Welcome to the Weekly blog post. Today I am sharing must-try restaurants in Vientiane capital city of Laos. The food in Vientiane is diverse and colourful as the culture there. From the hotel restaurants in Vientiane hotels to popular cafes and locals favourite joints offering traditional Asian to French and western fusion. You are spoiled for choice.

During my first Laos trip, I lived in Vientiane for 3-4 months and ate at as many restaurants as I can remember. So, this blog post comes from that personal experience and you may read to find out where to go in Vientiane for some of the best food in town.

Must try restaurants in Vientiane, Laos

restaurants in vientiane

1. L’Adresse – Cuisine by Tinay (French)

If you have heard of the saying, judge a restaurant by the bread they serve, then you will find L’Adresse the place to go to in Vientiane. L’Adresse Creative & Authentic French Cuisine by French Chef Tinay Inthavong is a small standalone fine dining French restaurant but will give the big branded ones a run for their money. It offers the choice of sitting outside, inside or mezzanine. The ambience is excellent and gives the vibe of a typical French classical place. Great place to show off to your new friends in town and also perfect if you want to take a break from Lao food for French instead.

Address: ‘Wat Ongteu’ Behind the Temple, Vientiane 0100 Laos
+856 20 56 913 434

2. Lao Kitchen (Laotian)

It would be a sin to go to Laos and not try Lao food. The Lao Kitchen is centrally located and easy to find in Vientiane. Local food is great here, the portion is well allocated, the service is attentive but unrushed and the prices are right. I recommend trying the fresh Spring Rolls with green dipping sauce, the Mekong river fish laab and the mango sticky rice. The menu is typically Laotian, but many dishes are available with fewer chillies/fermented fish to suit the tourists. Must go.

It would be a sin to go to Laos and not try Lao food. The Lao Kitchen is centrally located and easy to find in Vientiane. Local food is great here, the portion is well allocated, the service is attentive but unrushed and the prices are right. I recommend trying the fresh Spring Rolls with green dipping sauce, the Mekong river fish laab and the mango sticky rice. The menu is typically Laotian, but many dishes are available with fewer chillies/fermented fish to suit the tourists. Must go.

Address: Rue Hengboun opposite KP Hotel, Vientiane 0100 Laos
+856 20 54 846 42

3. Tokyo Sushi (Japanese)

If you fancy quality Japanese in Laos, go to Tokyo Sushi. Out of a couple of Japanese restaurants, I ate at, this is the best. The food arrived fast and tasted authentic, and the quality was awesome. The karague (deep fried chicken) was good, and also the chicken curry rice and the potato salad. But my must try would be their fresh sushi and sashimi.

Address: Setthathilath st, Vientiane, Laos
+856 20 23 531 111

Read more about the best cafes in Vientiane here.

4. Namaste India (Indian)

FYI this restaurant has relocated around the corner as “Welcome India” restaurant but still offers the same menu, great food and reasonable prices. You can get a fantastic deal on veg or non-veg thali for 30-40000kip which changes daily. One of the best Indian in town and local’s favourite too. I recommend trying the Mutton Masala and Biryanis.

Sihom Road, Vientiane 0100 Laos
+856 20 55 011 515

restaurants in vientiane

5. Tyson Kitchen (Italian)

As you guessed, yes it is named after Tyson whom I got to know while living in Vientiane. But I am not recommending this place because I know him but because of their wood oven fired pizzas which are made with traditional and local toppings and FREE wifi! Tyson and his Dad understand how important it is to check on your Instagram while waiting for food;) Awesome food, great staff, good ambience, and fair prices.

Address: 11 Rue Francois Ngin, Vientiane 0100 Laos
+856 21 255 272

restaurants in vientiane

6. Noy’s Fruit Heaven Restaurant

My friends, let me just say I could sit there and have their fresh smoothies all day and night! No preservatives, no syrup, just real fruits. I think they deserve way more than the price they ask for those healthiest smoothies in town. Noy also has raw vegans, vegans and non-vegans, a wide choice of fruit shakes, fruit juices and salads and several cooked vegans and non-vegan options. I tried a large fruit salad, a papaya shake, a banana shake, and many more shakes during my stay there. All were delicious. The fruit shakes are served in big glasses and so yummy! Read more about the best cafes in Vientiane here.

