The Moon restaurant is designed firstly with comfort in mind…the service was good and the server’s friendly and fun…I returned for a second visit a few days later just for a coffee and had a few good laughs with the woman that was working that afternoon.
The building that this restaurant is located in looks to be from the outside hundreds of years old and in fact dates from the French Colonial period of Vietnam’s history.
My first visit here was with my cousin that I was traveling with throughout Vietnam. Both times that I visited I chose to sit indoors, although the option is there to sit outside at a smaller table next to the sidewalk.
Favorite Dish: Neither of us were terribly hungry the evening that we ventured here to eat…both of us deciding on the Pho that the restaurant served…not too exciting but normally a reliable choice. It was Pho…and we both enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed the ambiance here…and the Pho was good enough and not expensive. Exactly what the prices were I can’t remember….what makes this place stand out from the others in my mind was the decor, the building that the restaurant was housed in and the service, which was good and the servers fun to interact with.
If I was ever in Hoi An again….Id definitely return for a good meal.
This charming street side restaurant in the Old Quarter was to be our coffee hang out...in addition to "The BEST COFFEE IN VIETNAM"...it reputedly serves up GREAT banh xeo, cao lau...dishes that are peculiar to Hoi An...more about that later..we didn't ever eat here...but stopped on our way through to sit and relax while our coffees were being brewed..
We stopped here more than once for great coffee and a street side view of all of the comings and goings of Old Town Hoi An...
Savor, indulge, and unwind. Experience the finest authentic Vietnamese food, relax on deck with some cocktail, take photos while it is cruising along Thu Bon river and entertain with classical music. The rich wine list is available on board.
Favorite Dish: Cinnamon spring roll, grilled fish in banana leaf and pork cooked with eggs.
If you are on a budget, do not worry, this will not break the bank. And if you are not traveling on a budget, do not worry, because you will still get a delicious local dish that you could have paid x5 times more for elsewhere.
I enjoy eating the street foods. It gives a more intimate experience while traveling and gets a more local flavor to your meals. Of the street stalls I visited in Hoi An, "Mr. Rin" was consistently the most cordial, friendly and least intrusive.
They did not pressure us to sit, to order. When we asked for more vegetables, they gave them at no cost. When we asked to have some rolls for carry away, they gave us a half dozen extra for free.
Favorite Dish: The menu is simple, including local specialties of noodles, soups and rice, like the rice flour dumpling with shrimp called "White Rose".
However, the favorite of mine is the "Cau Lao", which is a Vietnamese version of Chicken noodle soup with green vegetables.
Cost for all of the above will be 20,000 VND or less.
A cold beer was 4000 VND.
After travelling all over vietnam i know the problem about food in this country. Just take a look of a restaurants toilet and you know about the kitchen.
The River Lounge Restaurant at Nguyen Phuc Chu 35 is different.
It's clean, it's contemporary, it's Lounge!
Offering some typical vietnamese dishes like wok fried egg noodles with seafood, Hoian claypot or the grilled fish in banana leaf, you will be surprised, to find some austrian specialities on the menu! Managed by 3 young austrians the restaurant offers a quite good level of service.
"Lounging by the river" is the slogan you should follow:
Sit upstairs on the chilly lounging area - enjoy one of the potent cocktails (i can recommend "The passion" which is a smooth passionfruit margarita)
have fun in hoian!
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish in banan leaf, Wiener Schnitzel!
Hoi An is famous for its fresh seafood, especially the so-called "White Rose", i.e. steamed shrimps wrapped in rice paper. One of the best places to enjoy it is the Mermaid Restaurant. Situated in Hoi An's center, it is very popular among tourists, but prices are ok.
Favorite Dish: Mermaid's offers very good shrimps and squidfish
Blue Dragon is a great place to go to when you're still looking for a nice restaurant for dinner. Among the many restaurants located at the riverside, Blue Dragon offered the best food when we went there. I enjoyed Beef with Lemongrass which was really awesome. Furthermore, the location is perfect to watch people passing by. The promenade next to the river is a popular spot for a stroll at night - and it's really cool to just sit there with your fruit shake and dinner and watch all that.
