Down the main tourist strips of Fansipan, Muong Hoa and Cau May streets of Sapa, you can easily find many restaurants in your sight. Most of them serve regional meals, but since it is a foreigner friendly area, they all try to offer a little bit of everything. You can also find a mix of American, French, and Italian dining, however, make sure you try some local specialties.
Hill Station Signature Restaurant
The Hill Station Signature Restaurant is the perfect place to experience delicious and authentic ethnic Hmong cuisine. The restaurant, located in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Vietnam, Mt. Fansipan, provides superb views as the diners indulge in the unique flavors of the north. Try the flash-cooked pork with lime, ash-baked trout in banana leaves, and the traditional Hmong-style black pudding. Get some glasses of homemade rice wine to go with, and it will be a perfect evening. P.S. If you’re making your way down from Northern Vietnam to the south, just know that these guys have two more restaurants in Hanoi and Hoi An.
Address: 037 Fansipan Street, Sapa, Vietnam
Another location in which you can dine with a fantastic view of the hilly surroundings, Nature View, stays true to its name. On the menu are a mix of delicious Vietnamese and Western food items, and the dining experience is only further enhanced by the lovely service. It is also a great place to take some time to yourself, sit outside, above the clouds, and sip some local Lao Cai coffee as you enjoy a great book. The chicken sautéed in lemongrass and basil, grilled salmon, and the yoghurt sautéed chicken are worth a special mention. Plus it’s open 24 hours!
Address: 051 Fansipang Street, Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa O’Chau Cafe
Run by the Sapa O’Chau Travel Social Enterprise, this is a special café that serves as a meeting place for the socially conscious, a training facility for the students of the enterprise, an information center about the Sapa O’Chau project, and a place to organize treks and homestays. Sapa O’Chau is a non-profit organization that aims to promote education and employment opportunities for the Hmong ethnicity in Sapa and beyond. For cold days, the ginger tea sweetened with Sapa mountain honey served here is the perfect way to warm up.
Address: 08 Thac Bac, Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa Cuisine Restaurant
Hidden away, up some stairs in an alleyway, this restaurant surprises most patrons by how good the dishes are, despite the restaurant being quite empty. It has the location to thank for that. You are welcomed into a warm environment with smiles, and it only gets better from there. The food is healthy, cooked using organic ingredients sourced from local farmers. The menu changes seasonally, but dishes to keep an eye out for are the pumpkin soup and the lemongrass stir-fried tofu.
Address: 017 Xuân Viên, Sapa, Vietnam
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