I spend more time traveling to Dalat in the summer because of the hot weather in Ho Chi Minh City. Indeed, Dalat’s cold and comfortable atmosphere attracts visitors all year round, including me. Besides, Dalat continuously has new places for food and experience as points of interest. It truly knows how to both attract new visitors and keep the old ones. Just in time I came back from Dalat recently, let me show you what I have done in 3 days in Dalat city. I and my family did a food tour and there are places that you will like.
My 1st Day Started on Friday
Honestly, I rarely go to Dalat on the weekend. It is too crowded at that time so I could hardly enjoy the environment in just 3 days in Dalat. However, this time was different. There was a show that I and my family wanted to join on Saturday. Hence, I’ve broken my rule of not going on the weekend, I and my family started to travel to Dalat on Friday. We went to Dalat city from Bien Hoa city. The trip started at 11:00 a.m. and was expected to get to Dalat at 4:30 or 5:00 p.m.
Vietnamese Dishes at Noon
Since having a child, I love driving the car to different travel destinations with my family. I can stop anywhere across the way so my kid can take a rest and has more experience at places.
On the way to Dalat city, we stopped at a restaurant in Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province. As Dong Nai is the biggest province in Vietnam, I forget the exact point of the restaurant. But from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat city, the restaurant is on the right after passing a bridge. It’s a good restaurant with affordable prices for lunch, and especially a clean toilet. Of course, the foods are good too.
The First Night with Quán Ốc 33
Unexpectedly, we reached Dalat at around 7:00 p.m. Yes, it was about 2 hours late than our first expectation. The road was crowded with many people who traveled to Dalat city too. We were a bit tired, but it didn’t stop our excitement of looking for a good place for dinner. We then headed to one of our favorite restaurants in the city with delicious dishes of beef and snail.
Our night ended with the well-known avocado ice cream in Nguyen Van Troi street. If you are the type of person who loves to have something cold like ice cream on a cold day, then this dessert should be on your list. You can buy the ice cream to enjoy at Xuan Huong Lake. That will be an x3 cold.
The 2nd Day – The Main Day Wandering Dalat City
During the 3 days in Dalat, we had the whole second day in the city for many experiences and activities. As this trip was decided to be a food tour, the plan was full of restaurants and coffee shops. And it was Bun Bo that began my day.
My Breakfast with Bun Bo Thien Trang
Actually, my cousin introduced me to this restaurant. My first impression was there were so many people coming to the place for breakfast. As there were so many customers, the restaurant served only one kind of Bun Bo with the same toppings. Indeed, they just counted the number of people in the group and brought enough bowls for their customers.
That’s one thing why I don’t want to travel to Dalat on the weekend. There were so many people sitting around that I and my family didn’t have space to enjoy the bowl of Bun Bo. Please don’t ask me how it tasted! I didn’t have time to really enjoy my breakfast. We just finished our dishes quickly and went to a coffee shop to enjoy the atmosphere of Dalat.
The Choco Chocolate and Coffee Shop
It’s The Choco coffee shop, located right in Dalat Railway Station. They make really good drinks. As my expectation for a coffee land, I had a really good milk coffee cup there. It even made me forget the bad experience I had at breakfast.
Additionally, The Choco is well-known for handmade chocolate in different flavors. Indeed, you can have a try of their chocolate. You don’t have to buy after trying, but most people cannot resist the flavor, then they end up leaving the shop with at least a box of chocolate on hand, lol.
I like this coffee shop’s space too. It’s big on the outside with a parking lot for tens of cars. In the back, the coffee shop connects with the area of Dalat Railway Station, which is one of the top attractions in the city. The inside space with a wooden decoration brings the true feeling of mountainous land. It was about 10:00 a.m. with a high temperature but I was still comfortable at the place. Yes, the coffee shop is now my top recommendation for a destination in Dalat city to visit. Honestly, I would rate this the top place in my 3 days in Dalat.
