Special Local Dishes in Sapa

Not only well known for the natural beauty of landscape, Sapa also attracts tourists by its unique cuisine that you cannot find in anywhere. Make sure you don’t miss the following specialties in Sapa.

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Rượu táo mèo (Docynia indica wine)

Speaking of Sapa, people will be immediately reminded of this wine. Docynia indica is also regarded as “the fruit of love” for its sour, bitter and sweet tastes.

Thịt lợn cắp nách (Hanged armpit pork)

The pork is made of Mường’s breeding pig which is quite small, about 4-5 kilograms. After being cleaned and seasoned, the whole pig will be grilled on the fire. The finished pork is rather mouthwatering with extremely crispy skin on the outside and the juicy, tender meat inside. The taste will be even more attempting if you drink some docynia indica wine while eating.

Thắng cố

This is one of the special dishes of Mong Ethnic with beef, pork, buffalo meat and horse meat cooked together. The unique thing about the dish is that there is a total of 27 kinds of spices mixed together to create such unforgettable taste. The dish is greasy and eaten with “forest vegetables” added in as extra flavor. Especially in the winter, it is such a heart warming moment when you gather with your friends and the locals in the wooden house, eating thắng cố and drinking some corn wine.

Thang co via Mytour


Sapa Cuisine Market

The market consists of many restaurants that serve from some cheap grill to such expensive hot pots.
Opening hours: All day

Hoàng Minh Restaurant

Serves with Sapa’s specialties such as Trout hot pot, Black Chicken hot pot, stewing stream fish and hanged armpit pork.
Address: #23 – #24 Sapa cuisine market, Sapa, Lào Cai
Tel: (+84) 915 074 588 (Mrs. Hiền) (Call in advance for reservation)

Sapa Lotus Restaurant

Serves with Trout hot pot and other delicious dishes at reasonable price.
Address: #34 Cầu Mây Street, Sapa Cuisine Market, Sapa, Lào Cai
Tel: (+84) 20 3872 344
Opening hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Sapa’s Grilled Skewered Food

Grilled skewered food in Sapa may be one the most special treats that all visitors wish to try at least once. Sapa’s Grill Food has made its own brand that cannot be mistaken with anywhere else. People usually say that if you come to Sapa but not having tasted the place’s grilled food then you have just missed the most unique kind of food of Sapa’s cuisine. In Sapa, grilled food is served almost everywhere from the market to the church, even in small alleyways. Just a table, a few plastic chairs and a warming coal stove are enough to create a “Grill kiosk”.

Sapa offers a variety of grilled dishes from potato, cassava to grilled egg, grilled balut and grilled pork stomach. Food in Sapa is not expensive but you should still ask for the price first.

Sapa grilled food via Youvivu

Sapa’s Grill Area

Address: Cầu Mây Street
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Price: 10.000vnd – 30.000vnd per skewer


Almost all of backpacking tourists and foreign visitors like going to Sapa’s bars at night. If you visit Sapa in winter, it will be a fantastic idea to take a ride to one of Sapa’s bars or café to have some hot drinks.

Gem Valley Café

Gem Valley Café is very popular for the locals as well as foreign tourists. The café is out-standing for its spectacular view of the beautiful terraced rice fields.

Address: Cát Cát Village, Sapa, Lào Cai
Tel: (+84) 912 849 753
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Price: 20.000vnd – 30.000vnd

Le Gecko

Le Gecko is a French-style café with very warm and romantic decoration. The café consists of two floors with a large balcony for sightseeing and enjoying the drinks. You can also try some fast food such as bánh mì and phở here.
Address: #33 Xuân Viên Street, Sapa, Lào Cai
Tel: (+84) 203 871 504
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm

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