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Cafes and Bakeries

The cafe scene in Vientiane can only be described as a phenomenon – high quality cafes have sprung up just about everywhere you turn and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say it is the best coffee and croissants you’ll find in all of Southeast Asia. If you appreciate a proper brew or enjoy surfing the internet in an air-conditioned space, you're in the right place: the coffee is excellent, often using beans grown right in Laos, plus air-con and free WiFi are standard.

  • Common Grounds
    4.5 stars

    Family friendly American-style bakery

    35 Chao Anou Rd, Ban Wat Chan
    T: (021) 255 057

    Vientiane has some of the best bakeries in Southeast Asia so there’s little difficulty finding fresh bread or tasty pastries. Joma Bakery Cafe rival Common Grounds serves up some of the best Mexican in town as well as some great bakery items in very child-friendly surrounds. ... read more

  • House of Fruit Shakes
    4.5 stars

    Perfectly blended shakes

    Samsenthai Rd, between Pangkham and Chanthakoummane St, Vientiane
    T: (021) 212 200

    Though nearly every restaurant and riverside food stall has fruit shakes on their menu, no one does them like the House of Fruit Shakes. ... read more

  • Le Banneton
    4.5 stars

    Delicious and charming

    Nokeokoummane Rd, across from Wat Mixay, Vientiane
    T: (021) 217 321

    For pastries that will transport you to Paris, Le Banneton serves up fresh croissants, danishes and all those other buttery, flakey, oh-so-sinful morning bakery treats. ... read more

  • Benoni Cafe
    4 stars

    Breakfast and lunch hub

    Setthathirath Rd (part of Phimphone Market, beside Joma Bakery Cafe), Vientiane
    T: (021) 213 334

    Benoni Cafe is a hugely popular place to meet and eat, no doubt because its located on the stretch of Setthathirath Road that everyone gravitates to, and also because the menu is both good and good value. ... read more

  • Noy’s Fruit Heaven
    4 stars

    Fruit shakes galore

    Henboun St, Ban Haysoke (eastern end of Henboun), Vientiane

    While Noy's 20,000 kip shakes are pricey by Vientiane standards, the fruit here is fresh and naturally sweet and they don’t skimp out, add sugar or excessive amounts of ice as filler. ... read more

  • Cafe Nomad
    4 stars

    Panini heaven

    House No. 342, Unit No. 1, Ban Dongpalanthong (70m from the Thai Consulate), Vientiane
    T: (030) 972 2672

    This cafe knows what nomads want, especially the nomads waiting outside for their visas at the Thai Consulate 70 metres away. ... read more

  • Naked Espresso
    4 stars

    Top choice for coffee lovers

    Manthatourath St (southern end close to Quai Fa Ngum), Vientiane
    T: (030) 538 3392

    Every coffee imaginable? Check. Latte art? Check, check. Great work tables, plenty of electrical outlets, bright lighting, air-con, delicious salads, the smell of ground coffee beans wafting through the air and WiFi. Yes to all of the above. No wonder Naked Espresso has a cult following in ... read more

  • Cafe Sinouk
    4 stars

    People watching riverside

    Corner of Fa Ngum and Rue Francois Ngin, Vientiane
    T: (021) 312 150

    Great coffee and croissants are never far away in Vientiane, with more than a dozen cafes all vying for business in the few blocks that front the river near Wat Ong Theu. One of the best spots for people-watching is Cafe Sinouk, which serves its own brand of coffee grown on their plantations in the ... read more

  • Croissant d'Or
    4 stars

    All day breakfast

    Francois Ngin St, Vientiane
    T: (021) 223 741

    Croissant d'Or serves up delicious pastries, coffee and breakfast a few doors up from Le Banneton. ... read more

  • Joma Bakery Cafe
    4 stars

    Crowd pleaser

    Setthathirath Rd, near Nam Phou Fountain, Vientiane
    T: (021) 254 333

    Joma Bakery Cafe is something of a phenomenon with locations now in Hanoi and Phnom Penh, but Vientiane is where it all started in the late 90s. ... read more

