QUICK GUIDE TO AN BANG BEACH
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained. Both the north and south sides are lined with bar/restaurants with some especially geared for English speaking and European expats and tourists like Soul Kitchen (north) and Soul Beach (south).
Early morning and late afternoon are the times the Vietnamese favor the beach but other than these peak times there is usually little trouble claiming a spot under a thatched umbrella and settling in for as long as you want if you buy a bottle of water from an adjacent venue.
There is a greater variety of cuisine and setting at An Bang than at Cua Dai, reflecting the sizable expat community residing there.
Most places don’t have proper addresses. See the map at the bottom for locations and the Facebook links provided for more contact information. It’s also worth noting that new hot spots are springing up just south of An Bang. Here you’ll find Salt Pub, Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club, Sound of Silence Cafe and Beach Side Boutique Resort Hoi An.
Cay Me $$
A colorful family-run joint, Cay Me Restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood and gourmet juices blended from locally sourced fruit. Partitioned from the busy street by a drape of greenery, Cay Me feels intimate and personal, as if the family has invited you into their backyard for a meal. Cay Me also offers an extensive vegetarian menu, pizzas, English breakfast and free home delivery to An Bang and Hoi An. Enjoy a grilled seafood lunch and smoothie for 200k dong.
Hours: 7am – 10 pm; Facebook: Cay Me Restaurant An Bang
The Deck House and The Shore House $$$
While strictly speaking The Deck House and The Shore House are different venues, they are managed by the same group, adjacent to each other and both target the upper end. Sitting at the northern extreme at An Bang, just beyond Soul Kitchen, the facilities are brand-spanking new and swish, the service is formal/resort-style, the international food upmarket and the prices comfortably at the top end for An Bang. Both venues offer oodles of room and immediate access to beautiful An Bang Beach. If you’re living more modestly try others as 50,000 vnd for a sparkling water is a little steep.
Hours: 7am – 10pm; Facebook: The DeckHouse An Bang Beach
Driftwood Café $$
At Driftwood Café the food is sensational and the authentic woodfire oven produces world-class, thin-crusted pizza – crispy on the edges and softer in the middle. The perfect stop-over after a day at the beach, enjoy Driftwood’s pizza in a relaxed environment with an icy cold beer and courteous Vietnamese waitstaff. Visitors and residents of An Bang Beach are the lucky recipients of this keenly-priced eatery cum beer garden that’s the brainchild of Simon Connon and his wife, Huong.
Hours: 11am – 9pm; Facebook: Driftwood Cafe, WoodFired Pizza.
Greek Souvlaki- Blu Mini Mart $
Permanently parked outside of the Blu Mini Mart, Greek Souvlaki is a very cheap, no-frills operation and more of a roadside stall for take-aways than a café or eatery. Providing the only dedicated Greek cuisine in Hoi An, the food is very reasonable for the price (one souvlaki will set you back 50,000 VND). This delicious mix of Hellenic meats, chips, and savory tzatziki is all papoosed inside a lightly toasted pita. For a great price, Greek Souvlaki is your go-to for a fast and filling meal at An Bang Beach.
Hours: 9am – 9pm; Facebook: Blu Mart Greek Souvlaki & Bakery
H'Mong Sisters Restaurant $$-$$$
With a strong French, Iberian, and Moroccan influence, H’Mong Sisters Restaurant serves quality food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Owned and managed by Benjamin Boudard and his wife Thuong, H’mong Sisters pays homage to the H’mong people of northern Vietnam, employing many of their traditional colors and patterns in the restaurant decor. A true meeting of cultures, H’mong Sisters is not to be missed. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday evening for a family barbecue on the beach and live music hosted by local group ‘Pop-up’.
Hours: 9am – 10pm; Facebook: The H’mong Sisters
Juice House $$
A welcome addition to the An Bang Scene, open airy Juice House has become popular with locals and tourists alike. Delectable juices, smoothies and shakes lead the way like the pomegranate paradise smoothie and the chocolate and peanut shake. While the menu includes meat dishes like the chicken pesto sandwich. Juice House is a haven for vegans and vegetarians with many scrumptious meat-free offerings. And, as one reviewer would have it: DAM ME PASSION this juice house is where it is at. Do you like to be healthy? Do you enjoy looking at hot beach bodies? Well then this is the spot for you.
Hours: 8am – 9pm; Facebook: Juice House Hoi An
K'tu Bar & Restaurant $$
K’tu is open for PHỞ for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 12pm. Thereafter the bar takes over from 4pm with pool table, cold beer and great music. Genial barman Matt hosts a regular crew of An Bang residents who regard K’tu as their ‘local’ but all are welcome. K’Tu has also made a name for itself as a purveyor of some of the best barbecue snags in Hoi An that can be bought from the K’tu shop. Check their Facebook page for announcements about their next barbecue and spit roasting. Pool comp Tuesday nights.
Hours: 7am – 12pm pho breakfast/ 4pm – 10pm bar; Facebook: K’tu Bar & Restaurant
La Plage $$
Described by some as ‘the Cheers of Hoi An’, La Plage is more of a bar than a restaurant. Located at the southern end of the beachside lane, La Plage offers patrons a pub-like atmosphere by the beach that doubles as a restaurant serving Vietnamese and French dishes. In the evenings, La Plage cranks up a great play list and the pub vibe begins. Sometimes a mob gathers, sometimes it’s quiet — but chances are you will enjoy yourself either way.
