Best restaurants in Southern Laos

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pakse

    Daolin Restaurant

    Overlook the traffic noise – this popular restaurant has great food and service. It has some of the best Thai food in town and is a great introduction to Lao food, with set meals of sticky rice, steamed veggies, chilli sauce and fried fish/chicken/pork. Vegetarians can try Lao food that is usually meat-based, such as pumpkin soup (om mahk éu) and mushroom gôy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Chez Fred et Lea

    This cafe and salon de thé serves organic coffees and teas, as well as top-quality Lao and Western cuisine that you won't find elsewhere on the island. There are no river views, but the Lao-French couple who run the place make up for it with inviting tunes and the freshest of ingredients. Try a Lao or French set menu for 80,000K.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Little Eden Restaurant

    Catching the breeze from the tip of the island, Little Eden's perfectly placed waterfront restaurant is one of the best spots to eat upmarket Lao and Western cuisine with tender duck à l'orange, spaghetti bolognese and fish láhp using Mekong catfish.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pakse

    Le Panorama

    The rooftop restaurant of the Pakse Hotel serves up delicious Franco-Asian cuisine and unbeatable 360-degree city views. The menu includes duck breast, pizza and a succulent Ъah neung het hŏrm (stuffed fish steamed in banana leaves).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pakse

    Delta Coffee

    Delta offers a lot more than the name suggests. Owners Alan and Siriporn serve coffee from their plantation near Paksong, but also have a menu that includes pizza, spinach lasagne and a full range of Lao and Thai dishes. Recommended.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Mama Lueah Guesthouse Restaurant

    This guesthouse restaurant serves excellent Thai cuisine along with Swiss surprises such as Zürcher geschnetzeltes (pork with creamy mushroom sauce) and a favourite dish with local expats, cordon bleu.

  • Restaurants in Pakse

    Sinouk Coffee Shop

    Stylish Sinouk has glass-topped tables inlaid with coffee beans as that's what it's all about – delicious Arabica coffee grown on its plantation in the Bolaven Plateau. If you're after more, then get started on the panini sandwiches, pastries, salads and the usual Thai-Lao mix of dishes. It's one of the pricier spots for a light meal, but the quality is high. It's run by the same company that operates the Sinouk Coffee Resort in Paksong.

  • Restaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Four Thousand Sunsets

    Aptly named, this high-class floating restaurant lowers your pulse with the metronomic flow. The menu is a big break from the usual, with many dishes you won't find elsewhere in the islands, such as northern Thai hinlay curry. There's also steamed and grilled fresh river fish, Lao 'smoking' herbal sausages and many stir-fries. Treat yourself to a vodka martini as you drink up the amber sunset.

  • Restaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Mr Mo's Restaurant

    You can't fail to see signs advertising Mr Mo's tours as soon as you get off the ferry, and his restaurant quickly comes into view. Unlike some of the pokier restaurants on the island, this one is big, bright and breezy. The food is consistently good, as is the coffee. The rooms (double/triple 100,000/150,000K) across the street are serviceable, if nothing special.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Kiengnoi Attapeu

    Many of the eateries in Attapeu are drinking spots or hot-pot shops. This is a solid rice-and-curry joint that sells just about everything and the quality is good. Because it is ah-hăhn đahm sang (food to order), you can mix-and-match or order things that aren't on the menu. The owner is a friendly lady who takes pride in her cooking.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Huean Phae Nang Gulap

    It's a bit of a climb down the stairs to get to this floating 'raft restaurant', but 'Ms Rose's Raft' is great for a sundowner with beautiful views. The food is good. Just order any common Lao or Thai dish and they can probably make it. The spicy đôm sòm with fish (labelled as 'a sweet and sour soup') is a good choice.

  • Restaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    The Gardens

    Taking freshness seriously, this thatched-roof, open-kitchen restaurant is a good place for the uninitiated to sample Lao foods, such as spicy papaya salad and grilled Mekong River fish. It also serves all the usual traveller comfort foods and the cook's personal version of lemongrass chicken.

  • Restaurants in Don Det & Don Khon

    Street View Restaurant

    This attractive wooden riverside haunt has decks for chilling on, a long, well-stocked bar and a good reputation. Tuck into mouth-watering wood-fired pizza, barbecued chicken, Mekong fish, pork chops, burgers, salads and healthy breakfasts. Prices are higher than average, but worth it.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Sabaidee Salavan

    One of the few dining options in town with an English menu, Sabaidee does a good job with all the standard Lao and Thai dishes, and also offers sukiyaki. The food is delicious and the Thai pop music not too loud. It's located off Rte 15, around the corner from the Phonexay Hotel.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Sabaidee Attapeu

    It's all about the setting here, in a converted wooden house with a broad deck overlooking the Se Kong and the distant mountains. The menu features grilled and fried meats galore, but also lighter dishes such as a delicious spicy papaya salad.

  • Restaurants in Pakse

    Dok Mai Trattoria Italiana

    Italian-owned, this little gem aims for culinary authenticity with perfectly prepared pasta and eggplant parmigiana, plus a big selection of salads. And it all comes with a fantastic rock-and-roll soundtrack and garden seating in back.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Saise Resort

    Saise Resort has good food (mostly Thai) served on a great deck with an awesome view of Tat Hang. It's worth making one trip out here during your stay for the views alone.

  • Restaurants in Pakse

    Banlao

    One of several floating restaurants in Pakse, Banlao has a reliable menu of expected favourites but also many dishes you might not have encountered before, such as the seasonal ant-egg gôy ( gôy kài mót sòm – gôy is similar to láhp but with added blood). For the less adventurous there's mild, central-Thai papaya salad and grilled fish with herbs.

  • Restaurants in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Khamting Restaurant

    This place serves good stir-fries, noodle soups and Thai standards. The forest animals on the menu are rarely available, but even if they are you should avoid them as some, like pangolin, are endangered species and others are poached illegally. Note that the menu has English but no prices. It's 600m southwest of the market on the riverside road, opposite the Sekong Hotel.

  • Restaurants in Pakse

    La Terrasse

    A block off the main road on the edge of the tourist strip, La Terrasse attracts a mixed clientele of travellers and expats. The menu is half Lao-Thai and half Western, though the stars are the giant wood-fired pizzas (evenings only) and over-stuffed baguette sandwiches. It also brews its own special fruity lòw-lów (rice whisky).