Hoi An Food Record | What to eat in Hoi An? | 5 Must-Eat Restaurants, Cafes and Snacks

Hoi An Cuisine | Restaurants & Snacks

Hoi AnIt was one of the longer stops on our Central Vietnam itinerary, and when we first arrived in Hoi An, we had already traveled from one of the previous stops to another.Da NangI've learned a lot about Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. When you are in Hoi An, of course, you want to try the specialties and snacks of Hoi An cuisine. If you're only in Hoi An for one or two days and want to try some specialties, just remember the three treasures of Hoi An: white rose, high floor noodles, and fried wonton are must-try dishes. Below is a list of restaurants that we have personally eaten at and found to be quite good. Since we live next to the old town, most of the restaurants mentioned are in the neighborhood.

Phố Xưa

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$$$

Phố Xưa is conveniently located in the downtown area of the old town, and it seems to be quite famous among foreign tourists because of its good ratings on major travel websites. The restaurant looks clean and tidy, and you can find all kinds of Vietnamese dishes on the menu. For our first meal in Hoi An, we ordered the specialties of White Rose and Noodles in Cao Lao, which everyone says is a must-try when visiting Hoi An, plus a plate of Vietnamese-style cabbage. White rose is a famous dish in Hoi An. I would describe it as a dried Vietnamese wonton wrapped with shrimp floss and dipped in a refreshing sauce made with fish sauce and lemon juice. The high-floor noodles had the texture of rice dumplings, with a slightly spicy and sour Vietnamese sauce, and were served with slices of pork and deep-fried pork rinds. Overall, I think this restaurant is quite moderate, since it is mainly for tourists, most of the dishes are a little bit more expensive than the ones we had in Da Nang, more than 100K VND, but you can also find some dishes in the 20-30K range. The total price for our 3-course meal was 140K, which is acceptable.

Cơm Gà Bà Vân

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $

Cơm Gà Bà Vân, also located in the old town, looks like a small stall, probably only Vietnamese people would walk into the narrow store, but the business is actually very good, most of the customers are local customers, giving me the feeling of a roadside stall dinner in the student era. It's a bit hard to tell how we knew it was good, but we came here because we knew it was good Cơm Gà, the Vietnamese version of Hainanese Chicken Rice, which consists of shredded chicken, chicken skin, chicken mash, fragrant rice, lettuce, and chili sauce. Although the language is completely different, the owner still taught us to mix it with chili peppers. We weren't really hungry when we arrived, so we ordered a small portion of chicken rice with shredded chicken only, but it was so good that we came back a few days later to buy it as takeout.

I also ordered Cantonese noodles, which is a traditional Chinese-Vietnamese delicacy that varies somewhat from store to store, but the flavor is sweet and sour. The noodles are similar to noodles, and the fillings may be various kinds of meat, usually pork or chicken.

Bánh Mì Phượng

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $

Bánh Mì is a famous store in Hoi An, which has been featured in foreign food programs, making it internationally famous. It is a small store with a lot of tourists, and some people say it is the best Vietnamese French bread in Vietnam. I haven't eaten enough of it to say that, but I can confirm that the bread is very well baked and really tasty, and the price is also very affordable; Bánh Mì has a wide range of flavors, including the classics such as wrapped ham and pork, and liver pâté. The first time I came to the restaurant, I only ordered one portion because I didn't feel well, but later I came back to order a take-away dinner because it was really good. In addition to Bánh Mì, I also ordered chicken congee for dinner, which was unexpectedly delicious and became one of the special dishes we ordered during our trip to Vietnam.

White Rose Restaurant

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$$$

White Rose Restaurant is a white rose restaurant that is a must-try for many people in Hoi An, but we were surprised to find that there were more locals than tourists here. The menu consists of only two dishes, one is white rose and the other is fried wonton. The portion size of White Rose is much bigger than other restaurants, and there are both shrimp and veggie flavors. I have eaten at many White Rose restaurants, but I really think this one is super delicious. The fried wonton looks big, but it is not like fried white rose at all. It is topped with tomato and other condiments, and sweet and sour sauce.

Miss Ly

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$$$

Miss Ly is located near the Hoi An Market, most of the visitors are tourists, the store also has a good atmosphere, the feeling is that it is a middle to high class restaurant in the old town, the price is also more than 100K for each dish, Miss Ly was our last meal in Hoi An, so we ordered whatever we wanted to eat, we wanted to eat lighter that day, so we ordered the fried spring rolls and shredded chicken that we have not had the time to eat in the previous days, like salad and vegetables. We ordered spring rolls, shredded chicken, salad and greens, etc. The spring rolls were very good. The fried spring rolls were very good, and the other dishes were also above par.

Hoi On Coffee Shop

Faifo Coffee

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

Faifo CoffeeLocated in the center of Hoi An Ancient Town, this café has an ancient appearance. The main selling point of this coffee shop is that its top floor is a perfect location for taking pictures of Hoi An at night. If you stay in Hoi An at night, it is highly recommended to come here to have a cup of coffee and watch the night view. The overall atmosphere of the store is quite cozy, but of course it gets crowded when there are more people and you need to queue up to get in. We came here before dusk when the crowds were not so many, so we ordered a cup of signature sea salt coffee and coconut coffee, and sat on the rooftop on the third floor until nightfall, which was really quite comfortable.

The Espresso Station

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

The Espresso Station is a good choice if you're looking for peace and quiet and are a serious coffee drinker, tucked away in an alleyway. It's in the middle of an old town, but there's no noise of tourists coming and going. The coffee beans are carefully selected and roasted by the store itself and come from Vietnam. This is a Vietnamese style coffee shop with a casual atmosphere. The signature coffee is coconut milk coffee, which is rare compared to other tourist coffee shops, but I finally feel like I'm tasting coffee. The Choco Latte I ordered was also very good.

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