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The best restaurants in Malmö

The most common question I get about the Malmö food scene is easily: What even is Swedish food? And truthfully, before moving here, I had no clue what it was either … aside from meatballs, I guess.

While I’ve been living here in Malmö, and consumed a lot of delicious Swedish farm-to-table fare, I can say that Scandinavian food isn’t the only thing Malmö does well. Everyone talks about the world-class culinary scene in Copenhagen. But what many people don’t realize is that you don’t have to cross the Øresund Bridge to have an exceptional food experience. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know a lot of my local content centres around me eating my way through this city. Dare I say my favourite thing about Malmö is the food culture?

After spending so much time exploring the food scene in this city, I’m excited to share with you all my favourite hotspots and hidden gems. So here it is, everything you need to know about to where to eat in Malmö Sweden in 2021.

See Also: Visiting Malmö? Read my guide of all the things to do in Malmö – from a local’s perspective!

Where to eat in Malmö: A Complete Guide

the best brunch in malmö

Kärleksgatan 3: Tucked away in Davidshall, this tiny little brunch spot offers great food, coffee, and the most adorable interior [I mean, just look at this pastel tiled floor!].

JordThis spot offers my favourite vegan brunch in Malmo! With a cosy cafe setting and brunch options that range from toasts to oatmeal, and more!

Atrium: Atrium is the perfect cafe to grab brunch, and is absolutely one of my favourite brunches in the city. The ambiance is perfection, and I am obsessed with their very affordable breakfast platters, filled with everything from a yogurt parfait, to cheese and fresh bread (and don’t forget the bottomless coffee!).

Nam Do: Okay – so this isn’t really traditional brunch. Served on Saturday and Sunday from 11-4, Nam Do offers a Vietnamese “brunch,” which includes a full buffet spread of alllll your Vietnamese favourites, coffee, tea, and oter assorted drinks.

Cafe Grannen: Looking for vegan brunch in Malmö? This breakfast buffet is served everyday in the cutest little cafe. The spread includes an assortment of homemade pies, breads, and other treats. And the best part? At only 79 SEK on weekdays, it is surely the most affordable brunch you’ll find in the city.

Laziza: If you love Lebanese food, this spot is a treat. Laziza offers a Lebanese brunch in Malmo and it is one of my favourites.

Jord Malmo
Left: Atrium; Right: Jord

the best lunch in malmö

Saltimporten Canteen: If you’re looking for a premium lunch experience in Malmo, this is in my opinion the best lunch in Malmo. Everyday they make only one daily lunch option (plus a vegetarian option for the week) using seasonal, local ingredients. It is fantastic!

SMAK: The name of this Malmo Konsthall translates directly to “taste” and they offer a really great dagens lunch (“lunch of the day”). They make premium food, and you can take your own salad, bread, dessert, and coffee from the buffets.

Noir Kaffekultur: This place is so much more than just coffee. The avocado toast paired with a kaffe latte is my go-to, preferably outside on their perfect little Parisien-inspired patio.

Malmö Saluhall: The local “salluhall” or “food hall” offers a variety of restaurants in a cool indoor market setting, and is a great spot to grab lunch if you’re exploring the city. Plus, their diverse food offerings mean that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. [must try: raman at Pink Head Noodle Bar].

AB Småland: This lifestyle concept store not only carries the most beautiful home goods, but it also offers a great vegan buffet lunch and coffee shop.

Far i Hatten: Located in the middle of one of Malmö’s coolest parks, Folkets Park, this is the perfect spot to grab a patio beer and pizza.

Spoonery: Offering a variety of different different bowls, with a rotating seasonal menu, Spoonery is a great lunch spot. If you’re in the mood to try a Scandinavian classic, opt for the meatballs!

Fiskehoddorna: Also known as Malmö’s fish market, this spot lines the street with colourful huts. Here, you can pick up the local catch-of-the-day to bring home and cook, or you can opt to eat to eat on their back patio. You won’t find better fish ‘n chips in Malmö, trust me.

Slottsrädgårdens Kafé: Nestled in the middle of Kungsparken, a park located in the centre of the city, you’ll find this cafe. This is the perfect summer patio spot for lunch or fika in the sun. [must try: the hummus plate!]

Boru Bowl Bar: Boru Bowl is your spot for the most delicious Asian-inspired bowls. The Crispy Pork is their most popular, but my personal go-to is the Boru Salmon.

Spoonery Malmo
Fiskehoddorna
Left: Spoonery; Right: Fiskehoddorna

the best dinner in malmö

Ruths (formerly Bastard): This is a really popular spot in Malmö – and for good reason. Ruths offers a really premium food experience. Using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, the chefs at Ruths serve up incredible Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. With a selection of small plates to choose from, you get to experience some of the best food Malmö has to offer. And, if you’re looking for something a bit more casual, you can opt for pizza in their courtyard in the warmer months. Other great news: as of winter 2021, Ruths is now opened all day! So you can go here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. They also have a shop at the front with homemade goods, and it is my favourite spot to buy supplies for charcuterie night.

