ALL DAY BREAKFAST / BRUNCH
The Kebab Shack
Perfect for feeding your hangover or merely for a taste of home, the enormous English breakfast here will keep you full until well after lunchtime. Other great breakfast options are available: beans or eggs on toast, toast and marmite – fantastic thick cuts of bread and possibly the best poached eggs in Asia, plus they have HP sauce! English owner Tim is always in good form and his long-suffering wife Ly Anh is a superstar both inside and outside the kitchen. The Kebab Shack may also make the best fruit shakes in town.
Address: 38 Thai Phien; Phone: +84 (0)97 684 76 18; Opening hours: 9am to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Always a popular option with expats and tourists, the quality breakfast menu at Dingo Deli is mid-priced and comes with unlimited coffee or tea refills. The onsite bakery provides freshly baked pastries, breads and all-day breakfasts – from classic fry ups to Eggs Benedict. On the off-chance that you miss McDonalds, there’s a posh (and much improved!) ‘McMuffin’ with sausage, egg and cheese, and for those with a sweeter tooth there’s pancakes or French toast. If you really can’t face getting up or you want to truly indulge with breakfast in bed, they even do home delivery free to your door!
Address: 277 Cua Dai; Phone: 0120 600 9300; Opening hours: 7.30am to 9.30pm
Phi Banh Mi
Arguably any banh mi stand would do you a great breakfast, but Phi Banh Mi makes a strong claim for the best bahn mi in town. Frequented by locals who make use of the take away option, the traditional option of pork and pate starts at only 15,000 VND, but if you’re absolutely ravenous then splash out on the special – pork, chicken, cheese, egg and avocado (in fact avocado can be added to any sandwich for only 5,000 VND). Phi makes his own special marinade and chili sauce, and will even reveal his secrets if you ask nicely: he and his wife Tu both speak great English. There are good breakfast options for vegetarians too, with cheese and tofu available. Much shorter queues than the celebrated Banh Mi Phoung.
Address: 88 Thai Phien; Phone: +84 905755283; Opening hours: 8am to 8pm
Op La comes from the French ‘oeufs au plat’ and translates roughly as ‘sunny side up’. Served in a piping hot skillet, the dish consists of two runny fried eggs, tomatoes, sausage meat and pork meatballs, topped with a generous handful of mint and a splash of pork stock. Mop all this up with the included baguette or make your own sandwich. Available all over town, the most famous is on Tran Cao Van, opposite the enormous banyan tree. Prices start at 30,000. (Bonus trivia fact: this Op La stand is run by the sister of Phi Banh Mi. Great breakfasts must run in the family!)
Address: At the bottom of Tran Cao Van, near the junction with Tran Hung Dao; Opening hours: 6am to 10am
Pho is the dish that is most strongly associated with Vietnam internationally, and it’s imperative that you try the local variants when in Hoi An. There are hundreds of different pho stalls, and whilst we can’t claim to have tried them all, we’ve given it a jolly good go. Pho comes with either beef (bo) or chicken (ga) and usually has bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, spring onions and vegetables, served in a clear broth made from bones (pho chay is the vegetarian equivalent) but each restaurant will work to their own recipe. For an authentic local breakfast experience visit the Hoi An Central Market. Alternatively, try Pho 323 at 323 Cua Dai Street or Pho Lien at 25 Le Loi Street which claims to have been serving Pho for 70 years.
Bun is the name for thin vermicelli-like noodles, rather than the thicker pho noodles. There’s also much more variety in the flavors than permitted for pho, so look out for Cha (pork meatballs), Thit Nuong (sliced pork), Rieu (crab meat), Ca (fried fish) and if you’re feeling brave, Oc (snail). Dishes will vary hugely but as a rule they will contain beansprouts, cucumber, basil, peanuts and mint. A cheap and filling breakfast will usually set you back around 30,000 VND. Check out the Central Market for different varieties, or the street vendors along Thai Phien. If you’re looking for a more comfortable Western-style breakfast restaurant, Pho Xua (35 Phan Chau Trinh) comes highly recommended.
