Laos: Where to eat at Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Hereby i share some gathered information about where to eat for Laos trip on last year. It covers Vientiane and Luang Prabang, as for Vang Vieng, majority of the restaurants are gathered on main street which is easily access.

Vientiane locate at borderline of Laos and Thailand, foods are more or less similar between two, which taste towards salty and spicy. As Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang are placed in middle of country which is mountain area, seafood and fruits is less seen compare to Vientiane that imported from Thailand. Food source from farming and river are more common at Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Never spot any famous fast-food franchises such as McDonald and KFC in the trip, but there are numbers of European restaurants such as France and Italians.


Sticky rice and bamboo shoot related dishes are very common in Luang Prabang where you can find it in most of the Laos restaurant and local market. According to our guide, steamed sticky rice is famous because it can kept for a longer period, stuffy that a person won’t feel hungry easily, easier to store and access as snack. Other than those two above, some famous dishes are Larb / Laap – spicy mixture of marinated meat/fish, Tam mak hoong – spicy green papaya salad and Rice Cracker.

a) Restaurants at Vientiane

i) Scandinavian Bakery

Operation time: 07:00 – 21:00
Location: nearby Vientiane Nam Phou Fountain, Rue Pangkham Road

ii) Sunset Sala Khounta (Bar)

Operation time: 11:00 – 23:00
Location: Three Elephants Statue by the Riverfront at Quai Fa Ngum

iii) Anna Grilled Duck

Dishes: Grilled Duck, Laos dishes
Operation time: noon to night
Location: arround Watnak Nyai Road and Watnak Temple

iv) Kualao Restaurant

Operation time: 11:00 – 14:00, cultural show on 18.30 – 22:00
Location: Samsenthai Road

v) Makphet

Address: Th Setthathirat
Modern lao lunch – Mon-sat

vi) Douang Deuane

Address: Th Francois Nginn
Lao, Thai, Vietnam food
Breakfast, lunch, dinner – Mon-sat

vii) Bunmala Restaurant

Address: Th Khu Vieng
Ping pet (roast duck), Ping paa (grilled fish), Tam maa hung (papaya salad), Kaeng naw mai (soupy bamboo-shoot salad), sticky rice
Lunch, dinner

viii) Soukvemarn Lao Food

Address: 89/12 Ban Sisaket
Kaeng paa khai mot (fish soup with ant larvae), laap paa (spicy minced fish salad)
Lunch, dinner

ix) Le Belle Epoque

Address: 6 Th Pangkham
French, lao
Braised lamb shank with organic mash potato, flat noodle with grilled eggplant and cream sauce
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Others: Le Provencal Restaurant (nearby Nam Phou Faountain), Khop Chai Deu (Rue Setthathilath Road), Khao Nio (sticky rice), Centerpoint Fruit Shake Corner (only at night), Vegetarian Restaurants (near Cultural Hall and Talat Sao), Morning food market (west side), Delicious noodle – end of Rue Saylom and next to green Fuji Film shop, Ban Anou Night Market – pho made with hand pulled noodle, little lettuce wrapped snacks with peanut filling, small rice pancakes

b) Restaurants at Luang Prabang

i) Saburo Khao Soy-Lao Coffee

Dishes: Khao Piak Sien (Rice Noodle Soup), Khao Soi
Operation time: noon to night
Location: Opposite Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) at Phommathat Road

ii) Khmu Restaurant & Spa

Dishes: Pork Sausage, Bamboo Springroll, Phan Khai (Rapped Omellette)
Operation time: noon to night
Location: Sisavangvong Road

iii) Lao Lao Garden Bar and Restaurant

Dishes: Traditional Lao Barbecue
Operation time: night
Location: Kingkitsarath Road

iv) Tum Tum Cheong Restaurant (cooking school)

Dishes: Mak Toom Lao Fruit Tea
Operation time: noon to night (Mon, Wed, Sat 7:30pm got live tradional show)
Location: Sakkarine Road

Others: Mekong Weed Crackers, Tam Mak houng (Papaya salad), vegetarian buffet at night market (nearby Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre), Sisavangvong street

**Refer Google documents here for the map: Laos Food

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