LA MAISON DELI HOI AN
An elegant combination of traditional architecture and modern minimalism at La Maison Deli Hoi An provides a wonderful setting for the tantalizing flavors of Vietnam, Korea and the West.
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.
Hoi An Steakhouse $$$ – Review
There are those times, as every dedicated carnivore knows, when nothing, absolutely nothing else can substitute for a big fat juicy steak, marinating in its own juices, seared to perfection, sizzling on a bed of creamy mash …. Oh stop it! My extremely healthy quinoa and tofu salad has just lost all it’s appeal! Hoi An Steakhouse bring it on!
Pure Coffee $$
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.
Cafe 41 $
Solid cheap meals come quickly and without ceremony at Cafe 41, fast food Vietnam style. Neighbour, Cafe 43, pulls more customers yet Cafe 41’s prices and quality are comparable, it’s seating more comfortable, and its staff friendlier. Perhaps the more sedate indoor feel is the deterrent but for us there’s not much between these two very cheap Vietnamese restaurants.
Baby Mustard $$
Baby Mustard sits idyllically by Tra Que’s market gardens in a backstreet off the road to An Bang Beach. It rates very highly on peer review sites and seems to have struck upon a menu and cooking style that brings Vietnamese food closer to Western palates. Above-average and mid-priced but look out for the mozzies!
BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN HOI AN
In general Vietnam is a great place for vegetarians. Vietnamese cuisine offers many meat-free options and, in Hoi An, most international menus have a vegetarian section. Indian, Mexican, Japanese and Italian are favored by local vegetarians in particular but there are several dedicated vegetarian…
Dingo Deli $$
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, a Western mini-mart and a quality children’s playground, expats rely on it heavily.
BEST COFFEE IN HOI AN
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.
Baba’s Kitchen $$
Baba's Kitchen $$ I was skeptical about Baba's Kitchen. Having spent some time in India, I usually avoid Indian restaurants in other countries as they're mostly disappointing. Let's admit it, Indian cuisine adapted to Western palates is often really bland....
Hoi An Steakhouse
For many visitors to Vietnam the local food is a marvel. But there often comes a time when you just have to have a fix from home – a change from the dominant noodle and rice dishes. Enter Hoi An Steakhouse.
Hoi An Riverside Restaurant $$$
With over two million tourists crawling over Hoi An every year, it’s pretty hectic in the Old Town, especially early evening. Indeed, many locals have given it away as a comfortable destination. So, where are the fine-dining alternatives away from the common throng?
Restaurant & Cafe Tuan – Another TripAdvisor Marvel
Yes, it’s a battle royal for top restaurant spot on Trip Advisor in Hoi An. For a couple of months now Restaurant & Cafe Tuan (Vietnamese/Western/Italian) has reigned supreme. At the time of writing, 91 per cent of 864 reviewers rated it excellent, the highest possible rating, while almost all others rated it very good. There is apparently no downside.
Hoi An Now Travel Guide to Vietnamese Restaurants
Whether you want to try local specialties or national favorites, Hoi An is peppered with fantastic Vietnamese restaurants. These places are frequented by foreigners and locals alike, so get in on the action and try some great food. If you have a favorite that is missing on the list, please let us know!
Thai Market $$
Thai Market, the fifth branch of a Da Nang-based chain, sits in a grand old colonial house on the edge of Old Town. Its classic Thai dishes are so authentic – from curries to Pad Thai to mango and sticky rice – that if you close your eyes to the Hoi An lanterns, you may well think you’re in Thailand.
Nhan’s Kitchen (Bep Nhan) $
Nhan’s Kitchen, a modest suburban, no-frills café, has only been open for a few months so how can it be TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in Hoi An? In fact, it’s been in the Top 5 virtually ever since it opened. How has it had such phenomenal success against 684 cut-throat competitors?
Home Hoi An Restaurant $$-$$$
Home Hoi An Restaurant has been developed by skillful managers who have a deep understanding of the preparation and presentation of traditional Vietnamese food and inherent good taste. While the prime clientele are overseas visitors, all diners leave not just with a great meal experience but also a much-expanded understanding of authentic Vietnamese cooking and style.
Rosie’s Cafe $$
Rosie’s Café on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, just up the alley from Nu Eatery, is a delightful marriage of Vietnamese coffee tradition and modern aesthetics. Rosie’s offers a wide selection of coffee beverages and fresh juices along with a calm, cool space to have a chat, read, or work.
Orivy: A Great Introduction to Hoi An’s Signature Dishes $$
At Orivy the tranquil, shaded garden skirted by calming ponds keeps me coming back more than anything. It’s a lush oasis amidst the concrete and brick of nearby neighbors; a portal that transports one away from stark urbanity.
Circle Cafe $$
It’s a wonderful thing to visit new countries and taste authentic, local cuisine. For many this is the highlight of traveling. But if you’ve been on the road for a while or if you’re an expat sometimes you just have to have the taste of home.
Soul Beach $$
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.
An Cafe $
‘Every good thing in Vietnam is down an alley and up the stairs’ is something I used to say to friends visiting for the first time. While not up a stairs, An Café is a welcome discovery down an alley off Tran Phu (the one right next to MIX Greek Restaurant by the Japanese Bridge).
Mix It Up! Mix Greek Restaurant $$
I was first introduced to Greek food around the time ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ was released. My mother loved the movie and one day announced we would be going to a Greek restaurant. I was excited – after all, I was a girl who was ‘cultured’, eating Kimchi at the age of six, escargot by seven, and a plethora of other delicacies my friends hadn’t even heard of, let alone considered including in their strict Kraft-boxed-dinner repertoire.
