TOP BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HOI AN - WHAT TO EAT IN HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN?

Coming to Hoi An, visitors can not only visit the beautiful scenery but also have the opportunity to enjoy many different delicious dishes in some best places to eat in Hoi An. Perhaps because of that, Hoi An has always been an interesting place to explore and experience for all visitors as they come to Vietnam.

Table Contents
  • I - Top best places to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 1 - Ms Ly Café 
  • 2 - Quan Dau Bac 
  • 3 - Street food stalls
  • 4 - Ancient Faifo
  • 5 - Hoi An Market - cheap place to eat in Hoian
  • 6 - Nhan’s Kitchen
  • II - What food to eat in Hoian?
  • 1 - Cao lau 
  • 2 - Quang Noodle 
  • 3 - Chicken Rice 
  • 4 - Banh Xeo
  • 5 - Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Grilled Meat
  • 6 - Banh Mi
  • 7 - Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Jan 11
Top best place to eat in Hoi An
Source: Paul Feuerböther

I - Top best places to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam

For first-time visitors to the beautiful land of Hoi An, this list of the highly recommended places to eat in Hoi An with the best things to enjoy will be your best companion of your experiencing journey. 

1 - Ms Ly Café 

Ly coffee best place to eat in hoian

Ms Ly Coffee (Source: Vietnam-guide)

According to Tripadvisor, this is the best place to eat in Hoian with nearly 3000 rates of excellent and very good. If you would like to enjoy a cup of coffee in the right style of Hoi An, you can immediately visit the Cafe / Dessert - Mon Quang Restaurant, No. 22, Nguyen Hue Street, Hoi An City. The average price of food is from 50,000 to 110,000 VND / person - (2,17$ - 4,78$/person). On the travel website Tripadvisor, the cafe received more than 4,000 reviews from customers and all of them gave nice compliments on the taste of food here and said they would definitely come back next time. 

2 - Quan Dau Bac 

For those who love “Bun Dau Mam Tom” (Vietnamese Shrimp Paste Noodles), you cannot ignore the address at No. 71, Dao Huy Tu Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City. The average price of the dishes here is about 10,000 - 60,000 VND / person - (0,43$ - 2,6$/person). “Bun Dau” here still retains the pieces of crispy beans and fresh herbs.

3 - Street food stalls

Going for a walk and enjoying the special dishes of Hoi An such as herbal tea, Buoi chicken rice or Cao Lau is a good idea.
- The delicious cups of scented lotus tea with lotus petals still remaining at No. 10, Tran Phu Street will not make you disappointed.
- Buoi chicken rice at No.22, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam is also a great choice for a main meal.
- Mrs. Be's Cao Lau at the entrance of Hoi An market, with the intact and typical flavor of Cao Lau will surely make you satisfied.

4 - Ancient Faifo

Every detail, from the space of the restaurant, the decoration of dishes or the size dishes, is highly considered by the restaurant. It is this thing that has brought a good impression and a comfortable feeling in the hearts of customers when they visit the shop. Experience at the address of 66, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An City. The average food price here is VND 25,000 - VND 55,000 / person - ( 1,08$ - 2,39$/person).

5 - Hoi An Market - cheap place to eat in Hoian

Hoi An Market cheap place to eat in Hoian

Hoi An Market (Source: Vietnammoi)

This is a place where tourists can enjoy Quang Noodles, Rose Cakes, Bread with Pate, fresh fruits or typical Vietnamese seasoning and spices can be found here. Moreover, each dish or shop here has a specific price list, so it is suitable for busy people who prefer making quick choices. From HoiAn Market to Japanese Covered Bridge, walking around or visiting the Japanese bridge are all convenient.
- Address: Số 19, Tran Phu street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang An
- Opening hours: 6:00 - 22:00 every day.

6 - Nhan’s Kitchen

Nhan kitchen best places to eat in Hoian

Nhan’s Kitchen (Source: Tripadvisor)

The space has a nostalgic style in the 70s and 80s, but the food is really rich and diverse. The restaurant serves a full range of European - Asian dishes without losing the unique flavor of each dish. The average price of the dish at Nhan’s kitchen is from VND 70,000/dish - (3,04$/dish). Currently, the restaurant has only one address at 167 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hoi An City. 
Out of more than 2000 reviews on Tripadvisor, the restaurant received more than 1900 reviews rated “Excellent”.

II - What food to eat in Hoian?

Coming to an ancient and poetic Hoi An, tourists will feel lost in the culinary paradise with a long list of delicious specialties of Hoi An food, imbued with the bold style and taste of the rustic people here such as: bread, Cao Lau, cafe or chicken rice, etc. At first glance, these dishes probably sound fairly normal but if you have had the opportunity to enjoy them once, you will never be able to forget. Some suggestions about the best places to eat in Hoian Vietnam.

