When I was around ten years old, I came to Da Lat with my grandpa for a month. At that time, my grandpa was raising two horses to sell after they grew up. Every morning I asked my grandpa to let me ride the horse to the city center for breakfast. I will never forget these breakfasts with my grandpa. Da Lat’s cold mornings are perfect for a warm breakfast with your family and friends. Let me recommend a few foods that remind me of this precious time and places to start your day.

Banh Can in Da Lat (mini pancake)

Having originated from the south-central coast of Vietnam, banh can is a very popular dish in Da Lat. When it immigrated to Da Lat, banh can went through a small transformation. These changes have made banh can of Da Lat even more delicious and therefore favored by many people. It’s a kind of grilled rice flour cooked in a special oven made of earthenware.

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Banh can is served with chicken egg, quail egg, minced beef, squid, or shrimp. The dipping sauce plays a vital role; you have to immerse the cake completely in the sauce before eating. The sauce is made of diluted fish sauce and fried chopped green onion and meatballs. The Vietnamese usually eat banh can for breakfast since it’s easy to eat and can provide enough energy for a morning.

Authentic places to eat banh can for breakfast:

Banh Can Xiu Mai Cay Bo
Address: 56 Tang Bat Ho Street, Ward 1
Hours: 6 AM – 11:30 AM
Contact: (+84) 975 289 709
Price: 20,000 VND – 30,000 VND

Banh Can Binh Dan
Address: opposite 62 Phan Dinh Phung Street
Hours: 7 AM – 11 PM
Contact: (+84) 98 736 74 85
Price: 20,000 VND – 30,000 VND

Banh can Le
Address: 27/44 Yersin Street, Ward 10
Hours: 8 AM – 12 AM
Contact: (+84) 933 189 596
Price: 15,000 VND – 30,000 VND

Banh Can Xuan An
Address: 1 Nha Chung Street
Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM
Contact: (+84) 02633 827 690
Price: 15,000 VND- 30,000 VND

Banh Mi Xiu Mai Da Lat (bread with meatballs)

Banh Mi Xiu Mai Da Lat is not like a normal Vietnamese sandwich, stuffed with meat and sausage. It’s eaten by dipping a piece of bread into a bowl of meatball soup. This soup is mixed with shallots, onions, and garlic, so it’s fragrant, stimulating your sense of taste right away. In addition, this soup also has pork skin, Vietnamese meat sausage, and chopped green onion.

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Tear a small piece of bread, dip it into the soup, wait until the bread is saturated with flavor, and take a small bite of meatball. You will taste the sweetness of the meat, the good smell of the flavors, and the hot bread and soup may warm you up in the cold morning of Da Lat.

Authentic places to eat banh mi xiu mai for breakfast:

Banh mi xiu mai in Yersin Street
Address: 10 Yersin Street
Hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
Contact: (+84) 02633 828 459
Price: 10,000 VND – 15,000 VND

Banh Mi Xiu Mai in Nguyen Cong Tru Street
Address: 137 Nguyen Cong Tru Street
Hours: 6 AM – 10 AM and 2 PM – 9 PM
Contact: (+84) 941 403 765
Price: 15,000 VND – 25,000 VND

Banh Mi Xiu Mai – Ha
Address: 157, 3 Thang 2 Street
Hours: 6 AM – 12 PM
Contact: (+84) 1659 439 397
Price: 15,000 VND – 35,000 VND

Bun Tho of Da Lat (noodles in a big earthenware bowl)

With low temperatures all year round, it’s always a bit cold in Da Lat; therefore, bun tho was invented to combat this cold that the citizens face every day. As its name suggests, noodles and soup cook in a big earthenware bowl to retain the hot temperature. The ingredients of this food are not really special: fish, shrimp, meat, and noodles. The soup is made from bone broth and coconut water, bringing you a taste of natural sweetness.

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What makes this dish distinct is that it is served still boiling. You’d better not touch the bowl because it’s extremely hot and can injure you. The white smoke evaporates and carries with it a wonderful smell, warming you up right away!

Authentic places to eat bun tho for breakfast:

Café Memory Acoustic Da Lat (you can also have a drink here after breakfast)
Address: 24/7 Hung Vuong Street
Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Contact: (+84) 91 687 13 06
Price: 20,000 VND – 100,000 VND (including food and drink)

Phuot Da Lat Café (you can drink here as well)
Address: 45 Pham Ngu Lao Street
Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Contact: (+84) 916 871 306
Price: 20,000 VND – 40,000 VND

Bun Bo Hue in Da Lat (noodles with beef soup)

Bun bo Hue literally means noodles with beef soup of Hue City, a city in central Vietnam. The noodles in this food are actually rice vermicelli and the soup is made of lemongrass, garlic, shallots, ginger, and chili paste. The main meat you will eat in bun bo Hue is beef but sometimes you will see pork. Bun bo Hue can be found all over Vietnam, but it is said that bun bo Hue in Da Lat has a special characteristic: the cold climate requires you to finish the hot dish fast before it cools down!

