Good news! You won’t starve on Con Dao… but you might get fat. Better news: Con Dao’s food options have something for everyone and at all budgets, however since most goods are are imported to the island, things on Con Dao are a little bit more expensive. Here’s everything you need to know about where to eat on Con Dao – whether you want Vietnamese food, seafood, street food, burgers or pizza, a romantic sunset dinner or healthy food for your kids.
Opulent and eco-friendly, the Six Senses Con Dao is the real deal. Located on Dat Doc Beach, Six Senses is the only uber luxury option on Con Dao, its eye-watering price tag is matched by sheer decadence, with 50 self-contained, ocean-facing villas that come complete with infinity pools, outdoor showers and your own staircase to the resort's private beach.
The Six Senses also has two award winning restaurants. The relaxed wave-spying main restaurant is decorated in pretty shades of mangrove-green, with tables set up on the deck and in an open-air dining room that suits families and lovebirds equally. Expect unpretentious Vietnamese cuisine – chicken, peanut and onion salad; seafood stir-fry; pho ga (chicken noodle soup) – and European options: chicken, liver and mushroom parfait, for example. There’s also Vietnamese by the Market, where local chefs prepares traditional dishes. The dining room is housed in one of the Market Place’s open shop fronts, and mimics a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. Last but not least, Deli’cious, the Tuscan-style deli that serves light lunches, salads, sandwiches and snacks, to eat in or take away.
Are you looking for burgers, steaks, pizza, or french fries? If so then you will love Infiniti Cafe, a resto-lounge decorated in upcycled material, and located on Pham Van Dong Street just east of the Con Dao Market. Infiniti Cafe is the trendiest, hipster like place on Con Dao and it is a good place to meet other travelers. Tip: try one of their smoothies, especially the coconut or mango smoothie.
Also located on Pham Van Dong street and very close to the Con Dao Market is Bar200, which is part bar, part restaurant, and part island information center. At Bar200 you will find pizza, burgers, pasta, and a great selection of drinks. Prices are reasonable and the quantity of food you will receive is great. Come here not for just the food, but also the cool “California” like ambiance.
You do not need to spend a fortune to eat well on Con Dao. The following is a list of great street food places found in and around Con Son Island:
Quan Ngoc Minh: At the corner of Ton Duc Thang Street & Nguyen Hue Street serves Bun Thit Nuong (marinated BBQ beef and noodles), Com Tam (rice, egg and pork), fried eggs, and banh mi op la (fried egg with baguette). There is also free tea here (Tranh Xanh). Price per dish is 30,000VND. The Bun Thit Nuong is the most popular dish here so get here early as it is often sold out by 8:30am.
Pho Nam Dinh: At corner of Pham Van Dong Street near the Con Dao Market and next to Bar200 is this simple pho (noodle soup) place serving pho bo (beef noodle soup), pho ga (chicken noodle soup), and hu tieu (pork noodle souple with thicker noodles) for 30,000VND. The pho bo here is not comparable to the ones available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Sandwiches: At the corner of Trần Phu Street and Pham Hung Street you will find 2 street side eateries. One serves banh mi sandwiches as well as Turkish sandwiches (sharwarma) and the other sells soup made from rice noodles. Cost is 15,000 to 25,000vnd.
Com Tam Eatery: Next to Dive Dive Dive scuba diving center on Nguyen Hue Street near Ton Duc Dong Street is another great com tam (broken rice) place that serves a large portion of this popular Vietnamese staple for only 30,000VND.
Diem Tam: Near Corner of Trần Phu Street and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and in front of Hostel Con Dao is another eatery selling a variety of soups and com tam with a variety of sides including pork belly, beef, fried fish, pork, and egg. Price per dish varies depending on the side item(s) you choose, but approximately 50,000VND.
Bun Rieu Stall: At the corner of Vo Thi Sau Street & Pham Van Dong Street, near the Con Dao Market, there is a great little street side eatery serving Bun Rieu from 6 pm to 8pm for only 30,000VND.
Hanh's Banh Uot: Located at the corner of Vo Thi Sao Street and Trần Phu Street, Hanh makes a delicious Banh Uot, or rice roll with beef. Bahn Uot makes for a great appetizer and the chef/cook Hanh is extremely friendly. Cost per plate is 20,000vnd. Open 6am to 10am and 2pm to 6pm.
Hung Com/Susi: 2 restaurants in one, serving broken rice dishes with a variety of sides and soup. Located at the corner of Nguyen Hue Street and Pham Hung Street on the north side. Price per dish starts at 30,000VND.
Kieu Trinh: Next to hung com /Susu serving broken rice similar to the above.
The Con Dao Night Market is an open air seafood restaurant street located on Tran Huy Lieu Street directly across from Infiniti Cafe. The various vendors here serve snails, clams, oysters, etc. When we were there during the summer months this market was practically empty and the seafood did not look very fresh.
Seafood is an island staple – some of it’s imported for Western menus, but much of it is caught fresh daily and you’ll soon notice busy fishermen at work. One thing we’ll flag – because you’re a conscientious citizen –is that some rare marine life are often available on the menu. If you see any creatures on display that you would never see at a grocery store, move on to the next restaurant. Better yet, purchase the animal and safely release it back into the ocean if you can.
Majority of the seafood restaurants on Con Dao are found along Nguyen Hue street. These restaurants have tanks containing a variety of marine life from crabs, shrimp, and fish to giant clams and urchins. You basically pick what you want and they will cook it for you Vietnamese style. Prices are not also not cheap. Other options include eating at the resorts, most of which have restaurants that are open to the public. These include: Con Dao Seatravel Resort, Saigon Con Dao Resort, ATC Resort, and Con Dao Resort.
There is one nice vegan restaurant on Con Son Island – Quan Chay Restaurant. This restaurant is located on Nguyen An Ninh STreet (opposite Cong vien Pham Van Dong Park). There are three dishes are served here and all Vietnamese and all vegan. Quan Chay uses a combination of noodles, fake meat, tofu and the usual Vietnamese herbs and condiments.
The Con Dao Market (Cho Con Dao) is the islands largest market. Located on Pham Van Dong Street the Con Dao market vendors sell many things, from fresh fruits and vegetables, household items, souvenirs and more. Early in the morning the main building of the Con Dao Market becomes a bit of a breakfast food court serving com tam, bun mam, bun thit muon, and other common Vietnamese dishes. This section of the market is open from 6am to 10am or until the dishes are sold out.
The Con Dao Wet Market is where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, beef, pork, and chicken.
In the evening time Pham Van Dong Street, the street where the Con Dao Market is located, becomes an open air street side eatery of sorts. There are many street side vendors selling everything from fresh corn, coconut cakes, to pork sandwiches and roasted duck.