Da Nang Food Tour Best Authentic Experience at Con Market

Da Nang in Central, Vietnam is the third largest city in the country after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, respectively.

The cuisine in Central Vietnam has a lot to offer. A food tour in Da Nang was the perfect opportunity to feed our curiosity and learn about the local specialties.

Guiding us were two Da Nang locals with BackStreet Academy, a social enterprise that connects local artisans with visitors looking for off-beat travel experiences.

This Da Nang food tour focused on Con Market, the largest food market in the city. This market is one of the best places to experience local life and sample many central Vietnamese food specialties.

Join us on this insightful Da Nang food tour at Con market.

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Da Nang Food Tour Meeting Point at Con Market

Con Market or Chợ Cồn đà nẵng in Vietnamese is the largest wholesale and retail market in the central region of Vietnam.

It is a traditional local market that offers a fascinating glimpse into local life in Da Nang. Our Vietnamese Backstreet Academy guides, both students at Da Nang University, met us at 2:00 pm to begin our Da Nang food tour.

Con market, our guides explained, is known for offering a wide range of local Vietnamese food specialties. It is one of the best places to sample the local cuisine from Danang and the central Vietnamese region.

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Market Cho Con Danang Authentic Food QuestCho Market, the largest food market in Da Nang

Exploring Cho Con or Con Market

Built in the 1940s, the market began as a place for farmers and locals to sell their produce.

Since it has evolved into a large market with fresh produce, handicrafts, apparel, dried goods, Vietnamese coffee and more.

In the main interior part of the market is a large hall filled with vendors selling all kinds of Vietnamese dishes.

From banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches, mi quang noodles, banh xeo or sizzling pancakes, Vietnamese desserts, local snacks and drinks and much more.

Inside Cho Con Market the Market Vendors by Authentic Food QuestThe food hall inside Con Market after the lunch rush

The outer parts of the bustling market are divided up into different sections.

On one side are several local vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and more. This market is popular with locals who shop there regularly for their daily needs.

Fruit Vendor Outside Cho Con Market Danang by Authentic Food QuestBrightly colored fruits at the market
Market Vendor Outside Cho Con Market Danang by Authentic Food QuestA variety of dried goods at the local market

One of the most fascinating sections of the market that opened later in the afternoon was the apparel section.

In the blink of an eye, local vendors suddenly filled the aisle of one of the entrances and unpacked bags of clothes and shoes for sale.

Even though most of the items were second hand, they were clean, in good condition with many featuring huge popular logos.

Watching intense negotiations in Vietnamese between vendors and shoppers was truly mesmerizing.  

Clothes Resale at Cho Con Market Danang by Authentic Food QuestIntense apparel shopping at Con Market

A Da Nang Food Tour at Con Market

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Da Nang food tour at Con market was the ability to sample unique regional specialties in one setting.

1st stop – Local Hue Specialties at Banh Cuon Nong 

Our first stop on the Da Nang tour was to sample food from the Imperial City of Hue. Hue located about 100 kilometers from Danang was the former Royal Capital and is home to several distinctive Vietnamese dishes.

Pulling up to the food stall, we were impressed at the selection of steamed and fried flour-based meals with savory fillings.

We tried, Banh Beo Uot Thap Cam, a local specialty which was quite flavorful. Sitting in fish sauce, were little cakes with a tapioca-like consistency, served with fermented Vietnamese pork and garnished with Vietnamese herbs.

While the flavors were surprising, we were not huge fans of the pork sausage.

First stop on our Danang Food Tour Market Vendor Selling Banh Beo Uot Thap Cam by Authentic Food QuestVariety of Hue specialties including Banh Beo Uot Thap Cam

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2nd stop – Tasting Da Nang Noodles and Vietnamese Sizzling Pancakes

Sampling Mi Quang Noodles 

Located across from the first vendor, we made our way to the Be Van food stall to sample two local favorites.

We were glad we had not eaten much before this Da Nang food tour as it was already promising to be a lot of food.

We started out with Da Nang’s famous Mi Quang noodle dish.

The name refers to where the noodles come from, which is the Quang Nam Province, of which Da Nang was a part of.

Our bowl of noodles was accompanied with pork, shrimp, quail eggs, peanuts, turmeric in a light broth.

Prior to the Da Nang food tour, we had enjoyed Mi Quang at several local eateries. And like the previous Mi Quang dishes, the version at Con market was tasty.