Lyran Matbar: This is my favourite restaurant in Malmö. Which, in a city full of world-class food options, that’s a huge statement. But it really is so good. In this tiny little restaurant, chefs use only seasonal, primarily local ingredients, so the menu changes everyday. When you arrive, you’ll be presented with the ingredient list for the day, but there is an element of surprise the specific menu items will be presented to you throughout the evening. At Lyran, you must opt for the tasting menu (although you can choose from a meat or veggie option). Make sure to make a reservation far in advance, because there is less than ten tables and this spot is popular.

Mutantur: I really love Mutantur. Like, a lot (notice a theme here). Mutanture serves a variety of gastronomic small plates with flavours inspired from around the world. I love the small tasting portions, because you’re able to try a variety of different options, all thoughtfully curated from fresh ingredients. If you’re lucky, you can find a drop-in bar seat. But I’d also recommend booking this spot well in advance.

Riket: This place is fun and trendy, and the food is incredible. Another spot with small plates made from in-season locally sourced ingredients, Riket serves up some pretty incredible food from their tiny bar side kitchen. They also have an impressive wine list with lots of natural wine options, plus a lively patio alongside the restaurant in the summer months.

Saiko: Step into this restaurant and I swear you’ll feel like you’ve teleported to Japan. To say I am obsessed with Saiko would be an understatement. This Japanese restaurant in Malmö offers small sharing plates, and recommend roughly three plates per person, which means you can virtually try the entire menu. And don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of sake.

LU: This is the best spot for premium yet affordable Chinese food in Malmö. It is really some of the very best Hong Kong-influenced Cantonese food I have ever had, with a variety of meat dishes and dumplings.

Opopoppa: Serving unique flavours of pizza by the slice, cans of beer, and a selection of natural wines, this intimate spot is a local favourite.

Casual Street Food: Looking for the best burger in Malmö? Look no further. The high quality burgers here blew me away (this coming from someone who doesn’t even really burgers…).

Soi 29: The best spot for premium Thai food in Malmo. I really love this spot. The space is cool and the food is so well done. If you’re looking to splurge, I would go for the five-dish tasting menu for the ultimate experience. It is fantastic!

Nam Do: If you love Vietnamese food as much as I do, this is a great place to go. The ambiance is cool, the food is delicious, and portions are very generous. I have tried other options, and in my opinion, this is best Vietnamese restaurant in Malmö.

Malmö Brewing Co.: With a large selection of in-house and international beers, paired with some good old southern cooking (think mac & cheese, pulled pork, and creamed corn), this is a great spot for a casual bite.

400 Grader: If you’re looking for excellent pizza in Malmo, 400 Grader is definitely the best I’ve tried!.

Mutantur Malmö
Ruths Malmö
Riket Malmö
Clockwise: Lyran; Ruths; Riket; Mutantur

the best cafes in malmö

The list of best fika spots in Malmö is LONG. So instead of including it here, I have rounded up a list of the best 15 cafes in Malmö. You can read the post here.

the best bars in malmö

Care/Of: This is my favourite cocktail bar in Malmö for high quality cocktails. It also has a perfectly intimate and cosy vibe.

LiketLiket is a new spot, affiliated is one of the best restaurants in Malmo – Riket! This cosy courtyard space offers a fantastic cocktail menu that changes every day.

MJs: To say I am obsessed with the aesthetic here would quite frankly be an understatement. And the cocktails are great too!

Mineral: This is a perfect little wine bar in Malmö with tapas-style food. I’m also obsessed with their pretty outdoor patio space.

Julie: Julie is the perfect intimate wine bar in the middle of the old town and offers a very extensive wine selection. The staff at Julie definitely knows their wines, so prepare for a top notch experience.

L’enoteca: This central location is great and they host the most amazing wine garden down/across the street this summer. It quickly became one of my favourite go to summer spots to enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

Gustavino: Another central location, I love this spot for an after work drink.

Malmö Brewing Co.: With a large selection of both in-house craft beers, and featured international beers, this is the best brewery in Malmö.

Mikkeller Pop Up: The popular Danish craft beer brand hosts a summer popup up in Folket’s Park.

Liket Malmo
L'Enoteca Malmo
Mineral Malmo
Gustavino Malmo
Clockwise from top left: Liket, Mineral, Gustavino, L’Enoteca.

the best falafal in malmö

Did you know that falafel is basically the unofficial food of Malmö? You’ll find it everywhere and it is easily the cheapest food you can buy for only 30-40 SEK. There are many awesome falafel restaurants in Malmö to choose from. However, if you were to ask me where to find the best falafel in Malmö, my answer would easily be Värnhem’s Falafel. Not only is the falafel tasty, but they actually make you a fresh pita right in front of you. And really, it doesn’t get better than that. 

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Best cafes in Malmö

Since moving to Sweden, if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that Swedes really love their coffee. I wasn’t a huge coffee drinker until I moved to Malmö – and now, well, you could argue my coffee intake has gotten a bit carried away. It’s hard not to fall for the Scandinavian coffee culture when you have some of the best cafes in Malmö minutes away from your apartment.

