Hoi An Ancient Town is always in a list of must-see tourism spots in Vietnam. It is famous not only for its old houses with Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese mixed-styled architecture, and beautiful scenery but also for its authentic food. There are many restaurants in town offering the typical food but you should stick to local ones to have the best experience with its culinary art.
Song Thu Restaurant
Located on the banks of Thu Bon River, the restaurant is a top choice for people who like beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere. Since its opening in 2004, it has built up a reputation by offering a variety of fresh seafood and vegetables such as prawns, crayfish, and lobsters and providing high-quality services. Its experienced chefs select ingredients and cook every dish very carefully. Song Thu is now an ideal place for diners to organize parties and weddings, and for families to spend their weekend dinner together.
Address: No 55, Tran Quang Khai Street
Miss Ly Cafeteria
For the past 21 years, Miss Ly has been cooking typical fare, such as cao lau, fried wonton and white roses, and her own designed dishes. Her small restaurant is a vibrant and friendly spot right in the heart of the historical town center. The menu’s ample selection, with a regional taster menu, provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience authentic Hoianian flavors at reasonable prices. The relaxed atmosphere and the charming interiors of the place is decorated with antique wall prints and paintings. This makes Miss Ly Cafeteria the ideal stop to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the center while still enjoying the beautiful view of the surrounding historical buildings.
22 Nguyen Hue St, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam, +84 510 3861 603
Streets Restaurant Café
Awarded membership to Clinton Global Initiative in 2014, Streets is a non-profit organization established in 2005 with the aim of providing training and employment for disadvantaged youths and street kids in the catering and hospitality industries. As part of the training program, the trainees work at the restaurant where they learn to cook and serve international and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. The profit from the restaurant is then reinvested for future training. Located in the center of the Old Town, Streets is in an ancient two-story shop.
17 Le Loi Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3911 949
At Morning Glory, customers are presented with many options, from classics like quang noodles (yellow rice noodles with shrimps, pork, vegetables and grilled rice paper) and coa lau to more contemporary creations. The owner, Ms Vy, shows her passion for Hoi An traditions and culture. She respects classic recipes by redesigning home-cooking that has been handed down by her grandmother, preserving the authentic flavors. The restaurant’s historic premises and the building’s façade are an evident reminder of the French colonial period, and the interior is finely decorated for a fine dining experience. Despite being pricier than other restaurants, Morning Glory retains the authenticity and quality of regional food.
106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3241 555
A view of Hoi An’s river at night is a must while visiting the city. Mango Mango sits just across the riverbank. It’s an area once forgotten but is now becoming increasingly popular among tourists who want to enjoy shopping for art and crafts and souvenirs at the market or have a nice meal away from the buzzing city center. On offer are a variety of both Vietnamese traditional recipes and Western dishes. Although the prices are more expensive than other restaurants, the location just across the Japanese Bridge makes it the perfect place to enjoy the stunning view of the river. In the evening the river lights up with many colors, street vendors and Chinese flying lanterns.
45 Nguyen Phuc Chu, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3911 863
For a true combination of local food, music and art, pay a visit to Ancient Faifo. This beautiful restaurant is a unique testament to the city’s trading period and its artistic one. It includes a bar area, a relaxing cafe space and a restaurant decorated throughout with oil paintings, antique furnishing and ceramics. Previously owned by Vietnamese artists, Ancient Faifo has its own art gallery that showcases local Vietnamese artists’ works on a regular basis. In line with its historical prominence, the menu presents ancient recipes with a touch of modern fusion. It has four different set menus to choose from and a good selection of tapas.
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3917 444
A fusion of Japanese and Vietnamese flavors, U Café is located on the river, a 20-minute walk from the Old Town going towards Cua Dai beach. Ideal for a break away from shopping and sightseeing, U Café’ is 100% eco-friendly. Its structure and equipment are designed to reduce a negative impact on the river by recycling water. The same values are applied to the food, and the drinks and coffee they serve, which are sourced from the local market and from organic farms. Fishponds, plants and lotus flowers throughout the three levels of the cafe enhance the feeling of being in a green oasis.
Huyen Tran Cong Chua, near Tran Quang Khai, Thanh Nam, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3501 118
White Marble Wine Bar & Restaurant
The strongest asset of this cozy venue is its location. Placed at the corner of Le Loi Street, right in the middle of the heritage sights, it is the ideal spot to chill out after a long day walking. Enjoy people watching and the beauty of Hoi An’s historical streets here. White Marble’s comfy interiors are lit by warm yellow colors, creating a relaxing, low-key and yet tasteful atmosphere. Although the food menu is simple, it still presents quality regional specialties and a good selection of tapas. On the other hand, the wine menu is one of the most extensive and sensibly priced in town.
98 Le Loi St Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam
Formerly a French-era police station, the building has been transformed into one of the most peaceful and stunning venues in town. Strategically located on the Thu Bon River, Brother’s Café comprises an inside dining area and an elegant open garden overlooking the river, making it ideal for a quiet drink while watching the sun go down. Due to its premium location and its historical value, Brother’s Café is one of the most expensive restaurants in town but the scenery makes it worthy for a special night out. The food portions are generous and the quality is good. Visitors have the option to choose from the à la carte menu, five different set menus and buffet sets. The restaurant caters for special, themed events, such as the Lantern Festival, sunset cruises and other ceremonies by arranging special buffet sets and activities around them.
27 – 29 – 31 Phan Boi Chau Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3914 150