Best restaurants in Central Laos

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Savannakhet

    No Name Grill Place

    Keep your eyes peeled for smoke from the grill and uniformed officials – two signs of a good place to eat in Laos. This tin-roofed, dirt-floored place excels at anything grilled – simply point to what looks good – especially when coupled with sides of spicy papaya salad, hearty bamboo soup and sticky rice.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Lao Breakfast Corner

    In these two nearly linked knots of vendors, you'll find dishes including kòw Ъęeak sèn (round rice noodles served in a broth with pieces of chicken or deep-fried crispy pork belly), bǎn kǔan (Lao for bánh cuôn, a Vietnamese speciality that is popular in Laos of freshly steamed rice noodle filled with minced pork, mushrooms and carrots), sticky rice-based sweets and deep-fried treats.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Café Chez Boune

    Chez Boune has a French-speaking owner, a handsome wood-decked dining room, and is one of the better places in the area for Western food. If you want to keep it semi-local, opt for the delicious beef ragout (known in Lao as lagoo), one of few examples of French-Lao fusion.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Mae Bueam

    This buzzy vendor does kòw jee, Vietnamese-style baguette sandwiches, including options with egg – a great breakfast. There's an English-language menu printed above the counter but no English-language sign; look for the open-fronted shop right at the intersection.

  • Restaurants in Dong Phu Vieng NPA & Around

    Sepon Night Market

    Every evening, a small but high-quality night market appears just east of the bus stop, serving some very tasty Lao food. Dishes are take-away only, but the purchase of a few beers will probably grant you access to the dining room and dishes at your guesthouse.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Khao Piak Mae Tik

    Mae Tik sells a delicious kòw Ъęeak sèn (thick noodles served in a slightly viscous broth with crispy deep-fried pork belly, chicken or fish) in Savannakhet. Look for the tiny roadside shack with the wooden sign.

  • Restaurants in Nakai–Nam Theun National Park & Around

    Phosy Tha Lang Restaurant

    Linked to the guesthouse of the same name and located at the edge of the reservoir created by the Nam Theun 2 Dam, views, tasty Lao food and real coffee make this the best place to eat in the area.

  • Restaurants in Phu Hin Bun NPA & Tham Kong Lor

    Khounmee Restaurant

    Cheap local and Western dishes, combined with friendly service, make this simple new spot the favourite of most travellers. The English-speaking owner, Mr Dam, has put together a helpful information board on the region, from bus times to tours and tips.

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    Pilgrim's Kitchen

    This international cafe has an eclectic menu of Tex-Mex, Americana, Indian and more. It's an air-conditioned retreat on a hot day and offers its own concoctions such as an iced espresso bomb, where an iced espresso melts into a glass of fresh milk.

  • Restaurants in Phu Hin Bun NPA & Tham Kong Lor

    Nilandone Lao Food

    Close to the entrance to Tham Kong Lor, this semi-alfresco, fan-cooled restaurant serves up noodles, fried rice and pork láhp, as well as Western breakfasts. It's good for a refuel before or after a trip into the depths of the cave.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Lin's Café

    Savannakhet's original travellers' cafe; come here for a refreshing air-conditioned vibe, a full menu of coffee drinks, and homemade pastries.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    White House Restaurant

    A huge colonial-style compound is home to one of the city's most upscale restaurants and a linked cafe. The likewise huge menu is an around-the-world tour, including Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and European dishes. Steaming noodle soup is an affordable breakfast option.

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    Lao Derm

    This riverside restaurant is one of the only places in town to offer great Mekong views. The hefty menu spans Lao, Thai and Chinese dishes, but Lao Derm functions equally well as a bar. There's no English-language sign; look for the wooden building and the floating barge.

  • Restaurants in Savannakhet

    Savannakhet Plaza Food Market

    This nightly food market brings 20 or more stalls to the Savannakhet Plaza area in the heart of the old town. This means barbecued skewers, steaming noodle soups, dim-sum-sushi-tapas confusion and more. Plus Beerlao in plentiful supply.

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    Riverside Snack & Drink Vendors

    The riverside snack and drink vendors are a great place for sundowners, serving cheap big bottles of Beerlao (10,000K) and sìn daat (Lao hotpot barbecue) sizzling away on charcoal grills.

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    Xokxay Restaurant

    This cheap-as-chips hole-in-the-wall near the Catholic church dishes up Thai-leaning Lao dishes, including noodles, fried rice, salads and crispy fried shrimp.