Restaurants in Vientiane include classy French and European venues, quaint cafes, and evening markets with dozens of food stalls in the city centre. Laos’ capital has a vibrant and diverse culinary scene, meaning that even the most adventurous of appetites can easily be satisfied.
Take a walk around town and you’ll find everything from swanky establishments presenting dishes resembling fine works of art, to local vendors serving up bowls of noodles by the riverfront – and pretty much everything in between. Check out this guide of where and what to eat in Vientiane for some of the city’s great restaurants.
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Kualao Restaurant serves Lao cuisine in an upscale setting, occupying a yellow-washed colonial mansion in central Vientiane. The menu includes som tam (papaya salad), deep-fried Mekong River fish, spring rolls, and handmade Laotian sausage. You can enjoy traditional Lao dance and music performance by the National Dance Troupe – arrive early or call in advance (and ask to be seated close to the stage).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 10pm
- Location: Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 215 777
The Vangthong Evening Food Market attracts locals and tourists looking to enjoy authentic Laotian food at affordable prices. After sunset, the market becomes a hive of activity with dozens of stalls preparing traditional dishes such as bla kan sung (grilled fish), sai oua (Laotian sausage), and bet yang (roasted duck). A walk through Vangthong Evening Food Market also provides plenty of good photo opportunities – just make sure you ask for permission before clicking that shutter. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: Rue Phai Nam, Vientiane, Laos
Joma Bakery Café
Joma Bakery Café is a popular spot for locals and expats craving for a cup of strong coffee to start the day. There are 3 outlets in central Vientiane, with several more in Cambodia and Vietnam. The café uses fair-trade organic coffee beans, as well as provide employment opportunities to disadvantaged people and victims of human rights. For breakfast, Joma Bakery Café has sweet and savoury options, including fruit salads, bagels, and sandwiches. You can also enjoy a variety of salads – standouts include the veggie and hummus plate, taco salad, and mango sesame salad.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 9pm
- Location: Nongbone and Singha Roads, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 453 618
Kong View Restaurant provides a great setting to enjoy stunning views of the Mekong River, together with an excellent menu of Laotian, Thai, and European dishes. The restaurant is decked out with wooden fixtures and tasteful mood lighting, which add to that chilled-out ambiance and welcoming feel. Half of the restaurant is set outside in a garden overlooking the river, and those who don’t mind sacrificing those stunning river views can enjoy the comfort of air conditioning inside the main building instead. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11pm
- Address: 183 Souphanouvong Road, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 243 686
Scandinavian Bakery’s western breakfast options include bagels and quiches, as well as the traditional combo of eggs, bacon, and toast. You can also find lighter options such as muesli and salads, together with coffee, tea and fruit shakes. True to its name, Scandinavian Bakery offers a good selection of baked treats – doughnuts, Danish pastries, and cakes are priced from 15,000 kip. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 9pm
- Address: 74/1 Phangkam Road, Vientiane 0100, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 215 199
That Dam Wine House overlooks Vientiane’s That Dam (black stupa) – it’s particularly popular at night, when the ancient stupa is illuminated with spotlights. The restaurant serves Laotian and European dishes, as well as a cellar filled with international wines. Standouts include duck breast with orange sauce, Lao-style fried rice, red curry, and lamb tenderloin. Grab a seat at the secluded terrace, where you’ll be surrounded by lush trees and plants. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: That Dam, Vientiane 0100 Laos
- Tel: +856 21 217 368