My constant desire to devour new food might be the reason I have an insatiable wanderlust. I am the type of person who thinks about the dishes I am going to eat the night before, and thinks of ‘breakfast’ in terms of ‘the meal 4 hours before I get to eat lunch’.

When I find a destination that allows me to be the foodie I am, but also allows me to not go bankrupt from eating out every meal, I stay awhile. Hence why we’ve decided to stay in Hoi An, Vietnam for 4 months straight. The food in Hoi An is delicious, fresh and best of all… dirt cheap! It's one of the last places on Earth where it's cheaper to eat out than it is to grocery shop and cook for yourself at home.

After living in Hoi An for a little while, I have developed a circuit of my favourite places, visiting them all multiple times a week. I am still leaving a few slots open for exploring new places, but my favs are so good they have me coming back constantly.

Here is my list of the best (and cheapest!) restaurants in Hoi An:

NostaLife

NostaLife - Best and cheapest restaurants in hoi an

If you are looking for authentic Vietnamese food and you only have a few bucks in your pocket, NostaLife is going to be your new best friend. Hands down, without a doubt, the BEST value in all of Hoi An. I’m talking about large, filling and flavourful dishes for less than you ever thought possible. Plus, it’s family run, which always makes us feel at home. We’re actually starting to feel like permanent fixtures at this restaurant because we eat there so much.

It’s located in the An Hoi district of Hoi An (the island with the night market) and tucked in behind two other (more expensive and less cool) restaurants off the main street. The restaurant is set up around a trendy tiki bar with fresh fruits on display, twinkling string lights above the tables and one of the best soundtracks in town. Great vibe, check!

Nostalife restaurant - where to eat in Hoi An
vegetarian spring roll hoi an

Vegetarian Spring Roll

Veggies in a deep fried rice roll with an amazing sweet soy sauce

45,000 VND – $1.94 USD
com ga chicken rice at Nostalife Hoi An

Chicken Rice

Yellow rice with onions, chilis, greens, chicken, shredded carrot and green papaya

35,000 VND – $1.50 USD
Cau Lao and Pork Skewers - Cheapest restaurants hoi an

Pork Skewers & Cau Lao

Pork on a stick served with cucumber, greens, rice paper rolls and homemade peanut sauce

50,000 VND – $2.15 USD
35,000 VND – $1.50 USD

Nostalife Info:
33/1 Đường Nguyễn Phúc Chu, An Hội
Get Directions on Google Maps
Open all week 1:00pm-9:00pm

Rosie's Cafe

Rosie's Cafe - Best Restaurants in Hoi An

Can a person overdose on smoothie bowls? Because I might be headed down that road with the sheer amount of them I eat at Rosie’s. I just can’t help myself!

Rosie’s is open for breakfast and lunch and my go-to spot for getting something healthy and packed with vitamins into my body. We visit at least 4 times a week, so Rosie and the girls have gotten to know our order and have it made for us when they see us arrive! Now that’s service!

We’ve come to love the vibe and the work ethic of the staff, but also appreciate the beautiful simplicity of the healthy dishes they create. Rosie’s is amazing and people have caught on. It's commonly full of expats and European tourists during peak times, but you can always ask to share a table. It's a great place to hang out, have a coffee and meet other like minded travellers. 

 

Dear Sweetie smoothie bowl at Rosie's Cafe Hoi An

‘Dear Sweetie' Smoothie Bowl

Base of strawberry and coconut milk, bananas, shredded coconut, chia seeds, granola with nuts and peanut butter

70,000 VND – $3 USD
vegan chocolate cake at Rosie's cafe Hoi An

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I have no idea what’s in it, but it’s moist and delicious!

40,000 VND – $1.72 USD
Frend toast at Rosie's cafe in Hoi An

Crispy French Toast

With seasonal fruit, jam and maple syrup

70,000 VND – $3 USD

Rosie's Cafe Info:
8/6 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An
Get Directions on Google Maps
• Visit Rosie's Instagram
Open for Breakfast & Lunch, Monday to Saturday

Nourish Eatery

Nourish Eatery - Best restaurant in hoi an
Menu at Nourish Eatery Hoi An

I’ll tell you a story about how amazing the food at Nourish is. My husband Trevor is a steak and potatoes kind of guy. His ‘go-to’ meals are usually chicken wings, fatty burgers and a good rib eye. The fact that I could get him to put Nourish’s ‘Wauw’ veggie burger in his mouth and say “Yum! This is awesome!”, was a miracle in itself. I still can’t believe I have been able to get him to go back and enjoy vegan food there on 5 different occasions.

