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

March 23, 2018 Flossie Demartino

Pakse, or Pakxe (French: Paksé; Laotian: ປາກເຊ [pȁːk séː] "mouth of the river"; Thai: ปากเซ), is the capital and most populous city of the southern Laotian province of Champasak, making it the second most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers, it has a population of about 88,000. It also served as the capital of the Kingdom of Champasak until it was unified with the rest of Laos in 1946.
Things to do in Pakse

1. Jasmine Restaurant

Rte 13, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
24%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
12%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 225 reviews

Jasmine Restaurant

Reviewed By Grader07

The restaurant is exceedingly close to where the tuk tuk from the northern bus station drops you.
Good range of foods at good prices.
A nice condiment rack appears out of the fridge for added taste.
Inside may be better for non smokers should the French be dining next to you.

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. Xuan Mai

On the Corner Near Hotel Pakse, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +856 30 94 45 005
Excellent
26%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Xuan Mai

Reviewed By pantagruelParis - Paris

During our three days in Pakse we ate here four times: the town is not overendowed with good and convenient eating places (though the Pakse hotel is good). We were never disappointed. The staff are friendly and polyglot: the food references Laos, Thailand and Vietnam; prices are more than reasonable. Service can be a little chaotic. The restaurant also runs a cooking school and sells bus tickets. Madame speaks fluent French and lives part of the time in France.

5. Nazims restaurant

Thanon 24, Pakse, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Nazims restaurant

Reviewed By Marie G - Nice, France

We tried the others Indian restaurants in Pakse, but this one is the cheaper and the best !
They have a lot of vegetarian dishes for only 9000 kips !
Try the chicken tikka masala, and the biryani, it's really delicious !
Also, this is one of the only restaurant in Pakse that is still open after 9 pm !!

6. Champady Restaurant

St. 12, South of St. 13, Pakse 1600, Laos Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff Asian, Thai, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Champady Restaurant

Reviewed By Ashlee D

I came here with high hopes after Reading the reviews but was very let down. The drinks were a very reasonable price, and the coffee machines looked great.
I ordered my standard long black and I the half full cup of coffee I received was very watery and next to no Crema. The ambience of the place wasn't too nice, all the furniture was old. The staff were semi-friendly.
I didn't eat so cannot comment on the food but the menu was quite extensive.
If you like coffee you're much better off seeking another cafe like Delta.

7. Phi Dao Hotel

Route 13, Pakse 1600, Laos Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
25%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 52 reviews

Phi Dao Hotel

Reviewed By dorjetravel - London, United Kingdom

Good coffee and variety of food and good service and fairly fast wifi and Seating outside make this place popular. One pays a little more than other places for this

8. 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.

9. 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.

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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