An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Danang, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

Danang eating guide

Introduction

Last updated 06 Apr 2017

Danang’s always been a good place to eat local food. The rich bounty from Vietnam’s long coastline combined with access to local farming means good and inexpensive Vietnamese cuisine abounds. With tourists suddenly hitting the town in big numbers, get set for Danang to become a new culinary centre in Vietnam.

We’ve tried lots of simple local places over the years and we’ll set about documenting them soon. In the meantime, there are plenty of good seafood bbq options around My Khe Beach. There are plenty of other good local meals to be had closer to town too. These are local eateries - they’re nothing flash but they’re good and cheap.

Here are some other worthwhile picks -

 

Aji Ichi Ramen

Laid-back little ramen noodles joint on Hoang Van Thu St. Imano the owner throws out the welcome mat. Popular with Danang expats.

Aji Ichi Ramen
3 Hoang Van Thu, Da Nang, Vietnam
+845113887756

 

Bun Cha Ca Ba Phien Danang

Bun Cha Ca is a Danang specialty and Ba Phien’s is one of the best-loved places serving it. Bun Cha Ca consists of bun noodles, a delicious fish cake, with herbs and tasty vegetable infused broth - not to be confused with cha ca served in Hanoi.  There’s only one dish on the menu from memory so ordering is straightforward.

Bun Cha Ca Ba Phien
63 Le Hong Phong Danang

 

Cafe Den Da Danang

One of the most popular local coffee shops in town, Cafe Den Da has outlets across the country. They served local coffee and espresso.  Located in an old warehouse-style space, it’s busy with young locals. Comfortable spot for a coffee, a chat and some people-watching in the centre of town.

Cafe Den Da Danang
06 Tran Quoc Toan, Danang

 

Fatfish Danang

If you’re looking for some innovative modern cuisine, chef Duc Tran, who made his name in Hoi An at Mango Rooms and Mango Mango, has opened Fatfish on the eastern bank of the river.

This is a special Danang experience in food and atmosphere - especially if you missed Duc’s work in Hoi An.

Fatfish Danang
439 Tran Hung Dao, Danang 

+84 511-3945707

 

Luna Pub

Luna is a buzzing Italian restaurant and bar back off the river in downtown Danang. It's a favourite with the expat community and more locals are discovering the place too.

The food's good, the ambience is friendly and lively.

Luna also regularly hosts live music.

Luna Pub
9 Trần Phú, Thạch Thang, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
+84 511 3898 939

 

Madame Lan's

Most of Danang's local cuisine experiences are very local - which is great.

If you're feel like something with a little more atmosphere, you might like to try Madame Lan's in a nicely done recreation of a colonial building. It's a tourist favourite with indoor and outdoor dining right by the river.

The food's good. Staff seemed a tad unaccustomed to dealing with customers. But definitely worth a try.

Madame Lan's Danang
4 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam Phone:+84 90 569 75 55

 

Pho Bac Hai

These guys serve Northern style pho in the centre of town. Owned by a husband and wife team from Nam Dinh outside Hanoi, they’re friendly hosts and the pho’s good. Swing bowl for a bowl.

Pho Bac Hai
185 Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng

 

Pizza 4P’s, Danang

Vietnam’s most famous pizza - a Japanese reinterpretation - has arrived in Danang. Pizza 4P’s became a cult in Saigon before heading north to Hanoi. The move to Danang was inevitable. Danang’s embrace of Pizza 4P’s looked a little less frenzied than Saigon’s on our visits - which may make it a good place to try the Pizza 4P’s experience. Apart from some cracking pizzas, these guys also serve pastas, salads and craft beers.

Pizza 4P’s Danang
8 Hoang Van Thu St, Danang

 

Quan Ba Be Danang

My Danang native friend assured me that this is a Danang eatery - but the dishes looked much more like those we’ve come to know and love in Hue - banh beo, banh nam, banh uot and so on. The owners are from Hue too - but they’ve been in Danang since the Tet Offensive of 1968. This is a great place to try Hue cuisine that’s taken on some Danang character.

Quan Ba Be Danang
100 Hoàng Văn Thụ, Phước Ninh, Q. Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng

 

Waterfront Restaurant

The riverfront on Bach Dang St Danang has quite a few resto-bar style eateries. The most popular is Waterfront, owned by long time Hoi An and Danang resident, Australian Nick Hatton.

Waterfront serves quality pub-style food in a friendly, airy environment. It also doubles up as a popular bar with regular DJs and live music.

Waterfront Danang
150 Bach Dang st, Da Nang,

+84 905 411 734

 

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