Wondering where are the places to eat in Hoi An for authentic Cao Lau, Banh Bao Bahn etc? These 6 best restaurants in Hoi An are worth your every calorie.
Where and what to eat in Hoi An
Vietnam’s menu is sprawling with options, but when you are in Hoi An, you must try authentic, local specialties that can’t be found elsewhere. The bona fide version of cao lau and banh bao bahn originated in Hoi An and their seafood is fresh out of Thu Bon river. Here's a guide to the places that are worth your every calorie.
What’s the story Morning Glory?
Morning Glory Restaurant is located in the heart of the tourist hotspot, which leads to a misconception that it is overpriced. In fact, the price is very affordable judging from the fact that the owner is a celebrity chef, restaurateur and a cookbook author. Ms Trinh Diem Vy uses this space to share her kitchen secrets that people keep going back for. Cao lau, the quintessential Hoi An dish, is made with rice flour noodles topped with cha siu pork, fresh greens, herbs, rice crackers, and fried pork rinds. Their cao lau is a must-have and you will leave feeling like your penny was worth it.
Source: Taste Vietnam
Morning Glory Restaurant
Address: 106 Nguyễn Thái Học, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm daily
Tel: +84 235 2241 555
Website: Morning Glory Restaurant
Oh hi, Ong Hai
This is a place you’ll want to say hello to if you are looking for good cao lau or mi quang. Mi Quang noodles are made from rice. The proteins are usually shrimp, pork, chicken or even fish and beef. The broth is made by simmering the meat in water or bone broth. Extras Ong Hai offers include hard-boiled egg, crushed peanuts and fresh vegetables. Locals love to frequent this place because it is “cheap and delicious”.
Address: 6A Trương Minh Lượng, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm daily
Tel: +84 235 3914 406
Banh canh is a thick Vietnamese noodle that is also known as soup cake. This ‘cake’ is made from either tapioca flour or a mixture of rice and tapioca flour. If you like Japanese udon, this kind of noodles might be for you. Bánh Canh Bà Quýt has variations of Banh Canh with different ingredients. This place is well-known among the locals, who will definitely recommend Bánh Canh Bà Quý when they know that someone is looking for good Bahn Canh.
Bánh Canh Bà Quýt
Address: 2 Phan Châu Trinh Minh An tp. Hội An Minh An tp. Hội An Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 1:00am daily
Website: Bánh Canh Bà Quýt
“Best Bahn Mi in Town”
Anthony Bourdain made this place famous after it was featured in the TV show No Reservations Vietnam episode. Thanks to him, you can never avoid a queue when you arrive, but thankfully, the line moves pretty quickly. Vietnam’s version of baguette is said to be second to none here at Bánh mì Phượng (Phuong’s Breads).
Bánh mì Phượng (Phuong’s Breads)
Address: 2B Phan Châu Trinh, Minh An, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 9:30pm daily
Tel: +84 90 574 37 73
Fine like a white rose
The white rose restaurant took it a step further by inventing a dish that became popularised in town. Known as banh bao bahn vac, their invention of white rose dumplings are made with translucent white dough filled with spice minced shrimp or pork that are bunched up to resemble flowers. This restaurant is 15-20 min away from the old town but it is definitely worth the trek!
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White Rose Restaurant
Address: 533 Hai Bà Trưng, Cẩm Châu, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 7:00am to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +84 90 301 09 86
Aunt Bay knows best
There are several street food vendors in Hoi An known for their bánh bèo, which means “water fern cake”. They’re white in colour and topped with savory ingredients like dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, roasted peanuts, mung bean paste, fried shallots, and fish sauce. Aunt Bay’s stall is located at the corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ. Try to spot a nice lady and her sign against the orange wall that reads “Ba Bay, Banh Beo, Banh Nam” for an intensely delicious round of bánh bèo.
Aunt Bay’s store
Address: Corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ
Operating Hours: Starts at around 3:00pm