Sweden’s culture is so coffee-centric, they’ve developed a verb to describe a coffee break: fika. What does fika mean? Well it loosely translates to “having coffee and a sweet with friends or family.” And while it may seem like a bit of novelty, it really isn’t. Colleagues will suggest we take a “fika break” at the office, friends will often “meet for a fika” after work or in their spare time. It is a moment to pause and enjoy time with the people you care about. Pretty special, eh?

With that being said, there is absolutely no shortage of spots to have a fika in Malmö. I’ve been sharing some of these on my Malmö food guide, but as this post gets longer and longer, I thought my favourite cafes deserved their own place to shine.

I’ve been to a lot of cafes in the city, and in this post I’ll be rounding the best cafes in Malmö – let’s go!

Must-Try Swedish Fika Sweets

Before we start counting down the best cafes in Malmö, I want to share with you a few of the best Swedish fika sweets that you must try. There are of course many others you’ll find throughout the year, but these are a few easy favourites:

Chokladboll: A chocolate ball (roughly the size of a golf ball) made of oats, sugar, and cocoa, and coated in coconut.

Kanelbullar: The cinnamon bun is arguably the most popular “Swedish” dessert. The local take on the cinnamon bun is different than the version with icing found in many other countries. It is simply dough rolled up with a cinnamon and sugar filling.

Kardemummabullar: Made in a similar way to the cinnamon bun, this one is filled with cardamom. It is my personal favourite Swedish fika treat.

Semla: This is most commonly eaten on Shrove Tuesday, but you can find it in cafes all year. It is a cardamom-spiced sweet roll with the centre carved out, and it is filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream.

Kladdkaka: This is more commonly known as mud cake in English, and is a thin sticky chocolate cake topped with icing sugar, and typically some type of berries, like raspberry.

Lussebullar: Around the Christmas holidays, you will see these swirled saffron buns everywhere. Traditionally they are topped with raisins, but more trendy versions include vanilla or cardamom fillings. 

Atrium Cafe

An easy choice for fika, brunch, or lunch, Atrium is a bright cafe with tons of greenery serving sweets, and a variety of brunch and lunch options. I love the ambiance here, and they have a wonderful garden patio in the warmer months.

 Must Try: They make a fantastic golden milk latte.

Atrium Cafe Malmo
Atrium Cafe Malmo

Solde Kaffebar & Kafferosteri

The best coffee in Malmö? You’ll find it at Solde. This specialty coffe shop roasts their own beans and is the best place to go if you want to buy local coffee beans in Malmö. We brew almost exclusively Solde coffee at home, and love to go here for fika too.

Must Try: Their “Mästers Kaffe” blend is an easy favourite for me, but you’re looking for a lighter coffee, the “Brors Kaffe” blend is a favourite of many.

If you aren’t local, you can also order their coffee beans online.

Solde Kaffe
Solde Kaffe

St. jakobs stenugnsbageri

St. Jakob’s is a super popular bakery that offers many locations scattered throughout Malmö. My favourite is their newest location in Davidshall on Södra Förstadsgatan – where you can sit on a lovely bistro-style terrace alongside the pedestrian-only street.

Must Try: Cardamom buns (especially the saffron cardamom buns that they make during the Christmas holidays).

St. Jakobs
St. Jakobs

Söderberg & Sara

This is my favourite bakery for bread in Malmo! They make the best bread I have tried in the city, and it has become a bit of a tradition for us to pick up a fresh loaf there on weekend mornings.

Must try: Their sour dough bread, grilled cheese sandwiches – they are also known for sourcing some unique coffee roasts!

Bageri Leve

Looking for the best vegan bakery in Malmö? This is it … especially if you’re in the mood for donuts! Every Friday they have a “donut of the day” and locals queue for them – they are that good!

Must Try: As I mentioned, the donuts. But I also highly recommend the fresh-baked focaccia (and really any other of their baked goods).

Söderberg & Sara
Left: Bageri Leve; Right: Söderberg & Sara

Uggla Kaffebar

I absolutely love this cute little coffee spot. It’s located very close to my apartment, which obviously makes me a regular. And they serve good coffee and the perfect fika sweets. In the summer months, you can head across the street to their bistro setup in the middle of St. Knut’s Square.

Must Try: I love their matcha lattes.

Uggla Kaffebar
Uggla Kaffebar

Noir Kaffekultur

This central spot located in the beautiful old town is a great spot for a patio fika. Sit outside with a coffee, watch the bikes zoom by, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re on a terrace in Paris.

Must Try: Coffee – and they make a lovely avocado toast!

Lilla Kafferosteriet

This central cafe has great coffee and an assortment of cakes and pastries. In the warmer months, head outside to the backyard terrace. It is the the perfect spot to soak in the afternoon sun.

Must Try: The employees are coffee experts, so I’d stick with a regular coffee here. And they always have a big selection of sweets.

Cafe No. 6

If you’re looking for a cosy fika spot in St. Knut’s, this is another great option. Across the street from the cafe, they have a lovely garden to take your fika outside.

Must Try: Coffee paired with biscotti.