In all seriousness, Nourish Eatery is the best place for a delicious, filling and healthy meal in Hoi An. It’s set back into the tranquil rice fields and looks more like a secret garden than a restaurant. The owner Frank is from Holland and has a serious passion for making incredible food that his guests will throughly enjoy. He also sells his incredible butters (tahini, cashew, and peanut) by the jar to take home, which I suggest everyone does!

One of the best parts of Nourish is they will deliver to your hotel or villa. The delivery fee is only 10,000 VND ($0.43) so it's a no brainer! Check out their menu online

Vegan burger at Nourish Eatery Hoi An

‘Wauw' Veggie Burger

Veggie patty (rice, black beans, roasted beetroot, mushroom, pumpkin seeds and rosemary), roasted tomatoes, veggies, tahini mango chutney on rye, w/ veggie crisps and vegan mayo.

110,000 VND – $4.74 USD
Nourish falafel bowl in Hoi An

Nourish Falafel Bowl

Homemade falafel, quinoa, middle east salad, roasted beetroot with rosemary, pickled red cabbage, tofu feta cheese and a homemade tahini dressing

120,000 VND – $5.17 USD
fresh me up detox juice - Healthy restaurants Hoi An

Fresh Me Up Juice

Pineapple, pear, cucumber, celery, morning glory and lemon juice

50,000 VND – $2.15 USD

Nourish Eatery Info:
Get Directions on Google Maps
• Visit Nourish's Website & Instagram
Open from 9am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Nū Eatery / The Sea Shell

Nu Eatery - Best restaurants in Hoi An

Nu and Sea Shell are two different restaurants, but owned by the same people and share menu items. Nu Eatery is one of the highest rated restaurants in a prime location of town and because of that, can be overflowing with people at peak times. One day we tried to get a table, but since they were full they suggested we try their ’Sea Shell’ location just a few blocks up.

To our surprise Sea Shell has EVERYTHING on the menu that Nu does, but has even more options. Now we usually just head to Sea Shell so we know we’ll always have a seat.
The menu is fun, bursting with flavour and has a unique spin on traditional Vietnamese dishes. The smell of their steamed buns literally makes my mouth water every time I walk by.

Pork Belly steamed buns at Nū Eatery - Hoi An

Pork Belly Steamed Buns

Pork belly, pickled cucumber and spicy mayo in a fresh, soft steamed bun

35,000 VND – $1.50 USD
tofu steamed buns - the Sea Shell

Tofu Steamed Buns

Braised tofu, thick peanut butter sauce and shredded green papaya (only at Sea Shell) 

35,000 VND – $1.50 USD
Fresh roll at The Sea Shell - Hoi An Restraurants

Fresh Rolls

Jicama, tofu, coconut, toasted peanuts and lettuce in rice paper roll with dipping sauce

45,000 VND – $1.94 USD

Nū Eatery Info:
Get Directions on Google Maps 
The Sea Shell Info:
Get Directions on Google Maps
•Visit them on Facebook
Open from 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday

Burgers Plus

Burgers Plus in Hoi An - cheapest restaurants

Never before in my life have I been able to sit down at a restaurant and get a tasty veggie burger with fries and a Diet Coke for under $3. How is this a thing? Well, at Burgers Plus it’s the real deal. For all the days that we’ve felt like we can’t possibly eat another spring roll or Cau Lao, Burgers Plus has become our Western refuge.

It’s a tiny hole in the wall restaurant with jaw dropping prices, friendly family-run service and really good burgers! It's always a risk trying veggie burgers in new places, but this one is right up my alley. It's the perfect spot for some familiar comfort food.

The veggie burger at Burgers Plus hoi an

Veggie Burger & Fries 

Veggie burger patty made with pumpkin and sweet potato, with onions and tomato

50,000 VND – $2.15 USD
Burgers + hoi an

Beef Burger & Fries

Juicy beef burger with BBQ sauce, tomato and onions

79,000 VND – $3.40 USD

Burgers Plus Info:
22 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Cẩm Châu
Get Directions on Google Maps 
•Visit them on Facebook
Open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday

The Noodle House

The Noodle House - Best restaurants in Hoi An

I’ll start by saying the service at the Noodle House is far from perfect, but the insane value and flavourful dishes keep us coming back anyway.