Mi Quang Our second stop on our Danang FoodTour by Authentic Food QuestMi Quang, a local Da Nang favorite dish

Sampling Banh Xeo 

Bánh xèo, or Vietnamese sizzling pancakes, is one of our favorite Vietnamese snacks. We were excited to have it at Con market and learn more about it from our guides.

This crispy pancake was stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts and eaten with an intensely flavorful fish sauce.

As we savored the flavors, we got to know our guides a little better. Both are 3rd-year university students, one an Economics major and the other a Technology & Sciences major.

Both have a strong interest in tourism and specifically sharing local and unique experiences with visitors to Central Vietnam.

In our discussion, we learned that banh xeo is made from the same rice flour as the mi quang noodles.

Banh Xeo at Con Market in Danang by Authentic Food QuestBanh Xeo at Con Market on the Da Nang food tour

Bo Kho Lat at Con Market – Beef Jerky Vietnamese Style

After our first two food stops at Cho market, we walked around the market to digest as well as explore further.

Walking through the different alleys, we were struck by one particular section, filled with several vendors selling dried meats.

Sitting in huge bins were various red, orange and brown colored dried meats alongside other dried products.

One of the benefits of exploring a market with a local guide is the ability to ask questions, particularly when you don’t speak the same language as the vendor.

With the help of our guides, we sampled the dried or dehydrated beef which we found to be similar to beef jerky.

The different colors we learned indicate the level of flavor and level of spice.

We tried several and enjoyed the chili spicy flavors over the sweeter and candied versions. The beef used is high quality and reflected in the price per kilo.

Sampling Beef Jerkey during our Danang Food Tour by Authentic Food QuestBins of several kinds of Vietnamese beef jerky

3rd stop – Da Nang Pork Rolls and “Hit” Cake

At the Co Hue food stall, we sampled two local specialties. Da Nang pork rolls or Banh Cuon Thit Heo and Banh Trang Dap Dap, referred to as “hit cake.”

These two specialties are from the Quang Nang Province, of which Danang and Hoi An were once part of.

The “hit cake” or  Banh Trang Dap Dap in Vietnamese, is a fun snack to enjoy. It is made of layers of circular rice crackers served with a fish sauce and fried shallots on top.

What makes this dish unique is how it eaten. Banh Trang means rice cracker and Dap means hit or crush. You crush the rice crackers up with an open palm and then dip the pieces into the sauce to enjoy.

The pork rolls was one of Rosemary’s favorite Vietnamese dishes on the Da Nang food tour. Though the special anchovy fish sauce is an acquired taste as the flavors and smells are pungent.

To eat the dish you roll the pork in rice paper, add some vegetables and herbs and then dip it into the fish sauce.

The interactive nature of this dish where you customize the taste of each pork roll as you choose how much vegetables or fish sauce to use, makes it a fun meal to have.

Tasting Bahn Trang Thit Heo During Danang Food Tour by Authentic Food QuestVietnamese pork rolls with rice paper, mango and cucumber strips and fish sauce

4th Stop – Kem – Traditional Vietnamese ice cream

We love Vietnamese desserts and have enjoyed their unique flavors throughout the country.  One dessert we had not had before was the traditional Vietnamese ice cream or Kem at our fourth stop.

At this point on the Da Nang tour, we were stuffed, though we eagerly made room for a local sweet treat.

At the stand “Kem 132”, one of the most popular for the best desserts, we had an avocado and coconut ice cream treat.

Made fresh in front of us, the vendor cut whole pieces of avocado and mixed them with coconut ice cream and shaved ice.

Rich and flavorful, this was a perfect end to the food portion of the Da Nang food tour.

Delicious Che on our Danang Food Tour at Cho Con Market by Authentic Food QuestDelicious avocado and coconut Vietnamese ice cream

5th Stop – Ending on Vietnamese coffee

Vietnam is one of the largest producers of coffee. It was fitting that our Da Nang food tour ended with a cup of Vietnamese coffee.

At a local Vietnamese coffee shop just outside Con Market, we sat down to enjoy a glass of iced coffee.

Known locally as Cà Phê Sữa Đá, this was a glass of iced drip Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.

As Claire is a non-coffee drinker, I got to enjoy the coffee by myself.

