I just finished writing a post about how Hue is the best city in Vietnam for vegans. But now that I’m writing this I realise that Hoi An vegan restaurants might be even better!
The ancient town of Hoi An somehow manages to be charming and touristy at the same time. The pedestrianised streets are one of the few places in Vietnam where you don’t have to worry about being flattened by an errant scooter every time you go for a walk.
(You should watch out for convoys of cyclos carrying cruise-ship passengers though!)
The best Hoi An Vegan Restaurants can only be found outside Hoi An’s ancient city walls but you won’t have to go far.
Your complete guide to Hoi An vegan restaurants
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Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant
50 Tran Cao Van
Minh Hien is one of the top-rated Hoi An vegan restaurants, and deservedly so. I returned here 3 or 4 times during my week in the city and it was always full. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is lively and welcoming, and the food is top-notch.
My advice is to skip the Hoi An specialities like Cau Lau and White Rose (you can get better elsewhere in the city). Instead, try the eggplant with peanut sauce, which was delicious. For lunch, the won ton soup with noodles is perfect, filling, and flavourful.
I didn’t get a chance to try the Minh Hien Special or the array of Grilled Foods in Banana Leaf but I will next time.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find Am Vegetarian buzzing with customers despite its location a little way out of the center. The rustic decor was a refreshing change from plastic tables and concrete floors and the waiter who served me was extremely helpful.
Except… he recommended the Pad Thai and I foolishly ordered it (who orders Pad Thai in Vietnam?!?). I realized my mistake before the food came and I was right — it was massively over-sauced and not at all like a Pad Thai. For a starter, I had the deep-fried tofu, which was good, but being thick circles of tofu deep-fried in batter, a full order was a little overpowering for one person.
I recommend you try Am Vegetarian and order better than I did.
Vegetarian Noodle stall at Chùa Pháp Bảo Temple
Corner of Hai Ba Trung and Phan Chau Trinh
If you want to truly eat what the locals eat, skip your hotel breakfast and seek out this noodle stall before 9am. It make take a couple of tries as I’m not sure it was open every morning. Look for the green sign outside the temple and walk through the gate to the food stall set up there.
The Bun Cu Qua is noodle soup packed with tofu and mock meat. It’s served with a basket of herbs, chilis, limes, and hot sauce. By the reaction of the women working here, I expect not many tourists make it through the gate.
A bowl of tasty, filling soup costs 20,000 VND (less than $1 US).
Quan Chay Hoa
First alley east of Hai Ba Trung on north side of Phan Chau Trinh
I had read about this place on another blog and looked for it every day I was in Hoi An. Just when I had given up and decided it had moved or closed, I spotted their wooden sign hanging outside the Chaua Phan Boa Temple on Phan Chau Trinh.
Having no idea what they serve here, I just nodded my head when the woman offered me Pho Chay. It was yet another great bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup served with all the trimmings.
They may serve other vegan food here so let me know if you make it here and eat something else!
Make sure you download your printable map and guide to Hoi An vegan restaurants so you can easily find all these yummy treats.
Quan Chay Co Dam
20, 71 Phan Chu Trinh
Head south down an alley from Phan Chau Trinh, past a meaty food stall on the corner until you see a sign for Cafeteria Lefe hanging from the wall on your left. On your right should be Quan Chay Co Dam (the sign says Dam Vegetarian Restaurant).
At this vegan* buffet you get a heap of rice and a plate full of whatever dishes they have cooked that day. Just point out the dishes you want and keep pointing until your plate is full. Both times I went they charged me 30,000 VND but I think they charge depending what you get.
All of the tofu and mock meat dishes I got here were the best I had in Vietnam. The veggies were not as great but it’s always nice to have a few vegetables with your mock meat. You can also order Cau Lau and other local dishes a la carte.
*They say it’s vegetarian but I didn’t spot anything that would contain milk or egg (though some of the mock meats might).
108 Thái Phiên
I hate to give a bad review to a small family owned restaurant but I didn’t enjoy my An Lac experience. I waiting several days to go here because it was always empty when I went by and it’s depressing to eat alone in an empty restaurant. I finally bit the bullet and went in at lunch one day. I had to walk into the back and wake up the women who run the place (this is more common in Vietnam than you might think).
I ordered the Banh Khoai and a plate of fried mixed vegetables. Both dishes were very small and incredibly oily, neither had much flavour. A couple of other tourists came in as I was eating and they ordered the Com Ga (chicken rice), even though it is only supposed to be available during Bhuddist days. They said it was great, so go in for the chicken rice if you go in at all.
