Dining around Hoi An

Ancient Faifo

Ancient Faifo is an upmarket dining venue that’s accessible within walking distance from the Japanese Covered Bridge and Fujian Assembly Hall. Featuring antique furnishing, unique family heirlooms, oil paintings, and ceramics, it comprises a bar, café space, terrace, restaurant, and art gallery showcasing works by local artists. Food-wise, Ancient Faifo specialises in Central Vietnamese cuisine, Verrine-style pastries, and Italian coffee. Diners can also enjoy a wide range of cocktails, wines and beers at the open-air patio section, where a resident pianist plays between 19:00 and 21:00 every day while acoustic performances are held from Thursday until Saturday.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 3917 444

Aubergine49 Restaurant

Aubergine49 Restaurant features an extensive menu of contemporary Eurasian cuisine, exquisite wines, and homemade desserts. The kitchen of this fine-dining venue is headed by Vietnamese chef Nguyen Nhu Thinh, who has worked in The Lanesborough Hotel, Padstow’s The Seafood Restaurant, and Nihonryori Ryugin – a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo.

Set within a two-storey building, Aubergine49 Restaurant

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 49A, Ly Thai To Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 221 2190

Bale Well

Simple, cheap and tasty, Bale Well is considered one of Hoi An’s hidden gems where you can create your own rice paper wraps in a friendly laid-back, street-style eatery. The food is superb value for money with a host of set menus available offering grilled pork sates, rice pancakes and spring rolls. The restaurant is tucked away on the corner of an alley off Tram Hung Dao Street.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30- 21:30
  • Location: 51 Tran Hung Dao Street
  • Tel: +84 510 386 4443
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Banh Mi Phuong

Banh Mi Phuong started out as a traditional banh mi cart that’s set nearby Hoi An Central Market. Following a rave review by celebrity Anthony Bourdain, Phuong now offers 12 variations of banh mi and a quaint eatery in Hoi An Ancient Town. Priced at VND 15,000 onwards, you can have a choice of BBQ pork, cheese, chicken or eggs with pickled vegetables, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, chillies, and hot peppers in a warm crispy French baguette. Set along Phan Chau Trinh Street, Banh Mi Phuong is a short five-minute stroll from Museum of Trade Ceramics.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An

Before & Now Restaurant

Before & Now is a vibrant bar with a restaurant located upstairs. It’s a great venue for meeting friends and enjoying some western favourites before heading downstairs for a game of pool or just to enjoy some loud music. There are plenty of promotions and regular events, ensuring its popularity with younger locals and tourists. The bar downstairs also serves café style snacks.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-24:00
  • Location: 51 Le Loi Street
  • Tel: +84 510 391 0599
  • Cuisine: Western

Blue Dragon

Charitable cooking and dining are served up at Blue Dragon with a generous portion of their profits going towards the Blue Dragon charitable trust for disadvantaged children. There is also a cooking school here where you can create dishes including Vietnamese wraps and salads. The restaurant offers tasty Vietnamese fare including spring rolls served with soy and fish sauce and plenty of fresh fruit plates.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Location: 46 Bach Dang Street
  • Tel: +84 510 391 0742
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Brother’s Café

Fine Vietnamese dining in a fabulous setting east of Cam Nam Bridge. Choose a garden or river view in this beautiful restaurant dishing up local delicacies such as cao lau from a varied but pricey menu. Brother’s Café makes for a great place to have a romantic meal with a range of set menus in addition to an extensive a-la-carte selection and long wine list. There is also a private dining room available.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
  • Location: 27-31 Phan Boi Chau
  • Tel: +84 510 391 4150
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Cafeteria 22

Cafeteria 22, also known as Miss Ly’s, is a great place for a light bite, serving a small but fresh choice of dishes. Well known for making the best wontons in town topped with their own secret sauce and set in unpretentious surroundings, Cafeteria 22 continues to be one of Hoi An’s best places to try authentic food with a delicious twist.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30-22:00
  • Location: 22 Nguyen Hue Street
  • Tel: +84 510 386 1603
  • Cuisine: Asian/Pacific Rim

