Welcome to the vibrant heart of Vietnam’s culinary scene, where the flavors are as rich as the culture and the dishes tell stories of tradition and innovation. As I pen this introduction from the cozy confines of Hanami Hotel Danang, a place that has become a home away from home for many families seeking respite, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement bubbling up inside me. It’s the same feeling that washes over you when you’re about to share something truly special with someone else.
Da Nang, a city that effortlessly marries the charm of old-world Vietnam with a pulsating modern beat, offers an array of gastronomic delights that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The local food here is not just sustenance; it’s a celebration of life itself.
So, join me as we embark on a culinary journey through the best local food Danang. Let’s explore together the tastes that define this beautiful coastal city, from the bustling markets to the hidden gems only locals know about.
Top 13 best local food Danang
Banh Nam, Banh Bot Loc
Banh Nam and Banh Bot Loc always hold a special place in our hearts. These rice dumpling cakes, beloved for their fragrant, glutinous texture, exemplify the simplicity and elegance of Vietnamese cuisine.
Crafted with care, the outer layer of each dumpling is made from rice flour, which lovingly encases a savory filling of shrimp and pork. Guests often share with us their fascination as they watch the skilled hands of local cooks meticulously shape the dumplings, then wrap them in banana leaves like little gifts waiting to be unwrapped.
Once perfectly formed, these parcels are gently steamed, transforming them into mouthwatering delights that draw locals and travelers alike to street stalls and marketplaces throughout Da Nang.
These treats are not only for their taste but also for their accessibility. Affordable and conveniently available, Banh Nam and Banh Bot Loc can be savored by anyone exploring the streets of Da Nang.
Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo (Sliced pork rolled with rice paper)
Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo is a dish that every food lover should experience. The delight of creating your roll from rice paper and succulent slices of pork is both a joyous activity and a taste sensation.
The magic of this dish begins with rice paper, which when brushed with a touch of water becomes pliable and ready to wrap around tender strips of pork, carefully selected for their tenderness. Each thinly sliced piece of pork beckons with promises of flavor and texture that captivate the palate.
Accompaniments such as crisp lettuce, aromatic coriander, sweet basil, crunchy cucumber slices, and tangy green mango inject vibrant freshness into each bite. A plunge into the accompanying sweet and sour fish sauce perfectly cuts through the richness of the pork, leaving a harmonious balance of flavors.
Nem Tre (Fermented pork roll)
Nem Tre stands out as a memorable treat not just to be savored on the spot, but also to be shared as a delightful gift from Da Nang. The artful blend of textures and flavors in Nem Tre reflects the very soul of our coastal city’s cuisine.
This dish is a testament to the harmony of ingredients that may seem disparate at first glance—pork rinds, pig’s ears, nape fat, lean pork, and beef are combined with anchovy sauce, the famed Ly Son garlic, and aromatic galangal. The mixture then undergoes a delicate fermentation process, which allows the distinct complexities of each ingredient to meld beautifully and create a depth of flavor that is rich and unforgettable.
When you bite into Nem Tre, the initial chewiness of the meat is soon enhanced by the symphony of spices that dance on your taste buds—every spice plays its part without overwhelming the others. To augment this experience, we often recommend enjoying Nem Tre accompanied by a side of pickled green papaya and carrot, nuanced with fresh herbs. It’s customary here, and the tangy sharpness of the pickles contrasts exquisitely with the robustness of the fermented meat.
Chao Vit (Duck porridge)
Duck porridge is a heartwarming, nutritious delight that should not be overlooked. This dish holds a beloved spot in Da Nang’s diverse menu of local treats for its depth of flavor and comforting qualities.
Duck porridge, with its creamy texture and fragrant aroma, has become synonymous with Da Nang’s culinary charm. The delicate broth cradles tender pieces of succulent duck, each spoonful a testament to the region’s love for hearty, soulful food. On a cool Da Nang evening, there is truly nothing more comforting than clasping a bowl filled with this sumptuous porridge, and feeling the warmth spread through your hands and into your heart.