AB Småland

AB Småland is more than just a cafe – it is a full lifestyle and Scandinavian concept store. Browse through the trendy shop full of Scandi goods, and then grab a fika in the cafe. 

Must Try: This is my favourite golden milk latte in the city.

AB Smaland
Cafe no 6
Left: AB Småland; Right: Cafe No 6

Kaffebaren på Möllan

Great coffee and atmosphere in the trendy Möllan neighbourhood. In the summer months, I suggest taking your coffee out front and people watching while people shop at the farmer’s market in the square.

Must Try: Coffee!

jord

Jord, which translates to “earth” in English, is a vegan cafe and breakfast spot. I really love the ambiance of this cosy cafe, and their food is really good if you’re looking for vegan food in Malmö.

Must Try: The vegan breakfast food is SO good. I particularly love their seasonal oat bowls.

Jord Malmo
Jord Malmo

Pâtisserie David

This French-style patisserie serves many traditional French pastries, and has of the best courtyard patios in the city. If you’re looking for a French-inspired fika, this is your spot.

Must Try: The macarons and crepes.

Slottsträdgårdens kafé

Located in the middle of the beautiful Slottsparken, this cafe is a popular patio spot in Malmö. After you’ve had your fika, make sure to head next door to Slottsträdgården to admire the beautiful gardens, and the iconic Malmö windmill.

Must Try: They always have a variety of sweets – but this is a great spot for lunch, too.

Patisserie David
Left: Patisserie David; Right: Slottsträdgårdens kafé

Djäkne Kaffebar

Djäkne Kaffebar is a trendy, cental coffee bar and co-working space in Malmö. If you’re looking for wifi and a spot to get work done, this is a great spot to do it. Keep in mind, they are only open on weekdays. 

Must Try: I love their cappucino.

Djäkne Kaffebar
Djäkne Kaffebar

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And now that you’ve read all about the best cafes in Malmö, make sure to head over to my Malmö Food Guide where I’m dishing the details on all the best bars and restaurants in Malmö.

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Falsterbo Sweden

Okay, heavy topic. But hear me out.

Ever since this COVID-19 stuff began sweeping across the world, I have been struggling to know what is appropriate to post on this online platform, and what isn’t. Many creators are posting work-from-home tips, lists of things you can do if you’re bored at home, and other positive and uplifting messages. Some others have continued business as usual, posting their normal travel-related content to inspire others to explore this big, beautiful world once this weird period passes.

But to me, none these things felt like what I wanted to share.

At my day job, where I work for a large tech/security company and I am responsible for the global blog platform, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions in the past couple weeks. Decisions about what kind of content can be helpful, or useful, and what qualifies as capitalizing on an “opportunity.”

Everyday we are bombarded with COVID-19 content. And I refuse to contribute to the hysteria.

But, one thing I have been thinking about a lot is the definition of home. And what “home” really means when you’re an expat. A couple days ago I posted about this in a caption on an Instagram post, and received an outpouring of comments and support from people who could closely relate to the question I was asking…

...so what is home, anyways?

Skanör beach houses

A note about the photos in this post: All photos were taken in Skanör-Falsterbo prior to the COVID-19 escalation.

it all started with a call to come home

When COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic, I initially didn’t consider flying back to Canada. But, when Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, called for Canadian’s abroad to come home shortly after… I paused. “Should I fly back to Canada?,” I asked myself. Especially considering my Swedish visa situation is still very much up in the air while I wait for a renewal to be processed. Maybe staying is a bit riskier than I initially thought.

Although I did question my decision, I admittedly didn’t think about it long… ultimately the choice was pretty easy. My job is here. My fiancé is here. And so is my cat (who I had no interest in lugging back across the Atlantic ocean). I have an apartment I love. I’m in a city I love. I have a local support system of friends and family. So, albeit with a little bit of reluctance, I decided to wait it out.

From the moment I made that decision, I have experienced every emotion imaginable.

the realization that I literally cannot go "home"

The realization that now, here I am, stuck in Sweden. And while I still stand firmly behind the choice I made, it still feels very scary. This feeling of fear has been coupled with moments of panic and sadness. Had I made the right choice?

Knowing that I quite literally can’t go home to the people that mean the most to me. To my hometown, which has always been my “safe space.” It is enough to leave me crippled with anxiety.

Over the past couple weeks, I have gotten over a lot of this anxiety. I feel calmer and more accepting on this situation that I literally cannot change. I also feel more confident that everything is going to be okay. Sure, the world is going to be a bit different, but it’ll be okay.

"home" has never felt so far away

In the past when people have commented on the fact that I have chosen to live so far away from Canada, I have always brushed it off. “It’s only a seven hour flight, I can come visit whenever I want,” is my typical response. But, then, countries across the world closed their borders. And coming home whenever I wanted to was no longer an option. Home all of the sudden was in fact “so far away.” And that has been a very weird thing to wrap my head around.

Skanör-Falsterbo
Skanör-Falsterbo in the spring

but i have realized something pretty special...

