First time traveling in Hoi An? We got you covered!

There’s not many cities that compares to Hoi An. This tranquil, charming, old city oozes culture and tradition. Although it’s one of the smaller cities, there’s an abundance of things to do, and most people tend to extend their stay in Hoi An.

What makes Hoi An stand out in the crowd is the atmosphere and the beauty of the city. If you like unique architecture, you’ll love it here. The city has been influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and French architecture, and everywhere you go in the Old Town, you’ll notice these beautiful buildings  which has been occupied by various shops, cafés and art galleries.

If it’s your first time visiting Hoi An and you only have a limited amount of time here, you should try to make the most out of it. Here are some things you must do when you’re in Hoi An.

1. Have breakfast at Rosie’s Café

Start the day right – with a hearty breakfast! Although there’s plenty of nice restaurants and cafés in Hoi an, there’s one you have to try: Rosie’s Café. It’s located in a small alley, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, and inside you’ll find a cute and cozy café with some of the best breakfast you can get. They mostly serve Western food such as avocado toast, smoothies (which you can get with coconut or soy milk), eggs, and coffee. It’s also vegan and vegetarian friendly.

2. Walk around the Old Town

The first thing on your agenda should be to wander around the Old Town, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and just marvel at the beauty of it. Every corner is more pretty than the other. Remember to stop and look closely at all the details on the buildings. It’s easy to walk around here for hours because there’s so many beautiful places to look at. In the Old Town, there’s cafés in colonial villas, souvenir shops, galleries and much more, which is bound to catch your attention. If you only have on day here, try to go to the markets too.

3. Get something tailor-made

If you get to the shop early, you can get something tailor-made for you quickly, depending on what you want to get. Usually they have it ready for you the day after, so if you only have one day in Hoi An, you might want to skip this one. But if you are going to stay for a few nights, ask the tailor if it can be ready before the time you’re leaving. Getting something tailor-made is a special and fun experience. Imagine being part of the whole process, from picking out that perfect fabric to designing it from scratch. If there’s something you should spend a bit of money on in Hoi An, it’s getting tailor-made clothes.

4. Eating banh mi at Banh Mi Phuong

Voted by the late Anthony Bourdain as “The best banh mi in the world”, it’s something that you simply can’t miss out on. Banh Mi is a Vietnamese style baguette, filled with all kinds of delicious things. You can choose to either get it with meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables, or a combination of everything. Don’t let the long line scare you away, preparing a banh mi is fast and therefore the queue also moves in a high speed. It’s also worth it waiting for those minutes to get a hold of a tasty banh mi. It’s perfect for lunch or afternoon snack.

5. Hit the beach

There’s more to Hoi An than just the Old Town. You also have wonderful beaches along the coastline such as An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. Since it’s not a popular beach destination, the beaches here aren’t as crowded as in Nha Trang for example. But since the weather is usually warm and mild in Hoi An, you’re bound to get some hot days while you’re there, and what better way to cool down than go to the beach? Cua Dai is about 4 km away from the centre of Hoi An Town, but you can either rent a bicycle or go with taxi there.

6. Buy souvenirs at the night market

Don’t miss the night market in Hoi An, which is open daily from 17:00-23:00 in the centre of the town. With over 50 stalls selling various things such as souvenirs, jewelries, clothings, and food, you can walk around here for some minutes or hours and purchase a few things to bring home to family and friends.

7. Eat dinner at Mango Mango

End your day in this colorful restaurant Mango Mango. It’s a popular spot to go for dinner and has a spacious upstairs terrace which overlooks both the Night Market, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and Thu Bon River. Although it is a bit on the pricier side, the food is one of the best you can find in Hoi An, and you can also order a glass of wine or one of their signature cocktails, to go with your dinner.