Uy Viet Coffee Bean
Address: 580 Cua Dai – Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The number of coffee shops in Hoi An can make it difficult to select which shop to go to for coffee. It’s not difficult to find a good cup but to make things easier we at Hidden have compiled a list of the best in the city for you.
Some of our local favourite Hoi An cafes would be Uy Viet Coffee Bean. Here you can get true coffee and quick service (they also have freshly ground beans to take home, if you are interested in making your own brew), and the coffee bars on Ly Thuong Kiet. This street is lined with top-notch coffee bars for half a kilometre, with all the different kinds available. You will probably be the only tourist or ex-pat in the whole. But the staff mostly will be able to see you through the ordering process without much confusion.
Address: 130 Tran Phu– Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Located in the heart of Old Town, Faifo offers great house-roasted coffee and a fantastic rooftop on top of the shop in which to enjoy it. After placing your order on the ground floor, navigate your way up the narrow dark wooden stairs, past the retro motorbike and up once more to the roof. With lanterns swinging overhead, are two tables and a number of stools well shaded from the harsh sun. This floor offers a unique view of Old Town, with tiled rooftops all around. Faifo also has a middle floor quite cooled and provided with more comfortable seating.
Hidden Hint: Go early or later in the day as it can get quite hot on the rooftop during midday—and the light will be more fit for your photos.
The Espresso Station
Address: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao – Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Most coffee shops in Hoi An follow to hone and serve traditional coffee. Be it Vietnamese, Italian or Australian, but many of the menus shows much of the same. However, reach the busy Tran Hung Dao Street and up a narrow alley lies an innovative gem called The Espresso Station. The terrace small and inviting, with a number of picnic style benches and stools to lay out. Mustard walls with cobalt blue accents decorate the space, and tables in the material of salvaged wood provide seating.
Although they do have traditional coffees on their menu (which are damn good), their house specials really make them unique. Ice cube coffee topped with cocoa powder and served with steamed milk on the side, or the dark soul latte that has the addition of activated charcoal, truly shine at Espresso Station. If caffeine isn’t your type, they even have a beetroot latte.
Address: 130 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street – Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Gemstone Art Museum in the Old Town showcases an distinguish collection of minerals and rare gems all around Vietnam. Stucked in the back, a gem not as well known in Hoi An is their lounge and coffee shop. A laid-back and refined space, complete with mustard walls and a unique fountain with water trickling down marble shapes with spinel patterns.
Thoughtfully filling the area are thin roots hanging from a canopy of vines above. The longest roots catch all the way down to the water in their deep well. The atmosphere makes this a great space for a coffee break and to also appreciate the beauty of the stones on appearance. They also have various number of cocktails, wine, and fruit juice on the menu, making it a versatile stop.
Hidden Hint: There is a fee to go upstairs to the museum, but with the purchase of an alcoholic drink you’re allowed free entry.
Sound of Silence Coffee Shop
Address: Nguyen Phan Vinh – Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sound of Silence is a surprisingly peaceful Hoi An coffee shop thinking of its location and view. When you drive past, it’s difficult to tell that hidden behind the building is a fascinating seating area overlooking the tranquil ocean. With palm trees above and grass underfoot, this pleasant space lets you enjoy your coffee and view in relaxation. It never is too hot with the cool breeze blowing in from the sea. They also have a couple of huts with power outlets, making it a perfect workplace too. Sound of Silence is really the best beachside coffee in Hoi An.
Reaching Out Teahouse
Address: 131 Tran Phu – Hours: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reaching Out initially started as a craft shop in 2000, but has since expanded into a spacious tea and coffee shop in Hoi An. Being famous for empowering people with disabilities and finding them a place within their business based on their favors. The team consists of speech and hearing impaired staff that provide a welcoming and premium service. While here prefer to whisper, as they appreciate the concept of enjoying a drink in silence. Blocks of wood labeled with helpful words are on the table to interact with the staff.
Choose from the front room to watch Old Town go by, the raised seating platform with cushions, or the small courtyard with a peaceful lily pond. It’s a warm and open spot to choose if you’re looking for a fantastic drink while throwing back.