a cafe guide to Hoi An, Vietnam

Is there anything more me than seeking out the absolute best coffee in the cutest cafes anywhere I wander? No. No, there is not. So, whilst in Hoi An working, I found myself fully in my element. I'm not alone in my love of a good flat white and a detail-driven atmosphere-- some of my most read posts have been my cafe and brunch guides. Coffee lovers unite! 

Vietnam has a reputation for its coffee and cafe scene, so I was bound and determined to seek out any and every caffeinated opportunity that presented itself to me while in Hoi An. In just a few weeks, I managed to knock out quite a few of them, but there are plenty I never had time to eat or drink at. This list is comprised of those I tried and enjoyed most! 

FIRST, A LITTLE ON VIETNAMESE COFFEE...

French colonists introduced coffee to Vietnam back in the day, but the Vietnamese made it their own by creating drinks whose recipes include condensed milk, eggs, yogurt, and coconut. In the 1940s, for instance, when milk was scarce, the Vietnamese whipped egg yolks and added it to their espresso as a replacement. Today, you might recognize the concoction as the world famous "egg coffee."

Espresso really is the blood pumping through the veins of early Vietnamese risers. There are plenty of places around Hoi An to try whatever take on coffee you fancy. 

Here's a guide to my favourite hoi an cafes...

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Sound of Silence //

This beautiful little cafe is hidden away outside the main Hoi An traffic near the less populated beach-- and IT. IS. PARADISE.  I cycled here early one morning, took a dip in the ocean, and completed my morning with a proper flat white with fruit crepes for breakfast. If you think that sounds picturesque, throw in the sound of crashing waves and an overhead fan as my soundtrack. The food menu is limited to breakfast and fruit salad, but the fruit crepes are to die for. 

GO FOR: Peace and quiet, an ocean view, a proper coffee...just go, guys. Trust me. 

ADDRESS: Nguyễn Phan Vinh, Cẩm An, Hội An, Quảng Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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ROAST COFFEE + BAKERY //

Roast's white interiors and green details make it a trendy little spot you might walk right passed. Situated next to a nail salon, Roast's narrow front entrance makes it easily missable; make sure you don't! Roast offers paninis, grilled sandwiches, cold case pastries {like donuts} and classics like avocado toast with poached egg. The soundtrack is a bit questionable {they played an entire Enrique Iglesias cd on repeat while I was there}, but the staff is friendly, the menu is in English, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. 

GO FOR: Donuts are only 17,000VND {less than USD $1 at time of publishing} making it just the place to appease your sweet tooth for no dollars.

ADDRESS: 473 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 7 AM- 10 PM

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Alley artist Cafe //

The coffee at Alley is nothing to write home about, but its hidden location down an alley {shocker} makes it a cute little spot to drop in for an iced Americano in the middle of a sticky Hoi An day. You order from a window and sit in the alley on mix-matched chairs covered from sun. Hanging greenery gives the place a personal touch. Seating is extremely limited and the narrow setting makes it a spot you wouldn't want to do more than drink from. 

GO FOR: A chilled conversation over coffee with friends surrounded by the hustle and bustle of old town. 

ADDRESS: 11/3 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 8 AM - 6 PM

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Rosie's Cafe //

This ties with Sound of Silence as my favourite cafe in Hoi An! Rosie's is an airy cafe made up of multiple rooms, heaps of plants, and tiny delicate details that made me want to stay forever.  Found down a narrow alleyway in the Old Town, this sit and serve establishment offers delicious food at reasonable prices and beautiful coffee; including cold brew served in glass bottles with gorgeous little labels and a biscuit on the side. The cafe also has an onsite store that sells sustainable, fair trade, handmade products like the bamboo toothbrush I bought and the hand sewn kimono made of recycled fabric. 

GO FOR: All the beautiful details that can be found in this gorgeous, open atmosphere. Also, the cold brew is soooo good. 

ADDRESS: 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam 560000 {MAP}

HOURS: 9 AM - 5 PM, closed on Sundays

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Mun //

MUN Coffee is located in a narrow yellow building just off one of the main roads in Hoi An's Old Town. It might be lacking in atmosphere or quirks, but it's air-conditioned and the iced coconut coffee is outrageously good. The food menu is extremely limited {a few options for sweet pastries and yogurt granola mixes}, but it's in a prime location. The menu is in both Vietnamese and English. An iced Vietnamese coffee will run you around 35,000VND. 

GO FOR:  People watching! I grabbed an iced coconut coffee on the upstairs terrace one hot morning en route to a client meeting and the views of the street below provided some hilarious morning entertainment. 

ADDRESS: 79 Phan Chu Trinh, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS:  6:30 AM - 10 PM

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 The famous iced cube coffee at The Espresso Station is a must-try in Hoi An!

