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Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang

Cafes and breakfast
Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene is located on the main road heading towards the end of the peninsula and is worth seeking out. It’s a beautifully atmospheric cafe, especially popular at breakfast time, and serves magnificent fresh bread, baked goods and tasty traditional breakfast options such as fruit salad. The menu later in the day turns to Lao/Western food but is equally as delicious as the breakfast menu. Although the decor feels dated, this is a top spot for breakfast with free WiFi where you’ll feel like you’re tucked in a back alley of Paris.

Flat white just out of shot.

Flat white just out of shot.


Phakdee Bakery next to View Khemkong is a great little spot particularly for breakfast. A selection of bagels, croissants and baguettes is served along with tasty fresh fruit salads and muesli. The staff are friendly enough and can manage a bit of English. Prices are good for this quality and the ambience on the river is peaceful.

It was love at first sip when we tried the coffee at Saffron Cafe, but the food at this Mekong-side cafe makes this a worthy lunch-stop too. They have an impressive menu and their wraps, stuffed with leafy greens and fancy fillings, are great. They now serve Asian dinners like cashew chicken, but do Western mains equally well. With a great view and a refreshing river breeze, this is a great place to start or end your day. If you just can’t get enough of their coffee, they sell the locally-grown beans.

Tucked away behind Phousi Mountain near the bulk of the bars is L’etranger Books and Tea, a charming bookshop and cafe where you can buy, exchange or rent books, browse art displays or just sit and chat over a cup of tea, brewed from the more than 20 varieties available. To accompany the extensive selection of caffeinated beverages, light fare like sandwiches and pastries is served all day. At 19:00 the tea room does double duty as a cinema. This is great spot to chill out away from the busy main strip and we love their eco-friendly initiatives like bamboo straws and water bottle refills. Free WiFi.

Just yum.

Just yum.


We’ve met different people who have completely opposite views about Joma Bakery just to the west of the post office and main intersection in town. It’s a modern American-style cafe reminiscent of a Starbucks, but not so cheesy. For coffee purists, this place is not the place to come, but the caramel lattes certainly are sweet and milky and just a bit evil. The baked goods don’t match those at French-style patisserie, Le Banneton, in the east of town, but this cafe is not for the purists, but rather your average punter. Judging by the crowds that gather here, many simply want something quick, easy and tasty served in an air-con building with WiFi. Sandwiches are tasty and similar to what you’ll get in the West, juices and ice coffees are refreshing and the cakes are delicious. A contentious place if ever there was one, but its popularity cannot be denied — in 2013 they opened a new location on the Nam Khan to keep up with demand. The new cafe has a terrace on the river, and it can be just as busy.

One of the restaurants furthest up on the peninsula is a fabulous French bakery called Le Banneton. A full range of French baked goods is on offer here as well as cooked breakfasts, fancy salads and tasty treats such as house-made ice cream. We were particularly taken by the breakfast sets, which proved to be good value for money when taking the quality of the food into consideration. During high tourist season, you’ll be lucky if you can snag a table for breakfast or lunch, but it’s definitely worth trying. It’s a lovely place and the tarts are highly recommended.

A great alternative to Joma is Delilah’s, about 100 metres further along the river on the same side of the road. The vibe here is certainly more backpacker-style than the Starbucks-style you’ll find at Joma and accordingly prices are slightly lower. You can still get a variety of different coffees, salads, burgers and beers but with the addition of some decent Asian food too. Their take on pad Thai is tasty and great value for a cafe of this standard. They have a sister cafe in Nong Kiaow.

DIY snacking.

DIY snacking.


The Scandinavian Bakery serves yummy pastries, breakfasts and hearty sandwiches in a family-friendly setting. Serving average coffee and big breakfasts, the bakery is at its busiest in the morning. You can get a typical American-style breakfast with eggs and bacon or a Scandinavian-style set with salami, cheese and fresh bread. Unlike its sister branch in Vientiane, this location has a pizza oven. The selection is staggering and organised by price brackets. This place is not as popular as it once was now that its location has changed to a spot further up on the peninsula.

