Remember the days when the only thing you could order from a menu as a vegan were fries with a salad on the side? You can kiss them goodbye because Hoi An is a vegan’s paradise. Although the majority of Vietnamese people eat meat at least some of the time, the vegan concept is not as alien to everyone here as it so often is in the West. The country’s Buddhist monks are vegan, and most local meat eaters go vegan at least twice a month, around the time of the full moon.
In Hoi An you’ll find some of the most creative and flavorful vegan cuisine that you’ll find anywhere in the world. Below are our favorite eateries, and make sure to check out our guide to vegetarian restaurants also – you’ll find vegan dishes galore in these places too.
Vegan Restaurant Index
In fact, most vegetarian dishes in Hoi An are naturally vegan and the vegetarian restaurants around town serve mainly vegan dishes . If not, it’ll be clear on the majority of menus whether the food contains eggs or dairy. When you’re not sure, try asking for ‘không bỏ sữa’ (don’t use milk: pronounced ‘kawm baa soo-a’) or ‘không bỏ trứng’ (don’t use eggs: pronounced ‘kawm baa chung’).
Best Vegan Food in Hoi An
Quan Chay Dam
Buffet-style vegan restaurant Dam is one of the cheapest in Hoi An. Choose from around 10 dishes which change daily. Favored by Vietnamese locals not just for price (between 15,000 and 45,000 VND) but also for authenticity. The more dishes you choose, the more you pay – simple! Staff will hand you a price card once you’ve ordered, and for 45,000 VND you’ll get 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 it’s plastic free and a real taste of Vietnam – piquant and moderately spicy, with extra chilli on the tables for those who require an extra burst of heat. Hoi An Now’s Vietnamese staff’s favorite lunch option.
Quan Chay An Lac
An Lac is a small family-run eatery that’s popular with local people (plus Hoi An Now!), and with good reason. Prepared from scratch and cooked freshly in front of you, the food here is a real taste of Hoi An.
The menu includes meat-free versions of local classic dishes for 30,000 VND, and there’s a range of delicious fresh smoothies and juices for around 25,000 VND.
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 it’s 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 the cat welfare center for first-time visitors. Online bookings are essential to avoid disappointment! Last entry is at 2.30pm.
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.
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 but highly regarded by some and tops for setting.
In addition to amazing Vietnamese dishes and salads, the menu has a large selection of Indian and international cuisines, plus plenty of healthy juices. The Karma Waters’ veggie burger is 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. Fabulous vegan cooking classes are offered, and a range of amazing cakes and desserts can be ordered in advance.
Karma Waters is also involved in a range of charity programs for disadvantaged people. Special Note: avoid busy times as there are only a few tables.
A fabulous MSG-free and environmentally-conscious restaurant, Vegan Zone has an extensive selection of starter plates, main course and desserts, not forgetting some excellent smoothies and fresh juices.
Family-run, their amazing chef offers interesting twists on Vietnamese and Asian classics, with main courses starting at around 50,000 VND. Look out for the dairy-free savoury pancakes – a hearty start to any meal or perfect for a light lunch.
Vegan Zone offers a delightful twist in the form of a digital menu, so you can clearly see what you’re ordering in advance.