The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An in Vietnam is a place full of culture, history, shopping, food and entertainment. The town is hugely popular with tourists traveling through the country, and it is always a favourite.
Even though you can spend hours walking around the streets, spending money on tailor-made clothes or relaxing on Cua Dai beach there is one thing we can’t express enough that always makes us want to go back to this quaint little town time after time. We consider it the most essential part of traveling and the best way to experience the culture – the food.
The central Vietnamese menu is diverse, fresh and delicious, but the quality of food and the quantity of restaurants to visit in Hoi An are mind blowing. It can be a very overwhelming process once you step out of your hotel and start to walk around the streets, so we have put together a list of some of our favourite hang-outs while in Hoi An. This is a list that will keep your taste buds wanting more, your wallet full and your holiday a happy memory.
Our favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner:
Generally most hotels in Hoi An offer breakfast but if you are looking for a great hotel buffet breakfast head to the Hoi An Riverside Resort and Spa. The restaurant overlooks a small river with rice paddies surrounding and the breakfast has a huge range of international options.
This spot is local, cheap and super tasty! Try Miss Ly’s Cafeteria Restaurant on Nguyen street for food that will melt in your mouth. The Hoi An specialties include fresh spring rolls and/or the chicken fried rice.
Though a little more expensive than the average Vietnamese restaurant (but still a lot cheaper than home), Mango Mango is well worth it. Owned by a local chef who has traveled to all parts of the world, here you will find Vietnamese meeting Latin American cuisine. We recommned sitting upstairs on the balcony, overlooking the river and watching the chefs cook up your meal in the open kitchen.
Other restaurants and bars not to miss:
Morning Glory – Try the green papaya salad, Hoi An pancakes or any of the chicken dishes. For dessert do not go past the freshly made waffles with ice cream.
Hai Scout café – Fantastic local food but also home to Red Bridge Cooking School (highly recommended but make sure you book early!).
Cargo Club – Tasty treats in the French bakery downstairs. Nice for Vietnamese or a western meal (book ahead for a table overlooking the river).
Good Morning Vietnam – If you’re in the mood for Italian, this is the place to go!
Mango Rooms – The same owners as Mango Mango and located on the main strip in town.
Marble bar – A small, classy chic wine bar. Great tapas food for an afternoon pitstop.
Before and Now – A great place to go for a cool drink. There are always daily drink specials going on and there are pool tables at the back of the bar as well.
Bia Hoi – The cheapest beer you may ever have in your life. Walk to the end of Le Loi, turn left at the river and walk along (go in the afternoon when the sun is setting over the river), there will be ladies calling out to you for a drink. There are a few places. The beer may not be the best tasting but still – when in Rome.