The new kid on the block is Cafe de Laos, in the lobby of the Chang Inn on the main street beside Wat Senesoukharam. Touting itself as Luang Prabang’s finest cafe, this place is for coffee lovers or those just looking for some shade in between temple-hopping. The cafe has siphon-brewed coffee, bringing a cup of java to almost scientific levels. The lunch menu features regional treats like Thai massaman curry with house-made roti and Vietnamese-style eggs served in a small hot pan. They have free WiFi and the front porch swing is a perfect spot for people watching.

Lao
If you’re looking for a gentle introduction to the food and flavours of Laos, you can’t do better than Tamarind Restaurant and Cooking School. Their speciality is tasting platters of Lao specialties and the staff can show you the traditional way to eat it. A must-try is the meuyang, a do-it-yourself wrap bursting with herbs and fresh veggies, and bun pa fish feast (must be ordered a day in advance). Wash it down with Tamarind’s custom juice blends featuring local ingredients like hibiscus flower and jujube fruit. Or if you’re brave and you want to try more exotic Lao fare, order their Adventurous Lao Gourmet menu featuring very local dishes. Be warned: the ingredients and flavours are not for the faint of heart or stomach. The restaurant is very Westernised in its service, setting and atmosphere. Tamarind’s extreme popularity means it is always full in high season and bookings are essential for dinner and even for lunch. Perhaps a victim of their own success, expect a noisy and crowded dining experience, especially if they are hosting tour groups. For such a popular quality restaurant, the prices here have remained extremely reasonable. Popular cooking classes are also offered, but again, book well in advance.

Pick, wrap, eat.

Pick, wrap, eat.


Cafe Toui is a tiny little restaurant on a side road which heads down to the river from the Sisavangvong Road at the peninsula side of the night market. The Lao food here is some of the better of its kind to be had in Luang Prabang. Coconut milk curries and meat steamed in banana leaves feature on the menu as do yummy vegetarian plates and a few appetisers such as spring rolls. It’s all delicious and the setting is not dirty and basic like some of the budget options in town. Accordingly, the prices here hover around the 40,000 kip for a main dish and higher when looking for a buffalo steak. But the quality is what you are paying for and the pork and chicken dishes we had contained no fat, gristle or bones.

A tourist favourite for more than a decade, Tamnak Lao is one of the best restaurants on the main tourist strip to sample authentic Lao cuisine. Serving a full range of Lao dishes (plus the obligatory pasta and burgers), they are quite popular with tour groups and can get very busy at meal times, so be sure to pack your patience. Recommended are the pork-stuffed bamboo shoots, steamed fish with lime and lemongrass and eggplant dip served with a fresh baguette. Many diners enjoy the tried-and-true Lao recipes so much that they come back for Tamnak Lao’s cooking class.

A long-running backpacker favourite, the price of the Vegetarian Buffet has remained stable and the quality is as so-so as ever. And although there are few other places where you can fill up for 10,000 kip, it’s probably because there is no meat used here, the food is oily and the flavours are very basic. The menu changes nightly, but you can count on fried veggies, noodles, pumpkin curry, potatoes, salads and rice. Add fresh spring rolls for 1,000 kip each. They have a few tables set up along the street and also sell beer and soda. The buffet sets up around 17:00 and goes until the food runs out around 21:00. A raft of copycat buffets have set up in a nearby alleyway and serve equally cheap but disappointing food.

Give me one of everything.

Give me one of everything.


Noodle soup is a common breakfast/lunch choice in Laos and the number of locals wolfing down bowls at a shop is the way to gauge how good it is. Shops will specialise in only one or two and close when it runs out, sometimes as early as 11:00. You’ll find Luang Prabang khao soi noodles, which is very different from the famous Chiang Mai version. In Laos, khao soi is a bowl of rice noodles topped with a bolognese of mince pork, fermented soy beans, tomato and chillies. Try the shop on the main road across from Wat Senesoukharam. You’ll also readily find Lao pho, usually made with pork. Xiengthong Noodle, on the main street almost at the end of the peninsula near Wat Xiengthong, specialises in khao piak, a fresh, chewy rice noodle with pork, fried garlic and greens. It’s simple, delicious and cheap — only 10,000 kip — and the cleanest noodle soup shop you’ll ever see in Laos.