  • Kung’s Cafe Lao
    3.5 stars

    Secret eatery

    Ban Phiawat (alley across from the Ministry of Health), Vientiane
    T: (021) 219 101

    Tucked at the end of a local dead end laneway and shrouded by a jungle of vines, cute, cheap and cheerful Kung’s Cafe serves up Lao soups, stir-fry and curries for only 15,000 to 20,000 kip a dish. ... read more

  • Le Trio

    Boutique roastery

    Setthathirath Rd (beside Joma Bakery Cafe), Vientiane
    T: (020) 2255 3552

    Le Trio is a roastery, and if you don’t know what that means, you should pop into the shop to find out. ... read more


You are in Laos after all! You can try some of the country’s best noodle soups in Vientiane, or go full on local at the street stalls. If you find roadside eating a bit too much, there are some outstanding Lao food restaurants well worth exploring. Makphet in particular should not be missed.

  • Noodle soup in Vientiane
    4.5 stars

    Lots to try

    You are probably familiar with Vietnamese pho (feuhr) but there is also Lao pho, with a style and flavour of its own, usually made with beef or pork. It’s served with a massive serving of greens – lettuce, mint, basil, fresh lime, bean sprouts, plus raw green beans which you dunk into the sweet ... read more

  • Pha Khao Lao
    4.5 stars

    Tasty selection of Lao food

    Wat Chan Ln, alley running between Wat Ong Teu and the river, Vientiane
    T: (020) 7751 7272

    Tucked away on the alley between Wat Ong Teu and the river road, Pha Khao Lao is often overlooked, but shouldn't be if you're on the lookout for excellent Lao and Thai cooking. ... read more

  • Tamnak Lao
    4.5 stars

    Worth the journey out of downtown

    23 Singha Road (just past Patuxay Monument, before Vietnam Embassy), Vientiane
    T: (021) 413 562

    Sister to the popular restaurant in Luang Prabang, Tamnak Lao restaurant in Vientiane is a little harder to find, though well worth it. ... read more

  • Makphet
    4.5 stars

    Delicious modern Lao cuisine for a cause

    78 Ban Inpeng, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
    T: (021) 260 587, (030) 536 8186

    Makphet is a vocational training restaurant offering marginalised, at-risk youth (often former street youth) with skills in hospitality. ... read more

  • Amphone
    4 stars

    Elegant introduction to Lao food

    Setthathirath Rd, lane leading to Wat Xienghuen, Vientiane
    T: (021) 212 489

    If you want to try authentic Lao food in an elegant restaurant, head to Amphone. ... read more

  • Ban Vilaylac
    4 stars

    Tasty Lao and Thai

    Street behind Wat Ong Teu, running between Francois Ngin and Chou Anou St, Vientiane
    T: (021) 222 049

    On a quiet side street and hidden behind a bountiful wall of potted plants, Ban Vilaylac does delicious authentic Lao dishes like laap and homemade sausage, as well as Thai dishes. ... read more

  • Night market stalls on the river
    3.5 stars

    Cheap and relaxing

    Along Fa Ngum Road, the quay along the Mekong, as well as the smaller side streets running off it, you'll invariably find plenty of barbecues and make-shift restaurants. ... read more

  • Kua Lao
    3.5 stars

    Popular, with a show

    111 Samsenthai Rd, at Chanthakoummane St, Vientiane
    T: (021) 214 813

    In a beautifully restored colonial mansion, Kua Lao has a great atmosphere and popular set menus of Lao food and wine. ... read more

Other Asian

Vientiane has a large Vietnamese community and you can find some of the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam here. The large amount of Korean business interests and Japanese projects have also given rise to a number of very good restaurants serving up food from Korea and Japan.

