Whether you’re tracking down crispy Vietnamese pancakes or turmeric-infused mi quang, exploring the best restaurants in Da Nang is nothing short of a culinary adventure. Located 30 kilometres from Hoi An, this central Vietnam city is hot on the heels of the likes of Saigon, Hue, and Hanoi when it comes to inventive Vietnamese cuisine. Seafood is freshly hauled from the city’s beaches and there’s a night market entirely dedicated to creative street food dishes. It’s safe to say that its foodie scene is becoming known as one of the best in Vietnam, and that says a lot, considering that the city is just a speck along Vietnam’s 3260-kilometre coastline.
So, what should you expect from restaurants in Da Nang? Many of the city’s establishments are arranged side-by-side along the roads, with typical Vietnamese-style open-air terraces and banners plastered with still frames of their specialty dishes. The scents of garlic, ginger, cardamom, and soy sauce are as commonplace as the rumble of motorbike engines. Many of the restaurants specialise in local food in Da Nang, which includes central Vietnamese dishes such as mi quang (a turmeric-infused rice noodle broth) and banh xeo (stuffed rice pancakes with fillings such as onion, mushroom, pork and bean sprouts). Seafood such as clams, shrimps, and fish are some other staples, especially in the My Khe Beach and Son Tra District areas.
The best restaurants in Da Nang are split into three main sections of the city: Downtown Da Nang, My Khe Beach, and Son Tra District. As a rule of thumb, head downtown for local, budget eats. Son Tra is the go-to destination for high-end dining and My Khe Beach generally focuses on seafood dishes. Handily, there are Da Nang vegetarian restaurants, which cater specifically for vegetarians and vegans, as well as gluten-free options in many restaurants. In this guide, I’ve covered exactly what food Da Nang is known for, how much you can expect to pay, the top restaurants in Da Nang for budget, mid-budget and fine-dining, and where to eat in Da Nang if you’re looking for vegetarian food orgluten-free food in Vietnam. After all, eating out is one of the best things to do in Da Nang Vietnam.
Positioned between the South China Sea and the Truong Son Mountains, Da Nang has a unique balance between fresh seafood cuisine and central Vietnamese flavours. Some of its best-known specialties are mi quang (a rice noodle broth heavy on the turmeric) and banh xeo (rice pancakes stuffed with savoury fillings).
However, many people travel here with the sole intention of snacking on fresh seafood alongside My Khe Beach. Many of the restaurants along My Khe Beach and the higher-end Son Tra District are lined with tanks, which show off clams, snails, fish, and other creatures which feature in the restaurant’s dishes.
The street food scene in Da Nang is huge too. Expect to see banh xeo produced by the dozen on roadside stalls and little counters selling avocado and durian Vietnamese ice cream by the beach. Barbecue-style restaurants are also common in Da Nang; they’re very popular with locals who gather to socialise over pork hot pots and seafood skewers.
To summarise Da Nang is known for:
Central Vietnamese cuisine such as mi quang and banh xeo.
Seafood such as fish, shrimps, and clams.
Barbecued specials, especially food cooked in hot pots.
A lively street food scene.
If you’re keen to try out the street food scene rather than eat at the best restaurants in Da Nang, the city has a handful of night markets with local and international food booths. The food is cooked in front of you and there’s often live music and dancing.
The Helio Night Market is the biggest and busiest, and often doubles up as a live music nightlife venue. Its address is Đ. 2 Tháng 9, Hòa Cường, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam.
How much is food in Da Nang?
On the whole, food in Da Nang is very affordable, as long as you’re not planning on eating at fine-dining restaurants every evening. As in any destination, it really comes down to the type of restaurants you decide to visit and the type of food you order.
For instance, if you’re eating local food from budget restaurants and drinking your own water, you’re going to save more than dining in seafood or Western restaurants and treating yourself to a cocktail with every meal. Likewise, if you visit the fine-dining restaurants in Son Tra every evening, your bill is going to rack up exponentially.
Let’s say you’re eating at a budget restaurant. A typical meal should cost somewhere between 50,000 – 100,000 VND (£1.76 – £3.50 or $2.10 – $4.30).
