BEST CAFES – WESTERN COFFEE
Who serves the best Western-style coffee in Hoi An?
A few short years ago there was only one dedicated Western-style coffee venue in Hoi An – and for many, Mia Coffee, with its gorgeous wrap around verandah, still reigns supreme. The other haunt for coffee was the iconic, Dingo Deli. Doubling as a grocery store, restaurant, deli, community center and more, Dingo Deli with its kid’s playground and air-conditioned digital nomad working space, remains top of everyone’s list.
But nothing stays the same and in a town like Hoi An bursting with opportunity, nothing could.
In to the mix waltzed the highly-successful, Cocobana and Hoi An Roastery chains. There was only one of each at first and then, what d’you know, they seemed to breed. Suddenly these world-class coffee shops were on every corner of Hoi An Old Town.
And, as any good idea tends to do in Hoi An, it caught on. Soon there were wonderful new coffee venues everywhere: Pure Coffee, Phin Café, Rosie’s Café and more (and some probably being built as we write).
So to all our fellow coffee addicts who can’t function without that daily fix, the news could not be better. Hoi An today is bursting with opportunities to get your hit and start your day bouncing off walls, with heart palpitations aplenty.
Below is our choice of Hoi An’s Best.
In and Close to Hoi An Old Town
In addition to seven different Vietnamese coffees including Egg Coffee and Coconut Coffee, Pure Coffee offers a fine selection of pure roasted coffees including Affogato, Mocha, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Espresso and many more. Blended coffee options are led by Macchiato (caramel, vanilla, hazelnut) and there’s also hot and cold chocolate drinks and a complete range of fruit juices, smoothies, shakes and mocktails. Killer Coffee by Day, Classic Cocktails by night.
Hours: 7am – 10pm | days
Add: 62 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Mia Coffee $$
Away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist drag you’ll find Mia Coffee, one of the first Western-styled coffee shops in Hoi An. With its beautiful wrap-around veranda surrounded by jungle greenery Mia continues to be the favorite meeting place for Hoi An locals by far. In a town that’s now literally exploding with high quality coffee shops and chilled out venues, Mia’s massive following is testament to its coffee (Dalat Arabica beans roasted on the premises).
Hours: 8am – 5pm | 7 days
Add: 20 Phan Boi Chau
Phin Coffee $$
Down an alley filled with quiet you will find Phin Coffee. It’s a cliché but this really is a little piece of rustic tranquility in the centre of bustling Hoi An Old Town. Phin is one of Hoi An’s ‘happening thangs’ at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. Great coffee, excellent full English breakfast, spacious, wooden bench seating in a vine-draped courtyard and winsome background music all combine to reset your batteries to Chilled. And, if you’re interested in trying some of the new blends of coffee hitting the Hoi An scene, Phin’s got some interesting ones: Peanut Butter Ice Blended Coffee and New Twist Coconut Egg Coffee – Enjoy!
Hours: 8am – 5:30pm | 7 days
Add: 51/7 Phan Chu Trinh
Tram Lang Coffee $$
Ahoy there, if you’re a coffee fanatic, film buff, historian and lover of beautiful mind-bending things: do not miss visiting Tram Lang Coffee in the heart of Hoi An Old Town. Set inside a 200-year-old Ancient House this little gem which was the location for the opium den/brothel scene in the movie, ‘The Quiet American’, will blow your mind. Enter from Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, walk through the classy Othala Boutique and find yourself in a crimson velvet paradise where time is frozen in 1950s Vietnam – brothel style.
Hours: 9am – 10.30pm / 7 days
Add: 41 Nguyen Thai Hoc
U Cafe $$
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
Rosie's Cafe $
Taking inspiration from their travels, the owners have 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: 9am – 5pm (Mon- Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat)
Add: 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
11 Coffee $
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 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 | 7 days
Add: 17 Nguyen Phuc Chu (cross the An Hoi Bridge)
Le Fe Cafétéria $$
Le Fe Cafétéria is an intriguing little hideaway that gives respite from the mayhem nearby for both locals and visitors in a cool, bohemian setting. There’s a strong musical theme harking back to the first half of the 20th century when radio was king. The Vietnamese iced coffee is served in a large glass and is not as strong as other places so it’s better balanced for many Westerners. Likewise, the lemon juice is always zesty though they do add a little sugar. Try the lemon juice with preserved salted plum for something quite special!
Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm | 7 days
Add: 69/3 Phan Chau Trinh
If you’re hankering to satisfy a sweet tooth or re-energize with something healthy, check out Cocobox. Part of the Hoi An Roastery chain, Cocobox specializes in fresh organic juice blends, smoothies, sandwiches, all-day breakfasts and savory sweets in an airy, light-drenched atmosphere that screams ‘health’. As much tourist gift shop as coffee shop, Cocobox is packed to the rafters with beautifully packaged take-home gifts ranging from coffee mugs, candles and locally roasted coffees to homemade syrups. So, for a souvenir that requires minimum shopping effort, pop in to one of the three Cocoboxes around town, or just browse as you wait for your coffee, juice or healthy wholemeal sandwich.
Hours: 7am – 10pm | 7 days
Add: 94 Le Loi, 3 Chau Thuong Van, 95 Nguyen Thai Hoc, 42 Bach Dang
The Espresso Station $$
Does size matter to you? When it comes to coffee, it does to many. The Espresso Station serves up a huge double-shot coffee that’s enough to tempt most back. And it’s very good coffee indeed but don’t just take our word for it, many rate it the best coffee in Hoi An. Along with coffee standards you’ll also find some of the more exotic coffees that seem to be popping up in cafes around Hoi An. There’s Egg Coffee, Coconut Coffee, Pink Latte, Black Latte, even Coffee Ice Cubes, Cold Brew and more! Tucked down a side 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. See you there!
Hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm | 7 days
Add: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao
Faifo Coffee $$
‘Piping hot, strong and full of flavour’: for some Hoi An locals Faifo Coffee is the place in town. Big brother to ‘No 11 Coffee’, Faifo Coffee roasts its Da Lat beans on the premises (and supplies many shops and resorts around Hoi An). But it’s not just the coffee that’s great. The tastefully renovated ancient house towering three levels is exquisite. People pervs go directly to a window seat on the ground floor while those into large, open, breezy relaxed and arty atmospheres go to the second. Meanwhile, only intrepid adventurers take on the Mount Everest climb up steep, heart-stopping stairs to the rooftop where they’re rewarded with breath-taking views of the Old Town in a very pretty open-air setting.
Hours: 8am – 9pm \ 7 days
Add: 130 Tran Phu
Hoi An Roastery – Espresso and Coffee House $$
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 | 7 days
Add: 135 Tran Phu, 47 Le Loi Street, 685 Hai Ba Trung, 95 Bach Dang, 31 Tran Phu, 117 Nguyen Thai Hoc (to name a few)
85 Celsius Coffee $
Have it all at 85 Celsius Coffee. 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 | 7 days
Add: 19 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Between Hoi An Old Town and the Beach
Dingo Deli $$
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 – 9.30pm | 7 days
Add: 277 Cua Dai
Voi's Kitchen & Bar $
Only once in a while a café opens that literally has everything and you just know it will become so popular your days of easily getting a seat are over. Run by one of the most affable owners in Hoi An, Mukhlisin, an Indonesian national who really knows what style means, Voi’s is a must visit. The coffee is great (there’s all types for all tastes). It’s cheap, the venue is tasteful, the open garden atmosphere is chilled and well, get there before it’s too late. They serve great cocktails, breakfasts and home-cooked food but if you’re into visual feasts: order tea. That’s right. Tea. It comes in a glass teapot on top of a burner along with a multi-coloured egg timer and Turkish Delights. And did we add – it’s so cheap!
Hours: 9am – 9pm, closed Friday (Breakfast 9am – 11.30am)
Add: 304 Cua Dai
Near the Beach
Sound of Silence Cafe $
A favourite of many expats, the Sound of Silence with its stunning outdoor setting overlooking the beach celebrates peace and quiet – and very good coffee, indeed. The café itself is pretty enough (and you always know you’re in for ‘a good one’ when the deep, earthy smell of brewing coffee greets you prior to entry) but it’s the outside area that really steals the show here. For the price of one coffee it’s all yours, so grab your brew and head through the small, Japanese inspired garden walkway and airy rustic room with long, Harry Potter wooden dining table, towards the lush greenery outside. Knock anyone in your path out of the way and muscle straight to one of the amazing seat areas that literally drape the beach. Oh, and bring a towel. Use of the beach is all part of it – until 5m (when the Homestay guests return to reclaim it)!
Hours: 7.30am – 4:30pm | 7 days
Add: Nguyen Phan Vinh Street (three buildings down from Lucky Beach Restaurant)
Near the Rice Fields
Jack's Cat Cafe $$
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.