Find out where to eat in Luang Prabang for delicious food and delightful drinks. Learn about the 12 best restaurants which you need to try in Luang Prabang for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
One of the best ways to discover a new destination is through its food. Even better is when there is a wide variety of cuisines and local delicacies to try. If you are a bit of a foodie and enjoy exploring some of the best restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will love Luang Prabang in Laos.
The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang has such a wide variety of awesome cafes and restaurants to suit any tourist. From quaint french inspired eateries, riverside coffee spots, and authentic Italian hideaways. Though, with all these options it can get a little overwhelming, especially if you want to try them all. That’s why I have created the ultimate list of where to eat in Luang Prabang!
Where To Eat In Luang Prabang: Best Restaurants All Tested And Tried
Breakfast In Luang Prabang
Changkham Bakery & Cafe
An excellent breakfast option for travelers on a budget in Changkham Bakery & Cafe in Luang Prabang. After a few hit-and-miss breakfast places, we decided to hit this place up and were delighted. They have a few set menu options, though, in my eye, the star here is the bakery.
In the corner of Changkham, you will find a wide variety of super affordable bakery items. From cakes to croissants and savory delights, they have something for everyone here. I have got to recommend their coconut cake, it is creamy, light, and an absolute delight to eat. They are also open for lunch and dinner in Luang Prabang as well if you are looking for a cheap bite during other times of the day.
Opening Hours: 6am until 10.30pm, 7 days a week
Location: Chao Fa Ngum Rd, Luang Prabang
Joma Bakery Cafe
Joma Bakery Cafe is an iconic Luang Prabang eatery as well as a hot spot for millennials and expats. With a more relaxed cafe vibe, it is common to see people in here for a couple of hours grabbing a few drinks and relaxing. Though I will say this place is certainly on the more pricey side, especially considering the affordable Chamgkhan Bakery is right next door and just as delicious. Plus side is that you can add avocado to anything for $1.15 / 10,000LAK, they definitely know the market they are catering to.
I have also got to give a shout-out to Joma Bakery Cafe for taking initiative in becoming an environmentally friendly business and sustainable. They serve drinks with paper straws, have a free water refill area, and takeaway drinks come in biodegradable cups.
Opening Hours: 6.30am until 9.00pm, 7 days a week
Location: Chao Fa Ngum Rd, Luang Prabang
Le Banneton Cafe
Le Banneton Cafe is the perfect chill lunch spot in Luang Prabang when you are after a delicious western meal. They have great food and delicious coffees so what more could you want. Try not one of their amazing baguettes full of the freshest ingredients.
This cafe is located within a beautiful old colonial building oozing that UNESCO World Heritage beauty that is found all around Luang Prabang. It is right next to some incredible temples or wats, providing the perfect lunch getaway while temple hopping your way through the city.
Opening Hours: Wednesday- Monday 6.00am- 9.00pm and Tuesdays 6.30am- 6.00pm
Location: Sakkaline Rd, Luang Prabang
The perfect place for breakfast in Luang Prabang, Saffron Coffee has such awesome chill vibes and great food making an overall excellent experience for travelers. The staff here are amazing, always with a smile and able to assist with requests. With views overlooking the incredible Mekong River, there is plenty of shade and comfortable tables to relax at.
This riverside eatery features everything you could ever want, from amazing views to chocolate covered pancakes. Make sure to pop in for the relaxing atmosphere and social vibes, it is the perfect place to get into Laos life.
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 7.00am- 6.45pm, Wednesday 7.00am- 7.45pm and Saturday, Sunday 7.30am- 5.30pm
Location: Khem Khong Road, Luang Prabang
Lunch In Luang Prabang
Indigo Cafe is certainly one of the most popular places to eat in Luang Prabang. Whether that is breakfast, lunch, or dinner this place is always packed with travelers looking for a delicious bite. They even have delicious vegan and vegetarian food so can cater to your dietary requirements. Make sure to head there for happy hour as well, can’t say no to 2 for 1 cocktail!
The team at Indigo Cafe also has a stall out front selling absolutely delicious goodies. This also operates during the Luang Prabang Night Market which basically starts straight outside. On it, you will find everything you could want such as slices, cakes, pastries, and muffins.
Opening Hours: 6.30am until 10.00pm, 7 days a week
Location: Sisavangvong Road, Pakham Village, Luang Prabang
The Belle Rive Terrace
A beautiful and romantic hideaway in Luang Prabang is The Belle Rive Terrace. Tucked away surrounded by trees and overlooking the Mekong River you must bring your special someone here for a delicious lunch! Though if it is a little too hot to sit outside, don’t worry as they also have indoor seating.
They offer both a delightful selection of Western and Laos food which you need to try. If you want a truly unique foodie experience make sure to offer one of their Laos tasting plates so you can sample a variety of this country’s favorite cuisines.
