where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Hoi An, Vietnam

Finding the best plant-based foods while travel can be a fun little challenge filled with dining at all the delicious eateries in an area...or it can be a total nightmare if you just can't find what you're looking for. I'm here to get you from point A to point B faster by giving you the inside scoop on where to go for meat-free yums. 

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? 

Vegans are those who choose not to consume any animal products-- meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc. Vegetarians are those who do not consume meat, however, they often eat dairy and sometimes eat eggs. Everyone's dietary choices are personal, but I the distinction is important when ordering food, especially in foreign countries where it might not be such a mainstream concept.

OUR PRICE GUIDE

Vietnam as a destination, in general, is incredibly inexpensive, s my price guide below might have you saying to yourself "How does a $5 meal constitute three dollar signs?" I'm just trying to keep it all in perspective that tasty, traditional meals for under a dollar are available. 

$ Under 80,000 VND

$$ 80,000 - 100,000 VND

$$$ 101,000 + VND

RESTAURANTS

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ba dam // $

Down a little alley way on the edge of Old Town sits a literal hole-in-the-wall that serves up heaping portions of Cao Lau for 20,000 VND. Sure, it comes with fake meat that isn't so aesthetically appealing, but push that out of the way, add free chilis, and you have the makings of a Anthony Bourdain style dinner for less than a dollar. The noodles were thick and rich with flavour from the bottom broth which complimented the crispy greens. Honestly, a cheap Vietnamese dinner in a poorly lit "mom and pop" place is the authentic experience. 

ADDRESS: 20, 71 Phan Chu Trinh, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 7 AM- 8 PM 

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AM Vegetarian Restaurant // $$

AM is a locally owned restaurant with a fully vegetarian menu. It also offers vegan options. For vegan Pad Thai and a watermelon juice {pictured above}, I paid 90,000 VND {USD$3.87 at time of publishing}. For less than USD$4, I had a delicious vegan dinner that was both filling and delicious. AM's staff spoke fantastic English, making the ordering process painless. 

ADDRESS: 33d, Ly Thai To, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 10 AM - 10 PM

 Tacos are life

Tacos are life

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Hola Taco // $$$

I found the Hoi An treasure that is Hola Taco thanks to an Instagram pic I posted mentioning my need for Mexican food while in the lantern city. Hoi An Now suggested Hola and I am so glad they did! Hola's roasted pumpkin tacos with black beans and fresh pico de gallo and red sangria made for the perfect work day writing break. My meal {pictured above} cost me 230,000 VND {USD$9.89 at time of publishing}, which by Vietnamese standards is quite a pretty penny, but it was worth all the money for the deliciousness. My mouth is watering just thinking about the food-- it stood up to some of the very best vegetarian tacos I've ever had anywhere in the world. 

ADDRESS: 9 Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 11:30 AM - 10 PM, closed on Sundays

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Ganesh Indian Restaurant // $$

Indian food is almost always a safe choice when looking for veggie options. Ganesh has a reputation as being the favourite among Hoi An-ians. After eating there about three times over the course of a few weeks...let's just say I'm a big fan. Ganesh is a small space that gets very crowded of an evening, but trying it for lunch might be a safer route to go. The portion of naan and curry was heaping, meaning every meal actually doubled so I had leftovers for my next meal {great for budget travelers}. The Punjabi Chana Masala {extra spicy}, a garlic naan, and a Saigon beer ran me 115,000 VND {

ADDRESS24 Tran Hung Dao, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Namaste Indian Restaurant // $$

As an alternative to Ganesh, Namaste Indian food is another Indian restaurant in Hoi An that offers many vegetarian curries and starters. My Aloo Gobi was a bit oily, but the garlic naan bread portion made up for that! 

ADDRESS: 441 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 11:30 AM- 10:30 PM

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GOOM // $$

I got to eat lunch at Goom in Hoi An with a group of creative, supportive women all splitting starters and talking about real stuff-- basically a dreamy few hours! My favourite dish was the vegan sushi. When I say vegan sushi, I don't mean fake fish {that stuff is yuck}. I mean fried tofu, mushrooms, cucumber, and carrots sit inside sticky purple rice with seaweed wrapped around it. Add a pinch of wasabi and it's a done deal for me. If you still aren't sold yet, wait until I tell you about the price-- my total for the lemongrass Kombucha, vegan sushi, and yellow chickpea curry pictured above was 100,000VND {USD $4.30 at time of publishing}.

ADDRESS: Hai Bà Trưng, Cẩm An, Hội An, Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: 11 AM- 9 PM

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 Truth game: I didn't actually eat the vegan cheese fries, but we split the burger and the falafel pita and were all in agreement it was delish! 

Truth game: I didn't actually eat the vegan cheese fries, but we split the burger and the falafel pita and were all in agreement it was delish! 

Vegan Beets // $$

Vegan Beets was introduced by me thanks to Lola who I met thanks to a freelance writing job. Her, Rose, and I hit it up for lunch on a rainy afternoon. It's a little hole in the wall without any real signage. The three of us split the Mexican vegan burger, falafel pita, cheese fries, two cinnamon rolls, and an ANZAC biscuit {yeah, a dessert for each of us} totaling 80,000 VND per person {USD $3.44 at time of publishing}. 

ADDRESS: 133 Ly Thuong Kiet, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP

HOURS: 11:30 AM- 9 PM

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AN LAC- Quan Chay Vegetarian Restaurant // $

If you dig the local vibe, An Lac is a great place to go for a taste of classic Vietnamese food cooked in a small kitchen by the friendliest woman ever. I highly recommend the Pho and the Cao Lau. My heaping bowl of Pho {pictured above} cost me a whooping 20,000 VND {USD$ 0.86}. Add a watermelon juice and you'll have a full tummy in addition to a full wallet.  Honestly, it wasn't the most flavourful Pho I've ever had, but An Lac makes the list thanks to its price tag and portion sizes. Also, the friendly woman who made my food really tugged at my heart strings.  

ADDRESS: 108 Thai Phien Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 8 AM - late

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The Fisherman Vegan Restaurant // $$

My friend, Rose, first mentioned vegan food at The Fisherman during coffee one morning and I had been dying to go try it. Luckily, while working in Hoi An, I got to have two yummy plant-based meals at The Fisherman. The first night I went with my friend, Lola, and enjoyed a quiet dinner of zoodles with avocado pesto and a watermelon juice while it poured down rain. The second time I went, however, the restaurant had turned into a club blasting house music which completely killed the atmosphere. Fortunately, it didn't ruin my vegan burger and kumara fries.

ADDRESS: Official address not listed {MAP}

HOURS: 8 AM - 8 PM

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