  • PVO
    4.5 stars

    Best Vietnamese food

    Small unnamed street parallel to Khou Vieng, one block east of Rue Sakkarine, Vientiane
    T: (021) 214 444

    You’ll probably smell the baskets of fresh baguettes before you see PVO and their sandwich stand out in front. ... read more

  • Pho Zap
    4 stars

    Authentic beef pho

    Phai Nam St, near That Dam stupa, Vientiane

    Pho Zap (pronounced saep, which means delicious) doles out steaming, flavourful bowls of beef pho at a breakneck pace for breakfast and lunch. ... read more

  • Viengsavanh
    4 stars

    Best Vietnamese nem nuong

    Hengboun St, across from Home Ideal department store, Vientiane

    Warning: nem nuong/nueng at Viengsavanh is delicious, filling, cheap and highly addictive. ... read more

  • Seoul Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Closer than Korea

    Bourichane Rd, Vientiane
    T: (020) 5566 8605

    If you’re in the neighbourhood of Vientiane’s Thai consulate, you’ll find an abundance of Korean restaurants. Of the various to choose from, we reckon Seoul has the best food, cooked fresh and seasoned well. It’s 250 metres east of the Thai consulate on Bourichane Road. ... read more

  • Nazim
    3.5 stars

    Indian food fix

    Fa Ngum Rd, second location in Ban Phonexay (near Australian embassy), Vientiane
    T: (021) 223 480, (021) 413 671

    Many of the Indian restaurants in Vientiane have shut but Nazim has held out. While it won’t knock your socks off, if you’re craving Indian food it will do the trick. ... read more

  • Osaka
    3 stars

    Cheap and cheerful Japanese

    Nokeokoummane Rd, Vientiane
    T: (021) 213 352

    Osaka is a cosy air-conditioned restaurant serving delicious sushi, ramen and fried Japanese dishes in quirky surrounds, at a price kind on the wallet. ... read more


The international dining here is superb with nationals from around the globe opening up small restaurants. Vientiane has long been famous for its French food; now the Italians are giving the French some competition. The number of fantastic Italian restaurants that have opened is mind-boggling but we certainly aren’t complaining. We haven’t listed them all -- you’ll find them.

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    La Cave des Chateaux
    4 stars

    Great atmosphere

    Nam Phou square, Vientiane
    T: (021) 212 192

    Nestled into the edge of Nam Phou fountain, La Cave des Chateaux is a top choice for atmosphere. ... read more

  • La Cage du Coq
    4 stars

    Retro casual

    Hengbounnoy St (the lane between Hengboun and Setthathirath Sts), Vientiane
    T: (020) 5467 6065

    Opened in 2014, bistro La Cage du Coq is the latest addition to the French food scene. ... read more

  • Bistro 22
    4 stars


    Samsenthai Rd, 500m from Lane Xang, Vientiane
    T: (021) 214 129

    Offering excellent quality food at the higher end of the price spectrum, Bistro 22 is worthy of an indulgent evening out. ... read more

  • Le Silipa
    4 stars

    Another French fave

    Above I-Beam bar, Setthathirath Rd, Vientiane
    T: (021) 254 528

    The long-established Le Silipa is another favourite for French food in Vientiane. ... read more

  • L’Adresse de Tinay
    4 stars

    One of the best

    Small lane south of Wat Ong Teu, Vientiane
    T: (020) 6591 3434

    L’Adresse de Tinay is considered one of the best French restaurants in town and radiates ritz with great service and a top menu. ... read more

  • Pimenton
    4 stars

    Exceptional tapas and steaks

    5 Nokeokoumane Rd, Vientiane
    T: (021) 215 506

    If “jamon Iberico” or “500 gram ribeye” is music to your ears, then Pimenton is the place to treat yourself. This sophisticated and social tapas bar and steakhouse serves outstanding bites — even the complimentary grilled bread and aioli are notable. ... read more

  • Ai Capone
    4 stars

    Delicious pizza

    Francois Ngin Rd, Vientiane
    T: (020) 5991 0888

    Ai Capone’s woodfire pizza could compete with any pizzeria in Italy; it’s that good. In fact, it is some of the best pizza we’ve had, so it will come as no surprise that this Vientiane restaurant is owned by an Italian chef. ... read more

