Lao coffee and sweet European pastries tempt foreign visitor at several bakeries along the Th Sisavangvong and Th Chao Fa Ngum. The pastry selection is generally better during the high season when consumption is at its peak, and supplies are fresh.
Add: Th Sivangvavong, meals 0.8 – 3 USD, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Serving delicious cakes, pastries and cookies as well as large breakfast and fabulous baguettes.
JoMa Bakery café
Tel: 252 292, Add: Th Chao Fa Ngum; Meals1-2 USD; breakfast, lunch.
It has alfresco 8 tables along the street or in a spacious air-con dining room. A great menu of sandwiches, soups and salads joins the large bread and g pastry selection, and the coffee is excellent.
CT Bakery Restaurant
Add: Th Sisavangvong; Meals: US$1-3; breakfast & lunch
This bakery serves outstanding ‘breakfast baguettes’ stuffed with delicious meats and cheeses. It also has an extensive Thai, Lao and European menu at reasonable prices and a secondhand bookshop.
Phousi Cafe & Gallery
Add: Th Kingkitsarat; meals US$2-2.50; breakfast, lunch & dinner.
In a leafy bamboo courtyard, this quiet cafe serves set Western breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and a host of quasi-Lao and Thai stir-fries.
Tel: 020-7774122; Add: Th Sakkarin; meals US$2-3.50; breakfast & lunch and dinner closed Tue
This smart and cosy cafe dishes up some of the tastiest breakfasts in town: smoked ham omelettes, fresh muesli, rice soup, and fabulous coffee. For lunch tuck into esto chicken pasta or a fragrant Thai curry.
Restaurant Luang Prabang Bakery
Tel: 252499; Add: Th Sisavangvong; Meals: US$3-5; breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This swish restaurant treats timid palates to excellent burgers, pizzas, pastas, steaks and salads, and fairly generic ‘Lao food’. The beautiful timber seating is worth a visit, as is the French and Australian wine, superb coffee and gluttony-inducing cakes,
Café des Artes
Add: Th Sisavangvong, meals 3 – 10 USD breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The scrummy selection of deli goods on this menu satiates chorizo, salami, saucisson, pate and cheese carving. It also boat French fare, soup, burgers, brochettes and set menu
Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene
Add: Th Sakkarin, meals 3 – 5 USD breakfast, lunch & dinner
It’s decorated with antiques; this fine café serves tapenades and tapas, smocked chicken and feta salads, roast pork and tarragon – filled baguettes. The tarts and cakes are delicious
Tel: 253397; Add: Th Sisavang Vatthana; Meals: 3-5 USD; Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
This cosmopolitan oasis serves delicious fast bagels and mostly European mail as grilled buffalo with red wine and tomato sauce.
Add: Th Kingkitsarat; meals: 3 – 5 USD, breakfast, lunch & dinner
Gracing its menu are Greek dishes, mass man curries and kicking spicy catfish and mango salad
Restaurant Brasserie L’Elephant
Tel: 252482; Add: Ban Wat Nong; Meals: US$ 8-16: lunch and dinner.
One of Luang Prabang’s most elegant eateries features wooden floors, subdued lighting and Lao antiques. The menu is mostly French but you’ll find other treats such as New Zealand rib eye with gorgonzola cheese sauce and delectable seafood.
Add: Ban Xieng Mouane street, meals: 1 – 2 USD, breakfast, lunch & dinner
This place serves Indian specialties, Western breakfasts and Lao dishes, both veg and nonveg.
Nazim Indian Food
Tel: 253 493, Add: Th Sisavangvong; meals 1.50-2.50USD; lunch & dinner.
It has a huge menu of north and south Indian food. The curries come as spicy as you like and the vegetarian selection is extensive.
LAO, THAI, VIETMAMESE
Fruit Shake Restaurant
Tel: 5672376; Add: Th Sakkarin, meals 1 USD, lunch & dinner)
They serve fried dried beef, Luang Prababang – Style, fresh chili pastes and wild deer with basil are up for grabs as well as three- course set menu for 3 USD.
