Quick Guide to Hoi An Cafes
If you’re looking for spectacular views of the Old Town and perfect Italian style coffee in a tiny serene haven then No 11 Coffee and Roastery is for you. This sliver of space (blink and you will miss it) is owner-operated by an enthusiastic, young entrepreneur who has been expertly trained as an Italian-style barista. There’s plenty of brown brew on hand, even Japanese Syphon coffee. Sit back, relax, shoot the breeze, and catch the breeze as the glinting Thu Bon river acts as moat to the buttercup yellow Old Town in front of you. A marvel that may make you burst into song.
Hours: 7am – 9pm
Add: 17 Nguyen Phuc Chu (cross the An Hoi Bridge)
9 Grains $$-$$$
Staffed by kids who would otherwise be on the street, 9 Grains is run by the enterprising charity, Streets. It has swank, modern décor, the staff is very friendly and the ongoing training as English communicators apparent. This bakery/café offers Western-style breads and light meals with Vietnamese (a little on the sweet side) and espresso coffees. Although it’s a little more expensive than some cafes, your money is making a real difference to these disadvantaged kids.
Hours: 7.00am – 3.00pm (soon to be extended to 5.00pm)
Add: 441a Hai Ba Trung
Bettina is a small, attractive café that’s a pleasant respite at the Central Market end of the Old Town at the beginning of Phan Chau Trinh. It has a mezzanine for those who want to retreat, but most choose to take in the interesting street view downstairs. Menu is Western/Vietnamese fusion though tomato sauce seems to be the main condiment. Both espresso and Vietnamese coffee are available but for aficionados it’s a little on the weak side. Friendly staff with some English spoken. Old Town prices – to be expected with a predominantly Western clientele.
Hours: 7.00am – 6.00pm
Add: 5 Phan Chau Trinh
Cafe Le Fe is an intriguing little hideaway that gives respite from the mayhem nearby for both locals and visitors in a cool, bohemian setting. There’s a strong musical theme harking back to the first half of the 20th century when radio was king. The Vietnamese iced coffee is served in a large glass and is not as strong as other places so it’s better balanced for many Westerners. Likewise, the lemon juice is always zesty though they do add a little sugar. Try the lemon juice with preserved salted plum for something quite special!
Add: 69/3 Phan Chau Trinh
If you’re hankering to satisfy a sweet tooth or re-energize with something healthy, check out Cocobox. Part of the Hoi An Roastery chain, Cocobox specializes in fresh organic juice blends, smoothies, sandwiches, all-day breakfasts and savory sweets in an airy, light-drenched atmosphere that screams ‘health’. As much tourist gift shop as coffee shop, Cocobox is packed to the rafters with beautifully packaged take-home gifts ranging from coffee mugs, candles and locally roasted coffees to homemade syrups. So, for a souvenir that requires minimum shopping effort, pop in to one of the three Cocoboxes around town, or just browse as you wait for your coffee, juice or healthy wholemeal sandwich.
Hours: Mon – Sat 9am – 9 pm (closed Sundays)
Add: 94 Le Loi
Dingo Deli is a delectable Western Oasis in an Asian world – Lavazza coffee, smoked ham, parmesan cheese in blocks and a bakery with a constantly changing array of pastries and breads. With one of Hoi An’s best international menus and delicatessen offerings and a quality children’s playground, expats rely on it heavily. Look out for new high quality options in the deli department in coming months as Dingo Deli morphs more and more into Dingo Gourmet .
Hours: 7.30am to 9.30pm every day
Add: 277 Cua Dai
Does size matter to you? When it comes to coffee, it does to many. Espresso Station serves up a huge double-shot coffee at 38,000 VND; that’s enough to tempt most back. It’s very good coffee indeed but don’t just take our word for it, many others rate it the best coffee in Hoi An. Tucked down a lane, back from Tran Hung Dao this little oasis far away from the madding crowd has become somewhat of a hipster hangout for many Hoi An locals.
Hours: 7.30am to 7.30pm; Add: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao
‘Piping hot, strong and full of flavour’: for some Hoi An locals Faifo Coffee is the place in town. Big brother to ‘No 11 Coffee and Roastery’, Faifo Coffee roasts its Da Lat beans on the premises (and supplies many shops and resorts around Hoi An). But it’s not just the coffee that’s great. The tastefully renovated ancient house towering three levels is exquisite. People pervs go directly to a window seat on the ground floor while those into large, open, breezy relaxed and arty atmospheres go to the second. Meanwhile, only intrepid adventurers take on the Mount Everest climb up steep, heart-stopping stairs to the rooftop where they’re rewarded with breath-taking views of the Old Town in a very pretty open-air setting.