Formerly the Pond View Terrace Restaurant, Roots &Leaves has kept the pond and fruit trees, expanded the menu and added a dinner show. The performance of traditional music and dance goes from 19:00 to 21:00 and is free for guests dining here. This is one of the better cultural shows to see and the dancers are accompanied by musicians playing traditional Lao instruments. The food is tasty and presentation is as beautiful as the restaurant’s gardens. Bookings are recommended as there are often big groups who take up most of the space here.

Formerly known as Tom Tom Cheng, the restaurant has reopened as Bamboo Tree Restaurant and Cooking School in much better location on the Nam Khan River, beside Apsara and Tamarind. Here you'll find beautifully cooked Lao food with an emphasis on fresh vegetables. Stir-fry dishes range from 35,000-55,000 kip. Try the mixed vegetables with bamboo, the stir-fry pumpkin with chilli paste and the delicate, light fish soup. The cooking school has also received good reviews.

Delicious stomach torpedoes.

Delicious stomach torpedoes.


Fine dining
Still as popular as ever, 3 Nagas presents a menu of truly refined Lao food (without the offal) in a heritage-listed setting. While the prices are more typical of New York than Luang Prabang, the presentation and quality are first-rate and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Staff are highly knowledgeable about the menu and can recommend dishes featuring in-season local ingredients. These days the restaurant is split across two buildings across the road from one another, but the menu is the same. One side is set in a casual garden with candlelit tables while the other is in an old colonial building. On our most recent visit we noticed that drink prices were excessive, with a simple bottle of local water costing in excess of $4 after a 21% tax was added. In fact, this 21% tax is added across the entire menu which is an anomaly in Laos. It’s especially disheartening given that headline prices are already quite high for Laos. Still, this is one of the best places in Luang Prabang to eat for the traveller who isn’t on a tight budget.

In a colonial-chic building with bamboo shades and hardwood tables, L’Elephant is a longstanding favourite. This French bistro serves both Western and Lao cuisine, but on our lunchtime visit the aroma of baking bread was definitely stronger than that of chilli. French fare like frogs’ legs and steak tartare grace the menu, but equally popular are their degustation menus of Lao cuisine. Some dishes are traditional like lemongrass pork, while desserts like ginger ice cream are their own creation. The ambience is sophisticated and there’s an extensive liste du vin. It’s an expensive restaurant by Lao standards with the cheapest set menu starting at 180,000 kip and rising sharply from there. Still, it’s a popular restaurant and has a great reputation and consistently good service.

Throwdowns

Throwdowns


Dine at a restaurant with a cause. The Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) opened its training restaurant The Balcony in November 2013. A Lao-Luxembourg Development Cooperation, Lanith provides hospitality and tourism education, a win-win for the local community and diners. The menu of rich European dishes is small and focused and the prices are what they should be, with meat dishes 150,000 kip. The delicious risotto we had, listed as a starter and only 55,000 kip, was the size of a main. The cocktails are dangerously priced, a mere 30,000 kip for a well-made martini. The restaurant is only open for dinner and is located on the outskirts of town in Ban Khoi village, well worth the seven-minute drive. Make a reservation; they provide a free shuttle every hour from town.

Riverside
It’s hard to recommend one riverside restaurant over the others, but we do think the one directly across from View Khem Khong Guesthouse is better than most. The menu is not as extensive as some of its competition, but they do traditional and local dishes very well. Highly recommended are the Luang Prabang sausage, Mekong river weed, and laap, a salad of minced meat and herbs. They can make a vegetarian version using fried tofu, but you’re better off with the Luang Prabang vegetable salad instead. The number of local people eating here is evidence of their authenticity and fair price and, of course, there’s a great view. Don’t confuse this place with a nearby restaurant called View Keamkong Restaurant.