Bun Mam Nem
On your list of food adventures in Da Nang, we highly recommend indulging in the unique and vibrant flavors of Bun Mam Nem, a beloved vermicelli salad that embodies the spirit of Vietnamese cuisine.
Bun Mam Nem is a celebration of simplicity and freshness, combining tender pork with a bed of soft vermicelli noodles, crisp raw vegetables, and a signature potent anchovy sauce that locals craft to perfection.
The beauty of Bun Mam Nem lies in its harmonious blend of textures and flavors, and the fish sauce is truly the star—its deep, umami-laden essence enlivens each bite, leaving an indelible mark on your palate. While boiled pork presents a traditional take, we’ve witnessed many chefs who now opt for roasted pork, adding a new dimension with its smoky, caramelized undertones.
Banh Mi – The Vietnamese baguette
Banh Mi Da Nang is a culinary jewel we are eager to share with our treasured guests. It may not boast the international renown of its Saigonese counterpart, but once you sample its crispiness and flavor, you’ll discover it’s just as deserving of acclaim.
We take great care in crafting the perfect Banh Mi experience. The bread is toasted over a coal stove, achieving an irresistible crunch that sings with every bite. Upon this golden canvas, we lovingly layer a medley of fillings tailored to your tastes—perhaps the smoky sweetness of jambon, the richness of succulent meat, or the comfort of a perfectly fried egg. The flavors are deepened by homemade pate, then lifted by the fresh zing of cilantro and the tangy crunch of vegetable pickles. Each Banh Mi is a tapestry of textures and aromas, a delight to the senses.
Bun Cha Ca (Grilled fish cake noodles)
Bun Cha Ca is a highlight of our local food scene, we hold this dish in high esteem; it’s not just a meal, but part of the vibrant tapestry that makes our city’s cuisine uniquely special.
Crafted from the freshest catches—the likes of mackerel, lizardfish, or barracuda—the fish cakes are grilled to smoky perfection. Each bite is a testament to the ocean’s bounty and the skilled hands that transformed it into this delightful fare.
The broth, simmered lovingly with an assortment of vegetables, is a work of art in itself. Not only does it exude comfort with every spoonful, but its wholesomeness is something we’re proud to stand behind—a nourishing embrace for anyone who savors it.
With an array of bright, crisp vegetables at your fingertips, we encourage you to personalize your bowl. And, for that final touch, a squeeze of lemon adds a vivacious zest that harmoniously rounds out the flavors. This act, simple yet significant, elevates the dish to new heights, creating a symphony of taste designed by you.
My Quang (Quang Noodles)
We invite you to indulge in the rich tapestry of textures and tastes this dish offers. The foundation is the chewy, turmeric-infused noodles that carry with them the golden hues of sunshine and the delicate touch of earthiness. Tender shrimp and succulent pork are lovingly adorned atop, complemented by a gratifying crunch from grilled rice paper and the nutty embrace of roasted peanuts.
But the true essence of Quang noodles lies in the delicately simmered broth, infused with the richness of bones that impart a naturally sweet fragrance. This liquid treasure simultaneously souses the dish, enlivening each component while maintaining a harmonious balance.
To elevate the sensory journey further, garnish each bowl with fresh basil and coriander, alongside slices of banana flower—a flourish that breathes life and freshness into every bite. And for those who crave a spirited zing, a dab of chili sauce is all it takes to bring a gentle yet thrilling heat to the ensemble.
Hanami introduces our guests to the rustic charm of Banh Dap, we’re offering an authentic slice of life from Da Nang’s rich culinary palette.
This delightful snack marries the tender warmth of steamed rice pancakes with the contrasting crunch of grilled rice paper. As you “dap” or “break” the cake into pieces, you uncover a treasure trove of flavors wrapped in its crumbly embrace—the fragrant notes of minced green onion, the subtle sweetness of fried shallot, and the savory bite of dried shrimp.
Beyond its textural wonders, Banh Dap sings a flavorful ballad through its delectably crafted sauce. A harmonious concoction, where the tanginess of minced pineapples waltzes with the caramelized depth of fried onions, while strokes of cooking oil and a sprinkle of sugar create a velvety symphony. Every dip is a revelation, tantalizing the palate with its intricate layers.
