Where to have a drink in Hoi An

From cafes and tea houses to bars and beer gardens, these are the best places to grab a coffee or a glass of wine around this Vietnamese city.

Unwind at the Reaching Out Tea House in Hoi An.
  • Lara Dunston
  • February 2019

Exploring the city of Hoi An can be thirsty work. Whether you need a cold-pressed juice in the morning, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up of caffeine or something a little stronger to sip on in the evening, there are cool bars and cafés with pretty courtyards throughout the city. Many also serve up some pretty delicious food so bring your appetite.

Reaching Out Tea House

With its low-slung Art Deco chairs and big round windows that let a cool breeze flow into the shaded courtyard, this beautiful Chinese-style teahouse is a retreat from the heat. Order a pot of oolong tea while you browse the range of ceramics and handicrafts made by local artisans with disabilities at their Reaching Out Arts and Crafts workshop nearby.

White Marble

Hoi An’s best wine bar just so happens to be owned by an Australian expat, Nick Hatton, who has thoughtfully curated a wine list including top drops from his brother, Peter, who operates French Island Vineyards, south of Melbourne. Come to White Marble for the friendly staff, nostalgic 80’s soundtrack and excellent pours – stay for the deep-fried money bags packed with plump prawns.

White Marble has great wine and cool vibes
White Marble has great wine and cool vibes.

Hoi An Roastery

You can find Vietnam’s traditional robusta-based ca phe sua da (iced coffee made with condensed milk) everywhere but until Hoi An Roastery opened in 2015, it was hard finding a decent flat white. Four years later, you can order a pour-over brewed from fair-trade Arabica beans sourced from Dalat (in southern Vietnam) and roasted in Hoi An at one of the roastery’s seven branches. They also do coffee-making workshops.



Market Bar

Opened in April 2018, this open-air patio bar, tucked away on the first level of the cloth market, still flies under the radar. From the corner of Bach Dang and Hoang Dieu streets, look up. Spot the blue lanterns in the tree and the “Market Terrace” sign and you’re there. Expect affordable bottles of wine, Vietnamese craft beers from the likes of Hanoi’s Furbrew, cheese and charcuterie plates and fantastic river views.

The outdoor Market Bar is Hoi An's best kept secret
The outdoor Market Bar is Hoi An's best kept secret.

Cocobox

This welcoming café and farm shop has a rustic-chic vibe, with a recycled timber counter, organic produce piled in crates and open sacks of aromatic coffee beans luring in passers-by for coconut ice-cream coffee, cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Artisanal souvenirs fill the shelves, including coffee-flower honey, Marou chocolate bars and highlands tea.