Although more expensive than most Da Nang restaurants, the menu features food made with quality ingredients and handmade cocktails.
Desiring something truly unique in Da Nang, we ordered an assortment of Spanish tapas that we assembled into a meal. A few of our favorite dishes were the Pork Meatballs and Hand-Cut Patatas in a tomato sauce, the Onion and Potato Spanish Omelet and Chicken Satay with Homemade Peanut Sauce.
Pro Tip: My Casa offers a daily happy hour from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.
Kem Bo Co Van
In business since 1990, Kem Bo Co Van (MAP) is a little Avocado Ice Cream stall at the Bac My An Market run by Ms. Van (plus her small crew to help keep up with the orders!). Initially hesitant about the concept of Avocado Ice Cream (Kem Bo), it is actually incredibly smooth and quite refreshing! The mashed avocado is spooned into the bottom of the glass, then topped with a scoop of coconut ice cream and decorated with toasted coconut flakes.
Ms. Van’s Kem Bo stall is always busy, but there is likely someone out front helping to direct patrons to a seat. Each Kem Bo dessert cup only costs 12k VND (about 50 cents USD). The creamy concoction comes layered in a glass; we recommend mixing it all together so that you aren’t left with a spoonful of plain avo at the end.
Pro Tip: No seats available? No problem! Get your Kem Bo in a to-go cup and eat it as you peruse the market hall.
An Thuong DaNang Night Market Food
Unlike most Vietnam night markets, the Da Nang An Thuong Night Market (MAP) is a small market of affixed stalls selling international fare. The concept is especially popular with tourists and is a fun place to meet fellow travelers.
We stopped by the market one night and pieced together a meal by ordering several items from different vendors. Among our favorites were Japanese-style Yakitori Sticks with chicken and leeks, a Cheesy Quesadilla from Three Little Owls and an impressive Philly Cheesesteak.
More Tips About Da Nang Food
Above we outlined our top choices for places to eat in Da Nang. However, we have a few more tips!
Da Nang Street Food: Banh Mi and Pho Da Nang
We didn’t venture too far into the street food in Da Nang (as you can see, there are too many good Da Nang restaurants to try!), but we did eat some.
Banh Mi Da Nang
While touring the city, we were never far from a Banh Mi cart and we even tried a few from unnamed vendor stalls when we just wanted to grab something quick on the go. For a simple and cheap breakfast, we liked the Banh Mi sandwiches from a small cart next to the coffee shop we liked (which we talk more about in a minute!). And, although we didn’t eat it personally, we heard good things about the sandwiches at Banh Mi Ba Lan (MAP).
Pro Tip: In Da Nang, Banh Mi is often spelled Banh My. It’s the same concept, just a different spelling!
Da Nang Pho
Street vendors in Da Nang are more likely to be selling Mi Quang than Pho, but we saw plenty of restaurants that listed Pho on their menu. One day, when I was craving a bowl of Pho, we wandered into An House Restaurant (MAP) and found their Pho to be unexpectedly good!
Da Nang Seafood
Located on the sea and long a fishing village, seafood in Da Nang is a specialty. However, in my quest to seek out the best seafood restaurant in Da Nang, I became completely discouraged. I read too many unpleasant reviews that complained about exorbitant prices for mediocre seafood and slow service. The waterfront My Khe Beach Restaurants get particularly inconsistent reviews. (Seriously, read the reviews for a place like Blue Whale Restaurant Da Nang and you will see what we mean.)
Couple the erratic and bad reviews with the fact that Kris doesn’t like most seafood, and the idea of dining on fresh fish seaside fizzled for me. That said, if eating at a Da Nang seafood restaurant had been a priority for us, we would have chosen to dine at locally favored Nam Danh Seafood Restaurant Da Nang (MAP) or at seaside Hai San Be Man Restaurant Da Nang (MAP). We also heard from other travelers that inland restaurants, like Moc Seafood (MAP), provide better service than the ones along the sea.
Vegetarian Restaurant Da Nang
Meat-less meals are almost always an option in Vietnam. There are a few dedicated Da Nang vegetarian restaurants, but most places can simply adapt dishes to make them meatless. Most Banh Mi vendors offer a vegetarian sandwich and Indian restaurants – like Veda’s Kitchen – have non-meat dishes, too.
Da Nang French Restaurant
For a classy, fine dining experience, visitors might want to seek out one of the highly-rated French restaurants in Da Nang. Based on the exceptional reviews, we think Le Bambino (MAP) might be the best French restaurant in Da Nang.
Best Cafe Da Nang
Coffee in Vietnam is a way of life. The cafes in Da Nang range from casual to chic – and everything in between. Cong Coffee Da Nang (also spelled Cong Cafe, Cong Ca Phe and Cong Caphe Da Nang – but all part of the same Vietnamese chain), often ranks as the Best Coffee in Da Nang. Their signature coffee drink, Coconut Coffee, is deliciously cool, but it is the throwback communist memorabilia that decorates the coffeeshop that truly attracts visitors.
H Coffee House
While we are fascinated by Cong Coffee, we preferred enjoying our morning coconut coffee at the inconspicuous H Coffee House (MAP) near My Khe Beach. The hip interior is inviting, but we enjoyed sitting at the outdoor tables and watching the city wake up.
