Trong Dong Restaurant is a local eatery along Phan Dinh Phung Street, about a 15-minute walk from Da Lat Market. The decor is nothing to write home about - however, while simple plaid tablecloths hang off the dining tables, and generic paintings hang on the walls, it’s the food that makes the experience memorable. Nonetheless, the low-key atmosphere is calm and welcoming. Its staff are warm and hospitable, making the dining experience all the more pleasurable at this family-run restaurant.
Artist Alley Restaurant is one of the most popular eateries in Da Lat and makes for a great place to enjoy live music while dining in a cosy atmosphere. The moderately-priced menu focuses on French and Vietnamese cuisines. Living up to its name, there are unique paintings hanging throughout Artist Alley Restaurant, lining each and every wall, which were all painted by the owner.
The Escape Bar Da Lat is one of the best places to enjoy fancy cocktails and live music during your stay in Da Lat. From country and blues, to rock & roll and reggae, this 1970s-style bar is located at the basement of Muong Thanh Dalat Hotel, about a five-minute walk from Xuan Hong Lake. The bar’s decor fits the music, as the overarching vibe is 1970s chic. The walls feature creative paintings of deceased music and film legends. The lounge area in front of the stage features comfortable cushioned chairs for relaxing and taking in the tunes from local and international artists while sipping one of the bar’s fancy cocktails.
Da Lat Night Market offers what seems like an endless number of food stalls, which spill into the streets around Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. Offering many local favourites at affordable prices, some of the most popular ones include traditional rice noodles, banh mi, Vietnamese pizza (grilled rice paper with a variety of topping), and finish it off with fresh soy milk. The market attracts many people during the evening - some for the food, some for the atmosphere, and some to perform or to watch street performers. Hip-hop dancing, roller skating, and jainzi (shuttlecock kicking that’s like badminton with your feet) all happen in the market’s open spaces. Though freshly-cooked food is the focus of the night market, other items, including textiles, traditional clothes, flowers, and fresh produce are all available as well.