Cau Lao is a region noodle and pork dish that’s famous in Hoi An and available everywhere you look. However, they certainly look different from place to place. Trevor has tried some Cau Lao that was more like a watery soup with some wilted lettuce and pork bits thrown in. On the flip side, he’s found hearty and savoury versions of Cau Lao at places like The Noodle House who truly take pride in making a heavenly noodle bowl.
A rich pork gravy sauce sliding down thick chewy noodles, topped with spicy fresh greens and tender pieces of meat – this is the Cau Lao he needs in his life.

While I don’t eat pork or beef, the Noodle House still has something for me. They make a great Pho, made with chicken pieces as well as a chicken broth, instead of the typical beef version.

Cao Lau - Best dishes to eat in Hoi An

Cao Lau 

Thick noodles with slices of pork, local greens and crispy croutons and a homemade sauce.

65,000 VND – $2.80 USD

The Noodle House Info:
13 Bạch Đằng, Cẩm Châu
Get Directions on Google Maps 
•Visit them on Facebook
Open all week from 9:30am to 10:00pm

Banh Mi Phuong

Banh Mi Phuong - Must eat places in Hoi An

Totally overhyped, but still worth the visit. This place was made famous by Anthony Bourdain eating one of their Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches and proclaiming to the camera “this is the best sandwich in the world!”. If Anthony likes it, we knew we would too. We lined up in the only queue you’ll find in tiny Hoi An and waited for our turn to order our Banh Mi.

I got the chicken, while Trevor opted for pork with added cheese. Was it the ‘best sandwich in the world”? Hardly, but I can see why Anthony loved it so much. It’s more of a cultural immersion than anything. The experience came from us enjoying a French baguette stuffed with indescribable meats, flavours and pastes, all while sitting on miniature plastic stools while motorbikes zoomed past us.

It’s just something you need to do at least once. We went about 6 times.

Bahn Mi sandwich hoi an

Banh Mi 

The chicken, or pork and cheese, Banh Mi sandwich. French bread, pate, meat, and fresh greens.

30,000 VND – $1.29 USD

Banh Mi Phuong Info:
2b Phan Chu Trinh, Cẩm Châu
Get Directions on Google Maps 
Open all week from 6:30am to 9:00pm

MIX

Mix Restaurant Best food in hoi an

Feta, hummus, tzatziki, oh my! MIX is the hotspot for authentic and incredibly mouth-watering Greek food. They couldn't get higher TripAdvisor reviews if they tried and it's not hard to see why. The food is well-priced, fresh, delicious, and the service is SPOT ON. The manager treats every guest like family and always makes you feel like you've pulled up a chair at home. MIX has quickly become one of our regular eateries. (We also get GRAB food to deliver MIX to us at home if we feel particularly lazy.)

At only 50,000 VND, their souvlaki pita wraps are a spectacular bargain that will keep you coming back for more. We also loved the (free!) mini desserts that come after the meal. It's a delectable concoction of chocolate, crackers, and what I think is condensed milk. Whatever it is, it's heaven in a jar!
The menu is vast and covers all the Greek favs. Just go, you'll be glad you did.

Mix restaurant in hoi an - cheap and tasty souvlaki

Chicken or Pork Souvlaki 

Fresh and fluffy pita bread stuffed with tzatziki, pork or chicken  and french fries  

50,000 VND – $2.14 USD

Mix Restaurant Info:
05 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An
Get Directions on Google Maps 
• Visit them on TripAdvisor
Open all week (except Wednesdays) from 11:00am to 10:00pm

Mia Coffee

Mia Coffee - Cheapest places to eat in Hoi an

Hoi An has a great cafe culture, but many places in the ancient town are overpriced and too crowded. Mia Coffee is just a quick 5 minute walk outside the crazy centre of town and has better prices, amazing coffee and a relaxed vibe. It’s actually a favourite hangout among expats and long term visitors because of it’s laid back atmosphere and high quality coffee.

