Champasak Province Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Champasak Province

August 8, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Champasak (or Champassak, Champasack – Lao: ຈຳປາສັກ [càmpàːsák]) is a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. It is one of the three principalities that succeeded the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang. As of the 2015 census, it had a population of 694,023. The capital is Pakse, but it takes its name from Champasak, the former capital of the Kingdom of Champasak.
Things to do in Champasak Province

1. 4000 Island Bar

Hua Det, Metres from the beach/ferry station, Don Det Laos, Laos Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Asian, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$16 - HK$63 +856 20 96 476 088
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

4000 Island Bar

Lao owned and run by Nisa and her expat husband Sel. We served a wide variety of cuisine including some of the best indian and western food on the island. Browse through our music database or cue some songs on your own device. We like to serve up good times with plenty of cold Beerlao, domestic and international spirits. Riverside view just 10 meters from the beach landing of Don Det. We speak fluent English and can guide you with any query. If music is catching your ears on Don Det, there's a good chance it's the 4000 Island Bar. We want you to enjoy your stay in Southern Laos.

Reviewed By George N

This place is a great spot to hangout for a beer on the balcony, or grab a delicious curry. The potato-based curries are amazing, and cheap. Perhaps a little dark inside, and the music kept cutting off, but not far off full marks!

2. Le Panorama

Street 5, Ban Wat Luang | At Pakse Hotel, Pakse 1601, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +856 31 212 131
Excellent
36%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

Le Panorama

Le Panorama is the roof-top restaurant of the Pakse Hotel & Restaurant. Located on the 7th floor, it offers a unique view of the city, the Mekong river and the Mountains. We open at 04:30 hours daily (Happy Hour 17:00 - 18:00) and are THE place to enjoy a cocktail, a fresh fruit juice or a chilled Beer Lao when watching the sunset over the Mountains. Once the sun has set, the stars will twinkle in your eyes! No mosquitoes, a light refreshing breeze most every night, a caring and attentive staff communicating in English (and quite often in French...) will make it an easy and pleasant experience. Our menu emphasises local cuisine, traditional Western specialities, fusion cooking and delicious pizzas! To go with it all, choose your bottle from our careful selection of wines.

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

This rooftop bar was a pleasant surprise. If your only experience of Pakse is of its noisy main street, then this place will change your impression. The view from up here is amazing: the Mekong River goes past in an elegant bend with the view of dramatic Mountains in the background. It really is a magnificent sight and one which is justifiably popular at Happy Hour.
So how about the drinks? They had a fair bit of kick, which is my main requirement. Mind you, they were nothing too fancy, but they did the job. And they're really just an accompaniment to that view.

3. Daolin Restaurant Cafe

Road 13, Corner of Road 24 | Tha Luang Quarter, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +856 20 55 733 199
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 456 reviews

Daolin Restaurant Cafe

Reviewed By Gary D - Busselton WA

This was the designated Lunch spot on our tour. After lots of food so far, some sandwiches/rolls and cool drinks were a nice chnge. Tasy food, Good service, cheap prices...and in centre of town. Downside; did get the odd waft of drain at our seat in front corner.

4. Mama Leuah Restaurant

Sunrise Side | 500m South From French Pier, Don Det, Laos Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking European, Asian, Thai, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks +856 20 59 078 792
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 236 reviews

Mama Leuah Restaurant

Located directly on the banks of the Mekong River, Mama Leuah offers clean and simple bungalows with ensuite, balcony and hammocks - perfect for enjoying the amazing sunrises! You can also relax in the restaurant while enjoying excellent asian and western dishes, great coffee, fresh fruit shakes or a tasty cocktail. If you're lucky, you might even get to witness a breathtaking moonrise!

Reviewed By Bheinemann - Tangstedt, Germany

I was in the restaurant of „Mama Leuah“ three times and had different dishes. Each one was just excellent. Atmosphere great: very well mantained wooden construction of the restaurant, cordial service of the very likable laotian - german couple with son, unobstrusiv music combined with the wonderful view on the river. Super.