At a mid-budget restaurant, a meal will probably cost between 120,000 – 180,000 VND (£4.20 – £6.30 or $5.15 – $7.60).
Compare this to a fine-dining restaurant, where your total bill for a meal and a drink can come out anywhere between 200,000 VND and 500,000 VND (£7 – £17.50 or $8.60 – $21.50). This may be higher depending on how fancy the restaurant is.
In any restaurant, a drink such as water, Coke, or beer should cost between 7,000 – 20,000 VND (£0.25 – £0.70 or $0.30 – $0.86), but imported beer, cocktails, and drinks served in high-end restaurants will probably cost over 20,000 VND.
The best restaurants in Da Nang for budget eats
1. Thia Go Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Spring rolls, pho, banh xeo, banh mi, and beer.
Unimpressive from the outside but with a bamboo interior similar to a beach house, Thia Go Restaurant in Downtown Da Nang has nailed the art of serving Vietnamese classics in a chilled-out atmosphere. With food inspired by Saigon and Mekong cuisine, this is the best restaurant in Da Nang for budget eats, in my opinion. The restaurant’s statement cuisine is spring rolls, pho, banh xeo, beer, and banh mi, and better yet, they are affordable too.
2. Quan Com Hue Ngon (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Barbecued shrimp, lemon chicken wings, and beef saté.
One of the best ways of telling apart the tasty restaurants from the average restaurants in Da Nang is by noting where the locals gather. Located in Downtown Da Nang, Quan Com Hue Ngon is always packed with locals who are lifelong appreciators of the restaurant’s Vietnamese cuisine and barbecued specials such as barbecued shrimp, lemon chicken wings, and beef saté. The restaurant has a simple set-up typical of Vietnam, with a large banner, wall fans, wooden tables, and chairs. Some of the food is prepared using hot stones and other meals come with a miniature barbecue so that you can barbecue your own meal.
3. Lang Nghe Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Folk food such as eel soup and Thanh Chuong-style chicken.
Address: P. Q, 119 Lê Lợi, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
If you’re looking for a varied, budget-friendly menu, Lang Nghe Restaurant is an excellent option. The restaurant specialises in traditional Vietnamese cuisine, which hasn’t been altered to cater for Western tastes. The recipes are inspired by folk food from rural Nghe An, so the dishes have a different taste to other Vietnamese restaurants in Da Nang. Some of their most interesting menu items include eel soup and Thanh Chuong-style chicken. To top it off, there’s a gorgeous garden with green hedgerows and a waterfall feature, in the style of a rural Vietnam village.
4. Banh Xeo Ba Duong (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Banh xeo rice pancakes with seafood, mung bean, prawn, and pork fillings.
At the end of an unassuming lane, Banh Xeo Ba Duong is the best place to get banh xeo in Da Nang (so the locals say). For those new to banh xeo, it’s a central Vietnam specialty, which is essentially a crispy rice pancake filled with savoury fillings. Some of the restaurant’s specialty fillings include seafood, mung bean, prawn, and pork. Their pancakes are much smaller than those you’d find in south Vietnam. Be prepared: the queue can get quite long, as their rice pancakes are considered the best in town. They’re also very cheap, which is always an added bonus.
Just as the name suggests, Mi Quang 1A has become synonymous with tasty mi quang. The dish, which comes from Quang Nam Province and contains a turmeric-infused rice noodle broth, is a central Vietnamese special. This restaurant is well-loved by locals, and has earned a strong reputation over the years for having the best mi quang in Da Nang.
6. Bun Cha Ca Ba Hon (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Da Nang-style bun cha cha (fish cake noodles) and authentic cuisine.
Authentic and tasty: these are the hallmarks of the food at Bun Cha Ba Hon. Whether you’re sipping on broth served in a bamboo bowl or tucking into the joint’s famous bun cha cha (fish cake noodles), which are simmered the Da Nang way, your taste buds are bound to go on a journey. The restaurant is always packed with customers and locals trying to get their daily dose or first taste of their bun cha cha.