  • Ray's Grille
    4 stars

    Best burger in town

    17/1 Sihom Rd, Vientiane
    T: (020) 5896 6866

    So many restaurants in Vientiane claim to have the best burger in town but Ray’s Grille could very well take the crown. ... read more

  • Sticky Fingers
    4 stars

    Home to the tom yum martini

    10/3 Francois Ngin Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
    T: (021) 215 972

    Sticky Fingers is a long-standing Vientiane favourite serving casual fare and fancier fusion dishes. ... read more

  • Chokdee Cafe
    4 stars

    Belgian beers and fries

    Fa Ngum Rd, Vientiane
    T: (020) 5610 3434

    Chokdee Cafe is Vientiane's only Belgian bar, and it proudly displays its heritage with abundant, yet tasteful, Belgian beer paraphernalia and Tin Tin imagery. ... read more

  • Aria
    3.5 stars

    Pasta and wood-fire pizza

    8 Rue Francois Ngin, Vientiane
    T: (021) 222 589, (030) 5700 831

    There’s been an explosion of Italian restaurants in Vientiane however Aria was one of the originals and among the best. ... read more


Vientiane has some fantastic and memorable watering holes, from lively local beer bars on the Mekong with killer sunset views, to cosy cocktail jazz joints and sleek, sophisticated wine bars. Beer, wine and spirits in Vientiane are cheaper than in Thailand due to Thailand’s high alcohol tax, plus stiff competition here (no pun intended) means almost all upscale bars have a happy hour. With quality cocktails and decent house wine by the glass usually costing 30,000 to 60,000 kip, Vientiane is definitely the place to get your drink on, but you have to start early as a citywide curfew means most bars close at midnight.

  • Dresden Lao
    4 stars

    Tokyo meet Laos

    Corner of Hengboun and Nokeokoumanne St, across from Lao National Cultural Hall, Vientiane
    T: (021) 244 241

    Dapper waiters in crisp white shirts and fitted black vests shake up classic cocktails in this sophisticated yet low-key, understated bar. ... read more

  • Deja Vu
    4 stars

    Fun funky mixology

    Nam Phu Fountain Square, Vientiane
    T: (021) 244 288

    Vientiane’s nightlife may not be the most raucous in Southeast Asia but if you know where to look there are great little spots with creative people doing great things -- like at Deja Vu. ... read more

  • Bor Pen Nyang
    4 stars

    Popular riverfront rooftop bar

    Fa Ngum Rd, west of Chou Anou Rd, Vientiane
    T: (021) 26 1373, (02) 221 2200

    As carefree as its name ('no worries' in Lao) suggests, this is a popular traveller bar and restaurant right on the riverfront. ... read more

  • Jazzy Brick
    4 stars

    Cocktails and jazz

    34/1 Setthathilat Rd, Vientiane
    T: (020) 244 9307

    This retro-fabulous bar will transport you to your Aunt Linda’s living room circa 1972. ... read more

  • The Spirit House
    4 stars

    Riverside cocktails

    Fa Ngum Rd, on the Mekong River road 300m west of Sithane Rd, Vientiane
    T: (021) 243 795

    The Spirit House is one of Vientiane's best watering holes, with an excellent cocktail menu and satisfying selection of Western and Lao food. ... read more

  • 3 Yaek Pakpasak
    3.5 stars

    Live music and Mekong views

    Corner of Fa Ngum Rd and Sithane St, Vientiane

    3 Yaek Pakpasak is packed as soon as the work day is over (and sometimes earlier than that) with locals wanting to unwind. ... read more

  • I-Beam
    3.5 stars

    Sleek and sophisticated

    88 Setthathirat Rd, across from Wat Ongteu, Vientiane
    T: (021) 254 528

    I-Beam offers cocktails at price levels similar to Jazzy Brick, plus an elaborate wine and tapas menu. ... read more

  • The Highland Bar
    3.5 stars

    Catch the game at Vientiane's best sunset spot

    Khamkhong Rd, 1 km west along the Mekong river road, Vientiane
    T: (020) 5426 1374

    Further down Fa Ngum, where the river widens, The Highland perches over one of the best riverfront views in Vientiane. ... read more

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