Having tried a few variations of coffee in Hoi An, I left Vietnam with a newfound love: Salt Coffee. I initially thought a salty cup of coffee would not appeal to my taste buds. But it turned out that getting a good cup of salt coffee can become irresistible! Hubs and I visited a few coffee spots in Hoi An, and we have a winner (in our hearts) for the best salt coffee in Hoi An! If you want to try salt coffee in Hoi An, read this post to find out~! (・ω<)☆

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1. HEYDAY Coffee

The weakest salt coffee we tried was at HEYDAY Coffee, where we also tried this coffee for the first time in Vietnam. This cafe does not specialise in salt coffee, so it doesn’t taste as salty as expected. It was so mild that it was almost non-existent, as you taste more coffee than salt.

The interior of HEYDAY Coffee and the salt coffee we had there

If it is your first time trying salt coffee, it might be worth trying it here at HEYDAY Coffee. Other cafes might be selling more beginner-friendly salt coffee, but based on the few spots we have tried, this was the mildest on our list.

📌 For more details, check out our experience at HEYDAY Coffee! (>ᴗ•)

ABOUT THE CAFE

⏰ Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 9.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 905 909 219
💲 Salt Coffee: 45,000 VND (~2.40 SGD)

2. Thi Coffee

Our My Son Sanctuary guide recommended this coffee spot when we casually talked about salt coffee during our tour. She told us that she had always frequented this place because of its salt coffee, which was her favourite. That was how we decided to check it out and try its salt coffee to see how good it was.

Thi Coffee’s location was so inconspicuous that you could walk by it without noticing that a coffee spot exists there. Even though it was just beside the road, the stall was hidden in an alley. To make matters worse, it doesn’t have a signboard! So when we were trying to find it, hubs and I didn’t even know if we were at the right spot. Haha! We assumed this was the place as we saw several locals queuing up in front of the stall. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Thi Coffee located in an alley of Hoi An, and the lady boss preparing the drink at the stall

You would have thought that this place was a take-and-go spot. But uh-uh, no. There were some seats beside the stall in the alley, and people were enjoying their drinks in the shade! With the alley so tight, I was already not expecting seats, and you know what is even more surprising? Motorcycles were still coming through this lane! The whole situation was such a local thing to have here in Vietnam. ( ´ ω ` )

The seats beside Thi Coffee and our cups of salt coffee from the stall, taken back at our hotel in Hoi An

Compared to all the other salt coffees we tried in Hoi An, the one from Thi Coffee was still milder, though saltier than the one from HEYDAY Coffee. As such, it was ranked Number Two on my list! If you want something saltier but less overpowering, try it at Thi Coffee!

ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 6.30 AM – 5 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 905 271 548
💲 Salt Coffee: 25,000 VND (~1.30 SGD)

3. Sister’s Avocado

After having our first taste of salt coffee at HEYDAY Coffee, we wanted more. It was way too mild, and we wanted something more exciting. So, we decided to seek out GrabFood to see which place offers salt coffee on the menu. That was how we came across Sister’s Avocado.

And my oh my, the coffee was SO GOOD! The cream on top of the coffee was saltier and went well with the coffee. I find it hard to describe the taste but know that it was pretty smooth, and the saltiness will not overwhelm your senses when served in the right proportions of coffee to salt.

The ice cream from Sister's Avocado

Anyway, Sister’s Avocado is known for its avocado ice cream. Hubs saw it on the menu and added it to our order. And we were wowed by how amazing it tasted! The coconut ice cream was mixed with avocado and topped with coconut strips and peanuts. A spoonful of everything was a celebration of flavours in my mouth. It was absolutely delicious; you should have it if you get coffee here! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 5 PM – 10 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 968 356 540
💲 Salt Coffee: 30,000 VND (~1.60 SGD)
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4. Cafe Muoi co anh

Flora and Note, our favourite YouTubers, recommended Cafe Muoi Co Anh in their video of Hoi An. We saw how much they enjoyed the salt coffee and decided to check out this coffee spot to see for ourselves.

Cafe Muoi Co Anh is quite a distance from the main area of Hoi An Ancient Town. Even though the stall’s name says cafe, it was just a simple coffee stall by the roadside. That said, there were small stools for customers to sit on to enjoy their drinks. That is the way of life here in Vietnam. (´• ω •`)

A view of Cafe Muoi Co Anh and our salt coffee nicely mixed from the stall

There is only one item on the menu: Ca Phe Muoi, which means salt coffee. Hubs and I excitedly sipped the coffee, which was AMAZING. It was the saltiest coffee we had in Hoi An, but it was also the best. The saltiness was nicely balanced with the strong taste of the Vietnamese coffee. After drinking the salt coffee here, we couldn’t forget it as it was so darn good.

For such a fantastic cup of coffee, my only complaint was that the quantity was not enough in a cup. Granted, it only cost us 15,000 VND (~0.80 SGD) per cup, but I still wish there was more coffee. It sometimes felt like there were more ice cubes than the drink, which seems to be typical for iced coffee in Hoi An. Within just a few sips, everything was gone! I think the time we waited for the coffee was longer than the time we finished a cup. Haha! I regret not getting another cup before we leave Hoi An. (´-ω-`)

ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 935 589 181
💲 Salt Coffee: 15,000 VND (~0.80 SGD)

Final Thoughts about Salt Coffee

Before going to Hoi An, I always thought that salt coffee would have an acquired taste that I would not like after taking a sip. I always imagined it to taste similar to a bowl of savoury soup, which is where the misconception is. The saltiness comes from the cream they had on the coffee, and the strong taste of the coffee created a good balance. And this was why it turned out to be different from what I expected. That was how I fell in love with this unique drink in Hoi An. (´• ω •`) ♡

If you are like us and would love to bring salt coffee back as a souvenir or want to enjoy it all by yourself, I recommend getting the instant salt coffee from Dr. SALT! Yes, we found instant salt coffee and couldn’t be happier! It was at a convenience stall near our accommodation in Da Nang. Sadly, we can’t find it at Lotte Mart and Big C. So, if you are interested, you might have to try to find it at those souvenir shops instead. Anyway, if you are interested in knowing what to bring back home besides this excellent instant salt coffee, I will have a separate post on souvenirs soon! Please keep an eye out for it when it goes live!

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