"home" can be defined in so many different ways

I have been questioning the definition of “home” a lot over the past couple weeks. And I have realized that it can be defined in many ways. For many expats, there are two types of homes (or maybe even three or four). There is the home you choose. Similar to how you choose your friends, or a career path – it is a conscious choice. Sweden, in my day-to-day life, is home. I made a very conscious choice to move here. And I am very happy – and thankful – to have the freedom to make that choice.

There’s something really special about the home you choose. And I owe a whole lot to this new country I’ve chosen to call home. Sweden has made me feel welcome and provided me with the safe space that I so desperately need during this scary time. My gratefulness for that is endless.

And then there’s “HOME home”…

This is the home that is written on your passport. This isn’t the home you choose. It’s the home you were “born in” (although maybe not literally because I realize that the world is not that simple). And just like you can’t choose your family, you also don’t choose this home. There are also many people that may not like this home (just like there are people who don’t like their family) – but I’ve gotta say, I’ve hit the jackpot in both these categories. I am so thankful to call Canada my inherent home AND have most of my favourite people living there.

so what is home, anyways? it still isn't super clear.

And I know there are people all over the world that can relate to this. When I travel, when I meet other travellers who ask where I am from, there is always a moment of pause. “He’s Swedish, I’m Canadian … but we live in Sweden,” is the response you’ll typically hear when Sebastian and I travelling are together.

Sweden may not be “HOME home.” But it is where I have chosen to lay down my roots right now. And even though I may be experiencing waves of feeling scared, overwhelmed, and anxious about the state of our world, I am thankful to have chosen to lay down these roots on Swedish soil.

Skanör-Falsterbo in the spring

one final (important) note: i am not blind to my privilege

I know I am lucky to call two of the world’s best countries home. I know I am lucky to have a job, an apartment, friends and family in Sweden I love, internet so I can FaceTime loved ones and a job that gives me the flexibility to work from home… I could go on and on, but the point is that I am not a hero, nor a victim, in this.

I also am very lucky to be here in Sweden with Sebastian. I have people close to me that are postponing weddings, navigating life with newborn babies in quarantine, dealing with being separated from their partners who live in another country, and others who are stuck indefinitely on the other side of the world unable to go home.

And then there are the true heroes – those on the front lines. I also have many people who are very close to me who are working on the front lines right now in essential jobs. They are tired, overwhelmed, and scared. They are putting their lives on the line EVERY SINGLE DAY so I can have the privilege that I do to stay home and work from my cosy apartment. Be thankful for these people and don’t forget to tell them how much you love them. 

And most importantly: be responsible. be unselfish. be safe.

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Hoi An Eco Cooking Class

Travelling to Vietnam with food allergies can be hard. And it can often mean you have to succumb to “missing out” on cultural experiences, like popular cooking classes in Hoi An, because they aren’t able to cater to your allergies (and Sebastian has a whole laundry list of them: peanuts, sesame seeds, beans, peas, other nuts…). 

Before we were headed to Hoi An, I researched a lot of Hoi An cooking classes. And trust me, there is a lot to choose. In fact, picking the best Hoi An cooking class can feel completely overwhelming.

But, with keeping in mind that we were travelling in Vietnam with a peanut allergy, I emailed A LOT of cooking classes to see if any of them were able to accommodate our allergies… and I received many non-responses and apologies. Then, I received a response from owner Mr. Kien at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, who was happy to accommodate, confirmed a customized menu, and invited us to cook with him!

In ways, I looked for a Hoi An cooking class willing to settle on “whatever I could get.” Never did I expect to have such a truly wonderful, personal, hands-on, and authentic Vietnamese cooking experience. And I’m left with such wonderful memories and skills I can bring home to my own kitchen. I am so thrilled that Hoi An Eco Cooking Class invited us to spend this wonderful day with them.

See also: The perfect Hoi An City Guide for spending 5 days in Hoi An.

Hoi An Eco Cooking Class

hoi an eco cooking class is the best hoi an cooking class.
read on to learn more!

Full Disclosure: I was invited to join this experience as a guest of Hoi An Eco Cooking Class. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT HOI AN ECO COOKING CLASS

Hoi An Eco Cooking Class is a locally-owned family business that offers an immersive, hands-on cooking experience. Located in Cam Thanh Village, they operate the most beautiful, clean, and – most importantly – fun Vietnamese cooking experience. The husband and wife owners, and their team, are eager to engage and teach attendees their craft. The goal: To make us feel confident in returning home to make these wonderful traditional Vietnamese dishes for our family and friends.

Hoi An Eco Cooking Class : The Tour Details

an early morning start

Get an early start on your day with an 8:00 am pickup. The Hoi An Eco Cooking Class team will arrange an early morning hotel pickup, and you’ll be on your way. Be prepared to be gone for between 4.5 and 5 hours.

TIP: You may feel like skipping breakfast beforehand, since you’re heading to a cooking class. But don’t. You should have a small breakfast before you leave because you won’t be eating the food you cook until about four hours later.

First Stop: A Market Tour

On your way to the cooking school, you’ll make a stop at a local market. This spot feels much more authentic than the central market in Hoi An and you’ll be able to see the morning shopping routine of Hoi An’s locals. It’s a space that’s guaranteed to give you sensory overload, buzzing with people, sounds, and smells. And I loved getting to experience this.

