Expansion aims at attracting both tourists and locals in LaosRead more
As if by providence, shortly after our survey results showed Pimphone Market to have the best coffee in town, the owners of the market’s coffee shop extended the cafe from a small corner in the market to the full upstairs floor.
The area that formally housed Chez Phillipe (who has now opened Bistro 22 opposite the Catholic church) is now the latest coffee shop in town – ‘Benoni’ – which has become a new meeting point for expats and locals alike.
Common Grounds Cafe and Bakery is a newly opened cafe located in the middle of town on the road leading to Senglao DVD between Inter City Hotel and La Gondola. I visited it in the morning last week and even then it was attracting quite a few customers, mainly tourists, but also one expat mother who let her kids loose on the indoor playground.
A word that came to mind upon my first impression of the place was ‘jomesque’: because it bears a huge resemblance to the original and still dominant Lao cafe chain.Read more