Address: Rue Hengbounnoy, Vientiane, Laos
Open every day 7 am – 9 pm except Sunday
+856 30 52 62 369

7. Pho Zap (Vietnamese)

Pho Zap sells one thing and one thing only – absolutely fine and very tasty Pho. You can choose from small, medium or large – I chose medium both days and it was a very filling meal. The accoutrements are all there – sage, mint, bean sprouts, satay sauce, a few different types of chilli, fish sauce etc. The meat was delicious and tender, the stock is always great and the noodles just right. The service is express and the ingredients are very fresh. It is affordable for only 25,000 LAK you’ll get the best bowl of pho in town. It is however only open for lunch, not dinner. I also recommend the fried-battered bananas which are good for taking away and snacking later.

Address: Rue Phai Nam, Vientiane 0100 Laos
+856 20 55 805 678

8. Highland Bar (Thai)

The highland bar is not right in the centre so, expect distance from the noise and some peace and great views. Best to go during the afternoon for that sundowner while watching flotsam on the Mekong river drift by. You can also enjoy some of the best Thai food in town too. Try Thai fried rice, green curry and pad thai. The service is quick and friendly with a laid back ambience, and the wifi strong and reliable just how we like it! While you are in Vientiane, make the time to pop into the Highland bar and enjoy.

Address: Fa Ngum Rd, Vientiane vientiane VTC Laos
+856 20 54 261 374

restaurants in vientiane
restaurants in vientiane

9. 3 Merchants (Luxury restaurant)

If you are feeling fancy, I recommend checking out the 3 Merchants. It is a well decorated, nice and safe choice within Crowne Plaza hotels vientiane. A small but good selection of amazing Indochine cuisine, charcoal grill as well as private dining. I could just sit there for hours and eat! I recommend trying out quality laab chicken, duck curry and the dessert.

Address: 20 Sithoong Street, Nongduang Nua Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 01000 Lao PDR
+856 21 908 888

restaurants in vientiane

10. O’Grady’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Fancy some pool and pints? This was one of my go-to places for a couple game of pool and drinks. Chicken wings and bangers and mash were on point too. It is expat’s and travellers favourite restaurant for that Sunday roast, drinks and a game of pool. Heard now they have added live music too. So, go and rest your tired feet and enjoy!

Address: Rue Phonpapao, Vientiane, Laos
+856 20 29 883 777

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11 thoughts on “Must try restaurants in Vientiane, Laos

  • February 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    I have been wanting to visit Laos for a long time now, but I haven’t had a chance to do it. But this year my Husband and I are planning to explore more Asian countries, and hopefully Laos (Vientiane) will be our next destinations. Lao Kitchen will be on my must try list, and Tyson Kitchen I think will be my husband’s (he’s Italian).
    Thank you for sharing..

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  • February 16, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    If I ever get to Laos, I’ll be going to all of these. The food you showcased looks so good! It really is as visually pleasing as it sounds tasty.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    What fresh and colorful food! Looks delicious! I would love to visit Laos one day; seems like such a fun adventure.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    I’ve always wanted to visit Laos before! Great choices for food spots. I’ll have to keep this in mind!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    I would love to visit Laos someday and this post is definitely an excellent motivator. All of these restaurants seem to have so many delicious dishes to try!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    I have never been to Laos, but I would like to go one day! It’s great to know so many different options. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    My neighbor is Laotian and makes the best food. I would love to visit Laos some day and try all of their authentic cuisine. The food you have here all looks so tempting!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    This is a great list of combinations of high-end and non-high-end restaurants to visit in Laos. Thank you for sharing.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 1:08 am
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    I haven’t been to Vientiane, Laos. Seems like a foodie heaven for me! What a great foodie curated list.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    These look like some great restaurants. Love the different dishes you featured!

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  • March 26, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    It is already dinner time here in Manila, and yet I don’t know what to eat. Perfect timing to read your blog, and now I am thinking if I will get Indian or Laos cuisine!

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