Hours: 7am – 11pm; Facebook: La Plage, an Bang Beach
Luna d'autunno $$
French-owned Luna d’autunno opened a new branch in Hoi An after the major success of their Hanoi restaurant of the same name. Serving Italian dishes from all regions of Italy, Luna offers some of the best wood-fired pizzas on An Bang Beach. Open and airy, there is room for the entire family at Luna. Enjoy their dishes at their location on An Bang Beach, have your meal delivered to your table at Soul Kitchen (also on An Bang Beach), or have it delivered to your front door anywhere in town.
Hours: 9am – 10pm; Facebook: luna d’autunno hoi an
Sao Bien- The Starfish $$
If you’re looking for a relaxed place to hang out and sunbathe, look no further than Sao Bien- The Starfish. This family run Vietnamese restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood, beach side barbecue, and mixes a mean mojito. Stop by for lunch and spend the afternoon on their comfortable sun beds and strike up a conversation with the very amiable owner, Mr. Ca.
Hours: 7.30am – 11.30pm; Facebook: Sao Biển – The Starfish Kitchen & Bar
Salt Pub $$
Finally, An Bang locals have a real pub with a big long bar, sport TV and a glorious, soul-soothing ocean view that bowls you over as soon as you enter. Open since mid-2017, Salt Pub & Restaurant has bocce, deck chairs, cabanas and beach out back and inside there’s cruisy music, major sporting events, plenty of drink options and an ever-present, cooling breeze. Open from 8am, it’s a great setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner – from full English breakfasts to gourmet burgers with tantalizing specials spicing things up. Servings are generous and the kitchen’s top-notch. Live music every Friday and there are plans afoot to extend evening activities. And, for families, a Kids’ Club should be ready early 2018.
Hours: 7am – 10pm; Facebook: Salt Pub & Restaurant
Seaweed Restaurant $$
The family run Seaweed Restaurant — a newcomer to the An Bang scene — specializes in grilled seafood and traditional Vietnamese dishes. With fair prices and generous portions, Seaweed Restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite among tourists and expats alike. The terrace is open and inviting, decorated with periwinkle blues and twinkling fairy lights. Pictures of the owner’s family remind you that you are a guest in his home and will be treated as such.
Hours: 8am – 8pm; Facebook: Seaweed – Rong Biển
Soul Beach $$
Soul Beach (Hon Bien) offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bevy of cocktails, and a live music experience akin to that of its sister business, Soul Kitchen. While the more crowded Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week musically, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays in a more chilled setting away from the hoi polloi. The kitchen is reasonably priced and the beach has more elbow room than the more established northern end.
Hours: 7.30am – 10pm; Facebook: Soul Beach
Soul Kitchen $$
Soul Kitchen has everything you could want from a beach bar: comfortable and clean sun beds, a grassy terrace under the shady palms, live music in the evenings and a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family. Order off of the menu or have a pizza from Luna d’autunno delivered to your table. On the first Sunday of each month Soul Kitchen hosts an open mic night that brings in a range of talents. Other live music events are posted on their Facebook page as well as on the Hoi An Now events calendar.
Hours: 7am – 11pm; Facebook: Soul Kitchen Live Music
Sound of Silence Coffee $$
One of Hoi An’s best chill options with coffee that many aficionados have raved about and a fantastic beachside situation away from the masses. Sound of Silence ticks more boxes as well with a vegetarian-friendly menu alongside its killer setting, delectable coffee and zen atmosphere. If you’re in a hurry Sound of Silence may not be the place for you as quality is prized over speed and calm over bustle. For something different consider the coconut coffee as you listen to the surf breaking on the shore or contemplate the sound of one hand clapping.
Hours: 7.30am – 4pm; Facebook: Sound Of Silence Coffee
Officially opening 4pm and closing as late as 3am if there are takers, speakeasy-style Tama may fill a huge gap at An Bang where most venues wind up 10-11pm or even earlier. Only two weeks young at time of writing, time will tell whether An Bang has a strong demand for a late-night venue or not. Others have come and gone over the last few years – will cruisy Tama with its stylish nod to Nippon survive? If you want such a venue now is the time to vote with your feet (and your drinking arm) and help get them off the ground. Very positive reviews to date.
Hours: 4pm – 3pm; Facebook: TAMA
Under The Coconut Tree Homestay and Café $
Tucked in a colorful back alley, Under The Coconut Tree Café offers generous Vietnamese and Western portions. With most dishes between 50 and 80 VND, a filling meal can be easily had for under 100 VND (including a drink). Decorated in fun beach bungalow kitsch, the atmosphere is very laid back with backpack-laden hotel guests coming and going. Under the Coconut Tree is not to be missed if you’re looking for a cheap eat and friendly service in An Bang.
Hours: 7.30am – 8.30pm; Facebook: Under the Coconut Tree
By Louis Boehling and Stuart Neal
Revised and Updated April 2018