Hoi An local food 2017-08-29T03:39:16+00:00


Banh mi is the most popular street food in Vietnam which can be found at every corner all over the country. However you will find its taste different from the North to the South. And Banh mi in the Center is loved by most of travelers.

There are many flavors to change depending on your needs: pork bread, chicken bread, omelet, or if you are vegetarian, you can enjoy banh mi with tofu and vegetable. So you will never feel bored!

Banh mi Phuong
Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh
Opening hours: from 6 a.m to 8 p.m

  • The most famous local restaurant for 25 years
  • There is always a long queue waiting for this tasty banh mi. It makes you more excited and curious about how it tastes!

Banh mi Phuong 2
Address: by the left side of Hoi An Market
Opening hours: From 7 a.m to 6 p.m

  • Same owner, same taste and less tourists.
  • The man is super friendly. If you love rock, come and talk to him while waiting for banh mi. He knows every rock song J

Banh mi Ms Lanh
Address: in front of Nam Quang Tu Pagoda, opposite 393 Cua Dai
Opening hours: only in the morning, from 6 a.m to 9 a.m

  • A popular place for locals

Banh mi Sai Gon & Banh mi Sum
Address: They are next to each other. On Hung Vuong Street
Opening hours: From 6 a.m to 9 p.m

  • They produce bread themselves, so you always have the newest and freshest breads


Banh xeo, literally sizzling pancakes, made out of rice flour which are pan- fried and filled with silvers of fatty pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. To serve, place warm banh xeo on a rice paper. Top with fresh vegetables, some slices of green banana and cucumber. Roll up and eat with additional sauce.

It’s interesting that the size of Banh Xeo is smaller and smaller from the South to the North as well as the taste which depends on its sauce.

A local restaurant in the small alley behind The little Hoi An Hotel
Address: 59/32, 18/8 Street

  • Authentic local restaurant located in the alley in the old town
  • Local and foreigners get the same price

Hai Dao
Address: 160 Ly Thuong To

  • Authentic local restaurant, a bit far from the center

Bale Well
Address: 27 Phan Chau Trinh str

  • It has been famous for more than 10 years
  • Now it’s more touristic, but you will still get a local experience


Cao Lau, the foremost traditional Hoi An food, is also considered as a special symbol for this town. It’s possible to find Cao Lau in other cities but the taste will be never the same. What’s the secret? Its unique taste and texture are achieved by using water from an undisclosed ancient Cham well, just outside the town. Noodles are pre-soaked in well water and lye made from wood ash brought from one of the eight Cham Islands around 10 miles outside of Hoi An.

Cao Lau Thanh
Address: 26 Thai Phien
Opening hours: from 7 a.m to 6 p.m

  • Homemade Cao Lau

Cao Lau Be
Address: inside Hoi An Market
Opening hours: from 2 p.m to 7 p.m

  • You can join in busy local atmosphere in the market


Quang refers to Quang Nam Province which Hoi An belongs to. It means Quang Noodles is the specialty of the town. The noodles are yellow or white in color and made from rice flour, which are mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables, and topped with grilled rice paper and spices. Quang soft noodle soup tastes best when being served with a variety of herbs, such as mint leaves, cabbage, onion, coriander and so on. What makes Quang noodle soups unique is the richness of the broth, the lack of it and the crushed peanut toppings on the noodles.

Mi Quang Hat
Address: opposite 09 Phan Chau Trinh
Opening hours: Open from 5.00 pm till late

  • Experience Vietnamese street food

Mi Quang Ong Hai

Address: 6A Trương Minh Lượng
Opening hours: from 7 a.m to 8 p.m


Pho Hoi An is different version with Pho Hanoi. The chewy noodles are dried from the fresh ones, then it is dipped in hot water. The hot broth is made by simmering beef bones and oxtails, and grinded peanut is added to enhance the flavor as well as richness. Pho Hoi An is very appealing because Pho is very light-tasting, you can see everything in the bowl and you can have chicken or beef.

Pho 29
Address: 29 Hung Vuong
Time: from 5 p.m to 11 p.m

Pho Lien
Address: 25 Le Loi

  • Popular spot among all locals who loves Pho


Wonton is essentially the same as the Chinese kind, served up in soup or deep-fried. The fried wonton is prepared crispy and garnished with some salsa-like mix of vegetables and sweet and sour shrimp.

Anh Dung
Address: 14 Ba Trieu
Opening hours: from 7 a.m to 10 p.m

  • It’s known as the wonton supplier for many restaurants.


White rose is a type of shrimp dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose.

White Rose Restaurant
Address: 533 Hai Ba Trung
Opening hours: 7 a.m to 9 p.m


Chicken rice in Hoi An is totally different from chicken rice in other places. Hoi An people have their own way to make chicken rice memorable with customers. Unlike others, rice is cooked with chicken broth with a dash of fresh turmeric to give it a glossy yellow color. Boiled chicken is cut or torn into smaller slices, seasoned with spices like salt, pepper, chili and Vietnamese coriander – the main factor that makes the dish savory. The full dish is served with sliced mint leaves and onions to add on to the taste of chicken and spices.

Com Ga Hien – on Ly Thuong Kiet street , behind The Hoi An Hospital
Address: 179 Ly Thuong Kiet
Opening hours: from 11 a.m to 10 p.m

Com Ga Ba Buoi
Address: 22 Phan Chau Trinh
Opening hours: from 11 a.m to 10 p.m

  • The most popular spot for both locals and tourists, so the restaurant is usually full. However, the food is still tasty.