Our pick for the best cheap and cheerful restaurant is Rosella Fusion, on a cute deck overlooking the Nam Khan. It’s incredible value, with dishes starting at only 24,000 kip, and it’s a lot more peaceful than Tamarind Restaurant a few shops down. Fruit shakes with coconut milk, curries, “laab” mince meat salad and vegetarian tom yum soup are a few of the standouts. Just don’t arrive already starving as it’s a one-man, one-wok show so dishes come out slowly — but at least you know every dish is prepared fresh on the spot.

Handle with care.

Handle with care.


You might be surprised to hear that there wasn’t a true Thai food restaurant in Luang Prabang before The Terrace opened in 2013. There also wasn’t a spot on the river as elegant as this one, with beautiful lighting, lofty tamarind trees and cushy love seats facing the water that beg couples to canoodle. Here you can get your curry fix: massaman, Penang, green and red are all offered. Another recommended dish is the fried fish with tamarind sauce and pan ped do-it-yourself wraps, where you elegantly stuff lettuce leaves with grilled duck, noodles, diced vegetables, herbs and sauce, then not-so-elegantly shove it in your mouth. The menu is a bit of a splurge, with appetisers and curries hovering at 56,000 to 64,000 kip and grilled meats at 104,000 kip but think of the old adage: location, location, location.

Lao barbecue called sindad is a must try when in Luang Prabang, especially on chilly evenings. The experience is best described as a fusion between Chinese hot-pot and Korean BBQ, where you grill thin slices meat in the centre of the pan and cook noodles, green vegetables, mushrooms and egg in the surrounding broth. The restaurants are hard to miss, with most joints on the Mekong riverside including one all-you-can-eat beast of an operation that we do not recommend (look for the red plastic chairs and trays of unrefrigerated meat). Sadly the best place burned down in 2013. The second best place is Khem Khan Sindad on the Nam Khan, a few shops from Apsara Hotel.

Cross the bamboo bridge over the Nam Khan for a meal on Dyen Sabai‘s chilled-out terrace. The menu is mostly light Lao fare, and the eggplant dip and dried sesame pork are the perfect tapas-style partner for a big bottle of Beerlao. Vegetarian options are available or, if you like meat, enquire about their sindad. Happy hour from 12:00 to 19:00 means two cocktails for the price of one. A fee is payable in the dry season when the bridge is in operation. The views are great and this beautiful spot remains undiscovered by the package tour groups, but has become more popular in the past couple of years.

Late night snacks.

Late night snacks.


International
Tangor has had a well-deserved meteoric rise in popularity since opening November 2012. With a prime location in the heart of the main street across from Coconut Garden, the restaurant’s terrace is the perfect spot for a drink and some serious people watching/judging. Tangor serves a small but perfected menu of Asian dishes, often with a French twist, and a range of cocktails, wines and imported beers. The prices are very reasonable considering the imported ingredients and intimate, refined setting. Mains start at 55,000 kip. Highly recommended are the fish ceviche and the Penang curry with grilled pork skewers. The decor can be described as Indochine-chic, with old maps and vintage posters of women in cheongsam dresses hanging on rich red walls.

Pizza Phan Luang is worth crossing the river for. Located on the other side of the Nam Khan in Ban Phan Luang and easily accessible when the temporary bamboo bridge is up during dry season, this joint in the backyard of a home serves only woodfired-oven pizza, red wine and beer. What more do you need? The pizza is excellent, as is the service and quaint, candlelit ambience. Pizzas start at 45,000 kip. Open for dinner only.

A slice of Paris in Laos, lovely bistro Couleur Cafe is set on the Nam Khan side of the peninsula. Run by a French expat, the menu is a mix of French and Lao dishes ranging from French favourites like filet mignon to regional fare like steamed fish with coconut. Even more compelling than the elegantly presented food is Couleur’s atmosphere which, like its cuisine, gracefully mixes Asian influences with upscale French flavour. Their river patio has one of the best views of the Nam Khan. There’s a long list of imported wines and be sure to save room for dessert. Moderate to expensive.

You want how many chillies?

You want how many chillies?


