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

| 21 Nov 2017
Last updated 21 Nov 2017

Our latest list of Hoi An's best eating - from street eats to upscale dining to cool cafes - was updated in November 2017. Everything here is handpicked. We list only the places we think you should know about. Eat well!

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. And it's a good idea to get around. Dine in the old town. But head out to the beach too and many places in between. Some great meals are to be had on the fringe of the old town - or completely away from it.

We’ve selected a bunch of places from street stalls and cafes through to 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 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 lots of places offering these specialties too - from restaurants to street stalls. Nearly every restaurant in the old town offers them.

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.

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

Make sure you spend at least an afternoon and evening on An Bang Beach where you can dig into fantastic local seafood. There are other eateries opening around An Bang as well.

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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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White Marble Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hoi An

Cosy, airy wine bar in a lovely traditional corner building. There's a tasty simple menu to complement Hoi An's best wine list.... Read more

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White Marble Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hoi An
98 Le Loi St Hoi An Old Town, Viet Nam
+84 235 3911 862

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brother's Cafe, Hoi An

Hoi An’s most impressive restaurant space right by the river in a the colonial era police station. Come by for a drink at least. 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

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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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Coffee culture - Hoi An's best coffee

Hoi An’s coffee scene is hotting up. You won’t have to look too far to find a good cup. Here are our specialty coffee picks... Read more

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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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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Coworking spaces in Hoi An

Hoi An even has a co-working space, and a small community of digital nomads (I loathe that expression even if I'm a mature-age... Read more

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Coworking spaces in Hoi An
105 Le Thanh Tong, Cam Chau, Hoi An

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Dingo Deli, Hoi An

Outstanding outpost of cafe comforts - salads, bakery stuff, pasta and more. On the road between Hoi An old town Cua Dai beach. Read more

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Dingo Deli, Hoi An
277 Cua Dai Rd, Cam Chau, 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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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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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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Hola Taco, Hoi An

Tasty Mexican food in a casual space on the fringe of Hoi An's old town. Owners, Australian chef Brad and his Vietnamese wife... Read more

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Hola Taco, Hoi An
9 Phan Chau Trinh, 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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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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Ly's Restaurant, Hoi An

An old favourite that’s been serving travellers since the early 90s. Things have changed a lot in recent years with expansion... 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
+84 235 3911 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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Mix Greek Restaurant, Hoi An

The people behind Mix Nha Trang (they really are Greek) have opened up in Hoi An's old town, right by the Japanese Bridge. It's... Read more

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Mix Greek Restaurant, Hoi An
188/5 Tran Phu, Hoi An - down the lane from the Japanese Bridge

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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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