Breakfast in Da Lat: Start Your Day the Right Way

Mornings in Da Lat are quite cold and the fog lingers just enough to create a dreamy landscape. Believe it or not, this climate has created a distinct morning food culture. A hot breakfast to counter the cold weather as you enjoy Da Lat’s rolling hills and slow pace will surely make you a morning person and maybe even a lifelong Da Lat local.

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.

Banh Can in Da Lat (mini pancake)

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.

banh-mi-xiu-mai where to eat breakfast in da lat

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.

noodles in a big earthenware bowl

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.

noodles with beef soup

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.

Pho in Da Lat (rice noodles with beef soup)

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.

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

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.

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

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!


  • 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.

Émai Dalat Émai Dalat

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.


  • 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

Anna’s Coffee House

Once you climb up the hill that leads to the cable car station, you will meet Anna’s Coffee House. From the moment you step through its door until you leave, you will feel the tranquility that makes this place so loved. It’s quiet and simple layout, highlighted by shelves full of books, is the perfect place to enjoy a little breakfast.

Anna’s Coffee House

Anna’s serves excellent food for all meals during the day, including brunch. Mexican dishes such as beef burrito, chicken tacos, and vegetarian quesadillas make Anna’s brand. Make a short trek to the hill on a fresh morning, and a tasty and peaceful breakfast will be waiting for you at Anna’s Coffee House.

  • Address: 9B Dong Da street, Ward 3, Da Lat city
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Contact: Facebook fanpage
  • Price: 20,000 – 50,000 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.

Here are some more articles about Da Lat you may enjoy:

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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