BEST CAFES – VIETNAMESE COFFEE
In Hoi An coffee hotspots for expats abound but what cafes are popular with the Vietnamese and why? Join Hoi An Now and Dam Thi Ngan Ha on a journey through some of Hoi An’s most popular coffee venues for a funny and insightful account of Hoi An’s best cafe’s and what they tell you about the Vietnamese character.
BEST COFFEE IN HOI AN
Looking for the best coffee in Hoi An? Well its all good news! Coffee connoisseurs will not be disappointed in Hoi An. There’s a plethora of cafés to choose from – nestled in hidden gardens, peeking out of attics in the Old Town’s ancient houses, basking in the full splendor of the Thu Bon river – you can have any background for your brew.
3 DRAGONS SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT / TAP HOUSE
3 Dragons Sports Bar & Restaurant opened on the 1st day of the Rugby World Cup on the 9th of September, 2011. Many things have changed in town for Hoi An’s original sports bar since then, but its passion for sports, drinks and food has stayed the same.
SOUL KITCHEN AND SOUL BEACH: AN BANG’S PREMIER BEACHSIDE BAR/RESTAURANTS
Soul Kitchen and Soul Beach bookend the An Bang Beach strip with Soul Kitchen nestling near its northern edge and Soul Beach marking the southern extremity. Since their inception long-term residents have favored them over other locations with their eclectic mix of sun, surf, shade, food, drinks, live music and special events keeping them a step ahead of the others.
The Market Bar
Market Bar is a gem of a find for the down-to-earth traveler seeking a less dizzying spot in Hoi An’s Ancient Quarter.
PURE COFFEE $$
There is certainly no shortage of coffee shops and bars in Hoi An. But few places cater to your beverage needs with as much attention-to-detail and sophistication as new kid on the block, Pure Coffee.
Hoi An Now Travel Guide to Live Music
Are you a music lover?
Hoi An has a hundred bars, but just a few that offer really great live music. Be it Vietnamese ballads, contemporary covers or old school rock classics, Hoi An has something to delight the ears of most music lovers. As ever, we took it upon ourselves to check out what was on offer and bring it to you in the form of a handy Quick Guide or Travel Guide…
Hoi An Now Travel Guide to Cocktails and Happy Hours
Hoi An is bursting with places to sit back and relax while you wet your whistle many offering generous happy hours. Prices range from shockingly cheap (3,000 vnd fresh beer!) to on par with what one might pay at home. Since prices are usually low, most visitors can afford to be discerning, and discerning you must be. Throughout my quest to find the best of the ‘Happy Hours’ in Hoi An I was met with the bitter taste of cheap, locally-distilled alcohol.
BEST CAFES – WESTERN COFFEE
Coffee connoisseurs will not be disappointed in Hoi An. There’s a plethora of cafés to choose from – nestled in hidden gardens, peeking out of attics in the Old Town’s ancient houses, basking in the full splendor of the Thu Bon river – you can have any background for your brew.
Hoi An Now Travel Guide to Bars
Bars in Hoi An are sprouting like mushrooms, especially in the growth areas of An Bang Beach and An Hoi Islet. From backpacker joints with thumping house to the refined Q Bar, from cocktail happy hours to dedicated live music joints there’s something for everyone in Hoi An.
Pure Coffee – Bar and Coffee House
Overwhelmed by the countless coffee shops and bars in Hoi An? Seek out new kid on the block, Pure Coffee, and you won’t be disappointed. It provides a complete package that will suit all tastes: modern tasteful décor, relaxed ambiance, killer coffee, experienced, well-trained staff, world-class cocktails at bargain prices, affordable quality Vietnamese cuisine, exemplary customer service and music from chilled cafe lounge to deep house.
Mia Coffee $$
Mia Coffee make it their business to guarantee good consistent coffee. As a former owner of a successful café in Australia I know coffee and need my coffee to be consistently good. Mia Coffee never disappoints but there’s so much more.
The Happy Buffalo
Free and easy, bright and breezy, and a welcome addition to the somewhat desolate coastal end of Cua Dai road, The Happy Buffalo is fast becoming a firm favorite with tourists and ex-pats alike. The cocktails are delicious, the beer is cold, the food is tasty, and the prices are reasonable – what’s not to like?
Soul Kitchen $$
Beach-side bar/restaurant Soul Kitchen is a slice-of-paradise venue: take a sun-chair by the waters’ edge, a cabana overlooking the East Sea on high or settle in at the bar, the choice is yours.
Soul Beach $$
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 Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays.
U CAFE $$
Nowhere else in Hoi An does your cafe viet come with a free fish pedicure. Situated on the riverside, U Cafe’s serene atmosphere is made complete with ponds filled with small fish eager to snack on your feet. It only tickles, I promise … U Café’s simple but tasty menu offers an array of Vietnamese/Japanese fusion snacks
Belleville Restaurant and Lounge $$
There’s nothing else like Belleville Restaurant & Lounge in Hoi An. Fine food, live music, bohemian atmosphere, great location.
Paddy’s Hostel and Bar $$
With a breezy layout, welcoming atmosphere and pub fare that brings you home to Ireland, Paddy’s Hostel and Bar is a celebratory spot for all things Irish in a quiet corner of Hoi An.
FENDER BAR $$
Music lovers and musicians alike looking for a relaxing live music experience in Hoi An’s Old Town will find a home for the evening at Guitar Hawaii.
JACK’S CAT CAFE $$
Must like cats … and truly great vegetarian food … and places off the beaten path … and, well, cats … lots of them, seventy-two to be precise. Jack’s Cat Cafe offers quality vegetarian fare in a shaded, spacious oasis of trees, ponds and pagodas.
3 Dragons Sports Gastropub $$$
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Gastropub kicked off well and has continued to improve its services and facilities.
Before and Now $$
Before and Now attempts to be an all-in-one venue for ‘everyman’ with coffee, cake, beer, cocktails, pizza and large pull-down sport screen.
Tiger Tiger $$
Tiger Tiger aka King Tiger Tiger, is the backpackers’ bar of choice. It’s invariably packed while other bars nearby sit abandoned and forlorn.
Dive Bar $$
Once Upon A Time Dive Bar was a dedicated live music venue with singers, duos and occasionally even small bands every night of the week from 8.30pm.
La Plage $$
The key note about La Plage is that it’s a bar first and a restaurant second. One of Hoi An’s most convivial spots, it’s the sort of place where patrons sit at the bar and chew the fat rather than scatter to distant tables.
Hoi An Sports Bar $$
Renowned as the cheapest and most centrally-located multiple-screen sports bar in Hoi An, Hoi An Sports Bar is embraced by dedicated sport fans, tourists and lots of locals who meet to chew the fat.