Food & Cuisine in Can Tho
All over Vietnam, some Vietnamese dishes, ingredients or cooking methods are universal, while others are uniquely local or regional. Can Tho is no different. Most of the specialty dishes from the Mekong Delta obviously come from the rivers, but the region is also famous for its fresh and exotic fruit and vegetables.
Can Tho is a great place for experiencing different types of fruits, as well as interesting dishes from the rivers!
This Can Tho Restaurant Guide gives a brief rundown on some of the things you may wish to try whilst in the region, as well as some of the best places to go for a meal. General information about standard Vietnamese cuisine, which can also be found in Can Tho, is available on our Vietnam Restaurant Guide. And once you've eaten your fill, why not check out some of the nearby markets or shops mentioned in our Can Tho Shopping Guide?
Can Tho Restaurant Guide
Can Tho is renowned throughout the region for its delicate cuisine, and the wide range of tasty, fresh fruits and vegetables. As such, many visitors to Can Tho enjoy the cuisine, and there are a number of restaurants that offer unique and traditional dishes which are worth trying. Although Western restaurants aren\'t really very common in Can Tho, you may find some restaurants serving Western favourites such as pizza or spaghetti, as well as various Top End hotels featuring a number of Western items on their menus. However, we would highly recommend trying some local restaurants for the best food Can Tho has to offer.
The tasty, exotic fruit is also very highly recommended in Can Tho. Amongst the favourites are things such as mangoes, oranges and grapefruit. More exotic fruit that can be found in the region includes things such as jackfruit, pomeloes, custard apple, corossol, longans or the distinctive durian - it tastes better than it smells! All these fruits can be purchased at the various markets - floating or otherwise - in the area.
To really get the full effect of dining in Can Tho, we would recommend that you head down towards the riverside. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a visit to Can Tho is heading towards the river, finding a nice restaurant and watching the river life pass you by. There are a plethora of small dining establishments scattered along the river's banks, and many locals enjoy coming here for a meal. The most popular are those positioned near Ninh Kiều pier, although they can get very crowded at times. Listed below are some recommended restaurants in Can Tho.