5. ChampasakWithLove

Champasak, Champasak Town 1601, Laos Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Asian, International, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +856 30 92 65 926
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

ChampasakWithLove

Restaurant & Guesthouse

Reviewed By Peter B - London, United Kingdom

We stopped for a drink here after visiting Vatphou and later came back for diner from our local hotel. Food is reasonable by Western standards -priced forthe location and lack of serious competition. The fresh juices we had were excellent and the dinner dishes fine - nothing special but perfectly acceptable

6. Crazygecko. Ch

Sunriseside, Don Det, Laos Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Crazygecko. Ch

Reviewed By Roland v

The service here is awful. Girl didn't bother to say hello, was not kind at all and we had to ask for drinks two times. The food was average and unfortunately my stomach was upset afterwards. Would not recommend.

7. Dok Mai Lao Caffe Restaurant

Rue 24, 91 | Ban Phonsai, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +856 20 58 447 879
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Dok Mai Lao Caffe Restaurant

Reviewed By Holdypaw20 - London, United Kingdom

Really nice Italian restaurant in Pakse. The garden out back is a wonderful place to hang out and service was amazing. The carbonara was very good and authentic, with rich flavours and sauce not too thick. My girlfriend's pizza was a bit average but perfectly enjoyable none the less. They obviously have a very good thing going here, a few improvements on the pizza and the place would be a five for sure.

8. Cafe Sinouk - Pakse

Ban Lakmuang | Ban Lakmuang, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +856 31 214 716
Excellent
27%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Cafe Sinouk - Pakse

Reviewed By Informatio

Sinouk is a Laotian coffee chain, you see them everywhere in Lao.
The coffee’s not to my liking at all; I find it extremely rough. A latte is served in small cups for about 22,000 but when you taste it you’ll be glad it’s small.
Lots of good coffee to be found in Lao but not at Sinouk.

9. The Boathouse

Don Det, Laos Takeout, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch +856 20 54 813 900
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

The Boathouse

1st fish restaurant in Don Det.

Reviewed By VroniBei

We found this restaurant on a hot day while searching for the perfect bungalow. Among Laotian food you can also order the national foods of Neighbouring countries or some more European meals like Burger. Especially good was the offer of specialties, that weren't even on the menu but were at one evening just recommended by the very nice German owner Mike or his even nicer wife Tip. My Husband had special salty fish made in Banana leafs (unfortunately I cant eat fish, so I didn't try). At one point we had chicken filet of best quality with a special egg salad and mashed potatoes, which was soooo good. My recommendation of the menu is the yellow Curry, which has a decent spicyness. Also, while eating you will hear a lot of Don Det-Gossip which makes for good entertainment! I loved it there and hope to be back soon.

10. Hasan Restaurant

Thanon 24, Pakse 1600, Laos (Formerly Hasan resturant) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$39 +856 20 22 786 786
Excellent
43%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Hasan Restaurant

Hasan's Indian Restaurants have been in Laos since the first restaurant opened in PakBeng in 2003. Hasan and his brother, Hilur have been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years and have received multiple awards and recommendations, being trained in both India and Malaysia. Hasan opened his own business in Pakse in 2012 and has been happily serving Pakse and the many tourists that come each year. Here at Hasan's restaurant you will not only find great food and atmosphere but information, friends, and new experiences. Hasan is happy to help you with anything from getting bus tickets, finding a good hotel, or pointing you to interesting things in and around Pakse. Come on in to Hasan's Indian Restaurant while you stay in Pakse. You'll be glad you did.

Reviewed By Carlos Scott L - Sydney, Australia

The best place for Indian food in Pakse - period - and far better than the Jasmine Restaurant on the Main Street two blocks away. Is it worth four stars in absolute terms? Probably not - but given that I gave the Jasmine three stars in the context of Indian food in Pakse, then Hasan absolutely has to be given its due!

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