Here we explore the best restaurants in Luang Prabang, Laos. All serving up fresh Lao cuisine in ambient settings.
Lao Lao Garden, Kingkitsarath road, Luang Phrabang
Lao Lao Garden offers traditional Lao barbecue in a laid-back setting. The restaurant is a well-known drinking spot among backpackers thanks to its extensive beverage menu (which includes lao lao, a local whiskey), however, it’s also a great spot for a casual meal. Lao barbecue is a do-it-yourself meal in which diners are provided with raw meat and vegetables to cook over a domed hotplate at the centre of their table. Meats are grilled on top of the dome, while the lower ring is filled with hot water for cooking vegetables and noodles. Lao Lao Garden is set on a hillside, with the main seating area found outdoors in a multi-tiered, candlelit garden.
L’Etranger Books and Tea
Set in a small wooden house almost hidden by trees, L’Etranger Books and Tea is a cosy restaurant and bookshop. The menu offers a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, along with smoothies, coffee, and more than 60 types of tea. The main floor serves as a bookshop, where visitors can browse, buy, exchange or even rent books; while the second floor is a lounge and tea room for eating, drinking, and socialising. Furnished with comfortable cushions, low tables, and retro National Geographic magazines, the second floor also hosts movie nights every evening.
House Restaurant & Belgian Beer Bar
House Restaurant & Belgian Beer Bar was founded by two Belgians who fell in love with Luang Prabang while traveling through Laos, and decided to create a restaurant where other expats could gather. True to their original inspiration, this restaurant is particularly popular with expats due to its excellent selection of Belgian beers and rare (here) European cuisine. The menu includes kebabs, schnitzel, and stoofyless, a Belgian dish made with beef, onions, and Leffe Dark Belgian beer. The House is set in a heritage building that once belonged to an extended member of the country’s royal family. The restaurant’s exterior is surrounded by bamboo and banana trees, while the interior features local rosewood ceiling beams and warm brick walls.