For those who are friends with the heat of spice, adding chili sauce adds a spirited kick, dancing on your taste buds with each lively bite. We find joy in watching our guests explore these subtle nuances, finding their perfect balance of zest and sweetness.
Cao Lau, it’s with a sense of pride that this culinary heirloom was unique to Da Nang. At a casual glance, one might liken Cao Lau to Quang noodles, but as connoisseurs will tell you, they are worlds apart. Cao Lau rests in its udon-like noodles – thicker, chewier, and more substantial than their counterparts – they serve as the ideal canvas for the dish’s vibrant brushstrokes.
Adorning these noodles, you’ll find tender slices of pork and freshly caught shrimp, their flavors mingling gracefully within the modest amount of broth that is the hallmark of Cao Lau. Unlike other noodle dishes brimming with liquid, Cao Lau’s broth gently whispers of its existence, ensuring every element retains its charisma.
The fresh crunch of raw vegetables, interspersed throughout, adds a jolt of freshness, awakening the senses and promising a truly well-rounded feast. We feel the joy that comes from introducing this dish to our guests, teaching them to relish the subtleties hidden in its restrained sauce and celebrating the complexity that lies beneath its seemingly simple façade.
Banh Xeo (Pancake)
Banh Xeo’s allure begins with its aesthetic; a vibrant, golden crepe-like layer that crackles at the slightest touch. It’s a sight to behold, and an introduction befitting the masterful fusion of flavors that awaits within. The delicate sheath, whisper-thin and infused with the vivid warmth of turmeric, whispers secrets of coconut milk’s creamy indulgence.
Imagine, if you will, the medley within succulent shrimp alongside tender pork slices, mingling harmoniously with the earthy undertones of mushrooms and the gentle crunch of bean sprouts. Sliced onions join this dance, providing a subtle sharpness that cuts through the rich heartiness. It’s as if every ingredient has found its perfect partner, and together, they create a symphony on your plate.
Kem Bo (Avocado ice cream)
Che Sau (Durian sweet gruel)
Some famous local food eateries
Mrs.Vi Quang Noodles
Mrs. Van Avocado’s ice cream
Nestled in the heart of the bustling Bac My An Market, Hanami often finds ourselves drawn towards a humble stall that has captured the hearts of locals and international food enthusiasts alike. This renowned spot is none other than Mrs.Van’s avocado ice cream stall in Da Nang, which has been making waves since 1992.
Mrs.Van’s avocado ice cream has blossomed into one of the most acclaimed delicacies in Da Nang. Its uniqueness and mouthwatering flavor have earned it rave reviews day after day. We can’t help but swell with pride when we speak of this local legend; her creation isn’t just an ice cream—it’s a testament to devotion and an embodiment of the innovative spirit of our city.
- Address: Bac My An Market, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City.
- Opening hours: 07:00 – 18:00.
- Price per cup: From 8,000 VND to 10,000 VND.
Dai Loc Banh Trang Cuon Thit Lon
With over 500 happy diners, it stands proudly on Google with a glowing 4.3-star rating—a testament to its charm and the exquisite tastes it offers.
The place is capacious, yet such is its popularity that it’s often brimming to its edges, leaving guests snugly seated, immersed in the vivid dining culture of the city.
Despite the cozy quarters, the dedicated staff ensures that service remains swift and quality never wanes, reflecting their commitment to a delightful dining experience.
The marquee dish is the Dai Loc-style banh trang cuon thit heo—authentic flavors from the countryside. But the menu doesn’t end there; dishes like Quang Noodles, chicken noodles, bun mam, snakehead fish noodles, and sweet corn milk are also stars of the show, each dish standing out for its delightful taste and aroma.
Moreover, the restaurant accommodates food delivery, so if you’re eager to sample these delectable offerings at the earliest, reach out, and they’ll take care of the rest.
