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Incredibly delicious dishes you must try in Cat Ba


Hey everyone, it’s Luffy Hoang Nguyen from Catba Local! When you visit Cat Ba, one of the must-do experiences is indulging in the local cuisine. From fresh seafood to delicious local dishes, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a guide to the best eats on the island, including addresses and a few extra tips to help you enjoy every bite.

Local Food Delights

Bánh Đa Cua:

Signature dish of Hai Phong, Bánh Đa Cua is a flavorful noodle soup with crab, served with a variety of herbs and vegetables. You can find this at the local market for just $1-2 per person, ensuring a full and satisfied stomach without breaking the bank.
You can find good affordable Banh Da Cua in the Local market along  ¼ street or in Tung Dinh Street.

Bánh Cuốn:

Another local favorite, Bánh Cuốn are steamed rice rolls filled with a savory mixture of minced pork and mushrooms, topped with crispy shallots and fresh herbs. This dish is also available at the local market, offering a delicious and affordable breakfast or snack option.

Address for Local Market:

Cat Ba Local Market is right at the intersection between ¼ Street and Tung Dinh Street near the central square, Cat Ba Town

Pro Tip: When exploring the local market, remember to ask for the price before ordering to avoid any misunderstandings. Also, using Google Translate can help bridge the language gap as most vendors may not speak English fluently.

Seafood Galore

Local Seafood at the Wet Market:

For an authentic seafood experience, head to the second floor of the wet market. Here, you can find an array of fresh seafood at unbeatable prices because you’re avoiding the high restaurant markup. However, be prepared to communicate with limited English and always confirm the price beforehand.

Address for Wet Market:

Cat Ba Wet Market, Cat Ba Town

Quan Cat Ba:

One of the best places for seafood hotpot at an excellent price. The flavors are rich, and the portions are generous, making it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.


180 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Town

Oc Cang:

For a broader selection of seafood, Oc Cang offers a variety of dishes including snails, crabs, and fish, all prepared with fresh ingredients.


91 Tung Dinh Street, Cat Ba Town

Lang Chai:

Another great option for seafood lovers, Lang Chai specializes in dishes that bring out the best in the local catch, providing a true taste of Cat Ba’s marine bounty.


256 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Town

Local Beer and Nightlife

Tung Dinh Lake:

For a local beer experience, head to the area around Tung Dinh Lake. The prices are great, and it’s a wonderful spot to observe the lively night scene in Cat Ba. Grab a seat, enjoy a cold beer, and soak in the local atmosphere.


Along Tung Dinh Lake, Cat Ba Town

Western Food Options

Casa Bonita:

For a taste of home, Casa Bonita offers a variety of western dishes at reasonable prices. The ambiance is cozy and welcoming, making it a perfect spot for a relaxed meal. The restaurant offers 2 locations


211 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Town

82 Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Town

Napoli Pizza:

Napoli Pizza in Cat Ba offers an authentic taste of Italy. Renowned for its thin, crispy crust and rich, flavorful toppings, it’s a favorite among locals and tourists. A must-visit for pizza lovers.

86 Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Town

Healing Kitchen:

Renowned for its excellent bread and delightful western menu, Healing Kitchen is a must-visit for those craving quality western food in Cat Ba.


229 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Town

More Food Recommendations

Nem Hải Sản:

Seafood spring rolls, a local specialty, are crispy on the outside and filled with a delicious mix of seafood and vegetables. These can be found at many local eateries and are perfect for a quick snack.

Bún Chả:

This Hanoi-origin dish, featuring grilled pork served with vermicelli noodles, herbs, and a tangy dipping sauce, can be found at several local restaurants in Cat Ba.

Address for General Local Eateries:

Throughout Cat Ba Town, especially around the central market and along 1/4 Street

Enjoying Cat Ba’s Culinary Scene

Exploring the food in Cat Ba is not just about eating; it’s about experiencing the local culture and traditions. From the bustling markets to the serene lakeside beer spots, every bite and sip tells a story of this vibrant island. Make sure to venture out, try new things, and savor the flavors that make Cat Ba a unique culinary destination.

Bon appétit and see you soon on the island!