Favorite Dish: beef dishes were great
We tried this place for breakfast, and their omelette is really delicious! Located just at the end of Cam Nam Bridge, Banana Split Cafe makes up a good point to start your day in Hoi An. Sip a fruit shake there, tug in eating omelette or pancakes and then walk over the street to dive in into the hustle and bustle of Hoi An's market.
In case you're looking for a way to get away from Hoi An: Banana Split Cafe offers several travel services such as getting bus tickets, booking tours to the surrounding area etc. as well. It's also an internet cafe (don't use it, though, as the computers are slow and broken) and a laundry service...
Favorite Dish: omelette and fruit shakes
This wonderful patisserie is part of the Cargo Club restaurant. The cakes were to die for. Good coffee. This is a great place for a mud cake fix. And people watching. Right in the middle of town.
Favorite Dish: too many to choose from
We were attracted by the pleasant setting here. Views of the river, candle-lit tables and it was busy.
We tried the special set menu. This included an assortment of local Hoi An specialties:
Fried wontons, White Rose (steamed dumplings stuffed with shrimp), fish cooked in banana leaves and a very good squid dish cooked with lime, lemon and peanuts. Finished off with creme caramel for desert. We enjoyed this meal very much. US$5 each.
Favorite Dish: I'd kill to go back for more of that squid!
A very unassuming little cafe.
We had breakfast here when we first arrived while waiting to check in to our hotel next door. The banana pancakes were good.
We enjoyed it so much, we came back again for lunch.
Favorite Dish: The Hoi An speciality "Cao Lau". Flat noodles mixed with bean sprouts, greens, slices of pork and topped with croutons served in a large bowl full of broth. Delicious. A must to try while in Hoi An.
Upon my arrival at Hoi An, I bumped into a girl whom I met earlier on my trip and she was recommending a stall which sells Cao Lau at only 12,000 dong a bowl. Cao Lau is a local specialty food which not available at any other parts of Vietnam and the world. Quan Hung serves the best Cao Lau I’ve had in Hoi An and they are situated along Bach Dang street and their price is really cheap. Beside this stall there are also other choices which you can choose and thus I had dinner here 2 nights in a row.
After traveling for quite sometime my boyfriend and I finally decided to treat ourselves to a nicer restaurant. We weren't going to but then we heard people raving left and right about this place. We showed up on our last night here in Hoi An and the pwer was out. No problem. The place was nicely lit with candles and the staff promptly brought us frozen napkins to keep ourselves cool. We were just taking the first few sips of our drinks when the power came back on. The restaurant is small and charming.
The menu is a Vietnamese/Cuban fusion. There's lots of spicy Cuban flavors intertwined with fragrant Vietnam tastes.
I had the the prawns wrapped with beef and sauteed in a rum and lemongrass butter. Divine!
Matt had the grilled cube steak with mango salsa and rice noodle.
I can't describe exactly how intensly satisfying our food was. We're both chefs from San Francisco and this is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to.
The menu is top notch and should not be missed!
This is a great little street stall right past the market and along the river. There are a few tables set up and an outdoor kitchen. Cau lau is the the specialty dish in this town. It's noodles topped with meat or tofu and herbs. At the time of writing it was only 12,000 dong which is only around $.075. There's a little menu given to you when you sit which makes it easier for some people who may be intimated by the street stalls.
Also Mr. Hung is a funny character. Make sure to stoop by and have a bite.
Favorite Dish: Cau lau = noodles with meat or tofu
white rose = steamed shrimp wontons.
fried wontons = fried wontons stuffed with prk and topped with steamed veggies.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how many restaurants Hoi An has to offer. Hoi An is known for spectacular local cuisine.
The nightlife of Hoi An involves a handful of watering holes offering different atmospheres. The bars are all walking distance from each other so it's perfect for a crawl & easy to make an informed choice. If you want to pull a naughty late one there's secret spots outside the old town.