Cocobox is a rustic café, juice bar and farm shop located in the middle of Hoi An ancient town. It is a combination of a café selling juices and a grocery selling agriculture products. The model is commonplace abroad but seems to be rare in Vietnam. Coming to the café, customers can try a decent Western breakfast, enjoy unique smoothies and select high quality goods to take home from its shelf such as coffee, honey, tea, spices, coconut oil, etc.
Cocobox’s creative smoothies and blends are made from fresh hand-picked vegetables and fruits with strange names like Relax Thu Bon, Good Morning Hoi An, An Bang Colada, and the like. These intriguing juices really allure customers to try.
Address: 94 Le Loi Street
2. Espresso Station
Situated on a small valley of Tran Hung Dao Street, Espresso Station top the cafes in the ancient town of Hoi An, according to Tripadvisor. There is a reason for the fame of such a small café.
The café offer a quiet space for anyone to enjoy. The café is suitable for reading, working or hanging out with friends.
Besides, it offers very nice coffee, which is aromatic and pleasant. Coffee beans are roasted by its chef while Capucchino and Frapuccino served at Espresso Station are beautifully made.
The shop owner is a easy going and humorous man who spends time talking with customers whenever he is free to get feedbacks and improve the café for the better.
Address: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao Street
3. Chu Chu
The café is beautiful, humble and delivers an antique vibe with bougainvillea, attracting any bypassing person.
The tiny café serves excellent fresh seasonal juice and food such as spring rolls, pancakes and sandwiches. The prices are very reasonable.
Interior is lovely and there are seats outside for customers to enjoy sunbeam crossing the green canopy of the bougainvillea plant and watch people passing by.
Address: 74 Tran Phu Street
Cocobana is a new and interesting a tea house which has been converted from an old mansion. It is beautifully decorated with traditional and humble details like bamboo utensils and creative and colorful furniture. The restaurant possess several nice posing corners with paper making tools, fish pond, gorgeous pottery room and other intriguing items.
Customers can choose from a wide range of hot and iced tea with friendly and hospitable staff. Cocobana also offers foot bath that is a truly break for the feet of backpackers.
Address: 16 Nguyen Thai Hoc
5. Faifo Coffee
Located inside the ancient town, facing the riverfront, Faifo Coffee offers customers a peaceful space to enjoy good coffee.
Coming to Faifo Coffee, customers will be allured by yellow lanterns and aromatic roasted coffee beans. It is regarded by some as serving the best coffee in Hoi An, which is pipping hot, strong and full of flavour. What is interesting about the café is that its customers are not only tourists but also locals and expats.
Address: 130 Tran Phu Street
6. Citronella Restaurant
The café is nicely located with with street on one side and Thu Bon River on the opposite side, which is one of the most alluring features of this restaurant. It is filled with traditional Chinese and Japanese decoration which makes the inside atmosphere cozy, pleasant and antique.
The restaurant serves a variety of delicious food, ranging from Vietnamese specialties to Western cuisines. Tourists can have any meal there, breakfast, lunch or dinner and still get very high quality food. There is also a cooking class held at Citronella Café.
Address: 5 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
7. Mai Fish
Located near the Japanese Bridge, Mai Fish is a casual and laidback eatery owned by well-known Vietnamese-North American chef Duc Tran, who said the restaurant focuses on “mama’s cooking”, serving the foods of his childhood. The restaurant delivers family vibe that makes people feel good with humble foods.
There are authentic and tasty versions of home-cooked Vietnamese foods which are simple but flavourful. The menu features Vietnamese standard dishes like Pho Bo (beef Pho) and cao lau.
Address: 45 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
8. Mia Café
Mia Café is not outstanding in terms of decoration but the coffee served there is regarded among the best in Hoi An with reasonable price. Most of its customers are foreigners whose taste is different from that of locals. As foreign customers prefer milk and cream to sugar, Mia serves a lot of Italian coffee like cappuccino, espresso, latte, mocha, etc.
Each cup of coffee there is carefully prepared with coffee beans roasted by its chef to generate the best flavour. It is really great to enjoy coffee there in a rainy day, when all senses focus on tasting.
Besides, the staff and owner are friendly and hospitable.
Address: 20 Phan Boi Chau Street
9. The Chef
The Chef is quite modern to visitors who are used to Hoi An’s single-storey old houses with red tiles. Though being a restaurant, it serves a wide range of drink for customers to choose.
The second floor, which is used to serve coffee, is eye-catchingly decorated with dark brown wooden walls and large and comfortable seats for customers to enjoy reading. It is among the ideal places to enjoy the serene of the ancient town but still offers great view from its balcony and terrace for customers to watch the street. It is absolutely the place to watch an antique and slow Hoi An from above.
Address: 166 Tran Phu Street