I’ll go right out and say it – Da Nang (or Danang) isn’t the most interesting city in Vietnam. It doesn’t have the history of Hue or the charm of Hoi An but it remains one of our favorite cities in Vietnam. And a lot of that has to do with its traditional local cuisine.
I find Danang to be one of the most liveable cities we’ve visited thus far in Vietnam. I like its size, its relaxed vibe, and great local food. It may not have as many tourist attractions as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City but delicious regional Vietnamese dishes like mi quang and bun cha ca more than make up for it.
If local food is a big reason why you travel, then this guide to the best Da Nang restaurants will be very useful to you.
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Top-rated hotels near My Khe Beach, one of the best areas to stay for first-time visitors to Da Nang.
- Luxury: Four Points by Sheraton Danang
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- Sightseeing Tour: Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain
- Food Tour: Street Food Motorbike Tour
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MUST-TRY DA NANG FOOD & STREET FOOD
You can find all kinds of delicious Vietnamese food in Da Nang. Local food is a must for any serious Traveleater so be sure to prioritize these four regional dishes when you visit.
If you were to try just one Vietnamese dish in Da Nang City, then it should probably be mi quang (or my quang). A famous Da Nang food, it refers to a tasty dish made with wide rice noodles served in a small amount of concentrated chicken (or pork) broth. It’s garnished with crushed peanuts and a rice cracker and can be topped with different types of meat and seafood like chicken, frog, shrimp, eel, and snakehead fish.
The toppings are nice but what makes mi quang truly special is its supremely flavorful broth. It’s made by simmering meat (typically chicken or pork) in water or bone broth before seasoning it with fish sauce, black pepper, shallots, and cu nen – a pungent, garlic-type vegetable.
Like many Vietnamese dishes, mi quang is always served with a basket of fresh herbs and leafy greens, along with a few condiments.
Bun Cha Ca
This was one of our favorite dishes in Da Nang. If you like fish cake, then you need to try bun cha ca. It refers to a tasty Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of thin rice noodles and fried (or steamed) fish cake made from a variety of fresh fish like mackerel, barracuda, and lizardfish.
Like mi quang, what makes bun cha ca special is the broth. It’s served in a tasty stock traditionally flavored with fish bones and other ingredients like dill, tamarind, tomatoes, pumpkin, and dried bamboo shoots.
Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo
If you like Vietnamese dishes wrapped in rice paper like banh xeo and nem lui, then you’re probably going to enjoy banh trang cuon thit heo as well. Translating to something like “pork belly wrapped in rice paper”, this mouthful of a dish consists of thin slices of pork belly wrapped in rice paper with different types of fresh herbs and vegetables.
Aside from the process, what I enjoyed most about banh trang cuon thit heo is the mam nem dipping sauce. A Quang Nam specialty, it’s a supremely flavorful type of fish sauce made from fermented anchovies, bird’s eye chilis, lemongrass, garlic, crushed pineapples, and sugar.
Bun Mam Nem Heo Quay
If the previous three dishes form the holy trinity of Da Nang food, then this next dish is the fourth wheel. After getting a taste of mam nem, you’ll probably want to try it anyway.
Bun mam nem heo quay refers to a central Vietnamese specialty of thin rice noodles topped with roasted pork, anchovy sauce, and other ingredients like fresh vegetables, peanuts, and cha bo (traditional Vietnamese sausage). Unlike the mam nem dipping sauce in banh trang cuon thit heo, the anchovy sauce in this dish is more pungent and may not be for everyone.
But if you can get past its funky aroma, then bun mam nem heo quay is a dish that you’ll probably grow to love and look for on every return trip to Danang.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DA NANG
We stayed for a month in Da Nang City and visited many more eateries, but I wanted to feature only the best restaurants on either side of the Han River so I’ve capped this list at 25. If you have a taste for Vietnamese coffee, then be sure to check out our Da Nang cafe guide as well.
1. Mỳ Quảng Bà Mua
As described, mi quang is arguably the most important dish in Danang’s local culinary culture. You’ll find a restaurant or stall selling mi quang on nearly every block in Da Nang City, but one of my favorites was this beautiful bowl from My Quang Ba Mua. The restaurant serves many different types of Vietnamese food and regional dishes but what they’re really known for is their mi quang.
You can get their mi quang topped with different proteins like chicken, beef, frog, and egg. Pictured below is the my thap cam or mixed noodles which is topped with a little bit of everything. So much flavor and texture going on in this bowl!
Many of the eateries on this list are humble, street-food-type establishments but My Quang Ba Mua is a more polished chain of restaurants in Da Nang. If you prefer proper sit-down restaurants to street food stalls, then you may want to try mi quang here.
I don’t know how many My Quang Ba Mua branches there are in Danang, but I went to the outlet along D. Le Dinh Duong Street, just off Nguyen Van Linh. You can refer to the location map at the bottom of this article to see exactly where it is.
My Quang Ba Mua
Address: 44 Đ. Lê Đình Dương, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Mi quang, banh trang cuon thit heo
2. Mì Quảng Dung
Mi Quang Dung is another tasty mi quang restaurant in Da Nang City, this time on the eastern side of the Han River. Unlike My Quang Ba Mua which serves many different Vietnamese dishes, I believe this shop serves only mi quang, which is exactly my kind of restaurant.
They didn’t seem to have a printed menu so I asked my server for a bowl of mi quang. He asked if I wanted it topped with chicken, beef, or fish. I went with chicken and it was delicious.
This type of restaurant is typical in Da Nang and Vietnam. It’s like a restaurant / street food stall hybrid. Note the metal folding tables and red plastic stools.
Mi Quang Dung
Address: 121 Đỗ Bá, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 5:30AM-2PM, daily
What to Order: Mi quang
3. Mì Quảng Giao Thủy
Like the previous shop, Mi Quang Giao Thuy is another restaurant in Da Nang that specializes in mi quang. You can get your mi quang topped with different ingredients like frog, snakehead fish, and chicken. Can you guess what this bowl was topped with?
It’s topped with one of my favorite types of fish – eel. You can get your mi quang topped with regular eel or what they label on the menu as “special copper eel”. I don’t know what type of eel that is but it’s delicious.
Mi Quang Giao Thuy is a humble restaurant located on the western side of the Han River. I went here twice and both times, it was filled only with local customers.
Mi Quang Giao Thuy
Address: 1B Ba Đình, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 7AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Mi quang
4. Mỳ Quảng Cô Sáu
This was one of my favorite Da Nang restaurants. I like restaurants that serve just one or two dishes because that usually means they do it very well. My Quang Co Sau basically offers just two dishes on their menu – mi quang and banh trang cuon thit heo. I tried the former and it was the best bowl of mi quang I’ve had thus far in Danang.
You get your mi quang topped with different ingredients but I suggest going for the my thap cam dac biet. It’s a special mixed version of the dish topped with chicken, fish, shrimp, pork, and a hard-boiled egg. It’s absolutely delicious.
My Quang Co Sau is located in one of my favorite parts of Da Nang City. It’s hidden in a more residential neighborhood in Son Tra Peninsula, on the eastern side of the Han River. It’s definitely worth seeking out if you’re serious about finding some of the best mi quang in Danang.
My Quang Co Sau
Address: 37b Phạm Quang Ảnh, An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Mi quang
5. Bún Chả Cá Hờn
I asked a Vietnamese Instagrammer for restaurant recommendations in Da Nang and one of the first places she told me to visit was Bun Cha Ca Hon. Just one spoonful of this tasty broth and you’ll quickly understand why.
As its name suggests, Bun Cha Ca Hon specializes in one dish – bun cha ca or fish cake noodle soup. Sweet, savory, sour, and just a little bit spicy, one bowl was all it took to make me a fan of this tasty Vietnamese noodle soup. It’s delicious and something I could see myself eating everyday.
Here’s a closer look at the fish cake. If you’re a fan of fish balls or fish cakes, then you definitely need to try this. Soft and springy, the texture of the fish cake is perfect.
I got mine with just fish cakes but you can get your bun cha ca with chunks of mackerel, tuna, or crab mixed in.
I went to a few bun cha ca restaurants in Da Nang and Hon was by far the busiest. With well over a thousand mostly positive Google reviews, it’s clearly one of the most popular fish cake noodle soup restaurants in Da Nang.
Bun Cha Ca Hon
Address: 113/3 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-10:30PM, daily
What to Order: Bun cha ca
6. Bún Chả Cá Bà Hoa
Ba Hoa is another tasty bun cha ca restaurant in Da Nang. They have an almost identical menu as Hon but instead of fish patties, they make their noodle soup with fish bars. They’re firmer in texture but still quite delicious.
No matter what goes into this bowl, the star of this noodle soup will always be the broth. It’s seriously delicious and yet another reminder that there’s so much more to Vietnamese noodle soups than just pho.
Like the Hon restaurant, you can get your bowl of bun cha ca at Ba Hoa with the addition of mackerel, tuna, or crab.
Ba Hoa is located on the western side of the Han River, just a couple of blocks away from Hu Tieu Muc (#22), another of our favorite restaurants in Da Nang.
Bun Cha Ca Ba Hoa
Address: 27 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-9PM, daily
What to Order: Bun cha ca
7. Bún Chả Cá 109
To be clear, I haven’t met a bowl of bun cha ca that I didn’t like, but the fish cake noodle soup at this restaurant was my hands down favorite. Located just around the corner from the Hon restaurant, Bun Cha Ca 109 serves the tastiest bowls of bun cha ca that I’ve had thus far in Danang.
The beautiful bowl pictured below is made with fish, shrimp, and crab cakes. It’s listed on the menu as “to cha ca + cha cua + rieu“. Redolent with flavor and texture, it’s absolutely delicious and something I’d love to have right now!
Here’s a closer look at the three different patties that go into this gorgeous bowl of bun cha ca. The fish cakes and shrimp balls are firmer in texture while the crab cake is larger and more loosely packed.
Mix in some fresh greens, pickled pearl onions, and a dollop of chili and you’ve got one of the most delicious meals you can have in Da Nang. Man was this good!
Bun Cha Ca 109 is located around the corner from Hon so you can try both on the same day. Like Hon, it’s a popular restaurant with over 1,200 Google reviews.
Bun Cha Ca 109
Address: 109 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Bun cha ca
8. Quán Đại Lộc
Rounding out the holy trinity of Da Nang food is banh trang cuon thit heo. There’s no better place to try it than at Quan Dai Loc, a hugely popular restaurant that was recommended to me by the same Vietnamese Instagrammer.
As previously described, this Da Nang specialty consists of thinly sliced pork belly served with a variety of greens, rice noodle sheets, and thin rice paper. On its own, the pork belly is fairly bland in flavor but what makes this dish truly sing is the mam nem dipping sauce. It’s shockingly tasty and one of the best things you’ll put in your mouth in Danang.
Another interesting thing about banh trang cuon thit heo is the rice paper. Unlike the rice paper served with banh xeo or nem lui, the version served with this dish is much stiffer in texture. They feel almost like thin sheets of plastic until you dip them in water.
Do you see that plastic container filled with water on the left side of the picture below? I had no idea what to do with it until I observed the other customers. They would leave the hard sheets of rice paper in that plastic container for a minute or so to soften them up. Once softened, they would then top the sheets with slices of pork belly and fresh greens. Interesting!
They give you a garden of raw vegetables to wrap with your pork belly. On this plate are slivers of cucumber, unripe mango, lettuce, perilla, bean sprouts, purple cabbage, and more. Talk about a healthy dish!
To eat, you take a few pieces of each vegetable and layer them on top of the softened rice paper. You can’t really see it in this picture but at the bottom of the pile is a sheet of rice noodle.
You then wrap it up and dip into the mam nem anchovy sauce to eat. Delicious!
Like the wrap itself, you can prepare the mam nem to taste. On every table is a pitcher of anchovy sauce with lime wedges, bird’s eye chili, lemongrass, and minced garlic. Not only is banh trang cuon thit heo delicious, but it’s also a lot of fun to prepare and eat.
As you can see from this picture, Quan Dai Loc is popular and almost always packed at peak meal times. Thankfully, they have more than one branch you can visit. Pictured below is their outlet located along Trung Nu Vuong Street.
Quan Dai Loc
Address: 97 Trưng Nữ Vương, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 8AM-9:30PM, daily
What to Order: Banh trang cuon thit heo
Labeled “Dai Loc 2”, they have a second branch along Huynh Thuc Khang Street. I ate at both restaurants and they have identical menus. This outlet may be the less busy of the two.
Quan Dai Loc 2
Address: 124 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng, Nam Dương, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, daily
9. Bún Mắm Liêm
If you enjoyed the taste of the mam nem dipping sauce at Quan Dai Loc, then perhaps you’d like to try bun mam nem as well. It’s basically a bowl of rice noodles topped with mam nem sauce and other ingredients like pork, fresh vegetables, crushed peanuts, and Vietnamese sausage. When topped with roasted pork, the dish becomes known as bun mam nem heo quay.
