An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Hoi An, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

Hoi An eating guide

Introduction

Last updated 30 Dec 2016

Our latest list of Hoi An's best eating - from street eats to more upscale dining - was updated in December 2016.

If restaurants per square metre were a measure of a town’s gourmet credentials, Hoi An’s old town would be a culinary delight. Alas, finding a good meal in Hoi An, like most hardened tourist towns, is a little more tricky.

So, we’ve selected a bunch of places from street stalls and cafes through to some more upmarket spaces.  Fine dining hasn’t reached Hoi An yet, which probably isn’t such a bad thing as the old town feel at night is very relaxed and pretence free.

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Photo: Mark BowyerMy Quang is another delicious specialty from central Vietnam

Hoi An has its own culinary heritage so you’ll need to make sure you sample cao lau, a delicious and light noodle dish with pork, croutons and plenty of greens. Other local dishes not be missed include white rose and Hoi An wontons. Central Vietnam is also famous for another noodle dish, my quang as well as com ga which is rice chicken.

There are plenty of places offering these specialties too. Nearly every restaurant in the old town offers them as do plenty of streetside and small market stalls.

If you haven't already done so, Hoi An may well be the place to take the street food plunge. There are lots of very good streetside stalls. One famous spot spills out from small lane onto Le Loi St with locals and travellers. By day it serves bun noodles and by night it shifts to com ga - chicken rice. There are lots good little street food stalls in and around the market as well.

The old market at the centre of town (corner of Tran Phu and Nguyen Hue) has been turned into food market focusing on local specialties. It's very popular with tourists, and it's tasty too.

Just out of the old town, Ba Le Well and Com Ga Ba Buoi are the genuine local article with lots of Vietnamese approvingly partaking of their set menu dishes.

Stepping up a notch, Mango Rooms' contemporary Asian menu is tasty and the space is groovy. Mango Mango right across the river, also by chef Tran Duc, is another good spot for a fancy Hoi An feed. Duc's other Hoi An eatery, Mai Fish is also worth a look.

Brothers may well have secured one of the best restaurant settings in the country but it might be a little more pricey than the food warrants.

Ancient Faifo is Hoi An's newest high-end arrival in a stunning downtown shophouse.

There are plenty of western and mixed options as well. White Marble focuses on wine but serves up Asian food in a cosy space.

And if you're visiting Hoi An in summer, make sure you spend at least an afternoon and everning on An Bang Beach where you can dig into fantastic local seafood. Phuc from Nu eatery has also opened Sea Shell - a very tasty new An Bang offering.

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Mango Rooms Restaurant, Hoi An

Mango Rooms was the first Hoi An project of Vietnamese American chef Tran Duc. His innovative menu of contemporary Asian... Read more

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Mango Rooms Restaurant, Hoi An
111 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 510 3910 839

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Mai Fish, Hoi An

Tran Duc is one of our favourite Vietnam chefs. We’ve been big fans of his restaurants, Mango Rooms and Mango Mango, for a long... Read more

An Bang Beach western eateries, Hoi An

An Bang beach has morphed from an outpost of local seafood and Hoi An expats, to a tourism destination in its own right. The... Read more

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An Bang Beach western eateries, Hoi An
An Bang Beach, Hoi An

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Home Hoi An Restaurant

Tasty Vietnamese food with a fancy feel, in the centre of Hoi An’s tourist dining strip. Impressive staff.  Read more

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Home Hoi An Restaurant
112 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An
+84 510 3926 668

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Good Morning Vietnam Italian restaurant, Hoi An

The Good Morning Vietnam people have a strong presence serving Italian food in tourist spots across the country. Italian owned... Read more

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Good Morning Vietnam Italian restaurant, Hoi An
11 Le Loi St, Hoi An

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An Bang Beach local seafood

An Bang beach's local seafood restaurants are an excellent alternative to the tourist fare of Hoi An town. Read more

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An Bang Beach local seafood
An Bang Beach 5kms from Hoi An town

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Ancient Faifo Restaurant, Hoi An

Faifo Xua or Ancient Faifo is a new upscale contemporary Vietnamese restaurant in the middle of Hoi An's old town. Read more

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Ancient Faifo Restaurant, Hoi An
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An
+84 510.3917444

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Ba Le Well Restaurant, Hoi An

As popular with the locals as it is with travellers, a meal at Ba Le Well is a must. Read more

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Ba Le Well Restaurant, Hoi An
38 Phan Chu Trinh St Hoi An - in a small alley nearby Ba Le well that runs off no. 38.

