After just a few days in Hoi An, Vietnam, I already wished for a break from Vietnamese food. That’s how I started looking around on Google Maps to see if anything interesting would distract me from local food. LOL. Then, I came across Thom’s Sourdough Bakery. Curious to find out what they had, hubs and I again set out to the cafe for a late lunch! Let’s find out what’s good at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery~! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

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Morning Adventure Before Another Late Lunch in Hoi An

Hubs and I had yet another early morning tour in Hoi An. This time, we checked out My Son Sanctuary! The tour deserves a post by itself, so I will talk about why we ended up having a late lunch again. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` ) We were literally “grilled” under the sun for the whole morning since there was hardly any shelter at My Son Sanctuary. We chose to have a morning tour, hoping the weather would be gentler. But it was still way too hot! I cannot imagine people having the tour in the afternoon. ٩(× ×)۶

The main entrance and one of the ruins we saw at My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam

After being drained by the sun for the entire morning, we returned to our hotel and KO after washing up. Haha! That was how we ended up having a late lunch again! I get tired of having local food easily, but I didn’t expect it to come so fast here in Hoi An. So, with that in mind, we decided to have some non-Vietnamese food to break the fatigue and went with something simple—sandwiches at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery.

Having Some Simple Food at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery

Located at the end of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, the cafe is beside the Thu Bon River. Like many places in Hoi An, the bakery is housed in a two-storey building. A signboard outside the cafe highlights one of the most important things we need in Hoi An: AIR CONDITION ROOM. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Since most of the cafes and restaurants in Hoi An do not have air conditioning, this was a very appealing factor to draw people into the cafe. Such a smart move, isn’t it? (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ But surprisingly, no customer was there when we walked into the cafe. It must be the weather keeping people away from exploring the town. (´-ω-`)

The exterior and signboard outside Thom's Sourdough Bakery

I wanted to sit on the second storey to have a river view. But it was way too hot and humid when we got up there! Since no one was in the cafe, the air-conditioning was off, making the room feel like a greenhouse. (×_×) The seats on the terrace were also not ideal with the heat. So, hubs and I decided to walk back down to grab a table on the ground floor since the air-conditioning was already on for the staff.

Sandwich and Panini to Fill Our Stomachs

So, sandwiches it is to fill our stomachs! I chose to have the Chicken Cheese Panini for some protein boost. Instead of having the ingredients stacked on each other, the ingredients were stir-fried before placing between two slices of bread. So, I was surprised when the dish was served to my table. I didn’t know what the star of the fillings was, but I couldn’t stop taking bites of the panini. It was super delicious. Eventually, I stopped after finishing one portion of the panini as I was almost full! Burp.

The Chicken Cheese Panini and Breakfast Sandwich we had at Thom's Sourdough Bakery, and a look at the staff preparing our food in the kitchen

As for hubs, he went for a safe sandwich called Breakfast Sandwich. The ingredients are similar to those used in an American Breakfast. But instead of serving them on a plate as individual items, everything is now between two pieces of sourdough ciabatta bread. Flavour-wise, it couldn’t go wrong since it has bacon in it! Like me, two portions of the sandwich were a bit too much for him, though he also enjoyed it. ( ´ ω ` )

The Juice That Woke Me Up from My Slumber

With the hot weather in July here in Hoi An, it was hardly easy to enjoy a hot drink, even though coffee is a MUST in Vietnam. So, we often opted for cold drinks to cool ourselves down. Since we walked quite a distance from our hotel to Thom’s Sourdough Bakery, cold drinks were, of course, a must for us!

The Lime Juice I got was EXCEPTIONALLY sour! I love having sourish drinks, so I got the lime juice. But oh my, this was overwhelmingly sour that I cringed so hard. LOL. ٩(× ×)۶ The Orange & Passion Juice Soda was slightly tangy but more acceptable in terms of taste.

The Lime Juice and Passion & Passion Juice Soda we ordered, the cutleries as well as a bottle of complimentary natural mineral water at Thom's Sourdough Bakery

Besides what we ordered, they also served us a bottle of natural mineral water. I don’t know if this was on the house or if we were supposed to mix it into the Orange & Passion Juice Soda. But anyway, we just drank it as is. In case you are wondering, natural mineral water tastes like sparkling water, which I don’t really like because of its fizziness and taste.

I wonder if this was on the house because a bottle of this water cost about 30,000 VND (~1.60 SGD), and our drinks were 40,000 VND (~2.20 SGD) and 70,000 VND (~3.80 SGD). Isn’t it very generous of them to serve us such an expensive bottle of water for free? (・・;)ゞToo bad I don’t know how to appreciate it. I would rather drink distilled water than mineral water. My taste buds are not meant for luxurious food. LOL. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Overall Experience at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery, Hoi An

I think the sandwiches at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery were an excellent breakaway from the local food that we had been having in Hoi An. It was also lovely that we had the whole place to ourselves. This seems to be a thing for us here in Hoi An. The last time we visited HEYDAY Coffee for drinks, we were also the only ones there. (ᵔ◡ᵔ) The best thing about dining at Thom’s Sourdough Bakery has got to be the air-conditioning! It was a luxury in Hoi An, especially in the crazy hot weather. (@´ー`)ノ゙

Some of the interior decorations and my husband ordering for us at the counter at Thom's Sourdough Bakery

So, if Vietnamese food is getting too much for you, consider dropping by Thom’s Sourdough Bakery for some simple sandwiches! You can even enjoy a view of Thu Bon River while you are here~! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Information About Thom’s Sourdough Bakery


⏰ Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 6 PM (Sat-Thurs), 7.30 AM – 4 PM (Fri)
☎️ Phone Number: +84 963 222 143
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📒 Menu

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