Hours: 8am – 9pm
Add: 130 Tran Phu
Walking into Hoi An Roastery is like sitting in a comfy chair. With dark wooden interiors, hessian bags filled with coffee beans, voguishly packaged paraphernalia and staff dressed like yodeling goat herders, Western-world comfort and style is offered in a venue that could be anywhere in the world. Over 200 coffee varieties on offer from nine outlets around town (and counting).
Hours: 7am – 10pm
Add: 135 Tran Phu, 47 Le Loi Street, 685 Hai Ba Trung, 95 Nguyen Thai Hoc (to name a few)
Must like cats … and truly great vegetarian food … and places off the beaten path … and, well, cats … lots of them, seventy-two to be precise. Jack’s Cat Cafe offers quality vegetarian fare in a shaded, spacious oasis of trees, ponds and pagodas where the cats roam free and you can kick back, relax and enjoy a cold bevy or a bite. The only way this amazing cat rescue center continues to run, however, is through generous donations from compassionate people and volunteers who come to help run the cafe and rescue. 100,000 vnd, including a free drink, is a very reasonable entry fee.
Hours: 11am – 3pm (Closed Sundays & Mondays)
Add: Le Hong Phong St, see Facebook page for directions
Away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist drag you’ll find Mia Coffee, one of the first Western-styled coffee shops in Hoi An. With its beautiful wrap-around veranda surrounded by jungle greenery Mia continues to be the favorite meeting place for Hoi An locals by far. In a town that’s now literally exploding with high quality coffee shops and chilled out venues, Mia’s massive following is testament to its coffee (Dalat Arabica beans roasted on the premises). Much to the delight of An Bang dwellers Mia 2 has opened up on Hai Ba Trung at Tra Que.
Hours: 8am – 5pm
Add: 26 Phan Boi Chau (while standard 20 Phan Boi Chau is renovated) Mia 2 – Hai Ba Trung, Tra Que
Described as a Saigon-style café by amicable owner Anna, a native Saigoneer, Phin Café offers a unique blend of Vietnamese beans (70% Arabica and 30% Robusta) that is popular in Southern Vietnam. Experiment with Anna’s southern blend or stick with traditional espresso beans, the choice is yours. Phin Café hosts ‘Coffee Talk’ every Saturday morning at 9am, where conversation topics range from politics to coffee production to the future of Vietnam.
Hours: 8am – 5:30pm
Add: 51/7 Phan Chu Trinh
Taking inspiration from their travels, the owners have a created a very hip and modern space tucked in a cozy corner of the Old Town. Though only a few minutes walk from the Japanese Bridge, Rosie’s Café feels like it is a world away from the crowds and chaos of popular Hoi An. Rosie’s offers a wide selection of coffee beverages and fresh juices along with a calm, cool space to have a chat, read, or work.
Hours: 8am – 6pm (closed Sunday)
Add: 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
A stone’s throw from An Bang beach, Sound of Silence celebrates peace and quiet by the seaside with Western and Vietnamese style coffees, juices, and teas in a verdant, tiki-lounge-like setting. Visitors can enjoy coffee on the terrace overlooking the beach or in the garden, hidden among the vines and hanging orchids. Lounges on the beach can be let for the day with café service on the sand until 5pm.
Hours: 7am – 9:30pm
Add: Nguyen Phan Vinh Street (three buildings down from Lucky Beach Restaurant)
Tel: +84 (0) 235 3861 101
Not far from the Japanese Bridge, Tam Tam Cafe is a comfortable and inviting setting to escape the midday heat. Enjoy a variety of Western and Vietnamese coffees as well as traditional European style crepes with all the fixings from home. The adjacent Tam Tam Restaurant also offers cooking classes (9.30am – 12.30am and 5pm – 8 pm).
Hours: 8 am – 12 am
Add: 110 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Nowhere else in Hoi An does your Cafe Viet come with a free fish pedicure. Situated on the riverside, U Cafe’s serene atmosphere is made complete with ponds filled with small fish eager to snack on your feet. It only tickles, I promise … The best time to visit U Cafe is in the late afternoon when you can sit and watch the river boats drift by as the sun begins to set.
Add: Huyen Tran Cong Chua, near 39/41 Tran Quang Khai
Have it all at 85 Celsius Coffee and Cake. Tucked away on An Hoi Islet, visitors can enjoy Western and Vietnamese coffee, juices, as well as a full Vietnamese menu at very competitive prices. Owned by a local family, all of their food and pastries are homemade and served with a smile.
Hours: 7am – 10pm
Add: 19 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Tel: +84 (0) 97 657 692
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