1 - Cao lau 

Many diners usually think this is a normal noodle dish, but on the contrary it is different. The noodles are processed elaborately and the rice must be soaked in ash water taken from Cu Lao Cham so that the noodles retain a crispy, flexible flavor without being wet. However, nowadays, for food safety reasons, most restaurants skip this step when processing Cao Lau. Yet it is still a special feature in the recipe that makes many customers want to enjoy this dish.


Cao lau best place to eat in Hoian

Cao lau (Source: Bao Binh)

Cao Lau is a popular dish with an idyllic form but as you enjoy it, it brings a very unique and new feeling. You can visit No.26, Thai Phien Street, Hoi An  to enjoy this delicious dish at a price of 15,000 - 33,000 VND / bowl - ( 0,65$ - 1,43$/bowl).

2 - Quang Noodle 

Pieces of thinly sliced bacon, deeply marinated shrimp meat combined with dry onions, tomatoes and pineapples give Quang noodles a unique flavor. Moreover, the noodles are tough and crispy but not dry so it is easy to eat. Along with that is the fragrant, sweet, fat and the hot broth will surely surprise customers. When eating, you can feel all the typical flavors ranging from sourness - spiciness - saltiness - sweetness to bitterness or tartness.
Drop in to Quang Ong Hai Noodle at 6A, Truong Minh Luong Street, Hoi An City to enjoy a bowl of Quang Noodle  for 15,000 - 40,000 VND / bowl - ( 0,65$ - 1,73$/bowl).

3 - Chicken Rice 

Chicken rice best restaurants in Hoian

Chicken Rice (Source: Delightfulplate)

A special feature of chicken rice is that it is cooked with a delicious kind of rice and chicken broth. Therefore, each fragrant and flexible grain of  rice absorbs all the fat and aromatic flavor of boiled chicken. When eaten, it will be combined with shredded chicken, onions, fried onions, laksa leaves and pepper, etc. Especially chili sauce for a spicy taste and an aromatic cup of cinnamon tea are indispensable. Stop by Hoi An Chicken Rice Shop - is one of the best restaurants in Hoian Vietnam, at 47/2 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An City to enjoy the delicious chicken rice for 20,000 - 50,000 VND / portion - ( 0,86$ - 2,17$/portion).

4 - Banh Xeo

Every rainy season, people in Hoi An harvest a lot of shrimp. Taking advantage of those fresh ingredients, combining fresh bean-sprouts, bacon and the typical dough, we can make the typical Banh Xeo of the people here. When eating, diners can feel the crunchiness of the crust, the fat of coconut milk and the fragrance of turmeric powder and of various kinds of herbs. Diners can visit Banh Xeo Song Hoai - Mrs Anh Restaurant, 18 Thang Tam St, Hoi An City at the price of 10,000 - 30,000 VND / person. ( 0,43$ - 1,3$/person).

5 - Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Grilled Meat

Bun thit nuong best places to eat in Hoian ancient town

Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Grilled Meat (Source: Willflyforfood)

While Hanoi is famous for Bun Cha (Grilled Meat Rolls), coming to Hoi An, you can not help but try the Rice Noodles with Grilled Meat at 1 Hoang Van Thu St, Hoi An City, Quang Nam. Hot and bright yellow pieces of grilled meat will be served with fresh noodles, pickles, roasted peanuts and fried onions. The aroma of onions combined with the buttery taste of peanuts, the sourness of pickles and the fat taste of barbecue are truly unforgettable. The price for each bowl is also very affordable, only 15,000 VND / bowl. ( 0,65$/bowl).

6 - Banh Mi

When you browse the internet with the keyword "Best banh mi in Vietnam", the result is Quan Banh my Phuong - is one of the best places to eat in Hoian Ancient Town, at 2B, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam. For over 20 years, this is still a famous bakery that has received much praise from international customers. Moreover, the price for a loaf of bread here is also very reasonable, only about 30,000 VND / person - ( 1,3$/person).

7 - Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Although the area of the shop is not too large, the iced milk cafes still "hold the customers back" because of the special taste. Most cafes here have a rustic space with antique wooden furniture or just a small chair put right on the side of the road. The price for a cup of coffee in Hoi An is 20,000 - 50,000 VND ( 0,86$ - 2,1$). Some famous coffee shops in Hoi An are: Rosie’s Cafe, 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
Hopefully, with the recommendations from our website, visitors can easily find the best places to eat in Hoi An Vietnam. 

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