While at the local markets, be smart and watch your bags (this was instructed by our guide). Also, if you’re tall like Sebastian, be prepared to duck the entire time because the ceiling is VERY low.

Market in Hoi An

A quick pit stop: basket boat rides

One of the great things about this tour is that it offers a cooking class and bamboo boat ride. Visiting a local village and riding in the famous Hoi An bamboo basket boats is something that is on many cooking class itineraries in Hoi An. Here, you’ll hop in a large woven bamboo basket and a local paddles you through the coconut forest outside Hoi An. The views were beautiful and it was a cool experience getting to see how the locals fish.

Bamboo Basket Boat Ride Hoi An

onto the (most) fun stuff: cookin' up a storm

OKAY, this is where this tour gets reaaaal goodIt’s time to do some cooking!

The entire cooking experience was hands-on and immersive, with Mr. Kien, his wife, and his staff guiding us every step of the way. When you arrive they have all the ingredients laid out, and instruct you on how to prepare the dishes.

One of my favourite parts was that we all cooked our own individual meals. This meant, we were enjoying the direct result of our hard work (and didn’t have other cooking class strangers preparing parts of our meal – which made everything feel very allergy safe and clean). 

The menu includes seven unique dishes (which is more than most Hoi An cooking classes). 

My favourite: bánh xèo (sizzling pancakes) and fresh spring rolls (paired with the best homemade fish sauce I have ever tasted)! Other dishes included: a fresh aubergine and tomato dish, pho, and banana leaf salad. All the ingredients were extra fresh, which made the dishes so insanely tasty.

Cooking at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class
Pho at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class

The class has an immersive teaching component is extra fun, too. I love learning about other cultures, and their traditions, and Mr. Kien and his team were eager to teach us about the historic food traditions of Hoi An locals.

I particularly loved making our own rice paper over a hot fire (I have to admit, it’s easier than it looks). And learning how the locals have historically made their own rice milk.

Below, you’ll see us peeling rice, making rice paper, and manually churning rice milk.

Rice at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class
Making rice paper at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class
Making rice paper at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class
Making rice milk at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class

After three hours of cooking, it is time to indulge. And I have to admit – I was impressed with myself. I mean, look at this spread. (Note that this is my dish which is why you see peanuts… Sebastian received a customized menu).

Food at Hoi An Eco Cooking Class

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Unfortunately, with such stiff cooking class competition, Mr. Kien and his team have faced some challenges with other cooking classes mimicking his business and tricking customers into booking with them (by using very similar business names). One of these is Hoi An Eco Cooking Tour. This is a common practice with many businesses in Vietnam, and something you should always be aware of when booking excursions. 

In the case of Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, these other “imitation” classes have also placed pamphlets in many hotels (we saw them in ours) and are giving commissions to hotels for referrals. For this reason, do not book a cooking class through your hotel.

To book with Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, send a message directly to Mr. Kien through his website link below (feel free to let him know I sent you!). Cost is 32 USD per person … and worth every single penny.

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Bowl of Pho at Khoi in Hanoi

Navigating the street food scene in Hanoi can be very overwhelming for tourists. In fact, we talked to MANY tourists who mentioned they didn’t even try it because it was too intimidating. Many people referenced the fact that many of these spots look like a food poisoning incident waiting to happen.

When we showed up, we didn’t even know where to begin looking and were totally intimidated by every sidewalk restaurant we passed. That’s why, on our first full day in Hanoi, we decided to book a street food tour to help ease us into the street food scene. We had heard from many people that it was some of the best food they had ever had, and we were determined to give it a try.

Not to mention, it is CHEAP. A typical meal, including beers, would cost us around 100,000 VND (just over $4 USD) and the portions are typically huge.

After our tour with With Locals, we felt confident to eat street food in Hanoi on our own and I have come up with a list of some of the best street food restaurants in Hanoi that you MUST TRY. The reason the street food is so good in Hanoi is because many of these spots only make one or two things. This means that they are making it fresh everyday and have perfected the recipes.

In this list, I have also included are some street food in Hanoi restaurants that we didn’t have time to make it to, but came highly recommended to us by a Hanoi local. So think of this as your very own, super-comprehensive guide to everything street food in Hanoi.

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Street food in Hanoi
Street food in Hanoi

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Phở Sướng

What to Eat: Phở bò (beef noodle soup)
Location: 24B Ngõ Trung Yên
Why We Loved It: The beef pho here was really good! It’s also tucked down a really cool, private alley right in the centre of the Old Quarter. Just make sure you go easy on the hot peppers, they are spicy (Sebastian learned this the hard way, lol).

Pho Suong in Hanoi

Quán Phở Bò Khôi Hói

What to Eat: Phở bò (beef noodle soup)
Location: 50 Hàng Vải
Why We Loved It: The beef pho here was also amazing! This is a more authentic street food experience versus Pho Suong, where you sit on tiny little stools on the side of the street. On the tables, you’ll see jars of garlic vinegar. Add a small spoonful into the bowl of pho – it it is a game changer!