Café des Amis

Mr. Kim the restaurant owner likes to ensure all diners have a memorable evening at Café des Amis, often making a point of joining you at your table to demonstrate how some of the entrees are best enjoyed. Specialities include soups, wontons and lots of seafood including calamari and scallops. Choose from one of the set menus to enjoy a meal in what has long been voted one of the best restaurants in Hoi An.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
  • Location: 52 Bach Dang
  • Tel: +84 510 386 1616
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Com Ga Ba Buoi

Opened since the 1950s, Com Go Ba Buoi is a small family-run establishment that’s famed for its authentic Hoi An chicken rice. Priced at VND 35,000, you get a bowl of clear soup and a plate of fragrant rice topped with generous amounts of shredded village chicken, fresh herbs, black pepper, and chilli jam. Com Go Ba Buoi is seven-minute walk from the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and is easily distinguished thanks to its bright yellow exterior. As the restaurant gets very packed with locals during lunch hour, make sure you get there early to avoid a long queue.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An


Goda delivers a variety of Vietnamese dishes and Western staples with, conversely, most locals dining on pizzas and burgers and most tourists trying the local flavours. This is a very relaxed spot situated about halfway between town and the beach in a villa offering views of paddy fields and the neighbouring river. Local countryside fare delights include meat, seafood and veggie stews and stir fries.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
  • Location: Cam Chau Ward
  • Tel: +84 510 392 3644
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Han Huyen Floating Restaurant

Han Huyen seems to be most people’s automatic destination when it comes to eating out in Hoi An and for a set up that looks suspiciously like a tourist trap it seems to deliver surprisingly well. You can order ‘international’ food here but it’s best – like in so many other Southeast Asian locations – to stick with local dishes and in this case traditional Vietnamese fare with a good view on the old town.

  • Address: Bach Dang Street
  • Tel: 84-510 861 462

Hoi An Cargo Club

Specialising in local Hoi An food, Cargo Club delivers old-fashioned dishes in a superbly appointed shop-house close to the river. For a romantic evening request a table on the balcony offering river views and order shrimp in tamarind sauce. Before you leave, order some pastries to take away, they are considered the best in Hoi An. The Cargo Club is also home to Ms. Vy’s cooking school.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
  • Location: 107-109 Nguyen Thai Hoc
  • Tel: +84 510 391 1227
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Hoi An Hai San

An intimate and excellent riverside restaurant with a Swedish chef, Hoi An Hai San serves up well-balanced European (Mediterranean) and Vietnamese dishes in style. Also specialises in Scandinavian tid bits

  • Address: 64 Bach Dang Street
  • Tel: 84-510 861 652

Karma Waters

A vegan restaurant cooking up a special selection of dishes including vegan ice-cream. Everything is made from fresh organic produce with food cooked according to Vietnamese Buddhist principles. The menu is varied Asian cuisine including fried noodles, hot pots, curries and a range of soups, salads and sandwiches. There is a cooking class on the premises and also some eco-tours available.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-21:30
  • Location: 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu
  • Tel: +84 510 392 7632
  • Cuisine: Asian and Vegetarian

Lantern Town Restaurant

Lantern Town Restaurant caters to a sophisticated clientele of expats and tourists, where they can enjoy authentic Vietnamese food, Hoi An specialities, and unique fusion dishes. Decorated with contemporary local artworks and hand-painted silk lanterns, the restaurant features two indoor dining sections, lounge area, outdoor terrace, and an outdoor courtyard with sweeping views of Hoi An Ancient Town and Riverside. The Hoi An Sample Plate or Lantern Town Tasting Plate are great for sampling popular Vietnamese appetisers in one sitting, or simply opt for its signature mi quang noodles, mixed fried rice, and braised claypot fish.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 24:00
  • Address: 49 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 123 991 2212

Mango Mango

A smart riverside eatery located by the side of the famous Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An’s newest dining spots, Mango Mango is a very cool and colourful place to dine. The taster menu is superb value and includes a glass of bubbly. House specials include tiger prawns in a fruity, spicy sauce and Asian five spice duck breast. Tables are available outside and in and there are plenty of cocktails to sample.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-24:00
  • Location: 49 Nguyen Phuc Chu
  • Tel: +84 510 391 1863
  • Cuisine: Asian/Pacific Rim

