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Best Western breakfasts in Luang Prabang

When you've had enough soup

Best Western breakfasts in Luang Prabang

After a week of noodle soup with fish sauce and grilled bananas, there’s no shame in wanting to sink your teeth into a breakfast that you may be more accustomed to. We gave you a list of must-try local breakfast eats in Luang Prabang. Now here are some of the best spots to kick start your day with Western fare. French toast, omelettes and bacon, oh my.

Bite me.

Bite me.

After 12 hours spooning with a stranger on an overnight bus, Joma Bakery Cafe is a godsend. It smells familiar, it tastes familiar and who can deny the joy of a freshly baked bagel with cream cheese. Joma is the closest thing to fast food in Luang Prabang – though much of it is freshly prepared and getting your order still requires some patience. This place has the whole gamut of earthly Western breakfast desires, such as breakfast burritos with sour cream, waffles and scones.

All hail the mighty breakfast burrito!

All hail the mighty breakfast burrito!

The 26,000 kip bagel-egger is a particularly good morning-after-bowling hangover cure. It’s loaded with enough grease, calories and carbs to absorb the alcohol and fuel you on. Luang Prabang has two locations, the flagship cafe beside the post office and the other opened in 2014, on the Nam Khan riverside. Find Joma spawns in Vientiane, Hanoi and Phnom Penh. Open daily 07:00-21:00.

Pilgrim’s Cafe is a less flashier alternative to Joma. Once part of Rama Hotel on Visoun Road, the cafe is now in a prime location on the main street across the lane from the grounds of the Royal Palace Museum. The menu has an America-meets-India flair. Here you can get oatmeal, bacon, fruit bowls with yoghurt and granola, lassis and chai tea. The shop appears small but there’s additional seating and a lounge area upstairs. Open Mon-Sat, 07:00-21:00.

Cafe Ban Vat Sene is a main street mainstay. While reading their copies of Le Monde is not mandatory, come with an appetite for a French breakfast, whether you’re craving sweet or savoury, hot or cold, a nibble or a full set (starting at 40,000 kip). You can get pastries, croissants, baguette sandwiches as well as a killer quiche. We suggest grabbing a picnic lunch to go-go for your trip to Kuang Si. Find it across from the primary school in Ban Vat Sene. Open daily 06:30-22:00.

The French cafe, a favourite pastime in Luang Prabang.

Sitting and eating, a favourite pastime in Luang Prabang.

A Western breakfast round up wouldn’t be complete without Le Banneton. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to France. Once a quiet spot, at times Le Banneton can feel as busy as Joma – try visiting at off hours. Offering buttery croissants, crusty baguettes and pastries that will make your heart sing, simply pick your pleasure from the counter, grab a sidewalk table and watch the world putter by. This cafe refreshingly does NOT have WiFi. On the main street, near the end of the peninsula. Open daily 06:30-18:00.

Apricot danish at Le Banneton. It's healthy because it has fruit on top.

Apricot danish at Le Banneton. It’s healthy because it has fruit on top.

Want to treat yourself to eggs Benedict? Head to Cafe de Laos, on the main street beside Wat Sene Temple. Craving a full English? Aussie Sports Bar is the ticket. Find the pub/guesthouse in Ban Aham. Need a vegan, gluten-free blueberry, pumpkin and chia seed muffin? Well, Luang Prabang’s not quite there yet.

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