The 11 Local Restaurants In Dalat For First-time Visitors

Food is one of the elements that makes Dalat such a great place to visit. Thanks to the cool weather, fresh produce is readily available and reflected well on restaurants menu. To be clear, there are a great many colonial villas and five star hotels for fine dining with breathtaking views. However, if you want to know the thriving local gastronomy, follow the locals. 

Nem Nuong Dung Loc

Nem Nuong Dung Loc is a clean, friendly and small restaurant located in a quiet setting. The resto offers local specialty nem nuong which is grilled fresh spring roll. The ingredients are grilled pork with a variety of vegetables and herbs of your own choice and you get roll it yourself. As finishing touch, the roll is dipped into thick peanut sauce for an amazing balance of flavor and texture.

A plate of nem nuong ready to serve

Opening Time: 09:00-21:00

Address: B14 Hoang Van Thu

Tel: 091623 3196

Tiem Mi Tau Cao

Originally from China, mi hoanh thanh (wonton noodle soup) has made its way into Vietnam's food scene with adaptation. The dish comes with ground pork, pork dumplings and slices of pork in sweet savory broth. Tiem Mi Tau Cao serves the dish in an open setting where you can enjoy the dish while do people watching. It is very popular among the locals and particularly busy in the morning.
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Opening Time: 06:00-20:45

Address: 217 Phan Dinh Phung

Tel: 026 3382 0104

Mi Quang Thanh

Even though ‘mi quang’ is a central Vietnamese dish, it is very popular in Dalat too. The restaurant does not do any advertisement, people know the food is good and pass on by word of mouth. There is a small adjustment in the dish, in Dalat they put a large piece of pig’s trotter in the bowl. Besides, the dish is known for its thick yellow noodles with a tasty broth.
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Opening Time: 16:00-23:00

Address: 58C Phan Đình Phùng

Xuan Huong Lake Street Food Vendors

Locals go to Xuan Huong Lake for recreational activities, though it turns into a night kitchen in the evening. Food vendors set up their stalls along the lake and open until early midnight. Over the weekend, certain streets parts are turned into walking areas making it easier to stroll around. Locals usually enjoy the barbecued squid, boiled shellfish and beef rice noodles with hot soy drinks. All of these dishes are rather cheap and very tasty. Opening Time: 17:00-22:00

Address: Xuan Huong Lake

Hoa Sen

Hoa Sen is a vegetarian restaurant with an extensive range of dishes on the menu. Their cuisine is freshly prepared and has a colorful appearance. The restaurant focuses on fresh vegetables from the local farmers which are cooked simple instead of fake meat meals. If guests want to try Vietnamese traditional food they also have it in vegetarian version. Some of the recommended dishes are fried aubergine in lemongrass sauce, steamed mustard leaf and lotus seed rice.

Opening Time: 06:00-21:00
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Address: 62 Phan Dinh Phung

Tel: 06 3356 7999

Lien Hoa

Lien Hoa is a bakery and restaurant filled with many delicious food. On the ground floor visitors can find all sorts of baked bread. They vary from cakes to croissants and baguettes. The restaurant is situated on the first floor. It has a wide range of Vietnamese dishes on the menu. The most recommended dish is the beef stew with ingredients like beef, carrots and lemongrass. The nice and spicy aroma bowl of beef is eaten together with a warm baguette. 

Opening Time: 06:00-21:00
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Address: 15-17 Ba Thang Hai

Tel: 092 564 82 89 

Trong Dong

Family run restaurant Trong Dong gives you a home feeling due to its simple decoration of common paintings and plaid tablecloths on the dining tables. Their regional Vietnamese cuisine is the highlights. The menu includes local dishes such as stir fried beef and fresh spring rolls. They are also very flexible in making adjustments to the meal if it is not according to your wish. Opening Time: 11:00-22:00

Address: 220 Phan Dinh Phung

Tel: 06 3382 1889

Goc Ha Thanh

Goc Ha Thanh is considered as one of the most popular restaurant in Da Lat. They offer authentic Vietnamese cuisine at affordable prices. Must try dishes are fresh spring rolls, fish in clay pot, chicken with coconut curry and homemade yoghurt. Vegetarian meals are also on the menus which are very generous portions.

Opening Time: 07:00-22:00
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Address: 53 Truong Cong Dinh

Tel: 06 3355 3369 

Artist Alley

Couples on honeymoon like to go to Artist Alley, because of its romantic atmosphere. There is live music gently being played in the background which creates a cozy vibe. The restaurant serves both French and Vietnamese cuisine. Dishes come in large portions with many vegetarian options available. Their specialties are avocado salad, beef steak and chicken curry with steamed rice.

Opening Time: 10:00-20:00

Address: 86 Truong Cong Dinh

Tel: 09 4166 2207

One More Café

This place is decorated in Aussie-style with simple decoration and comfortable seats. Visitors can enjoy full meals here or homemade cakes and pastries. On the menu are eggs benedict, smoked salmon and sandwich steak. Though their specialties are the desserts consisting of carrot cake and tiramisu.

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Opening Time: 10:00-21:00

Address: 77 Hai Ba Trung

Tel: 012 6757 4814

Le Rabelais

One of the best high-class dining spots is at Le Rabelais. The restaurant is styled in elegant decoration with dazzling flowers on each table. Among couples and honeymooners this is a very popular place to dine due to its romantic setting. They have a strict dress code, so make sure to be in the appropriate clothing. Their recommended dishes are grilled shrimp with vanilla sauce, steamed lobster in chili and oyster chowder. 

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Opening Time: 06:00-22:00

Address: 2 Tran Phu

Tel: 0 63 382 5444

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