Vietnam has a flourishing cafe culture and that’s because the country is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee. Thus, it’s not surprising to find many coffee shops in the streets of Vietnam, especially in the popular tourist city of Hoi An. In Hoi An, you’ll find several different cafes in almost every street corner, from cozy teahouses to charming coffee shops, and more! These cafes serve delicious food and drinks and some of them are air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi. Thus, they are the best places to relax after a whole day of walking along Hoi An’s streets. Here are the top 5 best cafes in Hoi An.
1. Cargo Club
Cargo Club is one of Hoi An’s most popular cafes. Aside from serving delicious Vietnamese coffees, they also serve mouthwatering pastries and ice cream. The cafe is located in an ancient street, which is a great way to soak up Hoi An’s old charm while observing the local’s way of life. Cargo Club is also right beside the Thu Bon River, which is a great place to enjoy the riverside views.
The menu of the cafe features both Western and Vietnamese food. Most customers would highly recommend their breakfast meals. Their pastries and cakes are also very popular. During summer, the cafe is filled with both locals and tourists indulging in their mouthwatering ice cream to cool down from the hot and humid weather.
2. Gemstone Art Museum
This coffee shop is housed in a museum called the Gemstone Art museum, owned by an Italian and his Vietnamese wife. There are more than 600 precious stones in the museum including beautiful sculptures made from gemstones. You can enjoy order a cup of coffee from the café so you can sip while admiring the beautiful collections. Some of these collections date back to more than two decades ago.
Aside from a cafe and a museum, the building also houses a wine bar, which is located on the second floor. If you prefer to drink a glass of wine instead of coffee, you can simply head upstairs. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the female Vietnamese owner, Duong Nga, who owns the precious collections.
3. Hai Café
Hai Cafe is another popular cafe in Hoi An, which has been a favorite among bloggers and Instagram influencers due to its charming facade. Thus, you’ll find photos of this cafe in various social media sites. It’s located in the town center of Hoi An and is divided into two main spaces. You can either dine at the porch or in the garden at the backyard.
Hai Cafe is surrounded by plants and trees, making it a great place to relax. But aside from the relaxing ambiance and beautiful facade, customers love the cafe due to its delicious coffee and tea. If you want to observe the streets as you enjoy your drink, consider staying in the porch area.
4. Le Fê Cafétéria
Hidden in a small alley in Hoi An, a lot of travelers don’t know much about this cafe, which is why it’s often less crowded, making it an even relaxing place to hang out. It could take a while to find the place but it’s really worth it. Aside from serving delicious food and drinks, the place itself is cozy.
Le Fê Cafétéria is divided into three main dining spaces. Two of the spaces are outdoors and surrounded by trees, flowers, and different kinds of plants! The other space is inside the cafe and decorated with vintage decors, such as old books, vintage televisions, and more. To reach the cafe, simply head to Phan Chu Trinh Street. After you reach Alley number 69, you’ll see an old wooden sign with the cafe’s name.
Cocobana is located in a small corner in Hoi An and features colorful and stylish traditional decors in the form of conical hats, bamboo ladders, and other traditional furniture. The ambiance is lively but cozy. Inside, you’ll find several other interesting decors, such as bamboo hats, hammocks, etc. and the best thing about these is that they are made from handmade paper! They also have a small garden with a lake where you’ll find colorful fishes.
Coming from the main door, you’ll be passing the small garden before reaching the tearoom. They have a good selection of tea, but the most recommended one is Farmer’s tea. The staff will make sure you feel comfortable and will sometimes offer you a good book to read. Indeed, the café is very soothing. The atmosphere is so serene and you are guaranteed to have a truly relaxing time.
So these are some of the best cafes in Hoi An. You’ll surely find several other good cafes once you are there. If you happen to visit Hoi An during the hot summer season and you want to get some rest after a whole day of exploring under the sun, these are the best cafes to visit.