Top Places to Eat, Drink & Work in Hoi An

I’ve been lucky enough to call Hoi An “home” for the last 2.5 years. On the second day, after six month of travel around SE Asia and Australia, I knew I wanted to stay in Hoi An. The ocean, the vibe, the yoga, the food; these are just some of the reasons why I haven’t left.

Here’s my go-to list of places to eat, drink, explore, and work in Hoi An:

EAT

Central Vietnam is known as the food mecca of the country, and I’m not surprised! Hoi An is home to some of the most colourful, flavourful dishes around. Here are my top places to EAT.

1. Ms. Dam Vegetarian Restaurant

My go-to for My Quang (a speciality of the province) and cheap - and healthy - vegetarian eats.

 My Quang

My Quang

2. Mr. Son Restaurant

A little mom and pop restaurant located on An Hoi Island has a cosy, outdoor vibe. I highly recommend the fried rice (cơm chiên), pumpkin sautéed with peanuts, and Vietnamese pancake (bánh xèo).

3. Karma Waters

I eat at this vegan restaurant probably 3 – 4 times a week! Go for the vegetable curry, you won’t be disappointed. Other not-to-disappointment options: the burger, the carrot and onion salad, the house salad, vegan com ga.

4. Am Restaurant

My go to when I’m craving leafy green veg and canh chua (sweet and spicy soup!)

5. Minh Hien II or III

Minh Hien II has been popular for awhile, but adding to the family restaurant chain is the beautiful Minh Hien III near the Old Town. Set in a green garden with avocado trees and historic architecture, the third location is a must go! Note: III is a bit more expensive than II, but granted, rent is probably astronomical in that location.

6. Rosie’s Cafe

Rosie’s Cafe is owned by some of the sweetest people you’ll meet: Thuy and My. The cafe is a great place for breakfast, smoothie bowls, juices, and sits hidden in one of Hoi An’s beautiful laneways.

7. Nomad Yoga & Cafe

Yoga studio and vegan cafe, Nomad Yoga & Cafe has a great assortment of breakfast and lunch options. My favourites: the green smoothie bowl, Vietnamese noodle bowl, and a cucumber, pineapple, and mint juice.

8. Vegan Beets

New to the town, Vegan Beets is one of my new favourite go-tos. What should you try? Everything! I love how fresh and light the burger is, and how delicious the sweet potato based cheese sauce tastes. Their cinnamon scrolls and coconut vegan ice cream also make me swoon.

9. Vegan Zone

Also new to town, Vegan Zone offers some amazing juice mixes and delicious, fresh food. My favourites are the mustard roll, coco chickpeas, and refresher lime juice!

10. Luna D’Attuno

For pizza in Hoi An, I head to Luna. Beautiful setting by the beach with lots of options.

11. Salt Pub

Also with ocean views, Salt Pub is a great place to lay back and sip on cold coconuts, listen to live music, and munch on sweet potato wedges! I also enjoy they big vegan salad and vegetarian burger.

DRINK

12. Sound of Silence

Coffee. Ocean. Need I say more?

 Photo:  saigon om

Photo: saigon om

13. The Espresso Station

14. Phin Coffee

Newly renovated and relocated to a bigger space. I love Phin Coffee for its open, outdoor garden space.

15. Le Cabanon

Along the river in Old Town, Le Cabanon boasts French food and flavour. For my fellow vegetarian Canadains, this is the only place that will make you a vegetarian poutine.

16. Mango Rooms

If I were still drinking alcohol, Mango Rooms would be my go-to. You can also check out the sister restaurants: Mango Mango and Mai Fish.

17. The T Room Gin Bar

The T Room Gin Bar is also another place to check out if you’re craving some unique gin cocktails.

WORK

As someone who spends quite a big chunk of time behind my laptop, I like to mix up my “office”. Luckily, Hoi An is filled with great cafes, restaurants, and coworking spaces to work from.

For an ocean view:

18. Soul Beach

19. Salt Pub

20. Sound of Silence

Closer to town:

21. Rosie’s Cafe

 Dear Sweetie Smoothie Bowl and Cold Brew

Dear Sweetie Smoothie Bowl and Cold Brew

22. Phin Coffee

28. Dingo Deli (air conditioned)

29. Hi Phin Coffee (air conditioned)

30. Hub Hoi An Co-Working Space (air conditioned)

This was originally published on More Than Food Mag on April 6, 2018. This list was last updated on October 10, 2018.