Our 5 best restaurants in Luang Prabang for all occasions

From Laotian barbecue and European-Lao fusion food, to a restaurant with a social conscience, dining out in Luang Prabang is an absolute feast.

1. Dyen Sabai Restaurant
For a Laotian barbecue experience, Dyen Sabai is the place that comes most highly recommended. The covered outdoor decking area is surrounded by lush greenery and overlooks the river, providing an inviting setting for a meal. Choose from a huge variety of menu items and cook the barbecue goods on the grills in the centre of the table. It’s a fun, interactive experience and a different way to taste Laotian flavours. Dyen Sabai Restaurant, Ban Than Louang, Luang Prabang

Dyen Sabai Restaurant

2. Bouang
For a budget-friendly dining option with Laotian and international foods on offer, this quirky café in central Luang Prabang is a popular choice. Usually full with both locals and visitors, it’s worth waiting for a table. Menu items range from chicken burgers and Lao meatballs to green curry gnocchi and slow-cooked pork. European-Lao fusion food at its most inventive, this is a must-visit for anyone in Luang Prabang. Bouang, Main Street, Luang Prabang

Bouang Luang Prabang

3. L’Isola dei Nuraghi
For a taste of Europe in Luang Prabang, head over to L’isola dei Nuraghi for Sardinian flavours from a prime position overlooking the river. Authentic pizzas, pastas and perfectly grilled steaks are the order of the day here, while the excellent wine menu makes the experience here a well-rounded and refined Italian meal. L’Isola dei Nuraghi, Kinghkitsarath Road, Nam Khan riverside, Luang Prabang

L’Isola dei Nuraghi

4. Manda de Laos
A high-end restaurant in a gorgeous setting, Manda de Laos is the place to go for a superior spin on Laotian food. With a decking area overlooking a lake covered in water lilies, the setting couldn’t be more romantic. Menu items range from traditional Lao sausages to buffalo steak, while inventive cocktails are perfect in the location too. Manda de Laos, 10 Norrassan Road, Unit 1 Ban Thatluang, Luang Prabang

Manda de Laos

5. Khaiphaen
This restaurant with a social conscience serves delectable Laotian and Asian flavours at reasonable prices. Khaiphaen helps children off the streets and gives them opportunities to learn the restaurant trade, creating an extra special reason to visit this restaurant. But the food is phenomenal too. Menu items range from coconut laksa with prawns and fish and traditional pork stew, to Lao eggplant dip and river fish dumplings. It’s a sensory experience that does not disappoint. Khaiphaen, 100 Sisavang Vatana Road, Ban Wat Nong, Luang Prabang

Khaiphaen restaurant

Join Mr Linh’s Adventures on one of our Laos journeys that takes in Luang Prabang and try out the foodie scene for yourself.
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