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There’s no better way to get to know a new culture than by indulging in its local cuisine. And lucky for travelers in town, Luang Prabang’s food offerings are off-the-charts in taste, variety, value – you name it! To ensure your trip is as delicious as it can be, it’s best you’re up-to-date on the town’s most highly rated eateries and restaurants. It’s rare that one is disappointed by a meal in Luang Prabang, but why settle? Try the best of the best. No matter what your budget is, you’re in for a treat. Read on for the best Luang Prabang restaurants:


Manda De Laos - The Best Luang Prabang Restaurants: 2019 Backpacker Foodie Guide
Luang Prabang restaurants: Manda De Laos © Courtesy of Manda De Laos


Luang Prabang Restaurants on a Budget:

Phonheuang Cafe

We have one warning about Phonheuang Cafe: eat here and you risk addiction to their superb food. It is not uncommon for customers to return more than once when visiting Luang Prabang. After all, what’s not to love? Despite its humble size and decor, it remains one of the top places to seek out local specialties for unbeatable prices. It is also vegan and vegetarian-friendly; if you’d like to swap out meat for tofu, just ask. The cooks are more than happy to oblige at this hidden gem. If you want a recommendation to start you off, order the spring rolls!

Location: VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 59 959 543
Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Bamboo Garden Restaurant

Indulge in a flavorful culinary adventure at Bamboo Garden Restaurant, an eatery showcasing the best of Lao and Thai cuisine. All who come through its doors agree it offers some of the best cheap eats in Luang Prabang. Customers swear by its consistently delicious and authentic Lao cuisine, made from fresh ingredients, and very reasonably priced. All tourists who dine here are in for an extra special treat, as the restaurant offers vegetarian-friendly, vegan options, and gluten-free choices. If you do decide to come here, keep in mind that they only accept cash!

Location: VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 97 188 899 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Don’t be fooled by the small menu, this Asian Fusion restaurant will more than make up for choice with quality and flavor. One of Luang Prabang’s most loved restaurants, it is well known for its quirky decor, good-sized portions, friendly service, and top-notch local cuisine with a modern twist. Many people claim this is their favorite restaurant in all of Luang Prabang. With so many ringing endorsements, this place is a must-try for your next trip. We’d give you a recommendation, but honestly, it’s all amazing.


Bouang - The Best Luang Prabang Restaurants: 2019 Backpacker Foodie Guide
Bouang in Luang Prabang © Courtesy of Bouang


Location: VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 55 268 908
Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Bouang - The Best Luang Prabang Restaurants: 2019 Backpacker Foodie Guide
Luang Prabang restaurants: Bouang © Courtesy of Bouang


Mid-range Luang Prabang Restaurants:

Yuni Yupoun

For an international experience in your belly, have a meal (or two) at Yuni Yupoun. Despite only opening its doors in early 2019, this restaurant has already been highly praised by locals and travelers alike. What makes this restaurant so special? The menu consists of one appetizer and one main dish from nine different countries, including Laos, Lebanon, Greece, and Peru, just to name a few. So if you can’t choose one type of cuisine, don’t you worry – you can try a few! And while you’re at it, have yourself a refreshing mojito.

Location: VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 97 406 765
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday open 24 hours



If you need a break from Lao cuisine, switch it up at this lively eatery, known for its remarkable Italian food. It doesn’t matter what time of day you come, Popolo has it all, for every meal. Stop by early for an energizing brunch, or come later in the day for a round of cocktails. If you’re a pizza lover, you won’t want to miss Popolo. Customers agree this is Luang Prabang’s top spot for a perfectly crispy, wood-fired pizza. Adorable decor, great service, exceptional food, and drink – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Location: 102/3 Kounxoau Road Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 98 996 858 | Website
Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., closed Tuesday



It’s not often that great food comes with a fantastic cause, but here we are. Khaiphaen changes lives by offering local marginalized youth valuable training in the hospitality industry. 100% of profits are reinvested into the education and training of these students, providing them with social programs and skills that transform their entire futures. In addition to this meaningful cause, service is excellent, and the food is both affordable and top-notch. Support this fantastic initiative and fill that belly with delicious Lao food as you do.

Location: 100 Sisavang Vatana Road, Ban Wat Nong (Between the French Institute and the Mekong River), Luang Prabang, Laos — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 30 51 55 221 | Website
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (closed Sunday)


Upscale Luang Prabang Restaurants:

L’Elephant Restaurant

Enjoy Lao cuisine with a French twist at L’Elephant Restaurant, nestled in the heart of historic Luang Prabang. Housed in a charming colonial residence from the 1960s, this hidden gem is located near the picturesque Mekong River. Delight in the flavors of French and Laotian cuisine, featuring a blend of traditional and innovative dishes crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients grown in their own gardens. Take a trip down to L’Elephant Restaurant and indulge in exquisite flavors that will make your taste buds sing!

Location: VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 71 252 482 | Website
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (closed Monday)


Manda de Laos

Easily one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque restaurants, Manda de Laos is a must-visit for everyone seeking a dining experience in an unforgettable location. Diners can enjoy the exquisite flavors of Lao cuisine while overlooking a UNESCO classified lotus pond. The restaurant is open-air, creating an immersive tropical experience for all customers. Come and enjoy a cocktail or two at sunset, to whet your appetite for a sumptuous and exquisite meal. Your time here is bound to be one of the highlights of your trip!


Manda de Laos - The Best Luang Prabang Restaurants: 2019 Backpacker Foodie Guide
© Courtesy of Manda de Laos


Location: 10 Norrassan Road, Unit 1 Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 71 253 923 | Website
Hours: Daily from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Manda de Laos - The Best Luang Prabang Restaurants: 2019 Backpacker Foodie Guide
© Courtesy of Manda de Laos


La Belle Epoque at The Luang Say Residence

Indulge in high-end cuisine with marvelous views of a tropical garden at the Luang Say Residences. The menu at La Belle Epoque changes seasonally, but always features a delightful array of dishes from Laos as well as other parts of South-East Asia. Customers have the choice to dine outside amidst the greenery, or inside the exquisitely designed, colonial-style restaurant. Although it’s the ideal place for a romantic evening, you’ll find yourself equally charmed if you stop by for breakfast or lunch. For a first-class dining experience in a pocket of paradise, the Belle Epoque has exactly what you need.


Location: 4-5 ban Phonepheng, Luang Prabang, Laos — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 71 260 891 | Website


More Information About Luang Prabang Restaurants

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