Best restaurants in Luang Prabang

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    Le Banneton

    It's the softness of the melt-in-your-mouth pastry that keeps us coming back to our favourite bakery in Luang Prabang, which serves pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), pizza, terrine, baguette sandwiches, salads, crêpes and more. The ceiling is a maze of arabesques, there's a cool fan at every turn, and the white walls are offset by a passing blur of orange outside – monks from the monastery opposite.

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    Paste

    Offering a Lao fusion menu inspired by the recipes of royal chef Phia Sing and sprinkled with some magic dust from Michelin-starred Thai chef Bongkoch 'Bee' Satongun, Paste brings fine dining to Luang Prabang. Try crunchy cured rice balls with sour sausage and clear curry with beef ribs, or the signature Bangkok Paste dish: yellow curry with blue swimmer crab.

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    Popolo

    Pitching itself as a 'cantina convivial', Popolo is the brainchild of the team from the ever-popular Tangor. Set in an old, exposed-brick building along quiet Th Khounswa, it still manages to draw a crowd to sample its creative cocktails and delicious Med-inspired menu that includes wood-fired pizzas, beef carpaccio and the Groovy Veggie, a vegan salad.

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    Saffron Coffee

    The beans at this hip riverfront cafe are sustainably sourced from the micro coffee plots of nearby hill tribes, while profits are reinvested in the community. The result: amazingly rich coffee you'll feel good about drinking. There's an entire menu of alternative brews (cold drip, AeroPress etc) alongside yummy breakfasts and panini sandwiches. Ask about weekly coffee tours and tastings.

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    Khaiphaen

    Khaiphaen is a popular training restaurant run by NGO Friends International that operates a network of inspired venues across the region. The menu is Lao with a creative twist and includes buffalo carpaccio, five-spices pork belly and a pea and apple eggplant curry. The shakes are also creative. And do save space for the delicious desserts. Happy hour runs from 3pm to 6pm.

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    Tamarind

    On the banks of the Nam Khan, mint-green Tamarind has created its very own strain of 'Mod Lao' cuisine. The à la carte menu features delicious sampling platters with bamboo dip, stuffed lemongrass and meuang (DIY parcels of noodles, herbs, fish and chilli pastes, and vegetables). There's also buffalo láhp and Luang Prabang sausage. Deservedly popular.

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    Tangor

    Atmospheric with its low-lit interior of dark woods and tangerine-coloured walls peppered with old travel posters, Tangor boasts a menu of beautifully crafted fusion food, blending the best of seasonal Lao produce with French cuisine. Dishes include beef tenderloin, pork filet mignon and tapas, and there's a decent wine selection. Finish it off with a Cuban cigar.

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    Dyen Sabai

    One of Luang Prabang's top destinations for fabulous Lao food. The eggplant dip and fried Mekong riverweed are as good as anywhere. Most seating is on recliner cushions in rustic open-sided pavilions. It's a short stroll across the Nam Khan bamboo bridge in the dry season or a free boat ride at other times. Two-for-one cocktails between noon and 7pm.

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    Manda de Laos

    This stunning restaurant is set in a beautiful lantern-festooned garden flanking a lily pond that is pretty by day, but enchanting by night. The menu of classic Lao cuisine includes a fun DIY láhp to make using a medley of herbs and spices, as well as delicious offerings such as slow-cooked duck, grilled river fish and chicken curry.

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    Novelty Cafe

    One of the most popular cafes on the main strip, Novelty offers some delectable coffees, novel teas (their pun, not ours!) and delicious fruit shakes. It is a favourite spot for brunch with fresh pastries and a bistro-style menu of global dishes on the dinner menu. There is an impressive selection of vegan dishes available. Highly recommended.

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    Le Café Ban Vat Sene

    Luang Prabang's most stylish stop for afternoon tea and scones. Fans whirr above a serenely lit bar, while the dessert cabinet purrs at you like a calorific temptress – think éclairs, lemon tart and raspberry mousse. Beef steak, salads, pizza, and grilled chicken and perch are also on the menu. Eat outside or within the cool interior.

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    Coconut Garden

    Excellent set menus (including a veggie option) span five top-quality Lao dishes, allowing a single diner to create the subtle palate of flavours that you'd normally only get from a feast with many people. Coconut Garden has front and rear yards, and is a great spot for lunch or dinner. International favourites are also available.

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    Bouang Asian Eatery

    This attractive eatery on the main drag puts a smile on your face with its colourful chairs, funky light fixtures and mural-covered wall. The hand-written menu of exceptional (and affordable) 'Lao revision' food includes intriguing fusions like gnocchi green curry and cinnamon-pork stew. The plating is as playful as the vibe.

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    L'Elephant Restaurant

    L'Elephant serves some of the most sophisticated cuisine in the city in a renovated villa with wooden floors, stucco pillars, stencilled ochre walls and bags of atmosphere. The Menu du Chasseur (265,000K) includes terrines, soups, duck breast and other Gallic specialities. The buffalo-steak tartare is amazing.

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    Blue Lagoon

    A favourite with expats for its lantern-festooned walls, leafy patio and jazz-infused atmosphere. The menu features Luang Prabang sausage, pasta, boeuf bourguignon, salads and very tasty láhp.

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    Yuni Yupoun

    Yuni yupoun means 'here or there' and pays tribute to world flavours from every corner of the globe, including Peru, Greece, Senegal, Lebanon and more. The mezze platter is a popular entry point for Med comfort food or there are more unexpected flavours like Indian butter chicken and a Canadian poutine, the original dirty fries. Happy hour is midday to 7pm.

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    Secret Pizza

    All right, so the secret is out, but it's well worth sharing. Long the preserve of Luang Prabang residents, host Andrea prepares wood-fired pizzas, classic lasagne and homemade gnocchi in the garden of his lovely home. Profiteroles and a fine bottle of Italian wine round things off nicely. Signposted from the main road; it's at the end of Soi 3, off Rte 13.

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    Tea House

    Located in the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong, the Tea House specialises in organic herbal teas from all over Laos, including 400-year-old tea from Phongsaly Province and a host of health-inducing teas like rosella and turmeric. High-season tea-tasting sessions are available, as well as excellent-value Lao food with a smattering of international dishes.

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    Night Food Stalls

    Food stalls emerge at dusk on a narrow street behind the tourist office with illuminated communal tables to sit at. There's no better place to taste a wide variety of cheap, well-cooked local food. There are plenty of vegetarian stalls offering a range of dishes for just 15,000K. Whole roast fish stuffed with lemongrass is a bargain at around 25,000K.

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    Pha Khao Lao

    Based on the Lao concept of a shared dining table, this local restaurant is earning a loyal following thanks to its delicious home-cooked-style food that includes a generous vegetarian selection. Noodles come in many shapes and sizes here and you can request a level of chilli to suit your palate. The lunches are an absolute bargain at 20,000K a plate.