7. Banh My Ba Lan (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Banh mi (Vietnamese baguette-style sandwiches).
Address: 62 Trưng Nữ Vương, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
At Banh My Ba Lan, you’ll be joining the long line of locals picking up their daily lunchtime sandwich. The sandwich shop specialises in banh mi, which is a crispy, airy Vietnamese baguette typically served with pickled vegetables and other savoury fillings, like sweet or spicy pork belly and fried tofu. Banh My Ba Lan has got the recipe down to an art.
A refreshing relief from Son Tra’s often eyebrow-raising prices, Nam Danh Seafood will make sure you don’t miss out on Da Nang’s seafood scene even if you have a budget to stick to. Nam Danh Seafood serves scallops, shrimps, oysters, grilled octopus, and other seafood for a fraction of the price of other Da Nang restaurants. There’s nothing fancy about the eatery, of course. It has plastic chairs but it’s quite airy and spacious, which is a good deal, because once again, it’s always packed with locals. That means the seafood is as fresh as it gets, as they have to keep the conveyor belt going to keep the clientele supplied with dishes like steamed clams, spicy lemon snails, and even stingray.
The best restaurants in Da Nang for mid-budget meals
1. Mộc Quán (Son Tra District)
Best for: Seafood dishes featuring fish, shrimp, and scallops.
Seafood is the specialty at Mộc Quán, and boy, do they do it well. Regarded as one of the best seafood restaurants in Da Nang, the restaurant has a cosy terrace with fairy lights and serves mid-budget Vietnamese seafood dishes with shrimp, scallops, and fish. It’s always packed with locals, so of course, that’s how you can tell the food is packed with flavour.
2. Bep Hen Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Homecooked Vietnamese food such as belly pork with lemongrass, fried tofu and garlic prawns.
A short stroll from the River Han, the front of Bep Hen Restaurant is partly camouflaged by thick, tropical plants. It’s easy to walk past without noticing that it is, in fact, one of Da Nang’s best restaurants and very well-regarded for its home-cooked Vietnamese food. In keeping with the food, the interior feels a lot like a classic Vietnamese living room, with subtle and homely decor such as guitars and plants scattered around the room. On the menu, fan favourites include the garlic prawns, caramelised pork stew, fried tofu, and belly pork with lemongrass.
3. Happy Heart Café (My Khe Beach)
Best for: Western comfort food in a restaurant with a heartwarming mission.
Address: 57 Đ. Ng. Thì Sĩ, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Happy Heart Café doesn’t just win brownie points for its aromatic coffee and Western comfort food. Granted, the waffles, roast chicken, breakfast burritos, bagels, and shepherd’s pie are very popular. However, the café also provides representation and employment for deaf and handicapped Da Nang residents. It’s an excellent place to go if you’re looking for somewhere friendly and relaxed with a mission at heart.
4. Pho Viet Kieu (My An)
Best for: A modern restaurant with good pho.
Address: 65 Phan Tứ, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
The owner of Pho Viet Kieu, Du Y, is a well-travelled lady who has brought her global restaurant expertise and delicious recipes back to her original hometown. Thoroughly cosy and very clean, the restaurant has an indoor and outdoor space, and has gained a lot of popularity for its tender beef pho, which uses imported Aussie beef.
5. Madame Lan (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Regional Vietnam recipes in a riverside colonial-style restaurant.
Madame Lan is a huge restaurant in a French colonial-style building, where you can eat in an open courtyard or in one of the river-facing dining rooms. The menu has lots of alluring dishes, including bun cha cua (crab sausage noodle soup), hu tieu bo kho (vermicelli with stewed beef), bun cha (vermicelli with pork), squid with chili and salt, and green papaya salad with shrimp and garlic. Having been around since 2012, Madame Lan has had plenty of time to refine its regional tastes, so there are dishes from all over Vietnam. They all originate from Madame Lan herself, a mother of six who raised her kids on fresh food from the garden.
6. Taco Ngon (Son Tra District)
Best for: Back-alley tacos with creative flavours.
