Best restaurants in Vientiane

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    Doi Ka Noi

    It took one meal for Doi Ka Noi to become one of our favourite restaurants in Laos. With a menu that changes daily (check the restaurant's Facebook page at around 8.30am to see what's available), the dishes here range from Lao standards to regional specialities most of us have never heard of, with something to appeal to both newbies and grizzled foodies.

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    Khambang Lao Food Restaurant

    The slightly dreary, semi-open-air dining room couldn't be a bigger contrast with the tart, spicy, bold flavours served inside. This long-standing restaurant is the ideal introduction to Lao food via dishes such as láhp (spicy Lao-style salad of minced poultry or fish); roasted Mekong fish; stuffed frogs; áw lám, described on the menu as 'spicy beef stew'; and tasty Luang Prabang–style sausage.

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    Nemnueng Sihom

    Nemnueng Sihom is a long-standing, bustling restaurant that offers a fun eating experience. It specialises in nǎem néuang (Vietnamese barbecued pork meatballs) sold in 'sets' (sut) with kòw Ъûn (white flour noodles with sweet-spicy sauce), fresh lettuce leaves, mint, basil, various sauces for dipping, sliced carambola (starfruit) and green banana – sort of a DIY spring roll.

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    Chokdee Cafe

    A Belgian restaurant and bar on the riverfront, Chokdee specialises in dishes from the homeland, including, of course, moules (mussels) and frites (French fries), as well as other hearty but delicious dishes for discerning gourmands. Consider the massive selection of imported Belgian beers, and you have one of the best places in town for non-Lao food.

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    Privet

    Dumplings, zakuski (small dishes eaten with vodka), pickled herring, blinis and caviar – peeps, Russian food is really tasty. And even if you don't agree or haven't tried it, this lively restaurant is worth a visit just for the kitsch factor (diners are encouraged to don fur hats and take selfies in front of a mural of Moscow's Red Square).

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    Ka-Tib-Khao

    Ka-Tib-Khao (Rice Basket) has a reassuringly short and delicious menu of dishes, many from the country's north. Think sheets of deep-fried Mekong River weed served with a spicy dip, lemongrass-stuffed pork and Luang Prabang–style herbal sausages, all served in a setting that manages to feel both sophisticated and traditional.

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    Soukviman Cuisine Lao

    An upscale-ish place serving a hefty, but not too large, menu of Lao dishes. Choose from salads, soups, grilled dishes and more, including daily specials, although they're only listed in Lao. A decent jumping-off point for local cuisine. The English-language sign simply says 'Cuisine Lao'.

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    Kuvieng Fried Chicken

    This ramshackle restaurant draws locals for the combination of deep-fried chicken (the owner allegedly 'borrowed' the recipe from the other KFC), Lao-style papaya salad and, of course, French fries. Buy a Beerlao at the shop next door and you've got one of the most satisfying meals in town.

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    Naked Espresso

    One of the best-loved coffee shops in Vientiane, Naked specialises in home-grown Lao coffee and selected gourmet imports from places as diverse as Ethiopia and Indonesia. Light meals are also available, including salads and sandwiches, plus some impressive homemade baked goods.

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    PVO

    This fresh, no-frills eatery is one of the better places in town to grab lunch, and in addition to a variety of Vietnamese dishes, does some of the best kòw jee (Vietnamese-style baguette sandwiches) in town. Finish with the free, self-serve dessert bar.

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    Suzette

    This bright, contemporary-feeling place specialises in galettes (crêpes made with buckwheat flour). Pair yours with a dressed salad and a bottle of cider, and you have one of the tastiest, best-value French meals outside of the EU.

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    Pimentón

    Pimentón, with its open fire pit and beefy menu, is all about the meat. But to be honest, we didn't make it past the lengthy and appetising tapas menu. For a bit of everything, the set lunch (95,000K) is a wise strategy.

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    Rice Noodle – Lao Porridge

    This is a good place to sample kòw Ъęeak sèn, thick rice- and tapioca-flour noodles served in a slightly viscous broth with crispy deep-fried pork belly or chicken.

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    Ban Anou Night Market

    Setting up on a small street every evening, this atmospheric open-air market dishes up Lao food, from grilled meats to chilli-based dips with vegetables and sticky rice. The selections represent a crash-course in the local cuisine, but note that dishes are takeaway only.

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    Bakery By Boris

    With high glass ceilings and a minimalist design, this sleek cafe is like a giant fishbowl marooned in a leafy oasis next to Wat Si Muang. Paris-trained chef Boris Luangkhot makes drool-worthy macarons, croissants and homemade ice creams in flavours such as durian and passion fruit. There are also quiches, coffees and baguette sandwiches for a midday pick-me-up.

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    L'Adresse de Tinay

    Alchemising an eclectic gastronomic landscape of snails and scrambled eggs, sea-bream fillet, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb and rosemary, plus to-die-for crème brûlée perfumed with Madagascan vanilla, Chef Tinay is one of the city's top chefs. Check the Facebook page for ever-changing set lunches (from 75,000K) and dinners (from 190,000K).

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    Han 3 Euey Nong

    Cheap and tidy, this busy family-run restaurant features tasty must-have dishes like nǎem kòw (crispy balls of deep-fried rice and sour pork sausage shredded into a salad-like dish) and the delicious kòw Ъûn nâm jąaou (thin rice noodles served in a pork broth with pork, bamboo and herbs).

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    Noy's Fruit Heaven

    Noy's is a homely, colourful juice bar with Chinese paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Stop in to pick up a few of your 'five a day' or decimate your hangover with one of its dragonfruit, coconut, mango or tomato-juice shakes (15,000K). It also turns out super-fresh fruit salads and burgers.

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    Common Grounds

    It's air-con cool in this family-friendly cafe. Sofas to read on, a cold-selection counter boasting wraps, quesadillas, falafel, salads and homemade cookies. Best of all though, if you've got kids, is the enclosed shaded play area out back with a slide and climbing frame, and there's a kids' menu.

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    Korean Restaurant

    Lacklustre name aside, this Korean-run place is great for sampling what is currently the most popular foreign cuisine in Southeast Asia. Most locals go directly for the Korean barbecue (from 120,000K), but we liked the kimchi stew (45,000K), served Korean-style with heaps of side dishes.