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Banh My Phuong, Hoi An

Banh My Phuong is a delicious Vietnamese sandwich stall in Hoi An, that’s been catapulted into the limelight by an endorsement... Read more

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Banh My Phuong, Hoi An
2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An

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Bazar Cafe, Hoi An

Bazar is one of the nicest of Hoi An’s old town cafe restaurants. Have a chat with co-owner Federico, an Italian archaeologist... Read more

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Bazar Cafe, Hoi An
36 Tran Phu
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+84 510 39 11 229

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Bep 1919, Hoi An

Newly opened in late 2016, Bep 1919 serves up southern Vietnamese cuisine in a tasteful space, right by Hoi An’s Japanese Bridge. Read more

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Bep 1919, Hoi An
108 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An
+8494 364 19 19

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Brother's Cafe, Hoi An

Hoi An’s most expensive Vietnamese cuisine in a spectacular riverside setting. Hoi An's former French era police station has... Read more

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Brother's Cafe, Hoi An
27 - 29 - 31 Phan Bội Châu Street, Hội An City, Quảng Nam Province, Việt Nam
(84.510) 3914150

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Central Market food hall, Hoi An

Hoi An's downtown market is the easiest place to sample the town's delicious culinary specialties - cao lau and mi quang as well... Read more

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Central Market food hall, Hoi An
Cnr Tran Phu and Nguyen Hue Sts, Hoi An

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Cocobox Hoi An

A little cafe in the heart of Hoi An's old town, Cocobox serves sandwiches, snacks as well as coffees and smoothies in a space... Read more

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Cocobox Hoi An
94 Le Loi St, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 510 3862 000

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Com Ga Ba Buoi, Hoi An

One of the oldest eateries in town, this simple, family run chicken rice spot is a gem. Read more

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Com Ga Ba Buoi, Hoi An
22 Phan Chu Trinh St, Hoi An

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Com Ga Huong, Hoi An

One of Hoi An’s legendary street stalls, this place has been serving up some of Hoi An’s finest com ga (chicken rice) for... Read more

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Com Ga Huong, Hoi An
On the street at 58 Le Loi St, Hoi An

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Ganesh Indian restaurant, Hoi An

The Ganesh people are all over Vietnam. They're a dependable stop if you have a craving for Indian during your travels. The... Read more

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Ganesh Indian restaurant, Hoi An
24 Tran Hung Dao St, Hoi An
0121 2968 351

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Hai Cafe, Hoi An

A great space in a stunning colonial era villa. The courtyard's a good place to chill-out by day. There's also a restaurant and... Read more

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Hai Cafe, Hoi An
98 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An

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Hoi An Roastery

The Hoi An Roastery juggernaut landed with a bang in Hoi An in 2016 - opening 4 cafes in handsome old town buildings in a short... Read more

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Hoi An Roastery
47 Le Loi St (cnr Nguyen Thai Hoc), Hoi An
+84 510 3927 727

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Ly's Restaurant, Hoi An

An old favourite that’s been serving travellers since the early 90s. Read more

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Ly's Restaurant, Hoi An
22 Nguyen Hue St Hoi An

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Mango Mango Restaurant, Hoi An

American Vietnamese chef Tran Duc first made a name for himself in Hoi An more than a decade ago serving contemporary Asian... Read more

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Mango Mango Restaurant, Hoi An
45 Nguyen Phuc Chu
, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 510 3 911 863

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Mia Cafe, Hoi An

Mia Cafe opened in 2012 and was the first place in town to win the loyalty of Hoi An’s growing contingent of expat coffee... Read more

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Mia Cafe, Hoi An
20 Phan Boi Chau St, Hoi An
+84 90 555 20 61

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Minh HIen vegetarian restaurant, Hoi An

A basic but popular vegetarian and vegan eatery away from the old town. Minh Hien is a shed attached to a private home with... Read more

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Minh HIen vegetarian restaurant, Hoi An
50 Tran Cao Van St, Hoi An
+84 93 240 39 05

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Nu Eatery, Hoi An

Nu’s owner Phuc (pronounce "u" as you do in "put") describes his place as an eatery rather than a restaurant. It’s wonderfully... Read more

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Nu Eatery, Hoi An
10A Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Cẩm Phô, tp. Hội An
+84 129 519 0190

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Pho Lien, Hoi An

With seven decades of service under its belt, Pho Lien may the best place to grab a bowl of Vietnam’s favourite noodle soup,... Read more

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Pho Lien, Hoi An
25 Le Loi St, Hoi An

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Reaching Out Tea House, Hoi An

This is a very sweet little place. A social enterprise, Reaching Out Teahouse serves tea, coffee, and a small selection of... Read more

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Reaching Out Tea House, Hoi An
131 Tran Phu St, Hoi An
+84 90 521 65 53

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Soul Kitchen, An Bang Beach

Soul Kitchen's a bohemian style lounge and restaurant on An Bang Beach outside Hoi An - pleasant by day and night. Read more

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Soul Kitchen, An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach 5kms from Hoi An town
+849 0644 0320

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The Espresso Station, Hoi An

Hidden away down an alley, The Espresso Station has been a favourite with Hoi An’s coffee loving expats since opening in late... Read more

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The Espresso Station, Hoi An
28/2 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An
+84 90 569 11 64

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The Hill Station, Hoi An

A little deli outfit that started in Sapa, owned by a local Hmong girl and two Danes, now arrives in Hoi An in a superb old... Read more

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The Hill Station, Hoi An
321 Nguyen Duy Hieu St, Hoi An

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The Sea Shell, An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Every now and then, we come across an eatery that makes a real impact. The impact tends to be greater in places like Hoi An,... Read more

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The Sea Shell, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
An Bang Beach, Hoi An - one street back off the beach.

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