Address: 80/59 Lê Hữu Trác, An Hải Đông, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Tacos in Vietnam? Yes, really. Many locals argue that Taco Ngon has the best tacos in Vietnam. The only way to know for sure is to head down the Son Tra back alley and judge for yourself. In reality, Taco Ngon could be classed as a budget restaurant, as one taco only costs 5500 VND. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably need at least 10-20 of their tiny tacos to fill yourself up. Some of their creative flavour combinations include ginger and lime with fish, tamarind barbecue chicken, and Taiwan-style pork with wasabi and coleslaw.
7. My Casa Da Nang (Son Tra District)
Best for: Italian, Spanish and Malaysian cuisine with cocktails in a chilled-out courtyard setting.
If you’d like to switch up the bun cha and banh mi for a hearty bowl of pasta or a tapas spread, My Casa Da Nang is widely known as the best Italian restaurant in Da Nang. In reality, it’s not just Italian staples that are served here. There are Spanish tapas and Malaysian dishes, all infused with subtle Asian flavours, like their bruschetta topped with chicken satay. The chilled-out courtyard area is the cherry on top, as is the cocktail selection and the DJ nights that take place here.
8. Bep Cuon Da Nang (My Khe Beach)
Best for: A chic Vietnamese restaurant with very attentive staff.
Address: 54 Nguyễn Văn Thoại, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Bep Cuon Da Nang is as cosy as it gets. The front of the restaurant is a warm yellow colour and strung with lanterns and plants, while the inside is decorated with local art, wicker lanterns, and locally-woven art decor. The friendly restaurant is located on the right-hand side of the Han River, and it’s the place to go for an attentive, interactive Vietnamese meal. The staff are very invested in making sure that you know exactly how the pancakes are folded or how long your meat is simmered for, so they’ll guide you through the menu like a pro.
The best restaurants in Da Nang for fine dining
1. La Maison 1888 (Son Tra District)
Best for: A Michelin-starred restaurant with French cuisine.
Address: 12A Phạm Văn Đồng, An Hải Bắc, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Awarded Vietnam’s first-ever Michelin Star, La Maison 1888 is an excellent place to treat yourself to some of the finer life. The restaurant, helmed by Pierre Gagnaire, is based in a colonial Indochina mansion and the menu is inspired by French cuisine, with just a little Vietnamese flavour, of course. The menu changes according to the seasons, so the food is always fresh and tender. They also provide wine tasting experiences for those celebrating a special occasion.
Le Bambino is another fine-dining restaurant in Da Nang specialising in French-Vietnamese dishes. Launched in 2003 by a French and Vietnamese couple, they also have a historic claim. It is supposedly the first restaurant managed by a foreign owner to have been launched in Da Nang. Similarly to a French brasserie, they serve French classics and cheeses like Black Angus steak and foie gras pate.
3. Beach House (My Khe Beach)
Best for: A beachside fine-dining experience at the Hyatt hotel.
Part of the Hyatt Hotel, Beach House faces the south side of My Khe Beach. In keeping with the five-star property it’s a part of, the dishes are refined and innovative. While the restaurant doesn’t serve traditional Vietnamese cuisine, it uses fresh, local ingredients, and some of its most popular dishes include wok-fried five spice beef, seafood sour soup and om leaf, and duck salad with fig and starfruit. Coupled with a location alongside the golden sand, there’s not much missing from this beachside fine-dining experience.
4. Fatfish (Son Tra District)
Best for: Treating yourself to an Asian-Western meal by the river Han.
With a bright, airy and green-fingered set-up alongside the river Han, Fatfish is another great fine-dining restaurant. Take your pick from craft beers from the Pasteur Street Brewing Company and the long wine list, then browse the menu, which includes Asian-Western dishes cooked over wood-fired barbecues. The ingredients are local: there’s Ly Son garlic, Da Lat cheese, and Phu Quoc fish sauce, along with freshly-hauled fish from the Da Nang shores.
