The Almanity Hoi An is a resort in the city center that offers a fantastic brunch buffet every first Sunday of the month. The food on offer includes local and international favorites, like freshly caught oysters, Japanese noodle soup, and tandoori chicken. At the Almanity, brunch is an experience the entire family can enjoy, with magicians’ performances and face painting for kids, a live band, and early happy hour at the resort’s Blue Bottle Bar right next door. Restaurant patrons even get access to the resort’s beautiful pool.
Almanity Hoi An, 326 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3666 888
This quiet restaurant is set in a lush private garden down an alley near Hoi An’s famous Japanese Bridge. Open from early in the morning until midnight, Secret Garden is the ideal spot for a low key late morning meal. Items on the traditional Vietnamese menu include nom ngu sac hai san (five color salad made with shrimps, calamari, pickled lotus root, spearmint, and green mango), and banh cuom thap cam (savory Vietnamese rice crepes).
Secret Garden, Alley off 60 Le Loi, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3911112
Hai Cafe is a spacious, casual restaurant, where you can choose between a table in the elegant courtyard, or a perch on the front porch (perfect for watching the people of Hoi An go about their everyday life). The menu includes a wide variety of Vietnamese and Western dishes, including barbecued meats, seafood, and salads, and cooking classes are available at the restaurant’s Red Bridge Cooking School.
Hai Cafe, 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc and 111 Tran Phu, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3863210
The banh mi is the queen of Vietnamese snack and breakfast foods, and Banh My Phuong is one of the best spots in Hoi An to try one. Made of light Vietnamese baguettes, pate, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, and a combination of savory and sweet sauces, the banh mi at Banh My Phuong has long been a local favorite and even counts celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain among its fans.
Morning Glory has established a name for itself as one of Hoi An’s must-visit eateries. In addition to its all-day menu of Hoi An-style street food, homemade Vietnamese comfort food, sandwiches and Vietnamese desserts, the restaurant also has an impressive breakfast and brunch menu. Highlights include eggs and beefsteak served with Vietnamese baguette (a local take on France’s oeuf au plat), and coconut sticky rice with sesame and roast peanuts. Brunch at Morning Glory goes best with a refreshing glass of cold soymilk.
Morning Glory, 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 2241 555
Opened by a family of Canadian and Australian expats, Dingo Deli is a combination of restaurant, delicatessen, and bakery, and the best place to find large-portioned Western-style brunches. Unlike most other Hoi An venues, Dingo Deli is especially friendly to health-conscious diners, offering smoke-free dining, a range of gluten-free items, and strictly no use of MSG.
Dingo Deli, 277 Cua Dai, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 120 600 9300
Brunch at the Goda Boutique Hotel’s restaurant is a stylish affair, especially if you are lucky enough to get a table on the charming terrace. Be sure to try the Vietnamese Taste breakfast set, with items like pho noodle soup, and stir-fried egg noodle. Some dishes from the all-day a la carte menu are also great as morning treats, like goi hua chuoi (banana flower salad), and goi xoai thit bo (beef and mango salad).
Goda, 310 Cua Dai, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 5103 923 644