Banh Uot Long Ga for a Hot Noon
My mom and my child got back to the hotel to sleep. My cousin went to Nha Bo slope for her friend’s challenge on Tiktok. I and my wife came to the area of Tang Bat Ho street to find something for lunch. We picked Bánh Ướt Lòng Gà, a bit cold dish for the hot day. Honestly, it wasn’t good to my taste. I was not sure if the flavor changed or something happened to the ingredients, but it wasn’t as good as my first time eating it.
Anyway, if you go from the central market to Tang Bat Ho street, you will see a green restaurant on the right. It was where I had my lunch. There are many other dishes to choose from besides the cold Bánh Ướt Lòng Gà. And I hope you will find something good there.
I then went to a billard club to play with my cousin and her friend before the afternoon show.
Mây Lang Thang
This is a well-known show that hosts regularly on a hill of Dalat. Their stage is always amazing with nice decoration and the background that looks to the valley in the area. Especially, they have famous singers at every show, which is why the ticket price is quite high.
Unfortunately, the show wasn’t good as I expected. It wasn’t hosted on a hill. The place has been in upgrading, so they moved to an old villa in Tran Hung Dao street for the show. Furthermore, it was rainy so people had to stay close together under a cover, making the space so cramped and uncomfortable to enjoy the show. That was bad! I spent about $22 on the ticket and my first experience with Mây Lang Thang wasn’t as expected.
However, I think Mây Lang Thang is doing good with the shows, just some unlucky things happened to me. Perhaps I will wait till they do on the hill and join another time.
We Celebrated My Mom’s Birthday at The Pallet
We prepared a cake, and flowers and booked a table at Tiệm Ăn Pallet – Lẩu Treo Gà Bay (The Pallet) to surprise my mom for her birthday. That night was good overall. But about the restaurant, I was a bit surprised seeing there weren’t many customers when we just got in. It was Saturday so I thought that the food there wasn’t good enough to attract people. Also, the slope that leads to the restaurant from the parking lot was hard to go, particularly when the rain was just over. Probably those things prevented people from coming to the restaurant, despite the food being quite fine.
We ordered the restaurant’s signature dish – Flying Chicken, a Strawberry Salad, a Hotpot, and two bottles of Soju. I was quite satisfied with the food here. Yes, they were as good as said in Tiktok videos. Especially the Flying Chicken was impressively displayed and the taste was so good with marinated spices.
The Last Day of 3 Days in Dalat Trip
We woke up early for our last breakfast and coffee in Dalat city before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City. We truly wanted something good to end our trip. Yes, a restaurant with a long menu was a good choice to order different dishes.
Bánh Mì HỒNG
From the hotel that I booked this time – Minh Chi Hotel, walking up to the left road, there was a restaurant Bánh Mì HỒng at 72 Yersin – on the right of the road that serves different local dishes. With the advantage of many family members, we ordered all the dishes the restaurant had. There was Bánh Căn, Bánh Mì Xíu Mại, Thịt Nướng, and Soya Milk. Overall, the foods were really good for me for breakfast. We even ordered 20 meatballs (Xíu Mại) to bring home. Hence, I recommend this place if you look for a spot for breakfast in Dalat city.
Remember the show from Mây Lang Thang that I mentioned above? Yesterday after finishing the show, we found a nice coffee shop nearby. We decided to come back there for the coffee on the last day in Dalat, it’s NEAR Coffee. If you also know about cryptocurrency, I know what you are thinking about the shop’s name, lol. Anyway, they truly had very nice decorations in the area with even a garden of cactus. My coffee was good too. You can also order some snacks or bread to slowly enjoy the environment. That’s truly how a visitor should enjoy the time in Dalat. And yes, this is another top pick for my 3 days in Dalat besides The Choco.
We said goodbye to this beautiful city at around 10:00 a.m. but surely I will come back to Dalat in one near day.
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