Sky View Restaurant raises the bar, literally. It’s based on the 20th floor of the Belle Maison Parosand Hotel and has views over the ocean and the green-cladded Son Tra Mountain. With cocktails, wine and dishes like grilled clams, flamed seafood, and lamb rack, there’s a varied mix of Western and Asian food and plenty of delicious Da Nang seafood.
6. Citron Restaurant (Son Tra District)
Best for: A skyscraper restaurant with traditional regional Vietnamese dishes.
Traditional regional dishes, ocean views and a heavy dose of luxury is some of what you can expect from Citron Restaurant. The restaurant is based 100 metres above sea level in the Da Nang Intercontinental Hotel, so you’ll have ocean views while you tuck into Saigon-inspired banh xeo and pho made the Hanoi way. The outdoor booth-style seating is round, like Vietnam’s signature nón lá hats and there’s artwork in the restaurant depicting the country’s native birdlife too.
The best restaurants in Da Nang for vegetarians and vegans
1. Roots Plant-Based Restaurant (My Khe Beach)
Best for: Smoothies, Buddha bowls and plant-based burgers by the beach.
Address: 01 An Thượng 32, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 55000, Vietnam
As a restaurant and café dedicated to plant-based international cuisine, Roots Plant-Based Restaurant is highly regarded as the best restaurant in Da Nang for vegetarians and vegans. Located a short stroll from the My Khe strip and within walking distance of Downtown Da Nang, it also gets brownie points for its location. Pick up a smoothie bowl or a cold-pressed drink before you head into the sea or tuck into something more substantial like a Buddha bowl, tofu scramble, or a plant-based burger after a day of surfing.
2. Ngoc Chi Vegetarian Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Traditional vegetarian-only Vietnamese dishes.
Ngoc Chi Vegetarian Restaurant’s ethos is that you don’t need to miss out on traditional Vietnamese dishes, even if you’re vegan or vegetarian. They simply sub the meat with spicy tofu and tender vegetables. Affordable and friendly, this is a top spot in Da Nang for vegetarians and vegans who are travelling on a budget. Highlights on the menu include vegan beef pho, spring rolls, and banh mi. The banh mi is extra special, because it’s very hard to track down banh mi sandwiches suitable for vegans. The restaurant doesn’t handle any meat at all, so you’ll be in safe hands here if you’re veggie.
3. Bep Cuon Da Nang (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Well-explained vegetarian and vegan cuisine with attentive staff.
Address: 54 Nguyễn Văn Thoại, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Bep Cuon Da Nang already made it onto my list of the best restaurants in Da Nang for mid-budget meals, but it’s also deserving of a spot in the vegetarian and vegan section. While the restaurant isn’t a dedicated vegetarian venue, there’s a huge range of veggie-friendly dishes and the best part is that the staff are very attentive and can explain exactly what goes into your food. That’ll relieve some anxiety for vegetarians and vegans. Plus, it’s located alongside the Han River, making it a very scenic spot.
4. Thia Go Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Vegetarian food like spring rolls, pho, and Vietnamese pancakes.
Another reason why I already marked Thia Go Restuarants as one of the best budget restaurants in Da Nang is because of its varied vegetarian menu. Vegetarian Vietnamese classics such as spring rolls, banh xeo, and pho are some of what you can expect at this budget beach house-style restaurant in downtown.
5. Bao An Macrobiotic (Son Tra Peninsula)
Best for: Plant-based macrobiotic meals based around grains, tofu, vegetables, and beans.
Bao An Macrobiotic is arguably the best vegan restaurant in Da Nang. Its recipes conform to the macrobiotic method, which means that the meals are based around wholegrains like rice and oats, fruit and veg, and bean products like tofu and miso. That means it’s completely vegan and of course, incredibly fresh and healthy. There’s a community in Da Nang passionate about eating a macrobiotic diet, so the restaurant has developed an open kitchen space where guests can watch as they chop and steam the meals. Despite being based in an ancient house in the Son Tra District, it’s also very budget-friendly.
6. ANs Restaurant (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: A hip vegetarian-only restaurant with vegan meals, tea and smoothies.
