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.
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…
RESTAURANT & CAFE TUAN – ANOTHER TRIP ADVISOR 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.
NHAN’S KITCHEN (BEP NHAN) $
Nhan’s Kitchen serves Italian-style food, sandwiches and burgers alongside Vietnamese standards very cheaply. Popular with first-class customer service.
Annen’s laidback style invites you to relax as you enjoy fresh, Vietnamese, vegetarian cuisine at some of the cheapest prices in Hoi An.
MINH HIEN 2
Leading vegetarian restaurant, Minh Hien 2, is a kissing cousin of the original Minh Hien on Tran Cao Van. Now, Minh Hien 3’s garden setting has been added to the Minh Hien success story proving good quality at good prices is a winning formula.
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.
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.
KARMA WATERS $-$$
Karma Waters is a dedicated vegan restaurant. Some non-vegans may find it a little bland while for others it’s a godsend that can be trusted with only pure, vegan organic ingredients.
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.