Your Guide to the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An

Noodle stalls, banh mi, vegan soups and soy lattes in Hoi An

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This is your complete guide to the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An and includes a printable map that you can take to Vietnam with you. I hope you love the vegan food in Hoi An as much as I did!

Note: In Vietnam, there’s not much distinction made between vegetarian and vegan. Most vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An are completely vegan, though a few serve one or two dishes with egg or milk. You just have to ask!

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 realize that if you’re vegan, Hoi An restaurants might be even better! There are tons of options for vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An, from the hole-in-the-wall Buddhist soup stalls to the tourist-oriented veggie restaurants.

Hoi An is a fabulous destination, so book yourself in for long enough that you get to have lots of eating adventures while you’re there!

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Hoi An is such a pretty destination, I could spend weeks there.

The ancient town of Hoi An somehow manages to be charming and touristy at the same time. The city has retained its historic charm, even though most shops and restaurants in the ancient city are now there just for tourists.

The pedestrianized 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!

If you want to eat local vegan and vegetarian food in Hoi An (and I heartily suggest you do), you’ll have to venture outside the city walls — but you won’t have to go far.

Without further preamble, here is your…

Complete Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An

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Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An

Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant

50 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An
Also at 30A Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoi An

Minh Hien is one of the top-rated vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An, 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.

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Skip the Cau Lau at Minh Hien and try their other dishes instead.

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.

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Delicious vegan won ton soup at Minh Hien, Hoi An.

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.

Check reviews and hours at Minh Hien →

Am Vegetarian Restaurant Hoi An

33D Ly Thai To, Hoi An

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.

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The fried tofu at Am Vegetarian, Hoi An was a little too much for one person.

I think Am Vegetarian has the potential to be a great Hoi An vegetarian restaurant, so I suggest you try it and order better than I did.

Check reviews and hours at Am Vegetarian →

Also don’t miss these posts:

Our vegan guides to Hue restaurants and Hanoi
The best Hoi An street food for vegetarians →
The 15 things you need to know as a vegan in Vietnam

An Lac Vegetarian Restaurant

108 Thái Phiên, Hoi An

I hate to give a bad review to a small family owned restaurant but I didn’t enjoy my An Lac experience. I waited 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.

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Karma Waters

213 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Hoi An

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.

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Hoi An Vegetarian and Vegan Food Stalls

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.

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Keep your eyes open for this sign!

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.

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The Bun Cu Qua at the chay noodle stall in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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 looked for it every day I was in Hoi An — I can’t even remember where I heard about it! 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.

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Look for this sign for great Quan Chay (vegan food).

Having no idea what they serve here, I just nodded my head when the woman offered me Pho Chay. It was the best vegetarian pho I had in Hoi An — another great bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup served with all the trimmings.

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Pho Chay from Quan Chay Hoa in Hoi An, Vietnam.

They may serve other vegan food here so let me know if you make it here and eat something else!

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Quan Chay Co Dam

20, 71 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An

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.

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Cau Lau is a Hoi An speciality noodle made from rice flour and ash.

*They say it’s vegetarian but I didn’t spot anything that would contain milk or egg (though some of the mock meats might).

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Phi Banh Mi

88 Thai Phien, Hoi An

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. Phi Banh Mi offers 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.

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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.

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The vegetarian menu at the food court in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Vegan Lattes in Hoi An


94 Le Loi, Hoi An

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.

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Vegan latte from Cocobox in Hoi An.

Cocobox is an excellent place to sit, drink coffee and watch Hoi An go by (or work for hours on your Vietnam travel blog like I did).

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More Places to Eat Vegetarian Food Hoi An

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 Hoi An Vegetarian, 320 Nguyen Duy Hieu

(Note: I read about Annen on Vegan Food Quest and tried to find it. Totally failed, but it was dark and rainy, so let me know if you 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.

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This is fish mint. If you spot it on your plate, add sparingly!

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”.

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

Tipi Hostel

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.

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The Hoi An Villa

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.

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Prince Hotel

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.

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Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa

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.

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Veggie Cooking Classes in Hoi An

One of the best ways to explore a food culture is by joining a local cooking class. There are plenty of fabulous cooking classes in Hoi An, and most of them offer a vegetarian version – which is usually vegan too, since dairy is not a big part of Vietnamese food.

The highly-rated Sabirama Hoian Cooking Class and Grandma’s Home Cooking Class both offer a vegetarian menu and include a market tour and a boat trip as well. Plus, they look like a lot of fun!

Check prices and reviews for the best Hoi An cooking classes

Hoi An is heaven for vegans and vegetarians. We hope you have an amazing trip to this really fascinating city and enjoy trying some of our recommended vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An. If you eat or stay at any of these places or discover something new, please report back and let us know!

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  Happy vegan eating, Stephen & Jane

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  1. Comment by Odette Bragg

    Odette Bragg August 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for the great article on vegetarian meals in Hoi An. When I was in Egypt, I was told not to eat anything that wasn’t cooked (raw veggies, toppings of fresh greens, etc.). Is that an issue in Vietnam? Thanks!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Odette,

      Thanks for the great question! In Vietnam, the answer is not a hard-and-fast rule but rather, it depends.

      We have some friends who won’t eat anything fresh in Vietnam, including the herbs that come with their hot noodle soup! If you have a sensitive stomach or don’t travel very much, this is probably the right way to go. It’s better to skip a few things than to ruin your trip with food poisoning.

      However, when we travel to Vietnam, we’re a bit more free in what we eat. We definitely stir those herbs into our soups, we will eat a fresh papaya salad, and have even eaten fresh salads.

      It also depends where you’re eating. On most of the places in my list, you shouldn’t be too worried about food poisoning – they have good health rating and many clean their veggies in filtered water. If you are at a random street stall, of course you want to be more cautious!

      I hope you have a great trip to Vietnam and many tasty eating adventures!


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