Pro Tip: H Coffee House allows patrons to grab a Banh Mi from the cart next door and eat it while drinking coffee at the shop. It’s an easy, inexpensive and tasty breakfast option!
Best Bars in Da Nang
There is a fun and vibrant nightlife in Da Nang, Vietnam – but it is quite different from the scene in Hanoi – or even Hoi An. Fresh Beer – or Bia Hoi – is a lot less common and typically available in restaurants and bars (as opposed to the street corner pop up stands in Hanoi). On the other end of the spectrum, craft beer is also produced in Da Nang – as well as dedicated Da Nang craft beer bars.
An Thuong Expat Bars
One of our favorite areas to hang out at night is the An Thuong District. Dotted with top eateries and fun bars, the area mostly attracts foreigners and expats.
Bikini Bottom Bar Da Nang
Known for their healthy breakfast and lunch menu (which includes vegetarian options, too!), Bikini Bottom (MAP) is an easy-going open-air establishment and a chill place to have a few beers in the evening. For happy hour, they offer 10k VND (about 50 cents USD) Fresh Beer – and they have local craft beer on tap, too!
Crazy Cat’s Bar
Crazy Cat’s (MAP) is a hip coffeeshop by day and a cool beer drinking venue by night. They offer happy hour specials and craft beer – and have live music or open mic nights certain days of the week.
Han River Bars
Along the banks of the Han River there are a few fun bars for visitors, too.
Bamboo 2 Sports Bar Da Nang
The Bamboo 2 (MAP) corner bar is somewhat of an institution in Da Nang. A good place to watch sports or play a game of pool, Bamboo 2 is a typical Southeast Asia expat bar. The second level balcony offers nice views of the river and busy street below.
Pro Tip: The more refined Waterfront DaNang Restaurant & Bar (MAP) is located just a block north of Bamboo 2. While we did not visit Waterfront Restaurant DaNang, they also have a balcony overlooking the river, a short happy hour (between 5:30 and 6:30pm), live music and food.
7 Bridges Brewery: Craft beer Da Nang
For good times, friendly staff and really good beer, 7 Bridges Brewery (MAP) is the place to go. Located near the east end of the city’s famous Dragon Bridge, the craft brewery makes beer on-site and offers their full range on tap (along with a few select beers from other breweries). Spread over multiple levels, the upper-level outdoor seats overlooking the Dragon Bridge are the best in the house.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss their Monday night special: Small beer and a slice of Brooklyn-style pizza for just 90k VND (less than $4 USD).
DA NANG RESTAURANT MAP
Use this link to Google Maps for our Da Nang Map online.
What You Will Need
Before you set off in search of the best Food in Da Nang, prepare for your journey into the local cuisine with these few items.
An Open Mind
First and foremost, keep an open mind while trying Vietnam food! Both the cuisine and the environment will likely be different from what you are used to – but that is part of the adventure!
Carrying a small packet of tissues is imperative in Vietnam. Not all restaurants – and very few vendors – provide napkins, so bringing your own tissues is key!
Before diving into a meal in Vietnam, make sure your hands are germ-free! Some restaurants may not provide soap in the restroom (if they even have a restroom), so it’s best to have some hand sanitizer on hand (literally!).
In order to find our recommended restaurants (using the Google Map links provided in our post) when you are out and about, you will need a WiFi connection. Some cell phone plans can be adjusted to provide international data packages; however, SIM cards are much cheaper (but can only be used if you have an unlocked phone).
Families and groups of friends traveling together should consider renting or buying a Mobile WiFi Hotspot. We have the GlocalMe hotspot, which we love! Not only can we connect up to 5 devices at one time, we can either insert a SIM card into the device or purchase WiFi data plans online.
We have recommended restaurants all over Da Nang City! Getting around the city is best done via Grab Taxis. In order to get a ride, visitors need to have the Grab App. We recommend downloading and setting it up prior to your trip! Pro Tip: The Grap App can also be used for Food Delivery in Da Nang!
Eating foreign foods can often cause an upset stomach. Although we have never gotten sick eating the food in Vietnam, we are always prepared with medications in case of unfortunate digestive problems. Pack some tums and an anti-diarrhea meds just in case!
Pro Tip: Speaking of getting sick abroad, we would never go on a trip without Travel Insurance. Not only can it protect against trip cancelations and lost luggage, but it can also help in the case of illness or injuries while traveling. Check rates and coverage with World Nomads.
Da Nang, Vietnam Food Tour
Visitors can use our above recommendations to create their own Da Nang Food Tour. However, if you would rather let a local guide lead the way, join a highly-rated Da Nang Street Food Tour – like this popular one on Viator!
Da Nang Cooking Class
I learned so much about Vietnamese cuisine in my Hanoi Cooking Class! Da Nang visitors who want to learn how to cook Vietnamese food using authentic Da Nang cuisine recipes should consider taking a cooking class. Read these great reviews!
Pro Tip: Visiting Hanoi, too? Check out our Hanoi Food Guide – which includes details on What and Where to Eat in Hanoi, Vietnam!
We Want To Know: What would you add to our list of Must-Try Da Nang food? What are your favorite Restaurants in Da Nang, Vietnam? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below! Also, be sure to read about the best attractions in Da Nang for your visit!
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