Perhaps the only thing better than a sweet treat is a sweet treat by the seaside. Luckily, Vietnam’s coastal city of Danang boasts some truly excellent bakeries. Discover the best places to chill out with some buns and banh mis.
While it might be better known for its seafood, there’s no shortage of delicious baked goods in the beachfront city of Danang. From soft cinnamon rolls to astounding buttercream creations, you’ll definitely get a satisfying carb fix here.
AVA Chocolate and Tea
Bakery, Tea Room, Dessert, Austrian
Run by an Austrian pastry chef, this bakery / tearoom might just be home to the best pastries in all of Vietnam. Obvious care, thought and skill goes into every creation – the colourful macaroons in particular are a delightful, elegant treat. Complementing the baked goods, AVA has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. The owners, Andy and Van, treat you like an old friend and are always happy to share their passion for their craft
Bread roll with Pork Floss, chili paste and salad dressing.
This traditional Vietnamese bakery is no-frills but offers high quality goods at very tempting prices. Their banh mis are famed locally for their delicious, fluffy homemade bread, making it a favourite on many Danang city tours. If you want to sample a typical Vietnamese baked good, try a pork floss roll for a simultaneously sweet and savoury treat.
This floral café is a beautiful place to relax and indulge. Decorated with mosaic tiles, watercolour murals and a profusion of flowers, Rita Flower and Cake will charm you before you even try their treats – but be warned, just one of their homemade cookies is never enough.
Known for – surprise, surprise – its baguettes, this bakery is renowned for superior soft, fresh bread. Its beloved sandwiches are stuffed full of fresh gourmet ingredients imported from all over the world. If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, try one of the beautifully flaky pastries or treat yourself to a bar of Marou – Vietnam’s luxurious premier chocolate brand.
This ‘bakery with a purpose’ is an oasis of calm in the ever-expanding hub of Danang. Its French colonial architecture and botanic decor is a delight to behold, housing some sensational handmade baked goods. The bakery uses organic and home-grown ingredients wherever possible, and strives to reduce plastic waste through bamboo straws and paper bags. Located next door to a Catholic school, Thanh Tam is a social enterprise which provides vocational training for disabled students in customer service and kitchen environments. In a country with relatively few opportunities for disabled people, Thanh Tam is really doing some good.
BonPas is a popular bakery chain in Danang offering both French and Vietnamese-style treats. It’s a favourite among the city’s student population who appreciate its colourful drinks and Instagram-friendly interior. Even better looking than the venues themselves are the fantastic novelty cakes on offer – from teddy bears to pigs and penguins, these cute little creations are made to put a smile on your face (and in your tummy).
If you’re looking to surprise a loved one on their birthday, look no further than Cake Crush. This twee little bakery specialises in amazing iced creations, designed to make each occasion sparkle. The fondant figures in particular are works of art and the piped flowers are wonderfully realistic. The only problem is that the cakes look so good you might be reluctant to cut into them.
Despite its deceptively plain interior, Dong Tien bakery offers some truly decadent treats – the cake display is a marbled, latticed feast for the eyes. If you’re after something a touch more modest, their cinnamon rolls are the perfect sweet treat at any hour of the day and the banh mi does not disappoint. Service is fast and friendly and prices are very reasonable.
Tiem Banh Mia Cake specialises in occasion cakes and is also famous for sensational tiramisu. Four-tiered cupcake towers, sailboat-shaped masterpieces and heart-shaped photo cakes for your special someone are all on offer.
This bakery is home to an array of Japanese-style baked treats, such as doryaki (red bean pancakes) and matcha cookies – but the real draw here is the milk bread. This fluffy moist bread is more akin to a cake than a western-style loaf and is a must-try – although once you start, you might not be able to stop.