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!
Many Vietnamese look to eat vegetarian on particular days of the lunar month. You may well encounter big crowds on the 1st, 14th, 15th and last day of monthly lunar cycles.
Walking into Am Vegetarian Restaurant is like walking into a Buddhist monastery. But Am is an exciting new vegetarian restaurant, not a place of meditation, with some of the best cheap food going in Hoi An. It’s an incredible find and it’s classy too. Am is one of the best restaurants in Hoi An and it should be enjoyed by all. If you’re on a budget, however, you’ll probably want to move in.
Hours: 10am – 10pm; Add: 33D Ly Thai To
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. Annen’s compact menu includes the refreshing and light Sup An Niem (Annen soup) and, of course, Cha Gio, those mandatory, moreish, fried spring rolls as starters. The food is reliably flavorsome and you’ll definitely be back for more. Besides tasty healthy food, Annen also offers several yoga classes a day.
Hours: 9am – 9pm; Add: 471/7 Cua Dai
It’s simple: if you want to know what good Vietnamese seafood is, eat here. A Roi, extremely popular with locals and discerning Asian tourists, has menus in several languages including English, Vietnamese and Chinese. The old adage, ‘eat where the locals go’, couldn’t be more apt than when applied to rough and tumble A Roi.
Hours: 9am – 10pm; Add: Au Co Road (opposite Golden Sand Resort)
For an authentic Vietnamese dining experience in a relaxed garden setting, Hoi An’s Ba Le Well restaurant is not to be missed. Make your own spring rolls from platters of fresh herbs and plates of skewered meats. The staff will soon have you rolling them like pros. The food’s great, the beer’s chilled, the prices are good – what’s not to like?
Hours: 10.30 am – 10.30pm; Add: 45/51 Tran Hung Dao
Famously, Anthony Bourdain celebrated Banh Mi Phuong on television and it hasn’t looked back since. With cheap prices and a vast selection, tourists flock there, but so do locals early in the day. Throughout the fuss, Banh Mi Phuong has retained its fresh ingredients and home-made pates and sauces, consolidating it in Hoi An’s top rank. With the widest variety of topping options, this Banh Mi place is definitely worth a visit.
Hours: 6am – 10pm; Add: 2B Phan Chau Trinh
Just out of the center, Cafe 43 is refreshingly cheap and offers great food topped off with great service. With an extensive menu offering Western and Vietnamese food, with vegetarian and meat options, there really is something for everyone. With fresh beer flowing at 3,000 vnd a glass, this quirky cafe will have you coming back for more.
Hours: 8:30 am – 10 pm; Add:43 Tran Cao Van
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. They also have fresh beer on tap that is only 5,000 vnd. It’s great value for great flavour.
Hours: 9am – 10pm; Add: 50 Tran Cao Van & 30A Dinh Tien Hoang
Nhan’s Kitchen serves Italian-style food, sandwiches and burgers alongside Vietnamese standards very, very cheaply. Locals eat here alongside tourists and expats. Everything is very fresh and within the cheap-eat genre it’s hard to not to love this place. It is extremely well rated on TripAdvisor, so go in and check out what the hype is about. The pizzas are made in house and are some of the cheapest around.
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. As any Vietnamese will tell you: it’s all about the broth; broth is the soul of the dish and, at Pho 323, it’s a tantalizing meaty, sweet and sour ‘un-pho-gettable’ taste explosion.
Hours: 6am – 10 am & 5pm – 9pm (every day); Add: 323 Cua Dai Street
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. It is a low-lit romantic setting at night and uses great fresh ingredients. Not the best value for money in town but a great spot.
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm; Add: Tra Que Village
Nestled on an exquisite finger of river delta, Buoc Chan is an idyllic location to enjoy some great food. It’s varied menu has Vietnamese and Western options which are all packed with flavor. With exemplary service, you can sit back in this refreshing ambiance and watch the fisherman on the river.
Hours: 9am – 9pm; Add: 45 Cua Dai
Loved by Hoi An expats, Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff is a value-for-money spot. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner the service is exemplary and the beer’s icy cold. With an extensive Vietnamese section as well as many non-seafood options, there is something for everyone here. But, as the name implies, for traditional fish and chips, this is the best spot in town.
Hours: 8.30am – 10.30pm; Add: 1 Nguyen Phuc Chu
The Little Menu is French café style in a 100-year-old house on Le Loi. It’s comfortable and stylish with a small but excellent menu that focuses on authentic, home-style Vietnamese cooking. It is an excellent Western-friendly introduction to Vietnamese food.
Hours: 10am- 10pm; Add: 2 /6 Le Loi
Nocturnal Artist is a quaint, quirky spot just a short walk from the old town but it’s quite small and easy to miss so check the address. Owner and self-trained artist, Lam, has decked the place out with an intriguing array of original paintings, purpose-built lanterns and historical photos providing a unique, bohemian setting. If you enjoy the delicious food here, they also offer cooking classes.
Hours: 11am – 11pm; Add: 281 Nguyen Duy Hieu
A popular place with locals, Trung Bac is one of the best value-for-money spots in Old Town. It is a family run business offering Vietnamese favorites such as Cao Lau and Com Ga. But there are some interesting and unusual items on the menu like shrimp on sugar cane as well.
Essentially, however, its no nonsense set-up for hearty eating at a reasonable price.
Hours: 8am – 10pm; Add: 87 Tran Phu
This dedicated Vietnamese restaurant proudly champions local cuisine and the use of very fresh ingredients from Tra Que (Hoi An’s famous market garden), local markets and fishing communities. Famous regional dishes like Cao Lau, Banh Xeo, My Quang and Com Ga lead the way (see Street Food Guide: Safari Barney) and they are a step up from the market stalls and street vendors.
Hours: 12pm to 9: 30 pm; Add: 576/1 Cua Dai
Hoi An Riverside $$$
Hoi An Riverside (Anantara Hoi An Resort) is not cheap but considering the gastronomic quality, the impeccable service and the killer river setting, there’s no good reason why it should be. If you can handle US$40-50 a head, which is very reasonable really for a to-die-for meal inspired by traditional Vietnamese cuisine, get yourself down there before it becomes too popular. Despite the hype, the reality is there are very few quality, fine-dining options in Hoi An. Without hesitation we must include Hoi An Riverside Restaurant in this elite group.
Hours: 9am – 10.30pm; Add: 1 Pham Hong Thai
Nguyen Thai Hoc is lined with good restaurants but Home Hoi An Restaurant is one of the most impressive. The menu 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.
Hours: 12pm – 10pm; Add: 112 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Renowned chef Duc Tran’s authentic knowhow marks Mai Fish a standout for traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Hoi An. Just a stone’s throw from the centrally located Japanese Bridge, it’s a celebration of home cooking in a verdant courtyard. The menu features well-known Vietnamese standards that are solidly mid-priced but well worth it.
Hours: 8am – 10pm; Add: 45 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
Everything, Vietnamese food-wise, is available at Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School. There’s an incredible selection of authentic and modern Vietnamese foods that can be chosen from various counters. Guests get an up close view of how ingredients are made and dishes assembled – from individual ingredients to the final meal. It really is an extraordinary interactive experience and the first of its kind in Central Vietnam.
Hours: 11am – 10pm; Add: 3 Nguyen Hoang