Revised and Updated: July 2022
If you’re looking for the best vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An, you’ve landed in the right place! Hoi An is a great place for both vegetarians and vegans alike. Vietnamese cuisine offers many meat-free options, and international menus often have a vegetarian selection. Alongside veggie-friendly choices in Indian, Mexican, Japanese and Italian restaurants, you’ll find plenty of meat-free restaurants in Hoi An. These are so good that vegetarians and omnivores visit in equal measure!
Given the Buddhist culture, most of Vietnam goes vegetarian for a short time every month, so the Vietnamese are a step ahead of much of the world when it comes to crafting mouth-watering meat-free food. Even classic Hoi An dishes such as Cao Lau and Mi Quang have a vegetarian or vegan version, so the cultural delight that is Vietnamese cuisine can truly be enjoyed by all!
Top Vegetarian Restaurants Index
Alongside Hoi An Now’s best vegetarian restaurants below, you’ll find vegan and vegetarian street food in and around the Old Town – look out for the word ‘chay’ (vegetarian: pronounced ‘chy-e’) or ‘quán chay’ (vegetarian restaurant: pronounced ‘kwan chy-e’).
If you’re not sure whether a dish contains meat or not, saying ‘tôi ăn chay’ (I am vegetarian: pronounced ‘doy an chy-e’) will clear things up.
Vegetarian Restaurant Index
Best Vegetarian Food in Hoi An
Am Vegetarian & Hideaway
Roughly-hewn wooden furniture, lush greenery and ‘Om’ mantras conspire to soothe the soul at Am Vegetarian & Hideaway restaurant. This tranquil, off-the-beaten-track setting with swimming pool may be one of the most comfortable ‘cheap eats’ in Hoi An.
Mushrooms, tofu, salads, soups and hotpot dishes with ever-so-fresh ingredients are deftly-spiced, revealing intriguing combinations of flavor and texture. The Hoi An Now crew highly recommends the Thai Hotpot.
At Am Vegetarian & Hideaway mains are around 60,000 VND and many consider it Hoi An’s premier vegetarian restaurant (and just about the best value in town).
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.
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.
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.
Minh Hien 2
A kissing cousin of the original Minh Hien on Tran Cao Van – this inexpensive vegetarian restaurant is great value for money. The lightly-curried pumpkin and the wonton soups are favorites and the very spicy salad of green banana, mushroom, various greens, bean sprouts and chili is a knockout – literally.
At Minh Hien 2 the owners’ gentle spirituality permeates the service and is part of a package that’ll make you want to return.
Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch from 9am till 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, Nourish is light and spacious, with dining both indoors and out. Relaxed and friendly, choose from the likes of smoothie bowls, all-day breakfasts, burgers, salad bowls and more, or just drop by for coffee and a snack.
You can also purchase their fabulous nut butters direct from the premises. For many, the best vegetarian kitchen in Hoi An.
Online orders are available from the Nourish website. Minimum online order 100.000 VND. Phone for deliveries below 100.000 VND.
Ken Vegetarian & Coffee
At Ken Vegetarian & Coffee, the ingredients are exquisitely fresh and often prepared with intriguing twists. The ‘Vegan Pepper Pork’, for example, imitates pork so closely in taste and texture we know one dedicated vegetarian who just can’t face it. But while variety distinguishes this eatery, familiar favorites are also on hand.
Ken Vegetarian & Coffee is also fantastic value for money. The generous serve of Cao Lau leads the way at just 35,000 VND and most dishes sit way under 100,000 VND. Vietnamese and Italian coffee are also priced under the odds and the comfortable 60s-style table settings are gaily lantern-lit. The address cites a building on the corner of a lane and the main street, Nguyen Phan Vinh. Follow the lane for 50 meters and it’s on the left.
Hoi An: A Meat-Free Paradise
If you’ve been vegetarian or vegan in the West for a number of years, you’ll remember the days of having a choice of risotto, risotto or, erm, risotto every time you went out for dinner. Western menus may now be offering a better choice of vegan and vegetarian fare, but still – Hoi An and Vietnam are far ahead when it comes to meat-free dining.
We’ve listed our favorite 100% vegetarian restaurants above, but you’ll also find some amazing meat-free options in many other restaurants.
Let us know your favorites below!