Hoi An’s coastal position inevitably means that seafood is central to the local cuisine. This ancient port is famous for its rice noodles and its dumplings and tourists on a Vietnam tour package will love Vietnamese food; it is part of the holiday experience. There is no doubt that the Country’s street food is worth trying. Hoi An has a Central Market where food is available all day; sit on a stool and pick up your chopsticks. Likewise, there are days when you might want to sit down in more comfortable surroundings. Here are a few places that you might try in Hoi An during your Vietnam tour:
• Madam Phuong Bread has been gathering praise from far beyond Hoi An and you should try the Banh Mi (pork).
• Bamboo Buddha is in an old colonial building and offers a wide range of international food including foie gras, chicken, steak and duck.
• Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant and Karma Waters will not only feed you, they offer cookery classes.
• Mango Rooms is Asian food with typical local flavouring. Duck is particularly recommended.
• Jaspas Beach Club is on the beachfront and serves a range of international dishes.
• Vinh Hung 1 Restaurant is close to the Japanese Bridge is a lovely place to relax and enjoy cuisine using the day’s freshest produce.
• Baby Mustard just outside Hoi An grows its own vegetables and herbs with the rice coming from just over the road. You can tour their garden and learn to cook as well if you like.
• Bazar is new in town and has a traditional wooden house for cocktails, a lounge and food served in the garden.
• River Lounge across on Hoi An Island is Austrian-owned and has an extensive menu, local as well as international.
• Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School is on the Thu Bon River. It is a large site with dining in the open air and it is advisable to book in advance, not because it is busy but because of its out of town location. It may close if it is quiet.
• Brother’s Café on the riverside has an extensive menu with a good range of soups, salads with the main meats pork, duck and chicken and of course plenty of seafood.
• Ganesh Indian Restaurant on Le Loi Street is the only Indian cuisine in the City.
• Aubergine 49 in Ly Thai To Street has a fine menu cooked by a chef whose CV includes working at a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo, Nihonryon Ryugin.
• Ms Ly Café on the Ancient Town is a family-run place with typical local cuisine, great décor and unobtrusive background music.
• Mango Mango is on the riverside close to the Japanese Bridge and the Night Market with tiger prawns a particular treat.
• Orivy has a secluded garden away from the bustle of the Old Town.
There is plenty of choice for most budgets and what you select may well depend upon how busy a day you have had enjoying the local sights. Your Vietnam holiday is certain to be an experience and whatever help you might need, a Vietnam travel agent will help with the arrangements.