U Cafe $$
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 …
Belleville Restaurant and Lounge $$
Named after the eclectic Parisian neighborhood that spawned Edith Piaf and many other notable French artists, Belleville Restaurant & Lounge is a meeting place for people from all walks of life. At this open and airy bar in the back streets of An Hoi people come together to enjoy music, art, and reasonably-priced, high-quality food and drinks in a pleasant environment.
Eating at Annen Vegetarian Corner is like visiting a distant relative; although you may not have seen them for years, you’re welcomed as though your last visit had been yesterday.
Greek Souvlaki $
Greek Souvlaki is a very cheap no-frills roadside stall for take-aways. In fact, bizarrely there are two venues going under the same name offering similar options although they are unrelated businesses.
Jack’s Cat Cafe $$
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.
Nu Eatery $$
When Nu Eatery opened it was all the rage amongst Hoi An expats but, after being lauded on Trip Advisor, many locals considered it passe.
Hoi An Roastery – Espresso and Coffee House $$
Do you need more than a quality cup of coffee? Are you seeking décor and ambience to enhance your caffeine hit, that certain je ne sais quoi?
3 Dragons Sports Gastropub $$$
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Gastropub kicked off well and has continued to improve its services and facilities.
Hola Taco $$
The Mexican cuisine at Hola Taco is in the top rung, value-wise, of any Mexican restaurant I’ve tried. Fully deserving its high rating on TripAdvisor and a favorite with expats, the freshness of the ingredients, along with some individual flair, is its key to success.
Before and Now $$
Before and Now attempts to be an all-in-one venue for ‘everyman’ with coffee, cake, beer, cocktails, pizza and large pull-down sport screen.
Green Mango $$ – $$$
At Green Mango the ambiance is just as delicious as the food. Silk tapestries highlight the ornate black wood framed walls of the beautiful two-story colonial house on Nguyen Thai Hoc.
Minh Hien 2 $
Vegetarian restaurant, Minh Hien 2, opened in March 2016. It’s a kissing cousin of the original Minh Hien on Tran Cao Van – same owner, same menu – and like many start-ups in their infancy the quality is especially good.
Kebab Shack $
‘Don’t get me wrong, I love Vietnamese food. But sometimes you just have to have a chip butty’, quipped amenable larrikin Brit, Tim.
Faifo Coffee $$
Put simply, Faifo Coffee has the best coffee in Hoi An. It is piping hot, strong and full of flavour and I cannot recommend it enough.
Le Fe Cafétéria $$
I stop regularly at Le Fe Cafétéria for a drink in peace and quiet in this great little hideaway.
Jim’s Snackbar $
Late in 2015 Jim’s Snackbar opened in Hoi An to universal acclaim. Immediately, the expat grapevine buzzed with rumors that the best burgers and hot dogs in the world had arrived on our doorstep.
Am Vegetarian Restaurant $
Walking into Am Vegetarian Restaurant is like walking into a Buddhist monastery. The food is outstanding and, with mains around 60,000 VND, as cheap as a cup of coffee elsewhere.
Banh Mi Phuong $
Famously, Anthony Bourdain celebrated Banh Mi Phuong on television and it hasn’t looked back since.
Driftwood Cafe $$
At Driftwood Cafe the food is sensational and the authentic woodfire oven produces world-class, thin-crusted pizza – crispy on the edges and softer in the middle.
Karma Waters $-$$
I’m not a Vegan and I normally eat most things within reason but I wanted to give Vegan food a try after hearing so many positive things from other reviewers and people who are practicing vegans.
Banh Trang Tron $
Korean restaurant, Banh Trang Tron, is cheaper-than-chips and one of the best value-for-money options in Hoi An.
Pho 323 $
Packed every morning with locals and the odd expat in the know, Pho 323 serves one of the best phos (pronounced ‘fur’) in Hoi An.
Ganesh’s delicious dishes consistently satiate both Hoi An’s tourist and expat populations and local chefs are often spotted sampling its fine offerings.
Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School
Everything, Vietnamese food-wise, is available at Ms Vy’s Market Cooking School and Restaurant.
STREET FOOD GUIDE: HOI AN FOOD SAFARI
Hoi An Food Safari runs an exceptional, personalized food tour in Hoi An with a particular emphasis on street food.
Mi Casa $$
Barely noticeable sitting opposite the Palm Garden Resort, Mi Casa doesn’t look like much but it’s a high quality venue with original ideas.
THE 11 COFFEE HOUSE $
A few minutes’ walk across the Lantern Bridge from the Old Town on An Hoi, No 11 is a chilled place to observe the hustle and bustle nearby from a peaceful distance.
Mia Coffee $$
Away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist drag, Mia Coffee with its beautiful wrap around veranda surrounded by jungle-greenery is a premier meeting place for ex-pats and tourists in Hoi An.
The Secret Garden $$
The Secret Garden’s glorious French-colonial, garden setting makes this hidden gem one of the prettiest places to dine in Hoi An.
White Marble Wine Bar and Restaurant $$
On the prime Old Town corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Le Loi, White Marble Bar, Hoi An’s first fully-fledged wine bar, is a popular meeting place for expats and tourists.
Mai Fish $$$
Renowned chef Duc Tran’s authentic knowhow marks Mai Fish a standout for traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Hoi An.
Mango Rooms $$$
Hoi An’s celebrated Mango Rooms has earned international renown but it sometimes polarises opinion with its adventurous fusion of culinary styles.
Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff $$
Loved by Hoi An expats Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff is a value-for-money spot with a hit of battered fish, just like home, but better.