With Vietnamese coffee being particularly strong and dark, the condensed milk offers a great counterbalance to the sharp caffeine taste. On that hot afternoon, the iced coffee was refreshing.  

Vietnamese Coffee Last Stop Danang Food Tour by Authentic Food QuestIced Vietnamese milk coffee on the Da Nang food tour
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In Summary

Taking a Da Nang food tour at Con Market is one of the best ways to discover the regional specialties of Central Vietnam in one setting.

Going to Con Market is a very authentic experience that takes you into the heart of the local community.

With insights from local guides, you get much more out of the Da Nang tour and a deeper understanding of the local food culture.

After five unique food stops and sampling over ten regional specialties, we were delighted.

The introduction to the local specialties at Con Market will help prepare you as you make your food choices on your travels in the region.

The one piece of advice we would offer is to go hungry.  The food is plentiful and with all the food stands close to each other, you want to give your stomach room to taste it all.

This Da Nang food tour is not only an enriching experience, but it is also a way to give back to the local community with Backstreet Academy.

About BackStreet Academy

Backstreet Academy is an impact travel platform which brings people to the hearts of local communities. It is designed to create social impact while helping local artisans earn additional income and keep their customs alive.

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Times Available: 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, the most active times at the market

Length of Tour: 3 – 4 hours

Cost: $29.00 per person

In Vietnam, you’ll also find additional unique BackStreet Academy tours offered in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue and Sapa.

Claire and Rosemary with our guides for our Danang Tour by Authentic Food QuestWith Julie and MT Hien, our local guides with Backstreet Academy

Special thanks to BackStreet Academy for having us on this tour. All views and opinions expressed are our own. Full bellies and happy taste buds too.

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16 Comments on “Da Nang Food Tour Best Authentic Experience at Con Market”

  1. I hear so much about the food scene in Vietnam that I want to make a visit. Twice we had planned and it got cancelled 🙁 . Maybe we are third time lucky .. Thanks for this lovely article. ..

    • So glad you enjoyed the article, Vasu. And as they say, three times is a charm, so I see Vietnam in your future very soon. And, when you go, do stop at Con Market for a truly authentic experience. Cheers.

  2. You always have the best food recommendations and this is another one. Con Market looks incredible. The Da Nang Noodles Sound yummy but I’m super curious about the Sizzling Pancakes, jerky and ice cream

    • Thank you Sherianne. That means a lot. We strive to share the best local specialties so that visitors to that destination can eat local and at the best spots. So much good food in Vietnam. Hope you make it to Da Nang soon 🙂

  3. Such a good food tour, some unusual food there! Need to do this with a local guide there.
    I have never known of avocado coconut mix ice creams! Drooling over it now.

    • We were quite impressed as well by the avocado ice cream. It was quite fantastic and well worth it. The food was typical from Central Vietnam and a great place to sample most dishes in one setting. Highly recommend visiting Con Market on your next Da Nang trip 🙂

  4. The market reminds me of the Chiang Mai market with its local wares and ingredients. I am sure it must have been quite a cultural experience with all those colors and scents. Good idea to go with a guide as they can really tell you where to stop and what to look out for.

    • Which market in Chiang Mai, Ami. Having visited several of the local markets in Chiang Mai, we found Con Market to be quite unique and different from any Thai markets. And yes, having a local guide makes a huge difference. Thanks for stopping by!!

  5. I love to attend food tours on my trips as it tells you a lot about the local food culture of the place. Da Nang food tour at Con Market surely seems to be a good option to try local Vietnamese food. Loved the vegan ice cream stuff, would surely try.

  6. Now THAT is a market! Wow! I’ve been to Da Nang and we just did the restaurant thing so I definitely missed out on trying and understanding the real local experience and flavors. I have wanted to get back there its been years – Con market will be on the list – first stop Mi Quang Noodles then the Banh Xeo. I really shouldn’t have read this right now, I’m starving!

    • You definitively missed out, Con Market is quite an experience. However, the good news is that you can always make a trip back 🙂 And yes, Mi Quang is a great first stop followed by Bahn Xeo. Thanks, Dorene for stopping by.

  7. I love how clean the market looks. Everything seems to be very fresh and tidy. I also fully agree with you about the benefits of a local guide. It’s so useful to be able to ask them any question that pops into your head without a language barrier. I also love how they have a personal connection to many of the vendors in the market. It’s like you’re shopping with old friends.


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