5 Best Local Restaurants in Hoi An

Hoi An’s Top Restaurants for Local Dishes

The best local restaurants in Hoi An are well-loved by the local community for their satisfying, healthy, and affordable delicacies. Not only have the quality and taste remained consistent for generations, fresh ingredients such as poultry, pork, seafood, fresh herbs, vegetables, and water are all sourced from Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cham Island, Ba Le Well, and Cam Nam Village.
You’ll also find that each restaurant specialises in only one or two regional dishes, such as cao lau (turmeric noodles with pork), banh mi, and com ga (chicken rice). Although the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town are now filled with an array of international dining choices, roadside food stalls and rough-and-ready restaurants still remain popular amongst locals and budget travellers. Read on for our list of Hoi An’s top restaurants for local dishes.

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    Quan Dau Bac

    Quan Dau Bac is an open-air local restaurant with a simple setup of low tables and chairs facing the bustling Phan Chu Trinh Street. Great for a quick bite before exploring Hoi An Ancient Town, Quan Dau Bac specialises in bun dau mam tom, a Hoi An dish that’s served with fermented shrimp dipping sauce. Due to its affordable price range and close proximity to the Japanese Covered Bridge, Quan Dau Bac is gaining popularity amongst budget-conscious tourists. Try the meatless Vietnamese Tasting Plate (VND 20,000), which consists of deep-fried tofu, rice noodles, cucumber, and fresh herbs.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 14:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 147 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An
    • Tel: +84 90 485 4964
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    Banh Mi Phuong

    Banh Mi Phuong started out as a traditional banh mi cart that’s set nearby Hoi An Central Market. Following a rave review by celebrity Anthony Bourdain, Phuong now offers 12 variations of banh mi and a quaint eatery in Hoi An Ancient Town. Priced at VND 15,000 onwards, you can have a choice of BBQ pork, cheese, chicken or eggs with pickled vegetables, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, chillies, and hot peppers in a warm crispy French baguette. Set along Phan Chau Trinh Street, Banh Mi Phuong is a short five-minute stroll from Museum of Trade Ceramics.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
    • Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An
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    Com Ga Ba Buoi

    Opened since the 1950s, Com Go Ba Buoi is a small family-run establishment that’s famed for its authentic Hoi An chicken rice. Priced at VND 35,000, you get a bowl of clear soup and a plate of fragrant rice topped with generous amounts of shredded village chicken, fresh herbs, black pepper, and chilli jam. Com Go Ba Buoi is seven-minute walk from the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and is easily distinguished thanks to its bright yellow exterior. As the restaurant gets very packed with locals during lunch hour, make sure you get there early to avoid a long queue.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
    • Address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An
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    Thanh Cao Lau

    Thanh Cao Lau serves arguably the best Vietnamese turmeric noodles in Hoi An, where you can enjoy soft udon-like noodles, Chinese barbecued pork slices, beansprouts, croutons, and fresh herbs with a pork-based gravy for only VND 25,000. Featuring a simple setup of wooden tables and chairs that overlook the main road, this fuss-free restaurant is a four-minute walk from the Hoi An Tourism Information Centre. As with most restaurants in Hoi An, Thanh Cao Lau sources its fresh greens from Tra Que Vegetable Village and water from ancient Cham wells found within Hoi An foir.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
    • Address: 26 Thai Phien Street, Hoi An
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    Bale Well

    Bale Well is easy to miss out due to its rather hidden locale, but locals and savvy travellers have been frequenting this restaurant for its delicious banh xeo (Vietnamese crispy pancakes). There’s no menu available and the staff isn’t well versed in English, so just grab a seat and they’ll come to you with savoury banh xeo stuffed with bean sprouts and shrimp, as well as platters of various ingredients. For VND 100,000, you also get grilled pork, fried spring rolls, and pork satay, as well as fresh coriander, mint, basil, pickled vegetables, rice papers, and dipping sauce.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 45/11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An
    • Tel: +84 90 843 3121
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