A colorful family-run joint, Cay Me Restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood and gourmet juices blended from locally sourced fruit. Partitioned from the busy street by a drape of greenery, Cay Me feels intimate and personal, as if the family has invited you into their backyard for a meal. Cay Me also offers an extensive vegetarian menu, pizzas, English breakfast and free home delivery to An Bang and Hoi An. Enjoy a grilled seafood lunch and smoothie for 200k dong.
At Driftwood Café the food is sensational and the authentic woodfire oven produces world-class, thin-crusted pizza – crispy on the edges and softer in the middle. The perfect stop-over after a day at the beach, enjoy Driftwood’s pizza in a relaxed environment with an icy cold beer and courteous Vietnamese waitstaff. Visitors and residents of An Bang Beach are the lucky recipients of this keenly-priced eatery cum beer garden that’s the brainchild of Simon Connon and his wife, Huong.
Hours: 10am – 9pm; FB: Driftwood Cafe, WoodFired Pizza.
Keenly-priced Felina Cantina is the best Mexican in town. Unabashedly lazy in all of the best ways, Felina Cantina is not just a place to enjoy insanely cheap tacos (30k dong/taco), but also a place to hang out and relax. Californian artist, surfer, chef and all-around good guy, Chris Charney, has created a wonderful space at An Bang Beach that is enjoyed by expats and visitors alike. Tempt yourself with Felina Cantina’s creative Tex-Mex cuisine like chicken pineapple or barbecue tofu tacos. Regularly, on Thursday evenings, Felina Cantina hosts a salsa dance class that is open to all comers for a very modest fee.
Hours: 11am – 9pm; FB: Felina Cantina
Permanently parked outside of the Blu Mini Mart, Greek Souvlaki is a very cheap, no-frills operation and more of a roadside stall for take-aways than a café or eatery. Providing the only dedicated Greek cuisine in Hoi An, the food is very reasonable for the price (one souvlaki will set you back 50,000 VND). This delicious mix of Hellenic meats, chips, and savory tzatziki is all papoosed inside a lightly toasted pita. For a great price, Greek Souvlaki is your go-to for a fast and filling meal at An Bang Beach.
With a strong French, Iberian, and Moroccan influence, H’Mong Sisters Restaurant serves quality food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Owned and managed by Benjamin Boudard and his wife Thuong, H’mong Sisters pays homage to the H’mong people of northern Vietnam, employing many of their traditional colors and patterns in the restaurant decor. A true meeting of cultures, H’mong Sisters is not to be missed. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday evening for a family barbecue on the beach and live music hosted by local group ‘Pop-up’.
K’tu is open for PHỞ for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 12pm. Thereafter the bar takes over from 4pm with pool table, cold beer and great music. Genial barman Matt hosts a regular crew of An Bang residents who regard K’tu as their ‘local’ but all are welcome. K’Tu has also made a name for itself as a purveyor of some of the best barbecue snags in Hoi An that can be bought from the K’tu shop. Check their Facebook page for announcements about their next barbecue and spit roasting. Pool comp Tuesday nights.
Hours: 7am – 12pm pho breakfas/ 4pm – 10pm bar; FB: K’tu Bar & Restaurant
Described by some as ‘the Cheers of Hoi An’, La Plage is more of a bar than a restaurant. Located at the southern end of the beachside lane, La Plage offers patrons a pub-like atmosphere by the beach that doubles as a restaurant serving Vietnamese and French dishes. In the evenings, La Plage cranks up a great play list and the pub vibe begins. Sometimes a mob gathers, sometimes it’s quiet — but chances are you will enjoy yourself either way.
French-owned Luna d’autunno opened a new branch in Hoi An after the major success of their Hanoi restaurant of the same name. Serving Italian dishes from all regions of Italy, Luna offers some of the best wood-fired pizzas on An Bang Beach. Open and airy, there is room for the entire family at Luna. Enjoy their dishes at their location on An Bang Beach, have your meal delivered to your table at Soul Kitchen (also on An Bang Beach), or have it delivered to your front door anywhere in town.
If you’re looking for a relaxed place to hang out and sunbathe, look no further than Lien Ca. This family run Vietnamese restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood, beach side barbecue, and mixes a mean mojito. Stop by for lunch and spend the afternoon on their comfortable sun beds and strike up a conversation with the very amiable owner, Mr. Ca.
Finally, An Bang locals have a real pub with a big long bar, sport TV and a glorious, soul-soothing ocean view that bowls you over as soon as you enter. Open since mid-2017, Salt Pub & Restaurant has bocce, deck chairs, cabanas and beach out back and inside there’s cruisy music, major sporting events, plenty of drink options and an ever-present, cooling breeze. Open from 8am, it’s a great setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner – from full English breakfasts to gourmet burgers with tantalizing specials spicing things up. Servings are generous and the kitchen’s top-notch. Live music every Friday and there are plans afoot to extend evening activities. And, for families, a Kids’ Club should be ready early 2018.
The family run Seaweed Restaurant — a newcomer to the An Bang scene — specializes in grilled seafood and traditional Vietnamese dishes. With fair prices and generous portions, Seaweed Restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite among tourists and expats alike. The terrace is open and inviting, decorated with periwinkle blues and twinkling fairy lights. Pictures of the owner’s family remind you that you are a guest in his home and will be treated as such.
Soul Beach (Hon Bien) offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bevy of cocktails, and a live music experience akin to that of its sister business, Soul Kitchen. While the more crowded Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week musically, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays in a more chilled setting away from the hoi polloi. The kitchen is reasonably priced and the beach has more elbow room than the more established northern end.
FB: Soul Beach
Soul Kitchen has everything you could want from a beach bar: comfortable and clean sun beds, a grassy terrace under the shady palms, live music in the evenings and a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family. Order off of the menu or have a pizza from Luna d’autunno delivered to your table. On the first Sunday of each month Soul Kitchen hosts an open mic night that brings in a range of talents. Other live music events are posted on their Facebook page as well as on the Hoi An Now events calendar.
Tucked in a colorful back alley, Under The Coconut Tree Café offers generous Vietnamese and Western portions. With most dishes between 50 and 80 VND, a filling meal can be easily had for under 100 VND (including a drink). Decorated in fun beach bungalow kitsch, the atmosphere is very laid back with backpack-laden hotel guests coming and going. Under the Coconut Tree is not to be missed if you’re looking for a cheap eat and friendly service in An Bang.
By Louis Boehling and Stuart Neal