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)