213 Nguyen Duy Hieu
Though it has lots of very favourable reviews online, I wasn’t thrilled with Karma Waters. Once again, I was the only person eating there and the staff seemed irritated by my presence (which is very rare in Vietnam). There are a lot of Western and Indian dishes on the menu and the Vietnamese dishes they offer are not very interesting. My food was so unremarkable that I don’t even know what I ate there. I never went back.
Vegetarian food stall
In the food court on the island
If you happen to be hungry when you’re on the island, this veggie food stall will fill your belly, if not inspire you greatly. They have decent vegetarian versions of most of the common Hoi An and Vietnamese cuisines, like Cau Lau, Mi Xao (crispy noodles), Pho and veggie curry.
Phi Banh Mi
88 Thai Phien
While this banh mi cart doesn’t serve the best vegan banh mi in town (that honour goes to Banh Mi Phuong) it is still an excellent place to stop for a quick breakfast or a snack. They offer a tofu banh mi and a mock meat banh mi – I preferred the tofu one since mock sandwich meat = kinda gross in my book. Another bonus: unlike at Banh Mi Phuong, the Phi Banh Mi staff are welcoming, friendly, and happy to answer your questions.
94 Le Loi
Soy lattes are hard to find in Vietnam so it was such a pleasure to discover soy milk as an option on the Cocobox menu. It was even a bigger pleasure when I discovered that the soy latte at Cocobox is really good. They use the Hoi An Roastery Coffee (they are owned by the same people) and though it’s not crazy amazing third-wave stuff, it’s better than your average Starbucks cuppa.
Cocobox is an excellent place to sit, drink coffee and watch Hoi An go by (or work for hours on end on your blog like I did).
Other Hoi An Vegan Restaurants
Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to eat in every vegan restaurant in Hoi An so here’s a list of the ones I didn’t get to try. Report back if you go there please!
Annen Vegetarian, 320 Nguyen Duy Hieu
(Note: I tried to find this place and couldn’t but it was dark and rainy, so maybe you’ll have better luck.)
Quan Chay An Nhu, 516 Hai Bà Trưng
The couple I met at An Lac had gone here and didn’t like it much because they used too much “fish mint”, that Vietnamese herb that tastes very fishy and takes a LOT of getting used to.
Baby Mustard, Tra Que Village
The peaceful setting amongst herb-gardens in Tra Que Village makes it look like a nice spot.
Cay Me, An Bang Village
Trip Advisor reviews rave about the vegetarian selection.
An Gia Cottage, 93 Lac Long Quan
Vegetarian options on the menu and happy to make vegetarian substitutions.
Bao Han, 17 Cua Dai St
Reviews report that the vegetarian options here are “amazing”.
Don’t forget to download your printable map and guide to Hoi An vegan restaurants so you can easily find all these yummy treats.
Finally, a mystery
One night, after eating at some random place on the island, I was sure I cycled by a restaurant with a “vegetarian” sign hanging outside. The next day I returned but couldn’t find it. It was on Nguyen Phuc Chu, somewhere west of the bridge into the old town. If you’re in Hoi An please look for this place and help me solve the mystery of the disappearing vegetarian restaurant!
Where to Stay in Hoi An / Best Hotels in Hoi An, Vietnam
These are our recommendations for the best places to stay in Hoi An, Vietnam. All prices are approximate and current as of Jan 2017. Ratings come from Booking.com.
Rating 8.8, $9 single bed in dorm, $18 double room, breakfast included
We stayed here and liked it. This friendly hostel is in a great location just steps from Minh Hien, our favourite vegetarian restaurant in town. It’s a great place for meeting backpackers and other travellers. My only complaint was the lack of privacy in the dorm room, which just had three single beds squeezed in side-by-side.
Rating 8.9, $10 for a double with shared bathroom
This simple family home is brand new (opened Oct 2016). It is just 600m from Hoi An Ancient Town and will let you taste what life is like for Hoi An locals. Join in the family dinner for a spread of typical Vietnamese foods. You can also rent bicycles and motorbikes from the property.
Rating 9.1, $25-30 for a double, breakfast included, swimming pool
If you’re in Hoi An during a heat wave, then grab a room at the Prince Hotel where you can cool off in the outdoor pool or just enjoy a poolside cocktail. It’s about a 20-minute walk from the Ancient Town but there are local food stalls nearby and rental bikes available.
Rating 9.4, $65-85 for a double, $145 for suite with pool view, breakfast included, swimming pool
Just 500 metres from Hoi An Ancient town, Essence Hoi An provides luxury in a setting so peaceful you may never want to leave the hotel. When it’s time to hop out of the pool and go explore, the staff will undoubtedly arrange everything for you.
If you eat or stay at any of these places or discover something new, please report back and let us know!
♥ Happy vegan eating, Stephen & Jane