The strip of restaurants running from the southern to mid-southern end of Nguyen Dinh Chieu is a good place to start, with a cosmopolitan range of cuisine and flavours available.
Vietnamese options are plentiful and range from small family restaurants to two-storey complexes on the non-beach side of the road. A very cheap and satisfying option is Lam Tong, just next to Jibes and on the beach side of Nguyen Dinh Chieu. This is a traditional family-run Vietnamese restaurant with an expansive menu of noodles, soups, hotpots, seafood and meat/fish dishes.
Rung Forest offers higher-end Vietnamese food with nightly traditional Cham music and dancing. The Golden Sand Saloon Resort is an all-singing, all-dancing restaurant with a large choice of dishes. The speciality here is seafood, with the barbecue display of freshly caught fish and shellfish tempting passing customers. Cheap local eats are also on offer at 211 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, where delicious plates are 20,000 VND a pop, while also worth seeking out is the banh mi thit nuong lady at 74 Nguyen Dinh Chieu.
Authentic wood fired pizza is on offer at both Santimatti and Luno Automno, while Good Morning Vietnam is also a popular Italian choice further down the road.
For Western-style meals, including a full cooked breakfast available all day and jumbo ribs, try Hot Rock, a well established and well known eatery in the heart of the strip. A couple of Indian restaurants are in town but we really recommend Shree Ganesh. All the naans, curries and poppadoms are cooked by an Indian chef and the mains start at a reasonable 60,000 VND and top out at around 150,000. Looking for cheap and tasty? Head to Sindbad for their gigantic shawarmas and wraps starting at 60,000 VND. A great cup of coffee can be found at Katie’s Coffee House and they also have some tasty house-made desserts and pastries.
Bamboo Bamboo: 81B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847702. Daily 08:00-23:00.
Golden Sand Saloon Resort - 81BIS Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 741 277. Daily 06:00-24:00.
Good Morning Vietnam: Km11, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 585. Daily 10:00-22:00.
Hot Rock: 79a Nguyen Dinh Chieu StKm 12.5, opposite Bien Xanh and Small Garden Resorts. Daily 08:30-24:00.
Katie's Coffee House: 25B and 118 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: 090 6477 105. Daily 9:00-21:00.
Lam Tong: 92 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 598. Daily 07:00-23:00.
Luno Autumno: 51A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 591. Daily 09:00-22:00.
Rung Forest: 65A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 3847 589: Daily 16:00-22:00.
Santimatti: 83 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 3741 559. Daily 10:00-22:00.
Shree Ganesh: 57 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne. T: (062) 741 330. Daily 11:00-22:30.
Sindbad: 233 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: 0169 5689 201. Daily 11:00-22:00.
For nightlife, options are limited, but that doesn't mean a good time can't be had. What with the local community of kite surfers and expats, and the constant flow of tourists and backpackers, there's always some action to be found in Mui Ne.
A great place to start out the night is Joe’s Place for sundown beers, with a well-attended happy hour, though Breeze Bar probably takes the prize for best sundown drinks. Set up on a hill, the bar has some of the best views in town. Mellow Bungalows have a friendly bar area and a pool table, a good place to get chatting with some local kite surfing enthusiasts or fellow backpackers heading out for the night. Directly across the road is all-bamboo The Sand Dollar, another place to go mid-evening for happy hour and streetside viewing. Guava is a little further along and looks very posh.
Popular with residents and visitors alike, Wax throws themed party nights on the weekends when the area swells with Saigonese weekenders. Another late night option is Jibe's, a cafe/bar/kite surfing school/nightclub. European DJs bang out different tunes every night until the wee hours here, or come earlier to enjoy the happy hour from 19:00-22:00. Chillout Bar is also another option for those late nighters. Drinks are absurdly cheap and they also serve some of the best (if not the only) shisha in town. The kitchen stays open late as well.
Beach Break: 52 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 032. Daily 08:00-02:00.
Breeze Restaurant and Bar: 69 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 3741 682 Daily 7:00-23:30.
Chillout: 155 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. Daily 16:00–24:00.
Guava: 53 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 741246. Daily 10:00-late.
Jibes: Thon 3, Xa Mui Ne. T: (062) 847405. Daily 07:00-late.
Joe’s Place: 86 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062)3847 177 Daily: 07:00-late.
Mellow Bungalows: 117C Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 743 086. Daily 07:00-21:00.
The Sand Dollar: 79A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 409. Daily 17:00-late.
Wax: 68 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. T: (062) 847 001. Daily 06:00-late