A Vegan/Vegetarian Guide to Hoi An

When you’re traveling, it’s sometimes difficult to find the right food for you. But if you’re a vegetarian, you will always feel comfortable in Hoi An. This ancient town provides you not only a nostalgically peaceful atmosphere but a lot of enjoyable vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Let’s take the shortcut to discover these restaurant finds!

If you have already settled down in a good accommodation in Hoi An, it’s time to get out there and find some great food! Mi Quang, bun Hue and many other amazing vegetarian dishes of Central Coastal Vietnam are must-try foods in this town! In this article, we are going to dive into beautiful places to enjoy your vegan and vegetarian meals in Hoi An.

1. Shamballa Vegetarian, Restaurant & Lounge – Hoi An

As a vegetarian restaurant, Shamballa Lounge brings you a perfect healthy combination. Their interior setting sure cools you down after a steaming day exploring Hoi An under its radiant sunlight. And their organic veggie servings refresh and replenish!

If you are an art lover, you can’t miss taking a look at their monthly visual art exhibition where local artists have a chance to display their artworks. 

Shamballa Vegetarian, Restaurant & Lounge - Hoi An Shamballa Vegetarian, Restaurant & Lounge - Hoi An

Shamballa’s cuisines are never created with MSG. Instead, the flavor of Shamballa is garnered from natural wheats, vegetables, nuts and fresh fruits. Each ingredient is carefully selected to form a menu that is filling, nutritious and delectable.

Our meticulous and creative presentation of each dish supplements one’s visual senses, while each drink contains the full flavour of mother nature’s gifts.


2. Am Vegetarian & Hideaway

A rustic, artistic and retro interior is what you can expect from this delicious restaurant! “Am” means warm, which describes the atmosphere that will greet you with cozy and open arms. You can choose either to enjoy your veggie meal in their open-air garden, or have a seat inside and relax in the artistic interior. This restaurant provides a wide range of traditional Eastern dishes.

Am Vegetarian & Hideaway Am Vegetarian & Hideaway

Our team highly recommends Thai noodles, fried rice with fish, Thai Pad, and Japanese pancake. You will not only fall in love with the taste, but also get attached to the ingenious food decoration!


3. An Hy Vegetarian Restaurant

Clean and neat, An Hy Vegetarian Restaurant makes you feel good with their simple decoration and the open-air space. It is suitable to drop by for a quick and tasty breakfast or lunch! The restaurant serves either Vietnamese or Western dishes, most of them are popular cuisines.

Vegetarian restaurant located across the street from one edge of the Hoi An old market building offers a large variety of dishes. Indoor and courtyard seating under the trees makes a nice spot to catch a meal slightly off the beaten path and for less money than the main tourist street shops. I tried two dishes the fresh vegetarian spring rolls were tasty, freshly rolled with plenty of fragrant basil. A small dipping sauce and chili sauce was provided.

An Hy Vegetarian Restaurant An Hy Vegetarian Restaurant

One note… The chili sauce is delicious with a sharp chili and vinegar bite, be sure to ask for the vegan style, the other type this local company makes contains fish sauce according to the owner. Second dish was tofu and veggie claypot rice. Very tasty with finely chopped mushrooms, veggies, and tofu bits in rice that comes baked in claypot. As it comes mixed already, it is essentially one big dish of rice and could easily be ordered as a side and split if you have a group. Friendly staff.

Barley is temporarily closed until August for their renovation. You can check their fanpage out for more updates later!


4. Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant

Whether you are looking for a garden view restaurant or a vegetarian cooking class, Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant is a perfect choice! Their huge bookshelf caught my interest at first sight. But their delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisines continue to capture my full “stomach’s” attention. You can pick mi Quang or grilled mango rice, which are beautiful options, if you don’t know what to order.

Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant

Simple dishes, familiar to the daily life of Vietnamese people through the hands of chef Minh Hien Vegetarian will bring customers an interesting experience of vegetarian cuisine.

  • Vegetarian cuisine with local flavor
  • On-site and take-out service
  • Parking available

The restaurant provides cooking classes, which last from 8 AM to 1 PM, including a trip around Tra Que Vegetable Village and Hoi An ancient market. Reach out to the restaurant in advance if you wish to tailor your class to meet your special dietary needs, Kosher for example!


5. Chickpea Eatery – Vegan

As a family social enterprise, Chickpea Eatery provides NPO organic vegan restaurants and tours to support the locals and organize charity work. It is run by a professional vegan chef, who switched into veganism after her special fish-incident. You can read more about Ms. Tu Mai interesting story on the restaurant website, but let’s now take a look at what they offer!

Chickpea Eatery has one vegan restaurant in Hoi An and one in Da Nang. Their servings are organic, most popularly known for Vietnamese cuisines. Their space in Hoi An does not look so fancy, but serves as a nice, clean and neat spot for spending a meal with your group of friends.

Chickpea Eatery - Vegan Chickpea Eatery - Vegan

There are two vegan cooking classes, the lunch class starts at 10 AM and dinner starts at 4 PM. You can register to go alone or with a group (with a better price) with a maximum of four people.

More interestingly, you can look at their charity programs, which take place daily in Da Nang and Hoi An cities. To briefly summarize, they organize low-price meals every day for the disadvantaged, free vegan meals for patients, and they also support the ethnic minorities in Quang Nam province. Several words cannot encompass what they do for these communities. If you want to know more about these socially-responsible activities, don’t hesitate to contact them!


Apart from these amazing vegan restaurants, you can always stop by a street food vendor if you see the word “Chay” on their stall. If you are a vegan, you need to tell them “koh ahn trehng va suah” (meaning you don’t use eggs and milk). I highly recommend spending some time visiting Tra Que Village so that you can truly witness the beauty of Vietnamese vegetable farms. You will never get bored with being a vegan or vegetarian in this city!

If you are still planning your days in Hoi An, let’s give these articles a read:

Your Rough Guide to Hoi An

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