Nhà Hàng Thanh Hop

What to Eat: Bún chả (fatty pork with noodles and dipping sauce)
Location: 12 Đinh Liệt
Why We Loved It: I really loved the bún chả at this spot. It is also located on a great, moderately busy street in the Old Quarter, perfect for people-watching. And if you’re tall like us, you don’t have to worry about sitting virtually on the ground… the stools are a bit taller here 🙂

Bun cha in Hanoi

my hai

What to Eat: Fried spring rolls
Location: 63 Lò Sũ
Why We Loved It: My favourite fried spring rolls we had in Vietnam (and we had a lot of them). We sat here one night for a couple hours, ate over 20 spring rolls between the two of us (they were small…) and drank cheap beers.

"unknown" street food restaurant

What to Eat: Bánh cuốn (steamed rice rolls filled with pork)
Location: 91 Hàng Điếu
Why We Loved It: This is one of my favourite dishes I had in all of Vietnam. Order to the bánh cuốn, and dip it in the fish sauce they provide you and top it with a bit of lime. 
(I’ve searched high and low and cannot figure out the name of this spot but follow the address and you won’t be disappointed!)

Banh Cuon in Hanoi

Bún riêu cua Hàng Bạc

What to Eat: Bún riêu cua (vermicelli soup topped with fresh crab)
Location: 11 Hàng Bạc
Why We Loved It: This spot felt like a “true” street food experience because it was quite literally a hole in the wall with a small bar with two stool, and a couple tables on the sidewalk. The bún riêu cua (make sure you get the “cua”/crab version) was so incredibly delicious. 

Chè Dung

What to Eat: Coconut ice cream with fresh mango
Location: 95 Hàng Bạc
Why We Loved It: This is a dessert spot, so naturally it was one of my favourites. The mangos in Vietnam are next level. In fact, I don’t think I can ever eat mangos again at home. Pair that with coconut ice cream and fresh coconut, and this is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had (this coming from a girl who LOVES sweets).

Bún riêu cua in Hanoi

Left: Bún riêu cua (crab soup); Right: Coconut ice cream with fresh mango

Street Food in Hanoi: The Places We Didn't Try...
...But Wish We did!

Here’s a list of places that came HIGHLY recommended by another tour guide we had in Hanoi (who has lived in Hanoi his whole life). I wish we had more time to try to some of these spots, but because we were travelling close to the Vietnamese New Year, many spots were intermittently closed holiday. I hope you take some of these recommendations and enjoy them for me!

MUST TRY dishes IN HANOI (and where to find them):

Bún Thang (5 Hàng Trống)
Bánh Cuốn (14 Phố Báo Khánh)
Cháo sườn (1 Ngõ Huyện)
Nem Nướng (10 Ấu Triệu)
phở bò (34 Ấu Triệu)
coconut coffee (any Cộng Cafe location)
egg coffee (Cafe Giang or Cafe dinh)
Iced lime tea with sunflower seeds (Cafe Tra Chanh on nha tho)

Other restaurants in Hanoi
(That aren't traditional street food)

We didn’t eat JUST street food in Hanoi. Here’s a list of a few other non-street food spots that you need to check out.

best brunch in hanoi: the Hanoi social club (6 Ngõ Hội Vũ)
great lunch or dinner spot: Noodle & Roll (39C Lý Quốc Sư)
eat like anthony bourdain: Bún chả Hương Liên (24 Lê Văn Hưu)
for great vietnamese food: Luk Lak Vietnamese Restaurant (4A Lê Thánh Tông)
amazing bao can be found here: bao wow (No. 31a Alley 12 Đặng Thai Mai)

Shown here: The Hanoi Social Club

Need help finding the best street food in hanoi?
check out the map below.

pro Tip: Google Maps does not pin locations in Vietnam with 100% accuracy.
Therefore, you should note the exact address of the location. Use Google Maps to Help you find the street, and then follow the street numbers until you find the exact address. also, google maps will often "auto-correct" the street name and lead you in the wrong direction. before you start walking, make sure you double check that you have the right street name (or else you might end up 15 minutes late for a food tour like us, lol).

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The best egg coffee in Hanoi at Cafe Dinh
Hanoi knows their coffee. Seriously, this list of “best cafes in Hanoi” has the potential to be so long. This opinion is coming from a girl who lives in Scandinavia, otherwise often referred to as the “Coffee Capital of Europe” (okay, I may have made that up but Scandinavian’s love their coffee). Now I have to admit, I used to hate coffee. But, over the past couple years I have been quickly converted to a coffee-obsessed… I mean, I go to bed dreaming about waking up to my morning coffee. That’s why seeking out a cuppa joe and cutesy cafes has become one of my most treasured travel traditions. What I’ve learned as I’ve sipped my way across the world, is that no matter how the coffee is served, the concept of coffee serves the same purpose all around the world: It is a cultural foundation that brings people together. This is no different in Hanoi. I’ve had some of the best coffee I’ve ever sipped on here, served in so many different ways: hot, cold, sweet, very VERY strong. And it’s all DELICIOUS. And with lots of research and a little help from Backstreet Academy’s “Coffee Lovers Walking Tour,” I was able to check off some of the best cafes in Hanoi off my list. 