Address: 169F Trưng Nữ Vương, Bình Thuận, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 55000, Vietnam
One hot spot for vegetarian meals in Da Nang is ANs Restaurant. It’s a dedicated vegetarian-only restaurant, but it doesn’t look anything like the typical Vietnamese restaurants you’d visit on a normal Da Nang street. It’s clearly been kitted out for tourists, as it has the fresh aesthetic of a European coffee shop with chalkboards and dangling potted plants. There’s a good range of Vietnamese vegan meals and Western dishes, as well as tea and smoothies. It’s definitely a place for the Instagram feed.
7. Loving Vegan (My Khe Beach)
Best for: Vegan and veggie cuisine in a bright and airy restaurant.
Address: 61 Lê Quang Đạo, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Loving Vegan is another stylish vegetarian restaurant, which has a coffee shop vibe. Bright and airy with wooden tables and big, leafy plants, the set-up is just as refreshing as the food. Many of the dishes are vegan, and others are vegetarian. Some popular meals include teriyaki tofu, burritos, and cheese sandwiches.
The best restaurants in Da Nang for gluten-free food
Before I dig into the best gluten-free restaurants in Da Nang, you should know that I have written a comprehensive guide dedicated to gluten free food in Vietnam. As I explain in the guide, it’s perfectly easy to eat gluten-free food at most Vietnam restaurants, just as long as you know what red flags to look out for and how to clearly communicate your needs.
Here are my top tips for finding gluten-free food in Da Nang:
Try a street food stall or restaurant where the food is prepared in front of you.
Vegan and vegetarian restaurants are often very accommodating for gluten-free diets.
Avoid any dishes containing soy sauce. This includes marinated meats.
Use Google Translate to communicate with the chef and servers, but prioritise visiting restaurants with English-speaking staff who are likely to understand your dietary needs better.
I’ve put together the following list using recent TripAdvisor and Google Reviews written by gluten-free travellers, so that you can visit reviewed and tested restaurants in Da Nang.
The restaurant is based around wholegrains and beans like brown rice and tofu, which are gluten-free.
The staff were helpful and accommodating for gluten-free guests.
The best bars in Da Nang
The first thing you need to know about finding the best bars in Da Nang is that the city’s nightlife is split into two distinct halves. The first half is Da Nang’s glamorous sky-rise rooftop bars, which have views over the city lights and very fancy cocktails, food, and wine lists.
The other half is Da Nang’s down-to-earth, budget-friendly bars where locals and travellers mingle over Vietnamese beer, barbecued food, and dimmed lights. They are mostly congregated around downtown and My Khe Beach.
I’ve focused on Da Nang’s budget-friendly bars, but I’ve also included a few of the most sought-after bars in the former category in case you’re looking to treat yourself.
1. Sky 36 Club (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: The ultimate rooftop bar in Da Nang, argued to be the highest bar in Vietnam.
Legend has it, Sky 36 Club is the highest bar in Vietnam. Based on the 36th floor of the Novotel Premier Han River, a hotel beside the Han River, it’s a very sought-after cocktails spot. The price, of course, matches the quality of the views over the river, the city lights, and the Marble Mountains. Let’s just say that a night out at Sky 36 Club doesn’t come cheap. However, if you want to treat yourself to a luxurious city view and drinks in a flashy bar with a DJ, you’ll definitely think it’s worth the price.
2. Bamboo 2 Bar (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: A friendly downtown bar with dancing, chatting and affordable drinks by Han River.
Bamboo 2 Bar has another view of the Han River and the Dragon Bridge. The difference is, it won’t drain your Vietnamese dong so quickly. With a wooden balcony and a terrace by the river, Bamboo 2 Bar is a well-trodden venue that’s been around since 2006, so you’re likely to find someone to drink (or dance with) pretty quickly if you’re travelling solo or in a small group. There’s a pool table, cheap-and-tasty cocktails, and a relaxed vibe all around.
3. Simple Man Pub (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: A quality night out at an intimate, friendly venue.
Simple Man Pub, or Simple Man Coffee Bar as it was called back in the day, isn’t the flashiest, newest venue around. However, it’s the type of place where you can have a quality night out, drinking White Russian cocktails or beer and challenging your friends to a game of pool. With a hip hop and funk soundtrack, there’s a laidback and friendly vibe. It’s also a more intimate venue than the Bamboo 2 Bar, as it’s much more compact and homely.
4. Sky 21 Bar (My Khe Beach)
Best for: A stylish rooftop bar experience by the beach.
Address: Belle Maison Parosand Danang Hotel, 216 Võ Nguyên Giáp, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
If Sky 36 is the go-to rooftop bar in Downtown Da Nang, Sky 21 Bar is the go-to rooftop bar in the My Khe Beach area. It’s not quite as high as the former, but it still has a simply stunning view, which looks over the Son Tra Peninsula and the ocean, rather than the river. With fruity cocktails, friendly staff, and sublime sunsets over the mountains and the ocean, the bar has to make it onto my list of the best bars in Da Nang.
One of Da Nang’s many bar venues.
5. Hair of the Dog Bar (Downtown Da Nang)
Best for: Dancing and clubbing to deep house, hip hop and EDM.
If you want to dance your night away in Da Nang (and who wouldn’t?), Hair of the Dog Bar is one of your best options. There are two dance floors, and they blast deep house, hip hop and EDM tunes all night. With strobe lights and local DJs performing, it’s likely to be a lively night. The bar is part of a chain of clubs in Vietnam, so while it won’t be quite as expensive as rooftop bars in Da Nang, it does weigh in at a mid-budget price range. You may need a ticket for entry, but there are often discounts available.
6. Golden Pine Pub (Son Tra/Downtown)
Best for: Meeting other travellers over two-for-one cocktails and pool tables by Han River.
Located on the other side of Han River from downtown’s bars, Golden Pine Pub is a known expats and travellers’ bar. They play EDM and classic Western hits, but one of the biggest appeals is that they often offer two-for-one deals on cocktails and other drinks. With a pool table and a location next to Han River to round things off, this is the best bar to meet other travellers and expats in Da Nang.
7. Horizon Bar (Son Tra District)
Best for: A mid-budget rooftop bar with barbecued food and cocktails.
Horizon Bar is the bar for you if you want to get the Da Nang rooftop experience without overpaying. The bar is based in a sky rise building over the beach in Son Tra District, so the rooftop has views over the peninsula, mountains, and the ocean. This makes it a strong contender as one of the best spots to watch the sunset. Its 45-strong beer collection features local brews, and of course, there are cocktails available too. The bar also has an international menu with barbecued food. Drinks start at around 350,000 VND.
Where to stay in Da Nang for the best nightlife and restaurants
The best place to stay in Da Nang for nightlife and restaurants is Downtown Da Nang. You should try to stay as close to the Han River as possible, because from there, it’s only half an hour’s walk to My Khe Beach and Son Tra, where there are many more dining options.
That being said, if you’re mainly interested in seafood, I’d recommend staying in the My Khe Beach area. If you’re purely invested in fine-dining, the Son Tra district might suit you instead.
I used Booking.com to find cheap accommodation in Da Nang, simply because I find they have the simplest, easiest interface to book hotels or hostels and the cheapest prices. However, I also recommend browsing Hostelworld if you’re a solo traveller or looking to meet other tourists to eat and drink with in Da Nang.
The following map shows all the cheapest accommodation around Downtown Da Nang:
What food is Da Nang known for?
Da Nang is known for its central Vietnamese cuisine, such as mi quang and banh xeo. It’s also known for its seafood and street food.
How much is a beer in Da Nang?
A beer in Da Nang should cost around 20,000 VND (£0.70 or $0.86).
How much is food in Da Nang?
A budget meal in Da Nang should cost between 50,000 – 100,000 VND (£1.76 – £3.50 or $2.10 – $4.30). Dining at mid-budget or fine-dining restaurants can cost up to 500,000 VND (£17.50 or $21.50)
What is there to eat in Old Quarter Da Nang?
Da Nang’s old quarter has lots of street food, including banh xeo, mi quang, pho, bun cha and other central Vietnamese dishes.