Vying for the title of my favourite Luang Prabang cafe with Le Banneton is the gorgeous Joma – lone frontier of air-conditioned comfort and stockist of a ridiculously good array of baked goods. Here, we scoffed everything from pizza to oatmeal cookies to sweet and savoury scones (some using locally grown mulberries), washed down with iced coffees and lime and mint drinks. Fortunately for Vietnam dwellers, Joma has ventured across the border and opened up shop in Hanoi, and Saigon is apparently next!
Go for: heat relief and sweet treats – particularly snowball biscuits, if you’re missing them from Phnom Penh’s The Shop (like I am!)
Not for: a peaceful refuge – this place is justifiably packed
Joma Bakery Cafe, Chao Fa Ngum Rd (main street), near Post Office (also in Vientiane and Hanoi)