One of the best East-meets-West places in town, Blue Lagoon offers top-notch cuisine in a lush garden setting. The Lao chef was trained in Switzerland and not surprising, the menu highlights both Lao classics and European delights all artfully prepared and presented. Standouts include the steaks, made from the highest quality local beef, and the Swiss dishes like chicken schnitzel and heart-attack inducing Aelplermagaronen, a pasta bake of penne, cream, bacon, potato and Emmental cheese — ideal for Luang Prabang’s frigid nights in December and January. Staff are chatty and known for pampering their guests and, once the wine starts flowing, the evening hours fly by. This level of service comes at a price, with main dishes ranging from 50,000 to 140,000 kip. It’s a worthwhile splurge if you have the funds and they do take credit cards.

Near the other bars on Phousi Road, The House is a Belgian-owned place with a food and drink menu from around the globe. A big beer selection is the main draw, but the Euro-cuisine from kebabs to schnitzels is quite good and served with fries. We hesitate to agree they’re the best in Laos, but they are hand-cut and served with bottles of ketchup, chilli and curry mayo. Prices are a bit high (mains from 40,000 kip), but portions are generous. Free WiFi and they usually give a voucher for a free draft beer with your next meal.

Asian and Indian
Nisha Indian Restaurant is an Indian joint with a branch in Phonsavan that serves up incredible curries which burst with flavour, crispy and doughy Indian breads and hearty biriyanis. This place wipes the floor of Nazim’s in the centre of town on both taste and price and Nazim’s is actually pretty good, which is a testament to how good the food and prices here are. The only negative for a place in this price range is the possibility that you might have a run in with the owner. On our two recent visits we felt unwelcome. On the first occasion we asked the owner to clean the table we were about to occupy and he simply swept all the scraps of the table onto the ground in an upset fashion. The second time he argued at length with customers about whether they wanted rice or not and banged the table angrily in frustration. If you can manage not to upset the owner, you’ll have a great meal. Just don’t ask for anything out of the ordinary, menu alterations or generally cause any extra work or you may well cop it. Located on the main road running south out of Luang Prabang.

Tasty dragons.

Tasty dragons.


Nazim’s on the main road in the centre of town serves up delicious Indian food in a large open-fronted restaurant and has been for years. All the usual dishes are here such as chicken tikka masala, malai kofta and Indian breads. It’s more professionally run than Nisha a kilometre away, but then again dishes can run up to around double the price. As for the taste of the food, Nazim’s is delicious but we still think Nisha has the edge. Come here only if you can’t be bothered walking down to Nisha.

Located near the bar area of town just across from Dara Market is the aptly named Lao-Chinese-Vietnam Restaurant. It’s one of a few spots in this part of town that do cheap, local food and this place does it better than most. The menu is filled with items such as fried rice, spring rolls, soups and stir-fried tofu and veggie options. The setup is basic and the prices slightly higher than the cheapest riverfront restaurants, but the food here is excellent and perhaps even worth going out of your way for. Come early as it is often closed by about 20:00.

Diet starts tomorrow.

Diet starts tomorrow.



Popular with the tour-group crowd, Son Phao Restaurant &Traditional Show has a nightly cultural show and popular set menus: choose between Lao and Japanese cuisine. The Lao selection includes laap, fish, soup and fried bamboo shoots, while the Japanese offerings are miso soup, sushi, omelette, and a fish cutlet. A smaller version is available for 60,000 kip or you can order the same dishes a la carte. Drink prices are reasonable at 12,000 kip for beer or 24,000 kip for cocktails. The show only lasts 45 minutes, but nonetheless it makes a fun evening out. Arrive early for a good table.

Street side deliciousness.

Street side deliciousness.


Bars &nightlife
Not to be confused with the Lao disco of the same name, chic European bistro and bar Dao Fa Bistro is right at the heart of Sisavangvong Road and offers a full range of wine, beer and cocktails. The cocktails are definitely the standout and are expertly blended from premium spirits (no lao-lao here). They do all the classics, sweet tropical drinks, plus some exotic concoctions like the Brazilian caipirinha. Dao Fa also serves tasty Euro-cuisine like homemade pasta, sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas.

Pace yourself.

