{Cafe Crush} Le Banneton, Luang Prabang

When you go back to one cafe five times during a three day stay, you know it must be doing something right! In Le Banneton’s case, it’s a combination of their fresh, flaky French pastries and a calm setting facing a large standing gold Buddha statue in leafy temple grounds. The cafe can be found down the chic, boutique end of Sisavangvong Road towards the end of the peninsula, so it never seems too busy. Spot on service from the lovely Lao staff, a dark wood interior, antique collectables dotted around and copies of the New Yorker and Conde Nast Traveller to read complete the crushworthy picture.

Go for: chocolate croissants, quiche and lemon tart, sweet Lao service, totally chilling out
Not for: hmmm…crowds? It’s tough to think of a ‘not for’ this time – Le Banneton has the perfect cafe experience pretty much nailed!

Le Banneton, opp. Wat Sop, Sisavangvong Rd., Luang Prabang, Laos (there’s also a branch in Vientiane)


5 Responses

  1. Cate June 2, 2010 / 5:04 pm

    Is this one that sits at the end of a street on a corner opposite a travel agent?

  2. victorian inn bed and breakfast June 4, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Le Banneton is another great place for both breakfast and lunch. Their pastries are fantastic and their baguettes are the real deal crispy-chewy outside, soft inside. Their panini sandwiches are the best in town.

    La Banneton offers breakfast, brunch and lunch items as well as fresh baked artisan breads and sweets.

  3. A Girl in Asia June 7, 2010 / 2:45 pm

    Hi Cate – no, this one wasn’t on a corner or at the end of the street, and across the road was nothing but a wide expanse of temple grounds (bliss for looking out at). Wonder which one you mean? Can’t think of any that fit that description that I saw…

  4. travelespresso April 12, 2011 / 2:00 am

    I couldn’t agree more Girl in Asia. This cafe is hard to beat! I also like the one in Vientiane but this one has such a gorgeous setting and it SO relaxing to chill out awhile.

  5. Anonymous November 24, 2012 / 7:22 am

    There’s one in Vientiane – soo good! Been there so much, I’m embarrassed to go back! 😛

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