Hoi An eating guide

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

| 20 Jun 2022
Last updated 20 Jun 2022

This listing has been provisionally updated in April 2022. Sadly, Hoi An's international restaurants are mostly closed. The upside is that you will be treated to the delights of the local cuisine. The places listed here were open at our most recent check.

Hoi An is the birthplace of one of Vietnam's most delectable local specialties- cao lau. There are other specialties too. This is a very good place to eat. Hit the atmospheric alleys for a delicious bowl of cao lau or mi quang. For dinner take a seat in a heritage gem. Mix it up. A handful of quality international eateries have opened in recent years - most closed during COVID. Make sure you venture beyond the epi-centre of tourist eateries around the Japanese Bridge. The cafe scene is booming. You won't have trouble finding a coffee in a cool Hoi An space. Get a hit of local seafood on An Bang Beach 5kms away. Like most tourist towns, sifting through the plethora of options, and finding the right ones, is the challenge. That's why we're here. We've been a trusted reviewer of Hoi An's food and travel scene for 10 years.  Check out our independent guide. It's been a sad process removing so many restaurants from our listings.May Hoi An build back soon. And be sure to do some of your own culinary exploration. 
Everything here is handpicked. We list only the places we think you should know about.

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Rosie's Cafe, Hoi An

Rosie's is one of a handful of Hoi An cafes to survive the pandemic. If our visits in April 2022 are any indication, it's now... Read more

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Rosie's Cafe, Hoi An
02 Mac Dinh Chi, Hoi An (as of May 2019)

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Coffee culture - Hoi An's best coffee

Hoi An's coffee scene has been transformed over the past few years. You won't need to search far for a great cup in a cool... Read more

Streets of food - best streets for foodies in Hoi An

Hoi An’s old town has been colonised by tourist eateries. Some of them are good. Many are mediocre. Make sure you also head... Read more

Ba Le Well Restaurant, Hoi An

An old favourite that’s just holding on to its character in the face of fast growing popularity and an expanded space. This... 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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Com Ga Ba Buoi, Hoi An

One of the oldest eateries in town, this simple, family run chicken rice spot is a gem - though it’s now on the busy side. Read more

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Com Ga Ba Buoi, Hoi An
22 Phan Chu Trinh 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
+84 235 3911 863

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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
+84 235 3910 839

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Morning Glory Restaurant, Hoi An

Classic Vietnamese cuisine and cooking classes in a lovely building in the centre of town. Things are getting very busy here -... Read more

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Morning Glory Restaurant, Hoi An
106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 (0510) 2241 555

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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
 St Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 510 39 11 229

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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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Sakura Restaurant, Hoi An

A surprisingly good Vietnamese restaurant given its prime tourist location in a superb original building in the centre of the... Read more

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Sakura Restaurant, Hoi An
119 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An, Vietnam
(+084) 510 3910 369

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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. Getting busy... Read more

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Soul Kitchen, An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach 5kms from Hoi An town

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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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Vy's Market restaurant, Hoi An

Vy’s Market is another offering from the ever-enterprising Hoi An restaurateur Diem Vy. It’s a large food court of Vietnamese... Read more

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Vy's Market restaurant, Hoi An
3 Nguyen Hoang Street, An Hoi Islet, Hoi An
+84.0510.3926.926

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Mai Fish, Hoi An
45 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An
+84 235 3925 545

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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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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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Le Cabanon, Hoi An

A refreshingly simple, friendly, French owned eatery on the fringe of Hoi An's old town. Read more

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Le Cabanon, Hoi An
13 Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa, Hoi An, Vietnam

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Samurai Kitchen Japanese Restaurant, Hoi An

Popular home-style Japanese eatery right by Hoi An’s old market. Menu’s concise, food’s great, staff are friendly and the price... Read more
Samurai Kitchen Japanese Restaurant, Hoi An
09 Tieu La Hoi An - down the lane on the right side as you look at Hoi An’s old market.

Faifo Coffee, Hoi An

Faifo Coffee is the only serious specialty coffee shop we know in the heart of Hoi An's old town. And it happens to be in one of... Read more

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Faifo Coffee, Hoi An
130 Tran Phu St, Hoi An - in the old town

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Phin Espresso and Drip, Hoi An

Great coffee, handsome garden space and Phin Espresso and Drip is also plastic free. Love the classic Vietnamese house too. They... Read more

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Phin Espresso and Drip, Hoi An
132/7 Tran Phu, Minh An, Hoi An

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Quan Chay Dam vegetarian restaurant, Hoi An

Madam Dam has been serving up her vegetarian buffet down this alley for a long time. She’s the star at her friendly family run... Read more

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Quan Chay Dam vegetarian restaurant, Hoi An
71/20 Phan Chu Trinh Hoi An - between Le Loi and Hai Ba Trung

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