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Full Disclosure: As a Backstreet Academy Ambassador, I was a guest on Backstreet Academy’s “Coffee Lovers Walking Tour.” As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. About Backstreet Academy:  Their motto is “Do Good as you Travel.” Through offering unique handcrafted experiences, they offer authentic local experiences, they identify individuals in BOP (bottom-of-the-pyramid) communities and turn them into Backstreet Hosts. You can find our more about Backstreet Academy’s mission and tours here.

LOADING T

One of the best cafes in Hanoi was introduced to me on our “Coffee Lovers Walking Tour” and I was obsessed. Located in a French mansion in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, it was so busy and I can understand why. Loading T is the only place in Hanoi that offered this special iced cinnamon roasted coffee and it was TO DIE FOR. I’m not kidding, I dream about that coffee. It was easily the best coffee in Hanoi’s old quarter (that I tried!).

Must Try: Cinnamon roasted coffee with coconut milk (you can thank me later).

Loading T Hanoi

The Note COffee

The Note Coffee an insta-famous spot that is definitely worth a spot if you’re wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake. The entire cafe is covered head-to-toe in stick notes with messages from visitors all over the world. It’s a unique spot to enjoy a coffee and grab some photos.

Note Cafe in Hanoi

Cafe Dinh

Looking for the best egg coffee in Hanoi (like the one shown in the first photo of this blog post)? Look no further than Cafe Dinh. This is another spot that we were brought to on our “Coffee Lovers Walking Tour” and I loved it! Egg coffee might sound a bit weird, but you must try it. It’s actually quite delicious, and super sweet like a dessert.

Cafe Dinh is owned by the daughter of the man who founded egg coffee in Hanoi. Most travellers visit Cafe Giang, owned by the son of the inventor. We went to both Cafe Dinh and Cafe Giang, and female support and empowerment reasons aside, I actually preferred the version served at Cafe Dinh.

Pro Tip: Cafe Dinh, in true Hanoi fashion, is found down an alley and up a very unsuspecting set of stairs. If you think you’re at the wrong spot, you’re not. I’ve included the location of this spot on the map below.

La Place

If you’re looking to sip on a cup of coffee (or even a beer) and get a unique viewpoint of St. Stephen’s Basilica, La Place is the place. Go up the stairs to the second floor and you’ll be able to sit on a quiet balcony overlooking the cathedral. The views are beautiful!

ANYWHERE ON TRAIN STREET

Okay, I know what you’re thinking – Is the famous Hanoi train street still open? I heard it closed. Well, technically, yes – it is “closed” for wandering. However, many of the businesses lining the street have remained open. And while I am all about respecting local rules and customs while travelling, I also am all about supporting tourism-dependent, bottom-of-the-pyramid businesses that have been negatively affected by government regulations and are therefore struggling to survive.

If you go by the entrances to the train street, you’ll notice barriers and guards blocking the street. However, there are also often local restaurant owners standing nearby who will ask you to come have a coffee. If you’re escorted by the owners, you’re welcome to visit the street.

And what’s better then enjoying a coffee track side while a train speeds by?!

Coffee Shop on Hanoi Train Street

Cafe Duy tri

Another stop on the “Coffee Lovers walking Tour,” Duy Tri is a bit away from the typical tourist hot spots and close to The West Lake. It was one of the first five coffee shops in Hanoi, and is home to some of the best Vietnamese drip coffee in Hanoi. They source and roast their own coffee, and the results were easily some of the best coffee we had in Vietnam. 

The Hanoi Social Club

I loved Hanoi Social Club – both for coffee, and for brunch. It is the definition of cute cafe in Hanoi. This place needs to be added to your list of places to eat and drink coffee in Hanoi, and not only because of the good food and coffee. The cafe aesthetics are so pretty.  

See Also: My complete food guide to Hanoi, including details on the best street food spots.

Coffee at the Hanoi Social Club

MUST TRY COFFEE IN HANOI:

Egg Coffee
Coconut Coffee
Traditional Vietnamese Drip Coffee (with condensed milk)
Cinnamon Roasted Coffee
Weasel Poop Coffee (if you're feeling daring, but please be a responsible traveller and do your research - there are a lot of fakes out there)

Need help finding the best coffee shops in hanoi?
check out the map below.

pro Tip: Google Maps does not pin locations in Vietnam with 100% accuracy.
Therefore, you should note the exact address of the location. Use Google Maps to Help you find the street, and then follow the street numbers until you find the exact address. also, google maps will often "auto-correct" the street name and lead you in the wrong direction. before you start walking, make sure you double check that you have the right street name (or else you might end up 15 minutes late for a food tour like us, lol).

LIKE WHAT YOU READ? PIN IT BELOW.

The Best Coffee Shops in Hanoi
Where to find the best egg coffee in Hanoi
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase using an affiliate link, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. As a reminder, I only recommend products and companies that I stand behind 100%. Thanks for supporting Madeline Rae Away.
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