The 10 Best Restaurants in Pakse

Located on a peninsula created by the Mekong and Se Don, Pakse is one of the favorite destinations for many tourists to taking a trip to Laos. Interestingly, you can discover the beauty of this city by visiting the temples, seeing the sunset or enjoying cuisines at restaurants in Pakse. Below is the list of top 10 restaurants in Pakse that you can consult.

1. Dok Mai Lao Cafe Restaurant

Address: Dok Mai Lao No.24 Rd, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 11am – 11 pm, Sunday - Saturday

Tel: + 856 20 55 302 608

Dok Mai Lao Cafe Restaurant serves the best Italian food. If you want to have the best pasta, thin crust pizza and cheese plates in town, this restaurant is the number one choice. Also, ask to be seated in the secret garden and you will be led down an alley two doors into a back patio oasis. A wonderful moment is presented when drinking a cup of delicious Lao coffee, chatting with the jovial owner, and enjoying the charcuterie and bread under the trees. The staffs are friendly and the music is good. 

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2. Daolin Restaurant Cafe

Address: Road 13, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 8 am – 9 pm every day

Tel: + 856 20 55 733 199

Daolin is a casual, budget-friendly, family-run cafe open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with no shortage of choice on the menu. It will satisfy any hungry visitor with a menu book of mostly Thai and Chinese stir-fry dishes with attractive photos to help decipher. In addition, the food is cheap and good, clearly made with a properly hot work as the vegetables come out cooked but still crunchy and flavorful.  

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3. Vegetarian Food Pakse

Address: No. 24 Rd, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 11 am – 9 pm every day

Tel: +856 20 28 282 744

Vegetarian Food Pakse, which is run by a Vietnamese family, satisfies cravings for classic Vietnamese fare that can even please the carnivores. Noodles, pho, fried mushrooms, and tofu are all simply excellently prepared. Especially, there is a wall having photographs and quotes from famous vegetarians such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Paul McCartney. The service is good and the price is reasonable.

4. Vida Bakery and Cafe

Address: Rd. 12, Ban Thaluang, Pakse, Laos

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 4 pm (Monday – Thursday), 6:30 am – 2:30 pm (Friday – Saturday)

Tel: +856 20 29 256 632

Vida Bakery and Cafe, which serves some of the best coffee and pastries in the town, is the best option if you are looking for nice Western food. Besides, it is highly recommended to have breakfast or lunch here since Vida Bakery serves up beans and kale quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches and fantastic coffee. The quite situation is also ideal for reading books or doing some work.

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5.  Xuan Mai Restaurant

Address: On the corner near Hotel Pakse, Pakse 1600, Laos

Opening hour: 6 am – 11.30 pm

Tel: 00 856 30 94 45 055

This Vietnamese-run restaurant serves Lao recipes, Vietnamese and some vegetarian dishes. Some of cuisines in the menu are rice noodles, pork balls white flour noodles with sweet-spicy sauce, or chicken soup. With decent food, friendly atmosphere, excellent staffs as well as conveniently located near the city center; the restaurant attracts a lot of tourists.

6. Le Panorama

Address: Street 5, Ban Wat Luang, Pakse Hotel, Pakse 1601, Laos

Opening hour: 12 am – 10:30 pm

Tel: 00 856 31 212 131

If you would like to see the sun set while enjoying your meal or drink, head up to Pakse Hotel’s rooftop restaurant Le Panorama. The panoramic views over the rooftops, surrounding hills and the setting sun together make a stunning view. The dinner menu is a mix of Lao, Thai and Western fare, dishes starting at 45,000 Kip.

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7. Cafe Sinouk

Address: Thanon 11 Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 7 am – 9 pm every day

Tel: 00 856 31 214 716

Located on the ground floor of Residence Sisouk Hotel, Cafe Sinouk has a slice of history with the French colonial building and good coffee. At this cafe, you will be served coffee made from the beans harvested from its plantation in the nearby Bolaven Plateau. In addition, it also serves sandwiches, croissants, soups, rice dishes and noodles. There is also a variety of frappes, shakes and teas available.

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8. Lane Xang

Address: Thanon 11 Road, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 12 am – 11 pm

Tel: 00 856 31 254 411

Lane Xang, which is near the VIP bus station on the Xe Don, offers you a wide selection. You can visit their shellfish and juice bar on the dry land, or climb down the steps to the floating restaurant and enjoy cold drinks and the river view. Furthermore, there is a menu of Lao and Asian food consisting of rice, noodles, fried vegetables, and fish. In the evening, you can also sing karaoke on board

9. Hasan Restaurant

Address: Thanon 24, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 7 am – 10 pm

Tel: 00 856 20 22 786 786

This restaurant offers a range of India, Malay, and Western dishes such as kebabs, samosas and chana masala. Hasan is Lao-Indian family-run business and has more options than other restaurants in Pakse for vegetarians and vegans. Though some people say that the foods here are expensive, many connoisseurs assert that the cooking materials in Hasan are fresh and high-quality enough to create the very delicious cuisines. Hence, it is totally worth the prices.

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10. La Terrasse

Address: No. 24 Road, Pakse, Laos

Opening hour: 8 am - 10 pm

The clientele are a mix of travellers and expats. The menu is half Lao-Thai and half Western, although the stars are the giant wood-fired pizzas (evening only) and over-stuffed baguette sandwiches. Also, it has its own special fruity lòw-lów (rice whisky). The service is good, the atmosphere is friendly and if you want any guidance as a backpacker, they are willing to help you at any time.

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To sum up, above restaurants are just a few of many good restaurants in Pakse. Eating there, you will have relaxing moment and get more energy to continue your exploration of Pakse.


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