Mia is the kind of place you could bring your laptop to get some work done, a book for some chilled out reading, or to meet up with friends. 

cheap paninis at Mia Coffee in Hoi An

Panini

Kashlee gets the egg, cheese, onion and tomato. Trevor gets the ham and cheese.

58,000 VND – $2.50 USD
best restaurant for cappucino in Hoi An - Mia Coffee

Cappuccino

Extra hot and sugar on the side

37,000 VND – $1.59 USD
Affogato at Mia Coffee in Hoi An

Affogato

Warm espresso with a scoop of ice cold coconut gelato on top.

40,000 VND – $1.72 USD

Mia Coffee Info:
20 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Cẩm Châu
Get Directions on Google Maps 
• Visit them on Facebook
Open all week from 7:00am to 5:00pm

Eat Thai

Eat Thai - Where to eat in Hoi An

Oh how embarrassing. I’ve been here multiple times, always ordering the same dish, but have never managed to get a picture of it. I think that says something about the taste! The moment the dish hits the table, I am face down on the plate.

The owners are Spanish and Thai and they make a MEAN authentic Pad Thai. Trevor doesn’t eat seafood, so we always ask them to make it with chicken instead and they are more than happy to oblige. We were thinking of spending a few weeks in Thailand this year just for the food, but it seems we can get the taste of Thailand right in Hoi An!

They were formally known as ‘Thai Kitchen' and had a somewhat hidden location. As of Feb 11th 2019, they have changed their name to ‘Eat Thai' and have moved to a bigger and brighter location. 

We took a tour through the kitchen and let me tell you…. CLEANEST kitchen in all of Hoi An. It's gleaming and sparkling. It's hard to find a local restaurant that has such HIGH food safety standards, so we were so happy to have found this place!

pad thai at Eat Thai restaurant in Hoi An

Pad Thai

I stole a photo from Eat Thai, because as I mentioned above, I can never get one because I eat it too fast! We sub shrimp for chicken and absolutely love this dish!

115,000 VND – $4.95 USD

Eat Thai Info:
228 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cẩm Châu
Get Directions on Google Maps 
• Visit them on Facebook
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday

The Night Market

Night market in hoi an

I mainly go to the night market to indulge my sweet tooth, but let me tell you, it’s a real street foodie wonderland. I’ve seen everything from the normal noodle dishes, right up to full sized frogs on a stick. Anything goes here.

My personal favourite treats are the Nutella drizzled banana pancakes and the freshly made ice cream rolls. Both desserts are about 30,000 VND ($1.29 USD) and are a great evening treat. I had to put a limit on how much I get them because I still want to able to fit into my clothes while living here.

nutella pancake at hoi an night market

Nutella Pancake

Pancake mixture with smashed bananas, grilled hot in front of you, then cut into pieces and smothered with Nutella. 

30,000 VND – $1.29 USD

Night Market Info:
An Hoi island of ancient town
Open around 4:00pm to 10:00pm nightly

No added ‘tax and gratuity' on bills

One of the most amazing things about Hoi An is they do not add tax and gratuity to the bill! We came to Vietnam from Bali and there it wasn’t uncommon to see a 10% tax and 10% added gratuity to each cheque. 20% certainly adds up over time, especially with the rising costs of food there.

Coming here, we saw that at almost ALL of the restaurants (with the exception of some overpriced touristy ones), brought the bill with no extra charges built onto it. No hidden surprises. It makes dining out in Hoi An even more affordable than it already is.

That being said, it’s always a good idea to tip when you have great food or service. I am just NOT a big fan of automatic tips being built into cheques for no reason, as that completely takes away what tipping is supposed to be about!

Tourist Trap Restaurants

Like ANY tourist destination on Earth, Hoi An also has its fair share of ‘tourist trap’ restaurants. They are places that have sprouted up in high traffic areas that have designed their menus to be anywhere from 2x’s to 5x’s the price of other establishments. Some people might not even notice, because even at these overpriced places, the cost still might be less than you pay at home. None the less, a trap is what they are. I am not naming any names, but we have tried about half a dozen of these restaurants, just to see if their food or service was living up to the big prices they charge. In each case we found the food to be on par with places that were a fraction of the price. As for service levels, we actually felt the tourist trap restaurants to have worse service than the cheaper options in town.

We are still going to try out a few more and see if any can pass the test and be added to this list. For now, none of them have had good enough food, service or value to mention them in this post.

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