Vientiane Restaurants


  • Asian
  • Thai
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Popular Places

  • Patuxai
  • Wattay International Airport
  • Lao cuisine is very similar to its Thai and Vietnamese neighbor's, and meals of spicy soup, sticky rice and chicken or laab are favorites with locals. Noodle shops can be found all over the town. They typically serve Vietnamese-type noodle soups, fried rice and other rice- or noodle-based dishes. Prices are very moderate—around $1 USD for a large bowl or plate. It is advisable to eat in places where there are many customers, as the food is likely to be good and fresh.

    For Western food, the Scandinavian Bakery is almost an institution in Vientiane and is particularly busy at breakfast and lunch. The small terrace outside is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.

    Ban Anou Night Market is only about one block long and starts setting up at sundown, but it has some of the best cheap eats in town. There's a wide range of street snacks available, including pho, little lettuce-wrapped snacks with peanut filling, all types of grilled skewered meats, grilled sticky rice and more.

    Dozens of unpretentious restaurants and beer gardens are strung along the Mekong River for approximately two kilometers. All are pleasant places to enjoy a beer and a snack or a complete meal while watching the sun go down over the river. One such place is the Sunset Bar, which is popular with expats and tourists.

    There are also some good restaurants in the city. Nazim Indian Restaurant on the Mekong River road has decent Indian food, as does the Taj Mahal Restaurant, just south of the National Culture Hall. Lao Garden, two kilometers east on Tha Deua Road, has decent Lao, Thai and Western food in a charming environment. It is very popular with locals and has a great view of the river. Café Indochine, on Thanon Setthathirat, serves authentic Vietnamese food.

    Le Nadao, opposite the Patuxai park, has excellent classical French fare with main courses starting at $8 USD. This is probably the best restaurant in Vientiane, and booking is recommended. Amphone on Setthathirath Road is another excellent place for Lao food. The outdoor courtyard is extremely atmospheric. Australian-owned Sticky Fingers is the place for a casual Western lunch or evening drink. It has a good selection of vegetarian options.

    The area around Nam Phu (the fountain) has the highest concentration of restaurants. Khop Chai Deu, meaning "thank you" in Lao, serves Lao, Chinese and Indian food and is set in an old French colonial villa that has been renovated and carefully preserved to retain its charm and beauty. L'Opera has good Italian food and pizzas. Le Provençal has French fare, excellent pizzas and so-so steaks.

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    Full Moon Café

    020 François Nginn Rd
    Across from the Tai-Pan Hotel

    Le Central

    077/8 Setthatirath Rd

    Le Nadao

    Kua Lao

    111 Samsenthai Rd
    At the intersection w/Chanta Khoumane

    Sticky Fingers

    10/3 François Nginn Rd
    Across from the Tai-Pan Hotel


    Sala Lao

    Quai Fa Ngnum

    Lao Music Specials... read more

    Riverside Km4

    Thadeua Road
    Kilometer 4

    Roomy Riverside Dining... read more


    Francois Nginn Street
    Corner of Fa Ngum Road

    Modern and Funky... read more

    Belle Epoque (La)

    6 Pang Kham Street
    Settha Palace Hotel

    Exclusive Continental Dining... read more

    Meena Nightclub

    Thadeua Road

    Quintessentially Lao Disco... read more

    Carona Restaurant

    3rd floor Vientiane International Airport

    Dining with an Airport View... read more

    Douang Deuane Restaurant

    Norkeokoummane Road

    Where Stories Accompany Food... read more

    Restaurant Kat

    Thanon Fa Ngum
    Vat Chan Village, Chanthabouly District

    Pleasant Setting for Lao Food... read more


    That Deua
    Ban Phoxay

    Pub Music Scene... read more

    Hong Kong Restaurant

    82/9 Samsenthai Road
    Opposite the Lao Plaza Hotel

    First Class Seafood and Chinese... read more

    Kito Restaurant

    Fa Ngum Road

    Casual Riverside Dining... read more

    Royal Dokmaideng Restaurant

    Lane Xang Avenue
    Royal Dokmaideng Hotel

    Private Dining... read more

    Xayoh Cafe

    Thanon Samsenthai Road
    Next To Cultural Hall

    Snazzy Local Bar... read more
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