An offering from Hoi An’s resident celebrity chef Ms Vy, Morning Glory takes traditional Vietnamese breakfast dishes and makes them luxurious – and pricey. Pho, sticky rice (sweet: coconut, sesame and peanuts, or savoury: pork sausage and spicy onion) and Op La (fried eggs and baguette, as above) are on the menu. There’s also a delectable local waffle offering with cinnamon or honey. Each order of breakfast comes with coffee and juice, and warm and personal service.
Address: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc; Phone: +842352241555; Hours: 8am to 11pm
A charming little venue located around the corner from the Japanese Bridge: this is definitely a place to slow down and relax. Rosie’s is another good option for vegans and vegetarians too, especially the smoothie bowls – piled high with fruit and chia seeds and made with coconut milk. There’s French toast, avocado and eggs or a cooked breakfast, and all are served on healthy wholemeal. The juices all have charming names with uplifting sentiments like ‘You Are Beautiful’, but if you’d rather indulge in something more decadent, go for the salted caramel milkshake!
Add: 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai; Phone: +84 122 459 9545; Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday
From the same owner as Morning Glory above, and located just over the road, Cargo has long been a firm favourite with expats. Breakfast starts at 115,000 VND and each breakfast comes with coffee, juice, bread and fruit. With a typically western range (Eggs Benedict, English breakfast, granola, French toast) there is a nod to Vietnamese cuisine with a noodle soup option. The delicious pastries – served warm – come highly recommended. If you can get a table upstairs overlooking the river, it’s by far the most picturesque breakfast in the Old Town.
Add: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St; Phone: +84 97 766 88 95; Opening hours: 8am – 11pm
If you’re looking for the most enviable location for your breakfast, then look no further – overlooking An Bang Beach, Soul Kitchen is an Instagram-worthy setting. The breakfast menu itself is relatively limited, with a variety of sandwiches or a fry-up, but there are crepes, cakes, and fresh fruit salads from the dessert menu available too. A BLT will set you back 50,000 VND and a coffee 30,000 VND. To complete the ‘island paradise’ vibe, we recommend adding a fruit shake and a dip in the ocean.
Add: An Bang Beach, Hai Ba Trung; Phone: +84 90 644 03 20; Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm
VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN BREAKFAST
P&B Vegetarian Restaurant
Located down a little side-street overlooking the river, off Hai Ba Trung at Tra Que, P&B Restaurant is one of Hoi An’s little gems and well worth a visit even if you’re not vegetarian. The breakfast menu varies daily according to what fresh ingredients are available, but usually contains a variety of pastries, cakes, freshly made breads and light bites. The lovely owner is happy to cater to different requirements and can happily talk you through which options are vegan or nut-free. The prices are very reasonable too – coffee and cake is 45,000 VND. With such peaceful surroundings and beautiful food, be warned, you may stay there until lunch!
Add: Nguyen Phan Vinh, off Hai Ba Trung (look out for the red sign); Phone: +84 90 515 95 67; Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm, closed on Tuesdays
Am Vegetarian Restaurant
Am Vegetarian Restaurant advertises itself as a good ‘coffee and breakfast’ option, with juices starting at 25,000 VND and coffee at 20,000 VND. The food is no different to their lunch and dinner options, but the variety of tasty ‘fake meat’ makes this an attractive proposition for vegetarians. The décor is striking with elegantly draped fabrics and creative artworks creating a sumptuous backdrop to the food. A little away from the center, it’s worth making the pilgrimage to Am Restaurant if you’re not hankering after a particularly ‘breakfast-y’ offering.
Address: 33D Ly Thai To; Phone: 0902 763 717; Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm
Nomad Yoga Cafe
Ticking the box for both vegetarians and vegans, Nomad is the place to go for the healthiest options in town. With virtuous juices, luxurious teas and fresh local produce, the focus here is on wellbeing, nutrition, and sustainability. Overnight oatmeal bowls (available in cocoa and peanut butter or coconut flavors) and ‘nice cream’ bowls (fruit and granola) start at 70,000 VND, or there are toast options from 30,000 VND – both sweet and savory. Nuts, seeds and superfoods abound, and there’s an option to bring your own jar to have it filled with their homemade sauces and pickles. For extra health points, attend one of the yoga classes before or after breakfast!
Add: 6 Lê Hồng Phong; Phone: +84 122 718 4604; Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm
Topics: Hoi An, breakfast, Western cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine, banh mi, pho, op la