BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN HOI AN
In general Vietnam is a great place for vegetarians. Vietnamese cuisine offers many meat-free options and, in Hoi An, most international menus have a vegetarian section. Indian, Mexican, Japanese and Italian are favored by local vegetarians in particular but there are several dedicated vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An as well that are so good that vegetarians and omnivores visit in equal measure. From strictly vegan to mouth-watering cream and cheese sauces; from soups and steaming hotpots to deep-fried delights and incomparable desserts – and it’s all often for a fraction of the prices elsewhere. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you’re not a vegetarian then dedicated veggie restaurants aren’t for you!
Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An Guide
Am Vegetarian Restaurant
Roughly-hewn wooden furniture and wafting ‘Om’ mantras humming in the air immediately soothe the soul. The whole space is a design triumph, more befitting New York or Paris in a funky Buddhist way. With mains around 60,000 vnd Am Vegetarian Restaurant is the classiest, cheap setting in town.
Mushrooms, tofu, salads, soups and hotpot dishes with ever so fresh ingredients are deftly spiced revealing intriguing combinations of flavor and texture. For many, Hoi An’s premier Vegetarian Restaurant.
The Hoi An Now family is very partial to the Thai Hotpot.
Add: 33D Ly Thai To
Annen’s laid-back outdoor style invites you to relax. Incredibly this comfortable setting has nothing on the menu over 45,000 vnd! Standouts include the refreshing and light, Sup An Niem (Annen soup) and Cha Gio – incredibly moreish, fried spring rolls.
The ubiquitous stir-fried noodles with vegetables and tofu is one of the tastiest anywhere in Vietnam – a colorful concoction of fresh, crunchy carrots, green beans, red cabbage, onion, bean sprouts and button mushrooms packed together with lightly crisped tofu and soft noodles laced with soy sauce.
Like Nomad Yoga Annen is also a yoga center as well as a cafe. On top it also hosts ‘starving artist’ exhibitions monthly and has open mic sessions Friday and Saturday evenings.
Hours: 9am – 9pm
Add: 471/7 Cua Dai
Vegan restaurant, Co Dam, is one of the cheapest in Hoi An. No names or menus, just choose from the six or so dishes of the day. Favored by Vietnamese locals not just for price (between 15,000 and 30,000 VND!) but also for authenticity. The 30,000 vnd option is a super large helping.
Many dishes resemble meat counterparts mirroring pork belly or chicken legs for example, in time-honored Vietnamese tradition.
The setting may be basic but this is the real taste of Vietnam – piquant and moderately spicy. Hoi An Now’s Vietnamese staff’s favorite lunch option.
Hours: 7am – 8pm
Add: 20/ 71 Phan Chu Trinh
Right on the beach at An Bang The Fisherman has plenty to offer. It’s fully vegan with a diverse international menu and some of the best smoothies in Hoi An. The Buddha Bowl, the pancakes, the Mexican Wrap and the Vegan Burger are all highly recommended but there’s much more.
The setting right on the ocean is as good as it gets in Hoi An and there’s a sustainable consciousness here too, with a low waste approach.
The friendly family-style service tops off one of the best vegan restaurants anywhere in the world. Not the cheapest vegetarian restaurant in town but certainly one of the best.
Hours: 8am – 8pm
Add: An Bang Beach (right side)
Jack's Cat Cafe
You share Jack’s Cat Cafe with 60+ rescued cats who roam freely over an exquisite garden courtyard and even through ‘runs’ in the kitchen and other indoor areas. With so many cats its ideal for children. The menu changes regularly running from snacks like guacamole on rye, egg curry salad and crispy tofu and coleslaw wrap. Great coffee, smoothies and fruit juices.
100,000 vnd donation is requested for cat welfare center for first-time visitors. See their website for more on the cat welfare center. Online bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
Hours: usually Tuesday – Saturday 11am-3pm: see Facebook for booking form and confirmation of visiting hours
Add: 12 Le Hong Phong (opposite this house is a side road, first big house on right)
In addition to local fare the menu has a large selection of Indian and International cuisines and plenty of healthy juices. The Karma Waters’ Veggie Burger’s one of the best-value meals in Hoi An and many seasoned expats rate Karma Waters among their favorites.
No MSG, no sugar, no alcohol, no smoking. Even the juices and smoothies are totally sugar-free. All dishes are vegan and home delivery is available. Vegan cooking classes are also offered.
Special Note: avoid busy times as there are only a few tables
Add: 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu
Minh Hien with its indoor, outdoor feel is a nifty place to ogle passers-by on Tran Cao Van. Delicate pumpkin slices, firm yet succulent; pork-free Cau Lau noodles swimming alongside fresh mint, salad vegetables and mushrooms; and sweet and sour straw mushrooms, moderately fired up with chili set the scene. Othewr favorites include the steamed tofu stuffed with cheese and the spicy bun noodle dish.
Vegetarian or otherwise, Minh Hien’s place as one of Hoi An’s leading value-for-money restaurants, is assured.
Mugs of home-brewed beer go for just 4000 vnd.
Add: 50 Tran Cao Van
Minh Hien 2
A kissing cousin of the original Minh Hien on Tran Cao Van – this inexpensive vegetarian restaurant is great value for money. The lightly curried pumpkin and the wonton soups are favorites and the very spicy salad of green banana, mushroom, various greens, bean sprouts and chili is a knockout – literally.
At Minh Hien 2 the owners’ gentle spirituality permeates the service and is part of a package that’ll make you want to return. This great family operation has also opened Minh Hien 3 with an identical menu in a gorgeous, shady garden near Old Town (see details below).
Add: 30 Dinh Tien Hoang (2); 29 Phan Chu Trinh (3)
European class permeates Nomad Cafe with scrumptious salads drizzled with zesty dressings and pastas with unique, homemade sauces. Other parts of the menu change weekly following Mediterranean or East Asian traditions always retaining trademark flair.
Perhaps Hoi An’s closest to urban chic cafe foodwise. From Thai green curry to chapazza and focaccia; from empanadillas stuffed with fetta and mixed salad to penne with roast vegetables. Unique juice blends also highly recommended.
Now conveniently located on the edge of Old Town by the river.
Hours: 7am-6pm (Mon – Sat)
Add: 22 Nguyen Du