Mango Rooms

Located next door to the Saigon Times Club, stylish Mango Rooms are a bigger branch of Mango Mango. Owned by American-trained chef Duc, you can expect cool dish combinations that are Vietnamese with a Californian twist. Chicken breast is blended with lemon grass and garlic while rice noodles are served with salsa; there is also an open kitchen where you can watch your fresh fish being grilled to perfection.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-24:00
  • Location: 111 Nguyen Thai Hoc
  • Tel: +84 510 910 839
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese/Fusion

Mermaid Restaurant

Tuna filet marinated with turmeric, tiger prawns wrapped in fresh spring rolls and the chance to cook your own dishes if you’re feeling up for the challenge, Mermaid delivers outstanding authentic Vietnamese flavours in a simple shop-house setting. A quiet restaurant with a tasty menu served up by friendly staff members who are happy to help with your selection.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Location: 2 Tran Phu
  • Tel: +84 510 386 1527
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Morning Glory

Vietnamese street food at its best served in style in a beautifully converted old colonial building right in the centre of Hoi An old town. There is seating on the balcony upstairs and on the ground floor with views right into the open kitchen. Creative dishes include a caramelised fish hot pot and shrimp pancakes stuffed with veggies. Morning Glory is one restaurant that should not be missed in Hoi An.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
  • Location: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
  • Tel: +84 510 224 1555, +84 510 224 1556
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Ms Ly Café

Miss Ly Café is a legendary dining spot in Hoi An, having been in operation for more than 20 years. Just a five-minute walk from Hoi An Folklore Museum, this charming family-run restaurant is arguably the best venue to unwind and enjoy authentic Hoi An specialities after a day of exploring Hoi An Ancient.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 22:00
  • Address: 22 Nguyen Hue Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 3861 603

Nam Long

Riverside views with seating amongst water lilies and wild orchids make for a tranquil spot to enjoy a quiet lunch or dinner. Nam Long has the same owners as the Brother’s Café and offers the same standard of good food and great service. Traditional dishes cooked to high standard from a menu that is best saved for a night out with someone special.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Location: 103 Cua Dai Ro
  • Tel: +84 510 392 3723
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

New Way Restaurant

New Way is the answer for those who are looking for something different when visiting Hoi An. The unique aroma of Indian spices from their kitchen can be so tempting and hard to resist. You can find just about everything in their menu from rice dishes to naan and from starters and side dishes to a large variety of curries. New Way also has good number of vegetarian dishes. This restaurant is known for friendly service and reasonable price. They also deliver within Hoi An Town.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 473 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An.
  • Tel: 84-510 3914 945
  • Cuisine: Indian and pizza

Nu Eatery

Nu Eatery serves a selection of local and international favourites, fresh smoothies, imported wines, as well as uniquely flavoured ice cream. Located near the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, this cosy two-storey restaurant features quaint décor, colonial-era floor tiling, wooden furnishings, and an open-air terrace that overlooks Hoi An Ancient Town’s pedestrian-friendly streets. Nu Eatery’s food menu features Vietnamese spring rolls, pork belly steamed buns, banh mi served with brioche buns, grilled pineapple, coconut and pomelo salad, and pumpkin with coconut milk soup. Lastly, satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of pomelo, lemongrass or chilli ice cream.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 21:00
  • Address: 10A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 129 519 0190

Orivy Hoi An

Orivy Hoi An’s secluded garden setting and value-for-money Vietnamese offerings is ideal for escaping the busy streets of Hoi An Ancient Town. Standout dishes of this family-run restaurant include com ga (VND 87,000), papaya salad with shrimp and pork (VND 86,000), glutinous rice cake (VND 25,000), and mi quang noodles (VND 66,000). Orivy Hoi An also offers set menus priced at VND 180,000 onwards, which come with an appetiser, main course with rice, dessert, and soft drinks. Located along Cua Dai Street, Orivy Hoi An is a 10-minute walk from Hoi An Central Market.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 578/1 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 97 379 2325

Quan Dau Bac

Quan Dau Bac is a family-owned eatery that’s famous for its authentic yet affordable Vietnamese offerings. Just a two-minute walk from Japanese Covered Bridge, it’s a cramped and open-air restaurant with a number of low tables and chairs facing the bustling Phan Chu Trinh Street.