Authentic places to eat bun bo Hue for breakfast:

Bun Bo Thien Trang
Address: 2 Ho Tung Mau Street
Hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Contact: (+84) 0263 3812 626
Price: 30,000 VND – 60,000 VND

Bun Bo Hue Cong
Address: 1/1B Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street
Hours: 6 AM – 9 PM
Contact: (+84) 0263 3552 569
Price: 30,000 VND – 50,000 VND

Bun Bo Hue Vy Vy
Address: 202 Phan Dinh Phung Street
Hours: 6 AM – 12:30 AM
Contact: (+84) 978 511 882
Price: 35,000 VND – 45,000 VND

Bun Bo Ut Van
Address: 36A Ap Anh Sang Street
Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM
Price: 30,000 VND – 50,000 VND

Bun Bo Xuan An
Address: 15A Nha Chung Street
Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Price: 30,000 VND – 40,000 VND

Pho in Da Lat (rice noodles with beef soup)

Pho is a symbol of the culinary culture in Vietnam. You can even eat pho in many restaurants all around the world! This food may seem a simple dish in which rice noodles and beef broth are the only ingredients, but it mixes elite Vietnamese food with history! Like bun bo Hue, eating pho in Da Lat is a different experience compared to other places due to the cold weather here. Usually, people come to Da Lat to enjoy the cold weather of the city, but it’s more fantastic when you eat something hot and delicious when you feel cold, especially the cold of the morning, when everything is still covered by the fog!

Authentic places to eat pho for breakfast:

Pho Hieu
Address: 23 Tang Bat Ho Street
Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Contact: (+84) 0263 3830 580
Price: 20,000 VND – 50,000 VND

Pho Thung
Address: 2/8 Nguyen Van Cu Street
Hours: 8 AM – 10 PM
Price: 30,000 VND – 50,000 VND

Pho Bang
Address: 18 Nguyen Van Troi Street
Hours: 7 AM – 9 PM
Contact: (+84) 0263 3828 396
Price: 35,000 VND

Pho Thanh
Address: 12 Hoang Van Thu Street
Hours: 6 AM – 12 PM
Contact: (+84) 937 568 203
Price: 30,000 VND – 55,000 VND

Banh Uot Long Ga (steamed thin rice cake with chicken tripe)

Banh uot long ga is one more specialty of this highland city. Banh uot literally means wet cake, a kind of steamed thin rice cake; long ga is chicken tripe. Normally, people eat banh uot with cha lua (Vietnamese pork sausage), shrimp powder, or mung bean paste. However, in Da Lat banh uot is eaten with long ga and chicken meat. This food is usually served in a big bowl or a deep plate of banh uot, then long ga, chicken meat, cilantro, and pepper. You will eat this food with a small bowl of diluted fish sauce. The texture of soft and hot banh uot combined with the fat of long ga and the sweetness of chicken harmonizes with the slight saltiness of the fish sauce: a truly unique experience when eating this food.

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Authentic places to eat banh uot long ga for breakfast:

Banh Uot Long Ga Hang
Address: 68 Phan Dinh Phung Street
Hours: 7 AM – 9 PM
Contact: (+84) 932 968 141
Price: 20,000 VND – 60,000 VND

Banh Uot Long Ga Chip Chip
Address: 28 Tang Bat Ho Street
Hours: 6 AM – 7 PM
Contact: (+84) 906 063 771
Price: 30,000 VND

Banh Uot Long Ga TrangDaLat
Address: 17 Tang Bat Ho Street
Hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
Price: 25,000 VND – 35,000 VND

Breakfast Restaurants

If this food list looks a little daunting, or maybe you can’t choose between some of these delicious foods, just slowly wake up and head to a trusted café. You may want to simply sit down in a nice atmosphere to peruse a menu of many options, including some Western dishes before you start a day of exploring. Here are my suggestions:

An Café for Fresh Breakfast

One of my friends suggested this coffee shop in the city center. It offers a lot of familiar food like banh mi, bun bo, and spring rolls. There are also delicious drinks like the typical coffee, fruit smoothies (avocado, strawberry, mango, etc.), tea, and juice. Do you know why this café is special though? In every corner of the shop are little vegetable gardens, you can pick the veges and eat whatever you want! All of these fresh vegetables were bought by the owner from local farms and then replanted in pots. It doesn’t stop here. An Café also has a beautiful atmosphere and arrangement. Having your breakfast in such a beautiful place and enjoying fresh vegetables will be a great beginning to your day!

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Source: Ancafe

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Address: 63 Bis 3 Thang 2 Street
Hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Contact: (+84) 975 735 521
Price: 30,000 VND – 50,000 VND

émai dalat Restaurant for Western Food in Da Lat

This delicious Italian restaurant is located in Da Lat City, and if you have been eating too much Vietnamese food, it’s not a bad choice to turn to Western food for breakfast. “Treat yourself to the sublime” is the slogan of émai dalat Restaurant. You can find delicious Italian food made of fresh ingredients in Da Lat like soups, pizzas, bread, and salad. émai da lat is also a café and homestay, so consider spending your days in Da Lat in an Italian home enjoying their food and drinks.

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Address:
1 Thi Sach Street
Hours: 7 AM – 11 PM
Contact: (+84) 02633 839 001, or their website
Price: 50,000 VND – 100,000 VND

We all need to provide our bodies with enough energy for a day discovering Da Lat City, so a tasty breakfast will give you a good start.

Follow our Christina’s blog for more information about Da Lat as well as other beautiful cities of Vietnam. I suggest you take a look at these article about Da Lat City:

Beautiful Da Lat: All the Must-Visit Sites

Adventurous Outdoor Activities in Da Lat!

Where to Stay in Da Lat, Vietnam’s Most Romantic City 

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