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Vientiane Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Vientiane

Vientiane restaurants are mostly found down by the river – a host of open-air joints serve traditional Lao, Thai and Southeast Asian dishes, while overlooking the Mekong River. These restaurants are mounted on stilts or on the riverbank, each offering a different experience of the Lao capital.

There’s also a distinct European charm when dining out in Vientiane. You’ll find find-dining venues occupying colonial buildings, as well as cafes offering strong coffee and freshly baked pastries. Most of these restaurants in Vientiane are ideal for watching the locals and tourists go about their business – an experience sometimes lost in the more hectic cities of Southeast Asia.

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Khop Chai Deu

Khop Chai Deu occupies a colonial building close to the Nam Phu Fountain in central Vientiane. A favourite spot among expats, backpackers and tourists, the restaurant serves authentic Laos and international dishes – opt for the set menus of traditional Lao cuisine 

The Discovery Lao set takes you through various short courses of typical Lao dishes with a glass of rice whiskey, while the Champasak set includes a sweet treat – mango with coconut rice. If you’re craving western comfort food, Khop Chai Deu offers 9 types of pizzas, including a vegetarian option. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 11.30pm
  • Location: 54 Sethathirat Road, Namphou, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 263 829
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L'Adresse – Cuisine by Tinay

L'Adresse – Cuisine by Tinay is an authentic French restaurant just behind the 16th-century Wat Ong Teu. You’ll find classic starters such as goat cheese rolls and tuna tartare, as well as main courses like confit duck cassoulet and beef tenderloin stuffed with foie gras.

L'Adresse – Cuisine by Tinay also offers a lunch menu (75,000–95,000 kip), which covers an entrée, main course, and dessert – the coconut profiteroles and crème brûlée come highly recommended.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 10pm
  • Location: Wat Ong Teu, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 20 56 913 434
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Lao Kitchen

Lao Kitchen offers set menus that let you enjoy a variety of authentic local fare in one seating. Opt for a set of 12 (180,000 kip) Lao dishes, which include Pakse-style pork sausage, Luang Prabang-style stew, grilled Mekong fish, and bamboo shoot stew. There’s also plenty of vegetarian options for those who prefer a meatless meal in Vientiane. For dessert, try Lao Kitchen’s sticky rice with mango (or banana) and coconut milk.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm
  • Location: Rue Hengboun, Vientiane 0100, Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 254 332
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Villa Opera

Villa Opera attracts locals and tourists with its affable staff, fine Italian cuisine, and extensive wine selection. This long-running restaurant occupies a refurbished French colonial villa dating back to 1930, with classy décor and furnishing that mirror that period.

Owner and host, Pino, is friendly and more than happy to introduce Villa Opera’s dishes to diners – standouts include the Pizza Laos (tomatoes, cheese, chilies and Laos sausage), ravioli with tomato and cream sauce, and tiramisu.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: 42 Rue Panya Sri Si Thane Nuea, Vientiane 0100 Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 215 099
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May Yuan Restaurant

May Yuan Restaurant, located on the mezzanine floor of Lao Plaza Hotel, is where you can enjoy authentic Chinese food in Vientiane. There are 5 private dining rooms, along with a main dining area featuring oriental décor and furnishing.  

The menu consists of Cantonese, Szechuan, and Teochew, as well as a variety of dim sum – bite-sized portions of Chinese food served in small steamer baskets. Standouts at May Yuan Restaurant include pork buns, congee, and shrimp dumplings.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 2pm and from 6.30pm to 10pm
  • Location: Lao Plaza Hotel, 63 Samsenthai Road, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 218 800
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Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers is a long-running bistro in central Vientiane, with an extensive western menu and cocktail list. The Aussie-owned joint is usually packed during happy hours on Wednesdays and Fridays – try their famous tom yum martini at half price.

Standouts from Sicky Fingers’ all-day brunch menu includes the Hangover Special (paracetamol available for 1,000 kip), eggs Benedict, and pancakes topped with apples, bananas and cinnamon.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 5pm to 11pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 11pm
  • Location: 10/3 Francois Ngin Road, Ban Mixay, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 215 972
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The Little House Vientiane

The Little House Vientiane is a roastery, café, and souvenir shop beside Wat Si Muang. This charming venue roasts (and sells) coffee sourced from local farms on the Bolevan Plateau, particularly in Paksong.

Enjoy handcrafted and full-bodied caffeine such as latte and mocha, together with your choice of pastries or cakes. Little House Vientiane also sells handmade silk and embroidery by ethnic groups across Laos.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 8.30am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: Ban Si Meuang, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 20 55 406 036

Bor Pen Nyang

Bor Pen Nyang is a 4-storey bar and restaurant overlooking the Mekong River and central Vientiane. The vibe changes throughout the day, so depending on the time of visit, you may find a chill-out bar with pool tables, a sunset roof terrace, or a vibrant backpacker-friendly club. If you’re planning to catch the sunset, head there early as seats by the terrace get filled up fast.

Bor Pen Nyang’s food menu ranges from fajitas and pizzas to Lao-style BBQ and stir-fried dishes – standouts include larb (minced meat salad), spicy seafood soup, and the special Swiss cheeseburger. Draught BeerLao are served in pints, pitchers and beer towers.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to midnight
  • Location: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 21 261 373
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