Its food menu is priced between VND 15,000 and VND 70,000,

  • Opening Hours: Daily 14:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 147 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 90 485 4964

River Lounge

Hip beach-inspired eatery with a menu created by a Michelin star chef. Seafood is the main feature on the three-course set dinner menu which also offers lamb chops barbecued with rosemary and cinnamon. The River Lounge also serves fabulous Italian coffee and great cakes making it an excellent place to come and enjoy a morning coffee. The interior is unique and the food is considered amongst the best in Hoi An.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30-24:00
  • Location: 35 Nguyen Phuc Chu
  • Tel: +84 510 391 1700
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Song Hoai, The Saigon Times Club

Well located in an old-fashioned building across from the river, dining at Song Hoai is all about location. Historical Hoi An echoes from every wall from the dramatic views to the elegant interior while food is served on fine china set on well-dressed tables. Local speciality White Rose is on the menu as are an assortment of Hanoi dishes, this is a good choice for dressing up and enjoying fine Hoi An dining.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Location: 119-121 Nguyen Thai Hoc
  • Tel: +84 510 391 0369
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

STREETS Restaurant Café

STREETS Restaurant Café at Hoi An Ancient Town offers a good mix of Vietnamese and international delicacies in a contemporary dining setting. A five-minute walk from Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, the restaurant is well-frequented for its attentive service, central location, and authentic dishes such as cao lau noodles, com ga (chicken rice) and the Hoi An Tasting Menu, which is a generous platter of regional specialities. The price range may be slightly higher than your average Vietnamese restaurant, but all proceeds go to funding its hospitality and culinary training programmes for underprivileged youths in Hoi An.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 17 Le Loi Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 391 1948

Tam Tam Café

Owned and run by French expats, Tam Tam Café lists French, Italian and Mediterranean dishes on its menu including homemade pasta, sorbets and flambéed crepes. There are tapas and bar snacks available along with every kind of rum and cocktail imaginable. Tam Tam is an excellent choice for a relaxed night out with the option of more upmarket eating in the dining room upstairs.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-02:00
  • Location: 2nd Floor, 110 Nguyen Thai Hoc
  • Tel: +84 510 862 212
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Thanh Cao Lau

Thanh Cao Lau serves arguably the best Vietnamese turmeric noodles in Hoi An, where you can enjoy soft udon-like noodles, Chinese barbecued pork slices, beansprouts, croutons, and fresh herbs with a pork-based gravy for only VND 25,000. Featuring a simple setup of wooden tables and chairs that overlook the main road, this fuss-free restaurant is a four-minute walk from the Hoi An Tourism Information Centre. As with most restaurants in Hoi An, Thanh Cao Lau sources its fresh greens from Tra Que Vegetable Village and water from ancient Cham wells found within Hoi An foir.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 26 Thai Phien Street, Hoi An

The Red Bridge

New, and very stylish restaurant on the banks of the Hoi An River about two kilometres from the old town (free shuttle boat available). The Red Bridge specialises in modern Vietnamese cuisines and dishes, that are beautifully presented, expertly prepared and cooked to order every time. The Red Bridge also runs a daily Vietnamese cooking tour that includes a market walkabout, a boat trip, demonstration and lunch.

  • Address: 4 Cam Thanh, Hoi An
  • Tel: 84-510 933 222

The White Lantern

Great for dining with groups or friends, this is a popular spot for tour groups meaning it can get quite busy. This is a reflection on the great Vietnamese fare (which also comes at a great price). There is frequently live music but there is also a balcony if you require more intimate dining. Wonton soup, chicken curry, spring rolls and all the other Vietnamese staples are served.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00
  • Location: 11 Nhi Trung Street
  • Tel: +84 510 386 3023
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Viet Lac Hoi An

With food bought from the next-door local market, Viet Lac Hoi An creates high-class and imaginative dishes. Also serving breakfast and light salad and soup-based lunches, you are sure to get the freshest produce here. Real Italian coffee.

  • Location: 51 Phan Boi Chau (by the bridge to Can Nam Island)
  • Tel: 84 (0)124924-7961

Wan Lu

Wan Lu is a friendly place popular with locals, delivering big portions of real Vietnamese food including the best noodle soup in town. Seating is outside and the restaurant is a bit basic but very authentic and if you want to eat with the locals then this is the place to come. Food is fresh and cooked to order by the family owners who will happily recommend some specials for you to try.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
  • Location: 27 Tran Phu
  • Tel: +84 510 386 1212
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese