Beef noodle soup, chicken with rice, grilled pork, and fried squid are but a few of the mouthwatering options of Vietnamese cuisine. Yet, for those who steer clear of eating animals, a Vietnamese vacation can contain a surprising amount of delectable delicacies. Nha Trang is known for its long, broad beaches and its laid-back party vibe, but did you know that the city also has an impressive selection of vegetarian-friendly restaurants and dishes to boot? In between long walks on the beach and day trips to surrounding natural spectacles, Nha Trang’s dining scene will make the vegetarian traveler feel like royalty.
Amazing vegetarian options at local restaurants
If you want to eschew meat altogether while sampling the best of Nha Trang’s local fare, Co Tam is the perfect spot. Start off with a stroll out of Nha Trang’s touristy streets and wander the winding side streets several blocks inland. The air still smells of salty beach, but here it mingles with the scents of mint, coriander, lime, and spice. At Co Tam, a fully vegetarian restaurant, diners can sample a delicious array of local dishes, sans their meaty components. Opt for the my quang, a traditional Central Vietnamese noodle dish, the lightly-fried tofu, and the banh beo (a chewy rice cake). As you make your way back to the main part of town, swing by the Nha Trang Night Market for a sweet finishing touch to your meal. Che, or Vietnamese dessert soup, is a local favorite.
The best vegetarian banh mi in the world
Beyond the beaches, vegetarian food awaits
People don’t necessarily travel to Nha Trang for the slew of vegetarian options, but it’s high time they started! With lengthy veggie-friendly menus at the town’s busiest restaurants, beachside bites without a hint of meat, and meat-free snacks galore, Nha Trang has expanded its reputation beyond its stunning beaches and youthful nightlife. So pack your swimsuit, put those carnivorous cravings away, and get yourself down to Nha Trang.
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