Hoi An

Cooking Classes

Google cooking classes in Hoi An and you’ll drown in choice. Below is a short list of the most entertaining and reliable options in this expanding genre because in Hoi An you’ll definitely need help separating the wheat from the chaff. 

Green Bamboo

For a real one-on-one introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, Green Bamboo is the best in town. Van’s expertise, English and hospitable nature make her the perfect host. After visiting the market, you cook in her own home kitchen and enjoy your homemade lunch afterwards – family style with no rush. Maximum group size is 12 per class. It’s very reasonably priced including all transport, market tour, class, meal and refreshment. Check TripAdvisor to see the fabulous reviews Van has received from previous customers.

Green Bamboo Cooking School, Hoi AnHours: 8am – 3pm

Rate: $40

Add: Pick up and return from your hotel/homestay etc

Tel: +84 (0) 905 815 600

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.greenbamboo-hoian.com


Green Mango

Experience one-on-one cooking with Green Mango chef Hai, whose reputation for fine food has followed him from the North to Hoi An! Menu items are based on historic Hanoi dishes, and three different menus are available – Essentials, Balancing Act and Street Eats. Not just a lesson in cooking but a culinary tour through Vietnamese culture, tradition and history where you learn about the essential role of Vietnamese fish sauce, when and how herbs and spices are used and the role of the Vietnamese marketplace in everyday life. Includes a sit-down meal of the prepared menu items. 

Green Mango, food, Hoi AnHours: Monday to Sunday 9 am – Noon; 3pm – 6pm (each class) 

Rate: $40 (minimum 3 customers) 

Add: 54 Nguyen Thai Hoc St

Tel: +84 235 3929 918

Web: www.greenmango.vn


Hai Café

From the famed owners of Red Bridge, Hai Café offers an evening cooking class to Hoi An visitors. Learn local favourites in the cooler temperature of the evening, with a garden courtyard as a backdrop. Classes include eating the delicious creations afterwards (spring rolls, beef salad, grilled fish, white rose, fried wonton). Vegetarian variations are available.

Hai Cafe, BBQ, Hoi AnHours: 6pm to 8pm

Rate: $20

Add: 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An

Tel: +84 235 3862 210

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.visithoian.com


Herbs & Spices

Get hands-on with restaurateur Son Tran (of ‘The Little Menu’ fame) to make five dishes that epitomize Vietnamese traditional and contemporary cuisine. Choose between ‘The Classic Menu’, ‘Hoi An Specialties’ and the ‘Seafood Feast’. The talented and experienced Son and his team are also great fun to hangout with and the experience is a very personal one. Caters for all levels of skill and experience. For an extra $1.50 a tour of the market is a great extra.

Hours: 2.5 to 3 hours starting 9.30am; 3.30 pm; evening (flexible) 

Rates: $35 – $59 (depending on menu choice; minimum numbers apply)

Add: 2/6 Le Loi St

Tel: +84 (0) 1233 924 568

Web: www.herbsandspicesvn.com

This photo of Herbs And Spices Cooking classes is courtesy of TripAdvisor


Market Restaurant

For the uninitiated, Ms Vy opened Hoi An’s first restaurant targeting Westerners – The Mermaid – in 1992. Her empire now includes Cargo Club, Morning Glory and the unique, Vy’s Market Restaurant, as well. For many visitors Ms Vy is the Queen of Hoi An cuisine.

Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant has become the epicentre of her vast cooking class operation – one that’s easily Hoi An’s most comprehensive. Vy’s Market Restaurant is perfectly set up for demonstrations, tastings and hands-on food preparation with its diverse stalls reflecting every aspect of Vietnamese cuisine. From the Taste Vietnam Street Food Tour to the Advanced Masterclasses there’s something for everyone and way too many options to list here. Check out the excellent website below for full details on courses, hours and prices.

Market Cooking School and Restaurant. Soup demonstration, Hoi AnMarket Cooking School and Restaurant. pork, Hoi AnAdd: 3 Nguyen Hoang Street, An Hoi Islet• 

Tel:  +84.(0)235 3926 926 

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.msvy-tastevietnam.com/cooking-classes


Red Bridge

Red Bridge is famous for its cooking tours, and operates a half-day morning tour and a deluxe day tour throughout the year, as well as an evening class at their sister restaurant Hai Café. Both Red Bridge tours feature a visit to the market or Tra Que vegetable garden and a leisurely river cruise. The Red Bridge Restaurant is romantically set on the river outside the main part of town in a serene environment that is perfect for sampling your handmade meal. It is open daily for lunch and for dinner by request. Guests get full use of the pool. Children under 7 may follow the tour without charge.

Red Bridge Cooking School, Hoi An, river tripHours: Classic Half Day Tour (8.15am – 1pm); Deluxe Tour (8am – 3pm)

Rate: $32; $52

Add: Thon 4, Cam Thanh Village, Hoi An

Tel: +84 (0)235 3933 222

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.visithoian.com


Tra Que Waterwheel Organic Farm Cooking Class

A quick tour of the Central Market is followed by a bicycle ride to Tra Que herb and vegetable garden. Particpants dress in farmers’ clothes and harvest river weed to fertilize the plots. The class includes rice paper making and the opportunity to cook a variety of Vietnamese specialties. Click here for details. A water buffalo ride completes the day.

Cost (in Vietnamese Dong): Adults, 580,000; Children under-12, 290,000 (includes chef, lunch, bicycle, English-speaking guide and village fee)

Tra Que Waterwheel Cooking Class, Hoi An, Vicky Sanders, Collecting river weedFoot massage on request: 110,000

Add: Tra Que Herb and Vegetable Village

Tel: +84 (0) 912 719 079

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.traquewaterwheel.com/index.php/cooking-class

This post was revised and updated from Live Hoi An magazine 


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