Northern Laos restaurants

Top Choice Laotian in Muang Ngoi Neua

Gecko Bar & Shop

Handmade woven gifts and tea are for sale at this delightful, memorable little cafe (two-thirds of the way down the main drag, on your left heading south). There's a nice terrace to sit and read on, the owners are c…
Top Choice Laotian in Huay Xai

Daauw

The friendliest vibe in town: soak up the sunset view on its chill-out terrace decked in low cushions and an open-pit fire, and choose from freshly prepared organic Hmong food, wood-fired pizza, plenty of vegetarian…
Top Choice Laotian in Luang Namtha

Lai's Place

No other restaurant in northern Laos offers such a tourist-friendly introduction to the diverse cuisines of the region's ethnic minorities than this simple eatery with sturdy wooden tables and walls lined in groceri…
Top Choice International in Luang Namtha

Bamboo Lounge

With its moss-green facade this place is the favourite in town for travellers, offering employment to young people from remote villages and donating more than 2800 books to local schools. It's alluring by night with…
Top Choice Laotian in Udomxai

Souphailin Restaurant

Don't be fooled by the modest bamboo exterior of this backstreet gem – easily the tastiest Lao food in the city is served here. Friendly Souphailin creates culinary magic with her mok phaa (steamed fish in banana le…
Top Choice Indian in Pak Beng

Khopchaideu

Based at the Mekong Riverside Lodge, this place may serve some of the best Indian food you'll find in northern Laos. You can expect all the usual curries, as well as dishes like buffalo masala, executed with flair a…
Top Choice Cafe in Sam Neua

Yuni Coffee

A blessing for coffee snobs: if you're missing standard lattes your caffeine privations are over. Now in a new, more spacious location with a modern industrial look and a choice selection of breakfast items and casu…
Top Choice Laotian in Nong Khiaw

Coco Home Bar & Restaurant

Run by new owners Sebastien and Chok, this leafy riverside oasis has a great menu, with dishes like papaya salad, mango sticky rice, mok phaa (steamed fish in banana leaves) and duck in orange sauce. It's arguably t…
Indian in Vieng Xai

Sabaidee Odisha

Don't be fooled by the less than impressive exterior, cement floor and bare walls of this hole-in-the-wall joint, for the food is terrific. Prepared fresh and with care, it comes with a smile and the menu offers dif…
Italian in Phonsavan

Lao Falang Restaurant

Sister of Lao Falang Travel Service, this spacious, stylish and impeccably clean Italian restaurant is run by a friendly Genoese man who speaks four languages. Highly recommended for alchemising sirloin steak, lamb …