Tel: 253 200, Add: Th Pha Mahapatsaman, meals 1.50 – 2USD, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Serves great Lao and Luang Prabang specialties like sweet and sour Mekong squid, or áw lám – stewed meat with green beans and eggplant.
Khemkhong View Restaurant
Add: Th Khem Khong, Meals 1.50 – 2 USD, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One of the riverside restaurants lining the Mekong has an extensive menu with choices such as spicy coconut soup, squid láap (salad), or steamed or fermented fish.
Mr Hong’s Coffeeshop & Restaurant
Add: 71/6 Ban Thongchaleun street, meals 2 – 2.50 USD, breakfast, lunch & dinner.
This restaurant draws a steady clientele with his long menu of reasonably priced Lao dishes like jeow eggplant, duck salad. The cocktail are potent and the conversation easy.
Tel: 020 7770484, www.tamarindlaos.com, Add: Ban Wat Nong, meals: 2.50 – 4 USD, breakfast, lunch
Dishes include whole fish, marinated in local herbs, stuffed with lemongrass and barbecued in banana leaves, traditional eggplant and meat stew or Lao-style barbequed pork. Meals are enhanced considerably by the owners’ detailed explanation of the ingredients and how they’re eaten. The fruit coolers are divine on a hot day and the khai pene (seaweed), chilli pastes and teas (which you can buy) are wholesaled to restaurants around the world.
View Kheam Kong Restaurant
Tel: 6212726; Add: Th Khem Khong street; meals US$2.50-3; breakfast, lunch & dinner.
This riverside restaurant serves a good Luang Prabang sausage salad, fried green chili with duck, and Luang Prabang-style stewed fish. Seating is on a large balcony with fairy lights.
Lao Lao Garden
Th Kingkitsarat street; mealsUS$3- 5; breakfast, lunch & dinner
Superlative Thai, Lao and Western fare graces the long menu at this hip, alfresco restaurant, where tables tumble into a hilly, candlelit garden. The Lao barbecue here is a must – diners are served a basket of raw meat and vegetables, which they cook at their own leisure on a round hotplate in the centre of the table. It’s about as much fun as dinner gets.
Tum Tum Cheng Restaurant
Tel: 252019; Add: Th Sakkarin; Meals: US$3-5; lunch and dinner. Years of experience have made this one of the best restaurants in town, and the Lao chef here prepares an interesting menu of Lao and Lao-European fusion. As he lived in Hungary for some years, some of the dishes display a European touch.
Tum Tum Bamboo Restaurant
Add: Th Sisavangvong street; meals US$2.50-4; breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Authentic flavor In an ambient setting.
Tamnak Lao Three Elephant Cafe
Tel: 252525; Add: Th Sakkarin street; meals US$2.50- 6; lunch and dinner
Lao, Luang Prabang and Thai food.
Luang Prabang has a unique cuisine all its own. One of the local specialties is a jam like condiment made with chilies and dried buffalo skin. A soup called áw lám made with dried meat, mushrooms, eggplant and a special bitter-spicy root, is also a typical Luang Prabang dish (roots is herbs with bitter-hot effects are a force in Luang Prabang cuisine). Other local delicious watercress that’s rarely found outside the Luang Prabang area, and khái pâen, dried river moss fried in seasoned oil, topped with sesame seeds and served with jaew bawng. Khào kam, a local red, sweet, slightly fizzy wine made from sticky rice, is abundantly and inexpensively available by the bottle in Luang Prabang. It can be good or bad depending on the brand.
Tel: 252021; Add: Th Suvannabanlang; Meals: 1 – 3USD, breakfast. lunch & dinner
This simple but pleasant outdoor place near the cluster of guesthouses in Ban Wat That serves a large selection of Lao and Luang Prabang dishes, including the best choice of vegetarian Lao food in town. Dining areas are divided between tables on a slight bluff near the kitchen and seating across the road on the riverbank.