Where to eat and drink: Vientiane


We have 40 places to eat and drink in and around Vientiane.

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
Common Grounds

Family friendly American-style bakery

House of Fruit Shakes
House of Fruit Shakes

Perfectly blended shakes

Le Banneton
Le Banneton

Delicious and charming

Benoni Cafe
Benoni Cafe

Breakfast and lunch hub

Noy’s Fruit Heaven
Noy’s Fruit Heaven

Fruit shakes galore

Cafe Nomad
Cafe Nomad

Panini heaven

Naked Espresso
Naked Espresso

Top choice for coffee lovers

Cafe Sinouk
Cafe Sinouk

People watching riverside

Croissant d'Or
Croissant d'Or

All day breakfast

Joma Bakery Cafe
Joma Bakery Cafe

Crowd pleaser

Kung’s Cafe Lao
Kung’s Cafe Lao

Secret eatery

Le Trio
Le Trio

Boutique roastery

Lao

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.

Pha Khao Lao
Pha Khao Lao

Tasty selection of Lao food

Tamnak Lao
Tamnak Lao

Worth the journey out of downtown

Ban Vilaylac
Ban Vilaylac

Tasty Lao and Thai

Kua Lao
Kua Lao

Popular, with a show

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
PVO

Best Vietnamese food

Pho Zap
Pho Zap

Authentic beef pho

Viengsavanh
Viengsavanh

Best Vietnamese nem nuong

Seoul Restaurant
Seoul Restaurant

Closer than Korea

Nazim
Nazim

Indian food fix

Osaka
Osaka

Cheap and cheerful Japanese

International

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.

La Cave des Chateaux
La Cave des Chateaux

Great atmosphere

La Cage du Coq
La Cage du Coq

Retro casual

Bistro 22
Bistro 22

Splurge-worthy

L’Adresse de Tinay
L’Adresse de Tinay

One of the best

Pimenton
Pimenton

Exceptional tapas and steaks

Ai Capone
Ai Capone

Delicious pizza

Ray's Grille
Ray's Grille

Best burger in town

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers

Home to the tom yum martini

Chokdee Cafe
Chokdee Cafe

Belgian beers and fries

Aria
Aria

Pasta and wood-fire pizza

Bars

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
Dresden Lao

Tokyo meet Laos

Deja Vu
Deja Vu

Fun funky mixology

Bor Pen Nyang
Bor Pen Nyang

Popular riverfront rooftop bar

The Spirit House
The Spirit House

Riverside cocktails

3 Yaek Pakpasak
3 Yaek Pakpasak

Live music and Mekong views

The Highland Bar
The Highland Bar

Catch the game at Vientiane's best sunset spot