Restaurants in Hoi An - My 6 Favorites - Vietnam

In Hoi An's small alleys hide a multitude of small restaurants in all possible price ranges and with varying quality. At the upper end of the scale, you will find luxurious restaurants with well-trained staff, impeccable international-class cuisine and large wine cellars. At the other end, at the bottom of the scale, you'll find one of the ladies selling mango cake on the main street. When we pass by, she drops a cookie on the street, looks around quickly, blows off the street dirt and puts it back for sale. The contrasts are great.

We ate our way through Hoi An at mid-range restaurants and up, skipping the street stalls entirely. A dinner in Vietnam is so cheap that there was no really good reason for us to risk getting tourist stomachs. On average we paid somewhere between 50-100 kronor per person for a dinner with at least two dishes and a drink. If we had eaten on the street, we would have paid a fiver.

Street stall. NOTE: Not the aunt with mango cakes!
Street food in Hoi An. NOTE: Not the aunt with mango cakes!

We had time to try a large number of restaurants in Hoi An, as basically every night we took the hotel's free bus or taxi into the old town for dinner. And what dinners we have had! So much amazing food and so many lovely restaurants! Favorite restaurant on the trip was Home Hoi An (see below), which also became the restaurant we revisited for our last night in town. However, the last evening was going to be a flop, as we hadn't thought of booking a table. So if you have plans for a dinner at a special restaurant, ask the hotel to reserve a table for you! The popular places are quickly booked up!

By the way, I have classified the places by price level, with $$$ being the most expensive and $ being the cheapest. Want to read more about all the good food you should eat in Vietnam? Look into my Food guide to Vietnam!

Best River View - Hoi An Riverside at Hotel Anantara

A short walk from the center of Hoi An, is the five-star hotel Anantara. The hotel has several restaurants, but the best of them – Hoi An Riverside – located right on the river. Vietnamese food is served here that is both well prepared and beautiful to look at. It's peaceful and quiet (not so common in Hoi An) and the only thing that can be heard is all the boats going along the river. We ate Vietnamese spring rolls, pho and cao lau and everything was very good. But with this view, it's hard not to have the best.

Price level: $$$

Hoi An Riverside
1 Pham Hong Thai
Cam Chau
Hoi An

Hoi An Riverside

Best rooftop bar – The Deck

The best (and only) rooftop bar in Hoi An is The Deck. The Deck is located on the roof of the five-star Hotel Royal Hoi An, an MGallery hotel by Sofitel. The hotel is incredibly stylish and so is the rooftop bar. Up here by the pool, you are treated to expansive views of the Thu Bon River and the rooftops of the old city. A place we would have liked to hang out several times! A disadvantage of the place, however, is that it is very dependent on the weather and the bar has no walls at all. While we were here, a serious thunderstorm moved in with strong winds, forcing us to swipe our happy hour drink and head off the roof to escape the storm. So go here on an evening when it doesn't look like it's going to rain!

Price Level: $$$ (if you're not here during happy hour)

The Deck
39 Dao Duy Tu
Hoi An

The Deck

Most Popular Chef – Morning Glory

One of the city's celebrity chefs is Miss Vy, who owns 8 restaurants in Hoi An. Miss Vy not only owns restaurants, but also teaches cooking classes and has written a cookbook. Morning Glory is her fourth restaurant, serving traditional Vietnamese dishes and street food favorites. Incredibly popular, always packed with both local villagers and tourists. The menu is very extensive and everything we ate was really good and very reasonably priced.

Price level: $$

Morning Glory Original
106 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Minh An Ward
Hoi An

Morning Glory

Affordable in the middle of the pack - Madam Kieu

Right next to the night market out on the "island" in the middle of the Thu Bon River, is located Madam Kieu. Here it is full all evening with lots of people on the move. At Madam Kieu, hanging out with the guys and having a beer is just as popular as eating dinner. The menu is classic Vietnamese and this was the first place we ate White Roses - a must try when in Hoi An! Was actually probably one of the cheapest places we ate at during our trip, but still very good!

Price Level: $$ (maybe more like $1,5)

Madam Kieu
43 Nguyen Phuc Chu
An Hoi
Hoi An

Madam Kieu

Best restaurant experience - Home Hoi An

Home Hoi An became our big favorite on the trip. This place is very popular and the restaurant is full of local brides and grooms, dressed up families and well dressed tourists. It's not cheap by Vietnamese standards, but the experience is really good. This is an international class Vietnamese restaurant, focusing on local specialties. The environment is in French colonial style and everything feels very well thought out. Here you book a table in advance (on their website) to be sure of getting a seat.

Price level: $$$

Home Hoi An
112 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Minh An Ward
Ancient Town

Home Hoi An

Popular with river view - Cargo Club

Last on our list, but not least, is yet another of Ms Vy's creations – Cargo Club. We didn't know it was the same owner as Morning Glory until afterwards, but we probably would have gone here anyway. Popular for its fantastic French bread, this is not only a café but also a restaurant. The outdoor dining area on the upper floor, overlooking the river, fills up quickly in the evenings. It is important to be here in time for a table. Cargo Club serves a mix of dishes from around the world, although we only ate from the Vietnamese section of the menu. Good and nice, but maybe a little more tourists than in the other places.

Price level: $$

Cargo Club
107D Nguyễn Thái Học
Hoi An

Cargo Club

3 COMMENTS

  1. Oooooh!!! So much I now long for beautiful Hoi An. We have eaten at everything from street stalls to finer restaurants in our Asian travels. The time I got sick was at a so-called fine restaurant in Hanoi. Here I got tips on various fantastic places to try when we come there next time.

  2. We were here for the first time 20 years ago and returned after 3 years and are now going back again. We loved the city and hope it is still as good as .

    • It is probably very different now compared to 20 years ago. There were a lot of Asian tourists when we were there before the pandemic and there should be even more tourists now. Hope you can avoid the worst high season, because it is still a very charming city!

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