Be warned though that the anchovy sauce in this dish is more pungent than the dipping sauce used for banh trang cuon thit heo. In the words of one local, the stinking aroma in a good bun mam nem has to be stimulating (ie pungent) enough to awaken one’s taste buds.
People who aren’t used to the aroma may find it a little challenging at first, but personally, I think it’s delicious.
Bun Mam Liem is one among a cluster of restaurants in the same area that serves bun mam nem. The Vietnamese lady who runs the place is lovely. I could tell she gets a kick out of foreigners who enjoy her food.
Bun Mam Liem
Address: 41 Đoàn Thị Điểm, Hải Châu 2, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Bun mam nem
10. Bún Mắm Vân
Every bowl of bun mam nem featured in this guide is tasty, but this one was easily my favorite. The bun mam nem heo quay at this restaurant is absolutely delicious and in my opinion, a notch above the rest.
Lesser bowls of bun mam nem can have a slightly acrid taste but this one didn’t have any of that. It’s so good.
This short alley is filled on either side with restaurants serving bun mam nem, but Bun Mam Van was by far the most crowded. It looks like we made the right choice in coming here!
Bun Mam Van
Address: 23/14 Trần Kế Xương, Hải Châu 2, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Bun mam nem
11. Bún Mắm Bé Hà
If you’ve developed a taste for bun mam nem, then perhaps you’d like to visit a third restaurant, this time on the eastern side of the Han River.
This bowl of bun mam hen heo quay wasn’t made with as much roasted pork but it was still delicious. Like the broth in mi quang or bun cha ca, the true star of bun mam nem is the sauce. If the sauce is good, then it doesn’t matter as much what else you put into it.
Bun Mam Be Ha serves banh dap as well so I suggest ordering that to go with your bowl of bun mam nem. It’s a fun dish whose name literally translates to “cracked or smashed rice pancake”.
Bah dap consists of two pieces of crispy grilled rice paper held together by a soft and sticky rice noodle sheet. Served with a side of anchovy dipping sauce, it gets its name from the loud cracking sound it makes when you press down on the pancakes and break pieces off to eat.
Bun Mam Be Ha is located just a few blocks away from My Khe Beach. It’s a great place to try bun mam nem and banh dap on your way to the beach.
Bun Mam Be Ha
Address: 130 Bùi Hữu Nghĩa, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 8:30AM-7PM, daily
What to Order: Bun mam nem, banh dap
12. Bếp Cuốn
The origins of banh xeo are disputed but one thing is clear – it’s an incredibly delicious dish that you should have no matter where you are in Vietnam. In Da Nang City, a great place to try it is at Bep Cuon.
If you’re unfamiliar with banh xeo, it’s a traditional Vietnamese crispy crepe made with rice flour batter and filled with different ingredients like shrimp, pork belly, bean sprouts, and onions. The name banh xeo translates to “sizzling cake” because of the sound the rice batter makes when it’s poured onto the hot skillet.
Banh xeo is typically folded in half like an omelette but Bep Cuon serves theirs open-faced. Each order comes with three pancakes. They make them with different toppings like prawn, pork, beef, and squid but I suggest going for the banh xeo thap cam. Thap cam means “mixed” so you’ll get three pancakes with different toppings.
Banh xeo is eaten in a similar way as banh trang cuon thit heo. You break pieces of the crepe and layer them onto rice paper with a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen it but Bep Cuon serves their banh xeo with a side of kimchi, likely to cater to the many Korean tourists that visit Da Nang City.
After you’ve layered all the components onto the rice paper, you then roll it up and dip into the sauce to eat. Delicious!
In other parts of Vietnam, we’ve had banh xeo served with just nuoc cham (fish sauce) but in Da Nang City, they seem to prefer it with some mam nem as well (like banh trang cuon thit heo).
Bep Cuon is a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice awardee located on the eastern side of the Han River.
Like My Quang Ba Mua (#1), Bep Cuon is one of the more upscale Da Nang restaurants on this list. They serve many different traditional dishes but I definitely recommend trying their banh xeo.
Address: 54 Nguyễn Văn Thoại, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-9PM, daily
What to Order: Banh xeo
13. Bánh Xèo Bà Dưỡng
Ba Duong was recommended to us by the same Vietnamese Instagrammer. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Da Nang and with good reason – their banh xeo and nem lui are absolutely delicious.
Unlike Bep Cuon, Ba Duong doesn’t give you an option for banh xeo fillings but it doesn’t matter. Their banh xeo is seriously tasty and the best we’ve had thus far in Danang. Don’t miss this!
Nem lui is another tasty Vietnamese dish that’s eaten in a similar way as banh xeo and banh trang cuon thit heo. It’s a Hue specialty of charcoal-grilled minced pork rolls wrapped around bamboo or lemongrass skewers.
Holding the rice paper in your palm, you pull the meat off the skewer before layering it with the fresh greens. You then roll it up tightly and dip into the same sauce as the banh xeo to eat. It’s another central Vietnamese specialty that’s delicious and fun to eat.
Ba Duong is tucked away at the end of this alley.
With well over 5,000 Google reviews under its belt, Ba Duong is clearly one of the most popular restaurants in Da Nang. Virtually every local we asked for restaurant recommendations told us to eat here.
Banh Xeo Ba Duong
Address: 280/23 Hoàng Diệu, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 9:30AM-9:30PM, daily
What to Order: Banh xeo, nem lui
14. Thìa Gỗ
Thia Go is one of my favorite Da Nang restaurants. A popular spot among foreign tourists, they serve homestyle Vietnamese food that seems a bit more refined than the average restaurant. They offer many traditional Vietnamese dishes but I read that they’re known for their banh xeo and cha gio so that’s what I ordered on my first visit.
Pictured below is a plate of what could very well be the best cha gio or fried spring rolls I’ve ever tasted in my life. Crisp but incredibly light, the practically crumble away between your teeth with little to no effort. They’re so darn good.
You can get these spring rolls filled with beef, seafood, or vegan ingredients. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, then you’ll have plenty of dishes to choose from at Thia Go.
I don’t know if you can tell from this picture but the banh xeo at Thia Go is big, like Ho Chi Minh City big. This is one of the restaurant’s specialties and virtually every table orders it.
Like their cha gio, the fried batter is so crispy and light. It’s delicious though I did find it to be a bit on the oily side.
Here’s a peek inside the crepe. I got mine with squid but you can get it filled with shrimp, beef, oyster mushroom, or a mixture of everything.
The restaurant serves many other dishes as well, like this com chien or Vietnamese fried rice. We got ours with oyster mushroom but you can have it made with beef, shrimp, or seafood as well.
Rau muong xau or morning glory is one of the most commonly served vegetables in Da Nang City. You can have it with garlic or oyster sauce but if you want something more special, then you can have it made with razor clams.
Like nem lui, bun bo nam bo is a Vietnamese dish that’s hard not to like. Its name literally means “southern-style beef vermicelli” and refers to a dry rice noodle dish topped with marinated stir-fried beef and other ingredients like crushed peanuts, fried shallots, bean sprouts, fresh vegetables, herbs, and nuoc cham.
Thia Go is a Traveler’s Choice awardee with a perfect 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Impressive considering the restaurant has over 1,700 reviews!
Address: 53 Phan Thúc Duyện, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 50507, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Cha gio, banh xeo, com chien, bun bo nam bo
15. Bún Bò Bé Mai
Pho is one of the most famous dishes outside of Vietnam. It’s a Vietnamese national dish but in my opinion, there are many more interesting noodle soups in Vietnam, one of them being bun bo hue.
As its name suggests, bun bo is a Hue specialty consisting of rice noodles served in a supremely flavorful broth with different ingredients like brisket, beef shank, crab patties, oxtail, and congealed pig’s blood. Personally, it’s one of my absolute favorite Vietnamese dishes and something I need to have on every visit to Hue. Thankfully, you don’t have to go all the way to Hue to try it.
Be Mai offers tasty bowls of bun bo made with a variety of different ingredients. If you don’t speak Vietnamese, it can be hard to know what to order so I suggest asking for thap cam (“mixed”) or dac biet (“special”). In my experience, that usually translates to the most loaded bowl which is exactly what you want.
Here’s a closer look at that juicy slice of beef brisket. This was a simpler bowl of bun bo made with mostly brisket.
Bun Bo Be Mai is a local favorite that can be found in the northern part of Da Nang City, on the western side of the Han River.
Bun Bo Be Mai
Address: 17B Đống Đa, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: Open 24 hrs
What to Order: Bun bo
16. Bún Bò Bà Rơi
A bowl of bun bo hue can be made with many different ingredients but the true star of this tasty noodle soup is the broth. I’ve never met a bun bo I didn’t like, but my favorite bowls are made with crab balls or patties. That’s exactly what we had at Bun Bo Ba Roi. Isn’t that crab patty gorgeous?
Aside from the crab patties, this beautiful bowl contained big blocks of congealed pig’s blood as well. If you want crab patties in your bun bo, then look for the word cua (“crab”) on the menu. Thap cam and dac biet bowls may have it as well.
Ba Roi is a small bun bo restaurant located in Hoa Thuan Dong in Hai Chau District. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk south of Dragon Bridge.
I loved the simple but clean interior of Bun Bo Ba Roi.
Bun Bo Ba Roi
Address: 5 Phan Thành Tài, Hòa Thuận Đông, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-1PM, 3-10PM, daily
What to Order: Bun bo
17. Quán Bún Bà Diệu
The same Vietnamese Instagrammer recommended this restaurant to us and unsurprisingly, they serve the best bowls of bun bo we’ve had anywhere in Da Nang City. When it comes to food, local knowledge truly is invaluable.
This was the only time I ordered a thap cam bowl of bun bo in Da Nang and it came with a little bit of everything – beef balls, beef shank, congealed pig’s blood, and more. So many delicious flavors and textures!
Take a gander at that hefty chunk of beef shank. It’s almost too big to fit in the bowl!
Quan Bun Ba Dieu is a bit of a trek from central Danang. It’s closer to the airport than to Han River but in my opinion, it’s definitely worth the effort.
Quan Bun Ba Dieu
Address: 17 Trần Tống, Thạc Gián, Thanh Khê, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 1-8PM, daily
What to Order: Bun bo
18. Bánh Mì Cô Tiên
Did you really go to Vietnam if you didn’t eat at least one banh mi? A Vietnamese national dish and one of the best sandwiches in the world, good banh mi doesn’t seem as common in Da Nang as it is in Ho Chi Minh City so I wound up eating at Co Tien four times during my month-long stay.
Pictured below is their banh mi ga ap chao or grilled chicken banh mi with cilantro, cucumber, and chili. Aside from the marinade on the chicken and the texture of the bread, what makes their banh mi special is that they toast it over charcoal before serving to give it an added punch of smokiness.
Whether in Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An or Da Nang, street food will always be my jam and there’s no better dish to represent Vietnamese street food than banh mi. I enjoyed their grilled chicken banh mi so much that I asked for a special version made with the addition of egg. So fricking delicious.
The Co Tien banh mi stall is located along D. Tran Phu Street, not too far from Cau Song Han Bridge. It’s a popular stall so expect a line no matter what time you go.
Banh Mi Co Tien
Address: Trước Cộng Spa, 80 Đ. Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 8:30AM-7:30PM, daily
What to Order: Banh mi
19. Bánh Mì Bà Lan
I prefer the sandwich fillings at Co Tien but the bread at Ba Lan may be the best we’ve had anywhere in Vietnam. If you’ve had banh mi in Hoi An and Saigon, then you know that’s saying a lot!
Pictured below is Ba Lan’s banh mi dac biet or special banh mi filled with pork pate, ham, pork terrine, Vietnamese sausage, fresh vegetables, and mayonnaise. The fillings are good but the bread is incredible – crusty on the outside but ultra-light and airy on the inside. It’s so unbelievably good.
We’ve had dozens of banh mi sandwiches in Vietnam but this was our first time trying banh mi que or “stick banh mi”. It’s basically a much smaller, bread-stick-like version of banh mi.
Filled with pate, ham, sweet chili sauce, and butter, I could have eaten twenty of these had we not just eaten at two restaurants! Cute and oh so delicious.
We would have eaten more often at Banh Mi Ba Lan if they weren’t so far from where we were staying. Open from 6:30 till 10:30AM, they reopen at 3PM and are instantly flooded with locals. Cars and motorbikes would idle by the side of the road and get bags of banh mi to go.
Banh Mi Ba Lan
Address: 62 Trưng Nữ Vương, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6:30-10:30AM, 3-11PM, daily
What to Order: Banh mi
20. Cơm Tấm Bà Lang
Com tam suon nuong is one of our favorite Vietnamese dishes so it’s something we need to look for no matter where we are in Vietnam.
Com tam literally means “broken rice” and refers to rice grains that have been damaged for one reason or another. They used to be considered a cheaper grade of rice but they’ve since become a sought-after food item. Popular in Saigon and southern Vietnam, broken rice is typically paired with a grilled pork chop (suon nuong) and side dishes like eggs and Chinese sausage.
Personally, I can’t really tell the difference between broken rice and regular rice but I do love that pork chop. Pictured below is my delicious glistening plate of com tam suon nuong with a fried egg.
The com tam suon nuong below was paired with cha trung or steamed egg meatloaf.
Com tam suon nuong seems to be a fairly common dish in Da Nang so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it. We went to a few and the Ba Lang restaurant was our favorite.
Com Tam Ba Lang
Address: 120 Yên Bái, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 9AM-9PM, daily
What to Order: Com tam suon nuong
21. Cơm Tấm Suon Cay
Com Tam Suon Cay is another good com tam restaurant we found in Da Nang City. They serve com tam plates paired with different types of meat like BBQ pork ribs, grilled pork loin, fried frog, fish, and shrimp.
What you’re looking at below is the com tam dac biet or special com tam served with BBQ pork ribs, a fried egg, cha trung, and strands of boiled pork skin.
Personally, I’m a bun cha man but my wife prefers bun thit nuong. It refers to a popular Southern Vietnamese dish of dry rice noodles topped with charcoal-grilled pork, fresh vegetables, roasted peanuts, fish sauce, and a fried spring roll.
We had bun thit nuong at four different restaurants in Da Nang and we liked this one the best.
Com Tam Suon Cay is located in Son Tra Peninsula, about a 10-minute walk from My Khe Beach.
Com Tam Suon Cay
Address: 175duong Nguyễn Văn Thoại, An Hải Đông, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 8:30AM-10PM, daily
What to Order: Com tam suon nuong
22. Hủ Tiếu Mực Thuận Thành
I’ll never forget the first time I tried hu tieu. I was on a boat on the Mekong River in Can Tho when my boatman handed me a bowl of this delicious noodle soup. It was love at first bite and it’s been one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes ever since.
Hu tieu is an immensely flavorful dish made with rice noodles seasoned with garlic oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. It can be served in soup or dry versions before being topped with a variety of meat and seafood like pork, shrimp, offal, and squid.
In Danang, a great place to try hu tieu is at the Muc restaurant. Pictured below is the dry version of their best-selling hu tieu thap cam topped with squid, shrimp, and pork. This was insanely delicious.
We were served a side of broth with quail eggs to go with our hu tieu. If you like, you can pour some of the broth into the bowl of noodles to moisten them up a bit. If you’ve never had hu tieu, then you need to try this.
Hu Tieu Muc is located on Le Hong Phong Street, just a couple of blocks away from Ba Hoa (#6).
Hu Tieu Muc
Address: 15 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-9PM, daily
What to Order: Hu tieu
23. Ngu Pho
Whenever we visit Hanoi, a cha ca meal is automatic. Made famous by Cha Ca La Vong, it refers to that irresistible Hanoi dish made with grilled turmeric-marinated catfish served with a mountain of fresh dill. Cha ca isn’t as common outside of Hanoi but thankfully, we found it here at Ngu Pho.
Cha ca is typically cooked on your table which adds to the experience. The catfish goes into the pan followed by the fresh dill which always looks excessive at first, but then it cooks down and turns out to be just right.
Cha ca is served with rice noodles, roasted peanuts, coriander, and a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, shrimp paste, vinegar, garlic, chili, and lime juice. It’s delicious and another must-try in Vietnam.
Ngu Pho is located in central Da Nang, on D. Tran Phu Street.
Address: 219 Đ. Trần Phú, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 55000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-2:30PM, 4:30-9:30PM, daily
What to Order: Cha ca
24. Ốc Đêm Sài Gòn
If you like snails, then you need to have an oc feast in Vietnam. Oc is the Vietnamese word for “snail” and refers to a wide variety of sea and freshwater snails. They can be cooked in many ways and is an important part of the local culinary culture.
At Oc Dem Sai Gon, you can have them prepared in dozens of ways. It’s difficult to know what to order if you don’t speak Vietnamese so I recommend going with one of the combos. We went with the Combo My Vi which comes with five plates of snails and other mollusks.
I don’t know the name of this species of snail but it was served in a corn and garlic butter sauce.
Next up was this plate of razor clams cooked in garlic, chili, and morning glory.
These grilled oysters with green onions, chili, and crushed peanuts were amazing.
Being a coastal city, fresh seafood is plentiful in Da Nang and these steamed clams are an example of that.
For our fifth and final plate, we were served another type of snail cooked in tamarind sauce. These snails were tiny but delicious.
Oc Dem Sai Gon is located in the northern part of Son Tra Peninsula. I don’t think many foreign tourists make it to this part of Danang so you’ll probably be the only non-locals there.
Oc Dem Sai Gon
Address: 663 Trần Nhân Tông, An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 3:30-11PM, daily
What to Order: Oc
I found this restaurant by chance when I was having Vietnamese coffee next door at House Coffee. Popular with both locals and foreigners, Bodhicitta is a tiny 4-table restaurant that serves vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese dishes.
Pictured below is a vegan version of banh bot loc, a type of tapioca dumpling originally from Hue.
I then had this half-order of salad made with lettuce, cucumber, dried seaweed, and some type of dried fruit or root crop. Chewy and a little sweet, I’m not sure what it is but I’ve had it before at Asian restaurants.
Bodhicitta is located at the end of D. Ung Van Khiem Street. You’d never know it was there unless you were looking for it (or having coffee next door).
Isn’t the space cute? They have just four tables with cushions so you can enjoy your meal while sitting on the floor. Bodhicitta seems to have a loyal client base as most of the foreigners eating here knew the owners and staff by name.
Bodhicitta doesn’t have a printed menu. Instead, they have this push pin menu board with whatever dishes and drinks are available on that day.
Address: 117 Đ. Ung Văn Khiêm, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-8PM, Tue-Sat / 11:30AM-5:30PM, Sun (closed Mondays)
What to Order: Vegetarian Vietnamese food
BONUS: Pizza 4P’s
We typically focus on local food and stay away from international restaurants when we travel, but this pizza restaurant was too good not to include. The Vietnamese Instagrammer who recommended a few of the restaurants on this list also told us about Pizza 4P’s. She described it as the best chain of pizza restaurants in Vietnam. We had to go.
We started our meal with this mozzarella salmon sushi served with a balsamic reduction and olive oil. Instead of rice, they make it with cubes of mozzarella.
To be honest, being told that Pizza 4P’s was the best pizza restaurant in Vietnam wasn’t enough to sell it to me. What got me was the fact that it was started by a Japanese chef who specializes in Neapolitan pizzas. If you’ve had pizza in Tokyo, then you’ll know that the Japanese make damn good pizzas. Some people have even described them as being better than the pizzas in Italy!
At Pizza 4P’s, you can get half and half pizzas so we went with the Burrata Parma Ham Margherita and Soy Garlic Beef. Crisp but light, almost like banh mi, the crust on this pizza was amazing.
After seeing a picture of this Crab Tomato Cream Spaghetti with Ricotta Cheese, there was no way we were leaving the restaurant without trying it. Creamy and tomato-ey, I suggest you do the same.
Pizza 4P’s has two branches in Da Nang – in Indochina Mall and Hoang Van Thu Street. They can be booked weeks in advance so reservations through their website are highly recommended.
Pizza 4P’s may not serve traditional Vietnamese cuisine but if you’re hankering for good pizza and Italian food in Da Nang, then this is the place to go.
Address: 74 Bạch Đằng, Street, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 11AM-10PM, Mon-Fri / 10AM-10PM, Sat-Sun
What to Order: Pizza, pasta
To help you navigate to these restaurants in Da Nang, I’ve pinned them all on the map below. Click on the link for a live version of the map.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DA NANG
Da Nang may not be as interesting as Hanoi or Saigon but if you travel for food like we do, then there’s plenty to keep you happy in this central Vietnamese city.
Being a coastal city, there’s no shortage of fresh seafood in Da Nang. We didn’t go but the same Vietnamese Instagrammer recommended the Nam Danh seafood restaurant to us as well. She also suggested we walk down Vo Nguyen Giap which is the long stretch of road fronting My Khe Beach. You’ll find restaurant after restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes all along that road.
Anyway, this Da Nang food guide has gone on long enough so I’ll end it here. If you have any questions, then feel free to ask us in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading and have a delicious time eating your way through Da Nang!
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Monday 22nd of May 2023
Where else was the bun thit nuong good? I’ve got Kim Anh on my list to try, did you go there? I only have time to try one bun thit nuong in Da nang (I love it) and don’t want to miss the best!
JB & Renée
Sunday 28th of May 2023
Hi Martha, none of the bun thit nuongs we had in Da Nang were as good as the versions from Saigon. We didn't go to Kim Anh but it does have great reviews so it looks like a good bet!