Opening Hours: 7.30am until 10.00pm, 7 days a week
Location: Baan Phonehueang 99, Luang Prabang
Dyen Sabai Restaurant
Dyen Sabai Restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie wondering where to eat in Luang Prabang. Here is where you can have a local Lao culinary experience overlooking the beautiful Nam Kahn River. Be aware to get there you will need to pass over a wobbly wooden bridge which has a $1.00 fee. If you decide to go at night or during sunset the bridge will be lit up in fairy lights as well.
Here at Dyen Sabai Restaurant, you will be able to try the famous Laos fondue, or what commonly known as a hot pot in Southeast Asia. Though the menu does change every day so if you are one of those people who like to preplan their meals this might not be the place for you.
Opening Hours: 8.00am until 11.30pm, 7 days a week
Location: Ban Phan Louang, Luang Prabang
Amigo’s Luang Prabang
If you are looking for something other than the usual Western and Laos food in Luang Prabang, then you cannot go wrong with Amigo’s Luang Prabang. The best Mexican food in Luang Prabang, and perhaps Laos, this restaurant provides some Latin favorites for travelers.
The chill, laid back atmosphere mixed with the colorful walls and decor make this eatery super inviting. Though, the food is the reason why you will come back again. From the fajitas, quesadillas and supreme nachos, you will be leaving with a satisfied and full stomach.
Opening Hours: 10.00am until 2.00pm and 5.00pm until 10.00pm, Monday- Saturday (Sunday Closed)
Location: Kitsalat Road, Ban Visoun, Luang Prabang
Dinner In Luang Prabang
Tangor is a popular tourist spot for dinners in Luang Prabang and will be bustling no matter what evening you go. They have been operating for quite a few years now, and they know exactly what they are doing. With delicious and beautiful food, great customer service, and a chill atmosphere, there is nothing more you could want. Enjoy the 60s and 70s music while tucking into some of their delicious dishes.
There is a wonderful French manager here does his best to ensure all the guest are happy and meals coming out of the kitchen are to a high standard. Make sure to try the ceviche and to get one of their scrumptious desserts!
Opening Hours: 10.30am until 11.30pm, 7 days a week
Location: House No.63/6, Ban Xiengmouane, Rue Sisavangvong, Luang Prabang
Pizza lovers rejoice and get to Secret Pizza for a taste of the best! Though this place is not in the easiest location to get to, trust me it is so worth it. You will need to take a tuk-tuk from the city center. This should cost about $4.60 / 40,000LAK for the journey, though you might have a haggle for a decent price. Nevertheless, this place is an absolute gem that is seemingly located in the middle of nowhere.
As the name suggests, the pizzas here are the star of the show. Think thing and crispy woodfired bases, delicious and fresh topping, all of which are cooked to perfection. This place is no doubt the best pizza in Luang Prabang where you can just enjoy the chill countryside vibes of this secret gem.
Opening Hours: 6.00pm until 9.30pm, Tuesdays and Fridays only
Location: Ban Nasaphanh street 3 (End of Soi 3 Off Highway 13 Nasamphanh Village) Luang Prabang
Another great choice for Italian food in Luang Prabang is Popolo. This is the ideal spot to eat if you are craving a change from the typical Asian food and looking to mix it up a little. Also, if you are wanting great pizza, but Secret Pizza is closed, this is a great alternative with their wood-fired pizza oven cooking each one to perfection.
They also have delicious wines, cocktails and serve many tapa-style dishes. There are many seating options for you to relax at whether you are wanting indoors, patio, or at the bar. You cannot go wrong coming here for a delightful cocktail and one of their scrumptious tapas-style bites.
Opening Hours: 11.00am until 3.00pm and 5.00pm until 11.00pm, 7 days a week
Location: Kounxoau Road, Luang Prabang 0600
If you are on a budget and looking for a colorful, delicious fresh meal you cannot go wrong with Bouang. This has got to be one of the cheaper spots on this list which makes it perfect for backpackers on a budget.
The colorful and unique decor here will put you in a good mood. It also matches perfectly with the bright and colorful cheery ingredients Bouang uses. Whether you are after a burger, local bites, or even dessert there is something for everyone here as this delightful eatery.
Opening Hours: 11.30am until 9.30pm, Monday – Saturday (Sunday Closed)
Location: Main Street, Luang Prabang
Where To Stay In Luang Prabang?
There are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing accommodation in Luang Prabang. From the impressive 5* resort, historic hotels, simple hostels, and locally owned guesthouses, you will find something to fit your budget and needs.
During our recent visit, we stayed on a quaint little side street minutes from the center and Mekong River. I fell in love with this little spot. There are a few budget guesthouses and nicer hotel-style accommodations available down this street. Check out Mylaohome Hotel & Spa for comfortable rooms, an awesome spa, and a delicious cafe onsite from $23.00 per night. There is also Villa Pumalin which has an indoor pool and beautiful wooden rooms starting at $30.00 per night.
Here are my top picks for the backpacking Luang Prabang:
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Little Friendlys Freedom Place
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Other Things To Do In Luang Prabang
There are plenty of awesome things to do, so much I recommend spending at least three days in Luang Prabang. It’s an awesome city with gorgeous landscapes, some of Laos best waterfalls, and delicious foods.
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