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Where to eat in Vientiane

Vangthong Food Market

Booming with uncountable restaurants and food stalls, the diverse and vibrant culinary scene of Vientiane ensures to satisfy even the most adventurous of appetites. The neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand have had an obvious impact on the Laotian cuisine whilst the abundance of fine European and French restaurants are the reminders of the past colonisation of the country. adventure Indochina travel

Kualao Restaurant

Kualao Restaurant

Kualao Restaurant -source: internet

Being a long established restaurant in the Vientiane’s center, Kualao is famous for not only its stunning appearance but also the quality of its food. Kualoa, which is stunningly set in a classic yellow-washed colonial mansion, is considered as one of the most impressively recognizable restaurants in the capital.  Everything from the attire of the servers to the awesome decoration together with an interesting daily performance from the National Dance Troupe – all brings Kualao the feeling of being a bit like a Laos’ tourism promo-op while the quintessentially Laotian theme has not been spared for the exterior. With the likes of spring rolls, handmade Laotian sausage, deep-fried Mekong River fish and Som Tam (papaya salad), all topping the list of recommendations, the menu is full of exotic colors and big flavors. To avoid disappointment, do not forget to call in advance or arrive early and reserve the seat near the dance show.

Vangthong Food Market

Vangthong Food Market

Vangthong Food Market -source: internet

To sample the best of daily Laotian food that is delicious, authentic and amazing value, Vangthong Food Market is the destination to come from sunset onwards. It is such a popular eating spot that the ingredients are always fresh and demand is high although some tourists may worry that the food preparation is less than sanitary. Running parallel to Boulevard Khounboulom, this market opens just before sunset.

Either for an enjoyable evening or picking up take-away food on their way home from work, locals flock to Vangthong Market. Even though foreigners are always warmly welcomed, this living market is not something developed with tourists in mind. You can see how they efficiently prepare the meat when walking past each stall. At Vangthong Market, this method of preparing and cooking food has always been a way of life although nose-to-tail dining is growing in popularity all over the world.

Kong View Restaurant

Kong View Restaurant

Kong View Restaurant -source: internet

Proving a great and boasting an excellent mix of Thai, Laotian and Western food, Kong View Restaurant is where you can enjoy some stunning views of the Mekong River while having delicious meal. Decked out with tasteful mood lighting and wooden fixtures, all adding to that welcoming feel and chilled-out ambiance, this restaurant is popular with not only locals but also tourists. If you do not mind sacrificing those stunning river views, you can experience the comfort of air conditioning inside the main old house building instead of the half of the restaurant set outside in a garden overlooking the river. tours in Laos

I-Beam Bar

I-Beam Bar

I-Beam Bar -source: internet

Located near the center of Vientiane, the I-Beam Bar is a swanky two-level restaurant major in European wine and Spanish-style Tapas. In the evening, a buzzing atmosphere covers the entire restaurant- conversation in full flow around the various bottles of wine and plates of mouthwatering tapas on each table. Made only from the finest imported ingredients such as salami, Kalamata olives and Palma Ham, the tapas itself is delicately prepared and presented. With small dishes starting at $US2-3, it is reasonably priced too. Clearly realizing that during the day, hungry visitors need more than a few bite sized portions to nibble on, the management at I-Beam creates the form of a spacious and bright dining area which serves more set lunches and substantial Mediterranean meals.

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