- Facility 1: 97 Trung Nu Vuong, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
- Facility 2: 124 Huynh Thuc Khang, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- Facility 3: Lot 17 – B2.39, South Hoa Xuan, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
- Phone number: 0905 008 232
- Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/QuanDaiLoc.97TrungNuVuong/
Mrs. Lu Bun Cha Ca
Bun Cha Ca Ba Lu—a dish that has garnered legendary status and familiar to food lovers far and wide. This homemade fish cake soup whispers of tradition and simplicity while promising a culinary joy that both respects and enhances the natural zest of its ingredients.
As you sit down to enjoy a steaming bowl of this delightful fare, the air fills with the enticing aroma of just-cooked fish cakes, seasoned perfectly to tease and excite the senses. And when you bite into the artisanal cha ca, prepared with skilled hands and free from any fillers, what you taste is the genuine sweetness and firmness of fresh fish.
At Ba Lu’s eatery, the menu burgeons with variety, ensuring every guest finds something to indulge in. From hearty bowls of bun cha ca in large and small sizes to the tangy zest of bun rieu cua (crab noodle soup), bun rieu cha (noodle soup with minced pork or fish cakes), bun ca ngu (tuna noodle soup), to bun thap cam (mixed noodle soup)—the selection celebrated here paints a vibrant picture of the local food scene.
- Address: 317 Hung Vuong, Da Nang
- Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m
- Price ranges: 17,000 – 28,000
Che Lien stands as a prominent name with six branches strewn across the vibrant cityscape of Da Nang, in addition to having a presence in major cities including Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Over a decade of innovation and countless recipe refinements, Che Lien has perfected an exceptional dessert that has become synonymous with its brand: the unique durian Thai dessert. As connoisseurs of flavor and tradition, we are continually impressed by this distinguished treat that Chè Liên has introduced to the world.
Just imagine indulging in a bowl of their famed dessert, where the essence of durian – creamy and rich – marries harmoniously with a specially formulated coconut milk base.
- FACILITY 1 – No. 189 Hoang Dieu, Hai Chau district
- FACILITY 2 – No. 175 Hai Phong, Thanh Khe district
- TEA FACILITY 3 – No. 80 Le Thanh Nghi, Hai Chau District
- FACILITY 4 – No. 320 Dien Bien Phu, Thanh Khe District
- FACILITY 5 – Lot 16 – 17 2/9, Binh Hien, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- FACILITY 6 – 791 Tran Cao Van, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang
- FACILITY 7– 16 Do Ba, Bac My Phu Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang
As our culinary journey to the best local food Danang, I sit back in the comfortable surroundings of Hanami Hotel Da Nang, my heart as full as my stomach. It’s not just the flavors that will stay with me, but the vibrant energy of the city, the warmth of its people, and the way each dish provides a window into Vietnam’s soul.
Nestled in the lively An Thuong neighborhood, Hanami Hotel is surrounded by an international community with an abundance of multi-cuisine restaurants, from American to Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Russian, and delightful fast-food options like Burgers. The area is a hotspot for freelancers, with coffee shops dotting the streets, encouraging lively discussions and work sessions outside the office. With English-speaking staff always ready to assist, long-term foreign guests find a comfortable and supportive environment at our hotel.
Our well-appointed apartment-style rooms boast two airy balconies, flooding the space with natural light. Guests can rely on a strong Wi-Fi connection—essential for those who wish to work remotely in the peace that Hanami offers. For those seeking to delve into the rich history and natural beauty of Da Nang, famous sites such as Linh Ung Pagoda and Son Tra Peninsula are easily reachable, adding to the allure of our location.
Boasting nearly 40 cozy rooms equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning, TVs, and safety deposit boxes, alongside an Asian-European fusion restaurant, a bar, 24/7 room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi, Hanami Hotel ensures comfort and convenience throughout your stay. Added touches like a backup generator ensure uninterrupted relaxation, and our 24/7 security gives you peace of mind.
I warmly invite you to make Hanami Hotel your home base for a remarkable holiday. Join us and experience the perfect blend of adventure and serenity. To reserve your stay where each day promises discoveries and tranquil evenings, please visit hanamihotel.com.