The famous iced cube coffee at The Espresso Station is a must-try in Hoi An!

THE ESPRESSO STATION // 

I went to The Espresso Station for a meeting with a photographer, but what I got was a seriously cool coffee experience. Cold brew coffee that's been frozen into ice cubes arrives with a serving of hot milk {coconut and soy milk options are available} which you pour over the ice cubes. As they melt, the colours are fantastic and the smell of the espresso is soo good. There is a small food menu at the cafe and indoor seating for those who like to be out of the sun. 

GO FOR: Ice cubed coffee! This is seriously such a creative take on a traditional milk coffee. 

ADDRESS: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam {MAP}

HOURS: 7:30 AM- 5 PM

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9 GRAINS BY STREETS //

Supporting a local grassroots initiative to bring opportunity to street kids and disadvantaged youth around Southeast Asia.  This coffee shop and cafe serves both food and coffee while maintaining its integrity as a social enterprise done right. The coffee shop is ideal for anyone who wants a good coffee or a snack {their hummus is delicious!}. 

GO FOR: The sake of being a responsible tourist! 

ADDRESS: Cam Chau 441 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: 7 AM- 6 PM

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Avos + Mangos //

Avos + Mangos is a narrow cafe that you might otherwise walk right past. You should probably like avocados and mangos if you're going to eat at the cafe since everything on the menu has at least one of the two as an ingredient. The owners make everything fresh and serve it up with smiling faces. The watermelon cold-pressed juice was absolutely refreshing. I had a Vietnamese coffee here one afternoon and it was equally delicious. The adorable little avocado and mango decor details make the space extra cute. 

GO FOR:  Your veggie and fruit intake delivered in creative ways, like mango and peanut butter toast! The coffee itself is yum, but the fresh produce hits the spot in the Vietnam heat. 

ADDRESS: 82 Thai Phien, Phuong Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM

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CAFE HOANG //

With art on the walls and short tables made of crates, Cafe Hoang feels like a locals only type of joint. The concrete floors and super basic coffee menu {no food here} give off a feeling of serious minimal-effort-maximum-cool-factor. Go of an evening when the lights are dim for a gritty night caffeine cap. 

GO FOR: The true, hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese cafe experience

ADDRESS: 19 Thai Phien, Phuong Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: claims to be open 24 hours

 co-working space provided away from the central Dingo Deli cafe

co-working space provided away from the central Dingo Deli cafe

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Dingo Deli //

Dingo Deli is an establishment among expats in Hoi An, although I actually wouldn't consider it a true "cafe." Dingo serves up Lavazza Italian coffee in the form of lattes, iced Americanos, espresso, and every other caffeinated beverage that should be on a cafe menu.  The western-owned and operated bakery, restaurant and delicatessen is a massive hit with every foreigner looking for a taste of home in the form of giant portions. The wonderful food includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

GO FOR: Dingo offers something simple I miss from the U.S. all the time-- unlimited drip coffee refills. For a set price, you can order a cup of joe and a friendly staff member will continue to refill it at no extra charge to you. 

ADDRESS: 277 Cua Dai Street, Cam Chau Dist. Hoi An Cam Chau TP. Hoi An Quang Nam Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM


HONORABLE MENTION CAFES

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KOZY COFFEE //

WHY IT DOESN'T MAKE MY LIST: There is no food other than ice cream served here, and also no air conditioning or fans on the cute outdoor patio. However, if you go to the back room you'll find both AC and outlets to plug in your computer. The WiFi is shaky at best and the coffee won't blow your mind.

WHY IT MIGHT MAKE YOURS: The price point, cute hand-painted palm trees, and friendly owner all make it worth a quick stop if you want an iced black coffee and a cute little photo op!  

ADDRESS: So 45, 47 Hung Vuong, Hoi An, Quang Nam 560000, Vietnam

HOURS: Kozy claims to be open 24 hours a day, and by all accounts it is. Every time I walked passed Kozy on my way into or out of town Kozy was open. 

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Mia Coffee //

WHY IT DOESN'T MAKE MY LIST: It just...a cafe. There isn't much of a food menu and there isn't really a unique atmosphere. 

WHY IT MIGHT MAKE YOURS: It isn't anything special when looked at as a cafe, but it makes a great workspace-- plenty of outlets, big tables, multiple fans, delicious Vietnamese coffee. 

ADDRESS: 20 Duong Phan Boi Chau, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam {MAP}

HOURS: 7 AM - 5 PM


Cafe hopping in a new location is one of my favourite things to do anywhere I go. I love brunch and interiors and we all know I love good coffee. Vietnam has a million lovely little cafes to find around every alleyway, and the little yellow town of Hoi An is no exception. 

What's your favourite cafe on the list? 

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