Revised and Updated: February 2020
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 in Hoi An
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
Roughly-hewn wooden furniture and wafting ‘Om’ mantras humming in the air soothe the soul at Am Restaurant. The whole space is a design triumph in a funky Buddhist way. With mains around 60,000 VND, Am Vegetarian Restaurant is one of the classiest cheap settings in town.
Mushrooms, tofu, salads, soups and hotpot dishes with ever-so-fresh ingredients are deftly-spiced, revealing intriguing combinations of flavor and texture. For many, Am is Hoi An’s premier vegetarian restaurant.
The Hoi An Now crew recommends the Thai Hotpot.
Annen’s laid-back outdoor style invites you to relax. Mains are around 60,000 VND, and standouts include a fantastic Cao Lau, the refreshing Sup An Niem (Annen soup) and Cha Gio – incredibly moreish, fried spring rolls.
The ubiquitous stir-fried noodles with vegetables and tofu is one of the tastiest anywhere in Vietnam. It’s a colorful concoction of fresh, crunchy carrots, green beans, red cabbage, onion, bean sprouts and button mushrooms packed together with lightly-crisped tofu and soft noodles, laced with soy sauce. Like Nomad (see below), Annen is a yoga center as well as a cafe. It also hosts ‘starving artist’ exhibitions monthly and has open mic sessions occassionally.
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 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.
European class permeates Nomad Cafe with scrumptious salads drizzled with zesty dressings and pastas with unique, homemade sauces. Other parts of the menu change weekly, including Mediterranean or East Asian traditions and always retaining Nomad’s trademark flair.
Highlights include Thai green curry, empanadillas stuffed with feta and mixed salad, and penne with roast vegetables. Their unique juice blends and cleanse programs come highly recommended. Conveniently located on the edge of the Old Town by the river.
Nourish has recently moved from the rice fields to a more prominent speck on Nguyen Duy Hieu road. Serving breakfast and lunch from 9am until 4pm, the venue is light and spacious, with dining room both indoors and out. Relaxed and friendly, Nourish serves a great selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan food for all tastes.
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.
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.
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!