During my trip to Vientiane I did the rounds of the best cafes in the city. It had been nearly seven years since my last visit to Vientiane so I was curious to see how much has changed. There is now a good selection of cafes to work from here, so whether you are on a trip around Laos or doing a visa run from Thailand, keep this list for reference.
Vientiane Cafes Map
For easy reference the cafes can by found on this Google Map: Vientiane Cafes Map
For Foursquare users here is the list of Vientiane Cafes.
Naked Espresso was the best latte I had in Vientiane. There is an Australian influence here which you can tell by the style of latte. It’s a big space as well with plenty of tables (at least at the one I went to). There are two branches and I visited Naked Espresso 2 which is more centrally located.
Location: Rue Manthatourath, Vientiane
Le Trio Coffee
Le Trio Coffee is a French-owned operation, and walking into the cafe I was overwhelmed the aroma of roasting coffee. I enjoyed sitting outside in the morning, before it gets too hot. Le Trio and Naked Espresso were the best coffees I had.
Location: Rue Setthathirat, Vientiane
Joma Bakery Café
If you have been to Hanoi or Phnom Penh you may be familiar with the Joma name. I first went to a Joma cafe in Hanoi, though the original began in Laos. Joma is a proper bakery operation with an extensive food menu.
There are three branches and I went to the centrally-located Joma Nam Phou.
Location: Rue Setthathirat (near Nam Phou fountain), Vientiane
Comma Coffee is a nice little cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, and they use Lao Mountain Coffee.
Location: Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos
Not to be confused with Naked Espresso is the Espresso Cafe, or @ Espresso on the front sign.
Location: Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos
One of the great things about visiting cafes in the Greater Mekong Region (ie Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) is that there are local cafe chains that have had time to get established before the big boys (Starbucks, Coffee Bean et al) arrived. Starbucks opened in Cambodia in 2016, and has not yet reached Vientiane. Sinouk is a local coffee chain that has a few branches around town and other locations in Laos.
Location: Rue Francois Ngin, Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane
The Coffee Bar
I didn’t go here so I can’t comment personally, but it looks great and I’m sorry to have missed it. They serve cold brew and hot drip coffee, which looks to be the first of its kind in Vientiane. Read a review of The Coffee Bar at eatdrinklaos.com.
Location: Khun Bu Lom Rd, Vientiane
With a name like Cafe Nomad I had to pay a visit. Cafe Nomad is outside the city centre near the Thailand Consulate Office, so there is a good chance you will see digital nomads while waiting for a visa. The cafe even has a public computer and printer if you need documents printed for your visa.
Location: House No. 342, Unit No. 1, Ban Dongpalanthong, Meuang Sisattanak, Vientiane
In the same area as Cafe Nomad is Coffee Today, which has a nice outdoor area.
Location: Phonsinuan St, Vientiane
Another alternative in the Thailand Consulate area is this cafe/bakery.
Location: 2nd Floor of MeShop, Phonsinuan, Vientiane
This not near where a tourist would visit but if you are around Nongbone Rd this little cafe in a office block is a good option for coffee and wifi time.
Location: Nehru Street (corner Nongbone Rd), Phonesay Village Vientiane
Another cafe/bakery option is Parisien Cafe.
Location: Corner Rue Samsenethai and Rue Pangkham, Vientiane
For cafes in other cities visit the cafes page.