Pace yourself.


Garden bar, restaurant and backpacker stronghold Utopia has unbeatable views and boasts a fantastic chilled out vibe. Open all day, it goes from mellow to happening after 17:00 when the drink specials start up. If you tire of the view, there’s lots of other diversions, like a riverside volleyball court, darts, foosball table and the hugest Jenga game we’ve ever seen. The food is underwhelming, but on party nights the barbecue is pretty good. Utopia is tricky to find, but it’s worth the effort — look for the path opposite Wat Visoun and follow the signs, or follow the groups of backpackers streaming towards it.

Icon Klub calls itself “a room for cocktails”, an accurate yet understated description of this quirky bar. Tucked on the side street off the main road, this cosy place evokes a bohemian spirit, old Europe and shades of film noir. Evenings here are casual, random and fun as Lisa shakes up inventive cocktails to an eclectic music playlist. Don’t be surprised to see patrons playing chess, strumming a guitar or dishing out slam poetry.

Perfection.

Perfection.


Just across the street from Icon Klub, Chez Matt, opened in early 2014, is the wine bar that Luang Prabang has long been waiting for with its relatively large selection of good wine by the glass and comfortable seating – a rarity in this town. As you can probably tell from the name, the bar oozes Frenchness. The menu of bistro-type food is tiny but excellent and they have an array of classy after dinner tipple, all at reasonable prices.

If you’re desperate to catch your favourite football or rugby club in action or you’re in need of pub grub, head to Aussie Sports Bar at the T-junction of the Ban Aphai bar area. Large screen TVs show whatever game is on (and if it’s not available by satellite, they can try to stream it). During a major sporting event, the place will be packed with a rowdy, sweaty crowd. On quieter nights, expect efficient service and a convivial atmosphere. While prices are on the steep side, portion sizes are enormous and we love the chicken-parmy the size of the plate.

Sunset supplies.

Sunset supplies.


Meet and mingle at Lao Lao Beer Garden — a bar that caters to people who like to drink a lot at a low price. It’s actually quite a pretty place with terrace tables near the road and a lovely candlelit garden inside. Most of the menu is given over to their drink specials — two-for-one lao lao cocktails, Red Bull and vodka buckets — but there’s food, too. On top of the usual bar snacks and burgers, they do popular Lao barbecues. This do-it-yourself meal is fun regardless whether you’re drinking or not. The adjacent sports bar is an extension and also has free pool tables. Patrons tend to hop around this hub of bars in Ban Aphai, including Redbul Bar, Hive Bar, Utopia and S Bar. Due to the curfew, all bars officially close at 23:30.

Hive Bar is worth a mention. While the uncomfortable concrete chairs and throbbing beats might put you off, the back garden area is large and nicely lit at night and it’s the stage for the bar’s nightly Ethnik Fashion Show and Hip Hop B-Boy performance. The models (they’ve hired students) don traditional clothing of the country’s many ethnic groups and take choreographed turns down the catwalk, followed by the gravity defying breakdancing of a young and talented local troupe. It’s refreshingly modern and outside the box for Luang Prabang and it supports the local community.

Don't go bananas.

Don’t go bananas.


No one was able to give us an answer why, but the local Bowling Alley is allowed to stay open well past curfew. It’s a pretty happening spot with black lights, loud pop music, and, yes, a bar serving Beerlao and local spirits. The bowling alley is a few kilometres out of town so when Hive &Lao Lao Garden closed, anyone not ready to call it night pile into a tuk tuk and head there together. If you want to bowl it’s 15,000 kip per game (20,000 after 20:00) and you can rent shoes, though many come just to continue the party. Open until 04:00.

