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An Bang Beach eating guide - Hoi An

| 08 Dec 2018
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An Bang Beach eating guide - Hoi An
08 Dec 2018

Our independent guide to the restaurants and local eateries of An Bang Beach around 6kms from Hoi An. An Bang Beach is now Hoi An’s most popular beach strip and a casual food scene is developing. It fluctuates with the season so things are notably more mellow in winter.

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An Bang Beach eating guide

An Bang beach has morphed from an outpost of local seafood and Hoi An expats, to a tourism destination in its own right with a big selection of casual eating options. The local seafood eateries continue to thrive and there are newer arrivals catering to tourists - nothing fancy. Good places for a beachside bite.

An Bang’s eateries are located right on the beach - in both directions as you arrive. There are also restaurants in the lanes back off the beach close by the hotels and homestays of An Bang.


Local seafood

The original An Bang Beach seafood eateries are no frills affairs that pull in big crowds of locals during the summer peak months. There are loads of choices but Tuyet’s (on the route as you approach the beach) has been a favourite for years.

These are open air, plastic stool affairs - and they're excellent value for money. Don’t be surprised if the locals get a tad rowdy during the summer.

Further south, Cua Dai beach may have fallen victim to erosion, but there are still some tasty local seafood spots worth checking out there too.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Tuyet - Quan Tuyet seafood
Photo: Mark Bowyer Tuyet - Quan Tuyet seafood


Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen was the first popular player to serve the tourist market with pizza, burgers and steak and it’s still has a good space. Food is usually ok too but don’t expect culinary greatness. The green lawn and beach views are a big part of the appeal. It’s become a busy spot on warm sunny afternoons.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An

On the green - Soul Kitchen, An Bang
Photo: Mark Bowyer On the green - Soul Kitchen, An Bang
 
Soul Kitchen, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Soul Kitchen, An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

The Deckhouse

This place is new and it’s off to a huge start. It was constantly packed during the sunny days of our most recent visit. It’s a good spot to spend an afternoon - though on a hot day it may be too popular for its own good.

It’s a more fancy version of Soul Kitchen with some raised decks and some more effort in the decor department. It still feels casual.

Food, coffee and drinks were all good rather than great - the place was churning through a huge number of customers. Pricing is on the high side.

The owners of the Deckhouse have taken the lot next door and opened The Shorehouse. It’s very similar. International beachside dining - pricing on the high side.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An

The Deckhouse, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Deckhouse, An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

Salt Pub

Salt is a handsome, airy colonial style pub on the beach around 600 metres south of the main An Bang Beach action. It’s part Australian owned and has an Aussie feel. Yes, it’s also a good spot for watching sport. The setting is perfect for an afternoon or early evening drink, bite and a swim on a beautiful stretch of An Bang Beach.

Address: An Bang Beach, Cam An, Hoi An - around 600metre south of the main An Bang strip.

Salt Pub - beach and pub feel
Photo: Mark Bowyer Salt Pub - beach and pub feel
 
Salt Pub - beach and pub feel
Photo: Mark Bowyer Salt Pub - beach and pub feel
 

Luna Italian

Luna An Bang is the sister of the Danang Italian restaurant of the same name. It’s the best place to get a pizza on An Bang beach. The space isn’t so inviting - it’s off the beach. Both Soul Kitchen and Hmong Sisters allowed us to bring Luna pizzas in while drinking at their more appealing places.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

La Plage

French owned La Plage dates back to the earliest days of An Bang’s life as an expat enclave and we’re embracing it all over again. Friendly staff, great beach views and a ramshackle feel that’s reminiscent of old An Bang (that’s about 4 years ago). Food isn’t bad either. It’s a good spot to grab a drink and watch the sun go down. I head here for simple Vietnamese seafood too.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An. Turn right on the beachfront track as you approach the beach from Hoi An.

La Plage, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer La Plage, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
 
La Plage - An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer La Plage - An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

Soul Beach

The people from Soul Kitchen have created Soul Beach (next to La Plage). It feels like the old Soul Kitchen. They have regular live music which is worth keeping an eye out for.

Address: An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

Eateries off the beach

There are lots more cheap and cheerful small traveller eateries in the lanes that run parallel to An Bang beach. Take a wander. This is where An Bang's hotels and guesthouses are located. These places are focused on the tourist dollar but being away from the beach means you can expect good value for money.

 

Coffee around An Bang Beach

Sound of Silence Coffee

Sound of Silence at the southern end of An Bang Beach is a favourite coffee stop in Hoi An. Great spot. It’s around 600 metres south of the main An Bang beach restaurant scene.

Address: Nguyen Phan Vinh, Cam An, An Bang, Hoi An

Sound of Silence Coffee - An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Sound of Silence Coffee - An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

Juice House

They served respectable coffee during our visit - nothing too fancy. Juice House is bang in the heart of An Bang Beach on the right of the main road as you approach the beach from Hoi An. They also serve juices and breakfast.

Address: An Bang Beach - just before the parking lot on the right

Juice House, An Bang, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Juice House, An Bang, Hoi An
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