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Greg day We had an amazing day with Ryan in the Lan Ha Bay. The landscape was simply breathtaking. Kayaking, fresh cooked food, swimming and a super nice guid, it was a perfect day and a perfect trip. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Perfect Fantastic day. Ryan is a local who grew up in the halong bee, and his experience and life touched us as he tells the story of the bee and its people. The landscape is amazing, the 2-hour kayak trip inside the Bee was incredible, the swimming and jumping off the boat super refreshing and I'm not even talking about the home-cooked meal (a local speciality)! I'd like to thank Ryan again for his smile and good humor!
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Perfect sunset tour We went on the sunset and kayaking plankton tour. This was such a great experience, made even better by our fantastic guide, Luffy. We cruised through the floating village, swam in Lan Ho bay, watched the sunset, ate delicious food and went night kayaking to see the beautiful bioluminescent plankton. Luffy even organised a banana boat ride for us when we asked, and took photos and videos for us. We absolutely loved our evening on this trip. I highly recommend it!
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Maximilian K
Great tour Great tour. We were with Tony. Some information about the landscape, animals, war times, etc. was always explained nicely. Here and there I would have liked more facts. Food was great, drinks cost extra, I think that's OK. No stress, enough time everywhere.
Perfect boat trip in Lan Ha Bay Nice trip in Lan Ha Bay with top guide. Very good athmosphere and clear explanations. We recommend Tony and his company !
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Great experience and guide Really good excursion. Great guide Tony and great experience in ha long!!!100% recommended! The views are really interesting and the guide did everything to make it interesting. We will repeat with him.
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Best tour in Lan Ha Bay! I did the day tour in Lan Ha Bay. Our guide Brian was the best and spoke perfect english, the food was amazing (and cooked at the boat)! The service was super, got picked up and dropped of at my hostel in Cat Ba, we got towels for the swim and drybags for the kayaking, couldn't wish for anything more.
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Cat Ba daytime boat tour Amazing day, our guide Ryan (Hoang) was fantastic. We swam with Jellyfish, saw the famous monkeys and kayaked through caves. Highly recommend this tour!
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Our tour guides possess a unique understanding of indigenous cultures and the local history. Their deep knowledge and passion for the region ensure that you get an authentic and immersive experience. By booking with Cat Ba Local, you gain access to hidden gems and local secrets that typical tours might miss. Our guides are locals themselves, offering the warm of a family and and sincerity that make you feel at home while discover new perspectives of life.

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Our tour guides are natives with an intimate knowledge of the local culture, history, and landscapes. This local insight ensures that you experience the true essence of Cat Ba, beyond the typical tourist spots.
They also share unique perspectives; personal stories and cultural nuances that you won’t find in guidebooks, offering a deeper understanding of the region. One more thing, you will have a playful local friend after the trip.

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Yes, our tours are designed to be suitable for both children and older adults. We have several special offers for children as follows:
– Infants (under 2 years old): Free
– Kids (From 2 to 4 years old): just must to pay 25% tour value
– Child (From 5 to 9 years old): just must to pay 50% tour value
– Teenagers (From 10 to 13 years old): just must to pay 75% tour value

We are ready to provide special diets that suit your needs if you inform us when booking your tour. Most of our meals include seafood and local cuisine, so if you are vegetarian or have any allergies, please let us know in advance. This way, we can ensure your dietary requirements are met throughout your journey.

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In the event of weather-related issues, such as storms or heavy rain preventing boats from setting sail, we have the following policies:

– If the tour needs to be rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions and you’re still on Cat Ba Island during the rescheduled period, we will postpone the tour to the following day. If you’re no longer on Cat Ba Island during the rescheduled period, we will provide a full refund of the tour cost if you’ve already made payment.

– In the case of unexpected events originating from guests: If you cancel before 7 days prior to the tour, you are eligible for a refund. If you cancel 5 days before the tour, we will refund 80% of the deposit; if you cancel within 3 days, a 50% refund will be provided. Cancellations made after this period will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

In other special cases, our customer service department will provide individualized support to guests.

No, accommodations are not included in the experiential tours. However, our sales staff will assist you in booking accommodations if you provide them with clear descriptions of your room preferences, budget, and other requirements. Additionally, you will receive a discount voucher for accommodations when booking our experiential tours.

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