Between the tailors and the china shops of Vietnam’s famous French city, a breed of excellent cafes to work in Hoi An are flourishing. We’ve cased out the best so you don’t have to.

A lot has been said about Hoi An’s conversion to a digital nomad mecca. Six long years have passed since I was here last, a fresh-faced baby boy with rosy cheeks and no idea what the concept of work meant, let alone what location-independent work meant. Who woulda’ thought that I’d be sitting beneath the paint-peeling walls of an old French mansion on the edge of Hoi An’s UNESCO Heritage Old Town, waxing lyrical about the speedy internet, the top coffee and the cosy little joints where a table, a fan and a place to set-up the laptop for the day lurks around every tailor-spotted corner. Mhmm there are oodles of cafes to work in Hoi An these days. Here are our favs…

cafes to work in Hoi An
The Hill Station, Hoi An | © Crabs Move Sideways

The Hill Station

What more of a recommendation is needed than the fact that I’m sat in this charming little coffeeshop writing this ere’ piece right now? I’ve got me a comfy perch right next to the street, bikes whizzing past this way and that. And I’ve just doused a couple of ice cubes with a Vietnamese drip coffee. With its age-stained frontispiece of arcades and dark-wood interiors, there’s something undeniably noir about the spot. The décor is inspired by the old colonial highland towns where growing tea and coffee was the name of the game. Thankfully, these guys prefer to brew the beans and leaves. And boy do they do a darn good job – the cappuccinos are excellent. For the best workspaces, head upstairs. There’s quick internet, loads of plugs and some quiet little alcoves that overlook the street. (Try the craft beer that’s from Saigon once you finish your shift)

321 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Sơn Phong, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

Cafes to work in Hoi An
The Hill Station,one of the top cafes to work in Hoi An | © Crabs Move Sideways

Rosie’s Cafe

It’s hard not to love Rosie’s Café. Huddled between leafy courtyards and one particularly ramshackle barber’s shop down a tight-knit alleyway on the western side of Hoi An’s Old Town, it’s a welcome breather from the crowds along the riverside. There are three separate spaces, with the final one – a cool, simple room with some fabric seating and timber tables – perfect for laptop warriors. The internet is lightening fast and the cold-brew coffee is all you need to jolt you back into work mode after braving the sultry Vietnamese heat to get there. Plugs abound, too – I counted six on the wall next to my table alone. There’s also excellent food in Rosie’s, ranging from vegan wraps to uber-healthy cereal and fruit breakfast plates.

8/6 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam, +84 122 459 9545

What Else Cafe

With a location just down the road from Rosie’s, What Else Cafe also enjoys a charming, quiet little cut-out of the Hoi An Old Town. It’s spread over a snug indoor space and big patio area. The real bonus here is that there are plugs outside, which means you can set-up the office beneath the bougainvillea and ivy. The breakfast menu is also excellent, with fried eggs that come sizzling on the griddle with a side of crunchy Vietnamese banh mi (bread). One downside we can think of is no machine coffee – you’re limited to Nespresso capsules and Vietnamese beans here.

10/1 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 122 641 6037

Cafes to work in Hoi An
In the Sound of Silence Hoi An | © Crabs Move Sideways

Sound of Silence

If you’re really looking to escape the hooting scooters and bicycle bells of Hoi An’s center, the beachfront of An Bang is the place to go. Cue this cracking little coffee shop, sprawled over the tops of the dunes just above the sands. Part traditional Balinese-style timber guesthouse, part hipster roastery, it covers pretty much all your bases. The food might not be great – it’s standard fare like omelettes and noodles – but the coffee is cracking. And then come the seats out in the garden. A couple of plugs in a box mean you can stay powered, there’s a dedicated internet for the outdoor spaces, a gazebo for shade, and – wowza – you’ll be literally a stone’s throw from the salt-spraying rollers of the South China Sea. It was hands down one of our favourite cafes to work in Hoi An.

Nguyễn Phan Vinh, Cẩm An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 90 636 94 84

We’ve another five days to chill in Hoi An so we’ll be checking out a whole load of other working cafes. Or at least we will if we can pull ourselves away from the cooling waves along An Bang beach and the pretty gardens of Tra Que island. Watch this space for more sick cafes to work in Hoi An.