3 Nagas: Sakkarine Rd; T: (071) 253 750; open daily 07:00-22:00
Aussie Sports Bar: Ban Aham; T: (071) 254 706; open daily 07:00-23:30; http://aussiesportsbar-luangprabang.com
Bamboo Tree Restaurant and Cooking School: Soukkaserm Rd, Ban Wat Sene; T: (071) 253 747; open daily 11:30-21:00
Bowling Alley: Highway 13, east of junction with Potoupakmao Rd; open until early morning
Blue Lagoon: Ban Choumkhong; T: (071) 253 698; open daily 10:00-22:00; http://www.blue-lagoon-restaurant.com
Cafe de Laos:The Chang Inn, Sakkaline Road; T: (071) 213 345 https://www.facebook.com/CafedeLaos
Cafe Toui: Sisavang Vatthana Rd; open daily 12:00-21:00
Chez Matt: Off Sakkarine Rd, Ban Wat Sene; T: (020) 7777 9497; open daily 17:00-23:30
Couleur Cafe: Kingkitsarath Rd: open daily 07:00-22:00
Dao Fa Bistro: Sisavangvong Rd: T: (071) 252 656, open daily 11:00-22:00
Delilah’s: Phothisalath Rd; open daily 07:00-22:00
Dyen Sabai; opposite side of the Khan River; open daily 08:00-22:00
Hive Bar: Kingkitsarath Rd, Ban Aphai: T: (020) 59 995 370; open daily 07:00-23:30; http://www.hivebarlaos.com
Icon Klub: Off Sakkarine Rd, Ban Xiengmouane; T: (071) 254 905; open 6 days a week 17:00-23:30, http://www.iconklub.com
Joma Bakery: Phothisalath Rd; T: (071) 252 292; plus Nam Khan, Kingkitsarath Rd; both open daily 07:00-21:00; http://www.joma.biz
Lao-Chinese-Vietnam Restaurant: open daily 07:00-20:00
Lao Lao Beer Garden: Phousi Rd; open daily 08:00-23:30
L’Elephant, Ban Wat Nong; T: (071) 252 482; open daily 12:00-14:30, 19:00-22:00; http://www.elephant-restau.com/
L’etranger Books and Tea: Kingkitsarath Rd; open Mon-Sat 07:00-22:00, Sun 10:00-22:00
Le Banneton: Sakkaline Rd; open daily, 06:30-18:00
Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene: Sakkarine Rd; (071) 252 482; open daily 06:30-22:00
Nazim: Sisavangvong Rd; T: (071) 253 493; open daily 11:00-21:30; http://www.nazim.laopdr.com
Nisha Indian Restaurant: Kitsalat Rd; T: (071) 253 746; open daily until late
Phakdee Bakery: Mekong riverside; T: (071) 213 185; open daily 06:30-22:00
Pizza Phan Luang: Ban Phan Luang; T: (020) 56 922 529; open Tus-Sun 17:00-22:00
Roots &Leaves: Setthathilath Rd; T: (071) 254 870; open daily 12:00-22:00; http://rootsinlaos.com
Rosella Fusion: Kingkitsarath Rd, Ban Vat Sene; T: (020) 77 775 753; open Mon-Sat 11:00-21:00
Saffron Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saffron-Coffee/108297219229894
Scandinavian Bakery: Sisavangvong Rd; T: (071) 252 223; open daily 06:00-21:00
Tamarind Restaurant and Cooking School: Kingkitsarath Rd; T: (020) 7777 0484; open for lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; http://www.tamarindlaos.com
Tamnak Lao: Sakkarine Rd, Ban Wat Sene; T: (071) 252 525; open daily 09:00-22:00; http://www.tamnaklao.net
Tangor Restaurant, Bar &Lounge: Rue Sisavangvong, Ban Xiengmouane; T: (071) 260 761; open daily 11:00-23:30; http://letangor.com
The Balcony: Ban Khoi; T: (071) 21 1040; open Mon-Sat 18:00-22:00; http://lanith.co/the_balcony_bar___restaurant
The House: Phousi Rd; T: (071) 255 021, open 07:30-23:30; http://www.thehouselaos.com/
The Terrace Restaurant: Kingkitsarath Rd, Ban Khili; T: (071) 255 031; open daily 06:30-22:30; http://www.burasariheritage.com
Utopia: Nam Khan riverbank; open daily 9:00-23:30
Vegetarian Buffet: Sisavangvong Rd
Xiengthong Noodle: Sakkarine Rd; open daily 07:00-14:00


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