What is it that makes Hoi An so popular? Is it the beautiful architecture, the lanterns that light up at night, the atmosphere, or is it the food? It most probably is everything combined and more! And now you can add unique and picturesque cafés to the list of what makes Hoi An so popular.
Hoi An is located in the northern bank of the Thu Bon River in the Quang Nam province, about 30 kilometres south of Da Nang. The climate here is considered tropical so the winters are usually mild. You have two seasons here: wet and dry, and the coldest months of the year are December and January. But there is not really a bad season to go here, quite the contrary. Hoi An is beautiful all year around and if you are planning on visiting Vietnam, you simply cannot exclude Hoi An from your itinerary.
If you are visiting Vietnam soon, make sure that you apply for a Vietnam visa in good time before you are traveling. You have two online options: Visa on Arrival and the E-Visa. The latter is only available for certain countries though, so ask your embassy if you are unsure if you can apply. You can also go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa there.
One thing you cannot miss doing in Hoi An is to go café hopping. There are so many beautiful and unique cafés here, which offers everything from Vietnamese drip coffee to delicious fruit smoothies. As Hoi An’s popularity is growing, so are the cafés. There are more cafés popping up in this quaint little town so make sure you keep yourself updated. Let’s take a look at some of the most picturesque cafés in Hoi An (where you can get that perfect photo).
1. Chu Chu
Address: 74 Tran Phu, Hoi An
This quirky little café is perfect for the ones who prefers a more laid back atmosphere, good juices, tea and coffee fresh from local farms and tropical smoothies. It is quite the photogenic place so make sure to bring your camera when you go here. Everything from the colorful flowers to the cozy space, you’ll want to snap as many photos here as possible. Although it is one of the smaller cafés in Hoi An, you will find yourself coming back here again and again. You can try the famous Vietnamese egg coffee here as well (which some say are the best they’ve tried) as well as coconut coffee, which is highly recommended.
2. Mot Hoi An
Address: Sidewalk 150 Tran Phu.
Mot is a Herbal Tea Shop where you can get delicious tea decorated with flowers, fresh fruit and herbs. Not only is it incredibly picturesque, this quirky place is unique and there’s only one of its kind. It is more of a stall as well, rather than a traditional café, but know for sure that one cup of tea here will boost your mood instantly! Just know that the opening hours are a bit quirky too – it only opens from mid afternoon.
3. Reaching Out Tea House
Address: 131 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
This tranquil tea house is unique because it is a silent café. The staff working there are all deaf, but communication works smoothly. You can write down your order on a piece of paper or on little wooden blocks. It is important to respect the concept, which is to come here if you want a more peaceful and quiet experience. The tea house is absolutely gorgeous, with an Asian rustic style. It is very vegan and vegetarian friendly and they also have gluten free options. The tea and coffee is a must-try, especially the coconut flavored green tea, along with some cookies of your choice. You can sit here for hours and watch the world go by.
Address: 16 Nguyen Thai Hoc
One of the new spots in Hoi An, Cocobana has not gone unnoticed amongst travellers and locals. This peaceful café is close to the Hoi An Market and the concept is all about tea. The atmosphere here is very laid back and relaxed, so after an intense day of walking around, this is the perfect place to rest your feet. Try some of their rare tea brews, such as soursop and kumquat, all served in beautiful ceramic cups. Make sure that you do not miss the hidden floral garden as well. You also have the option of getting a footbath while sipping on some hot tea.