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“Authentic French bakery” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Banneton Cafe

Le Banneton Cafe
Ranked #1 of 6 Dessert in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Excellant french bakery which also has a branck in Vientiane. Has over 30 types of bread & pastaries. Open from 6.30AM to about 9PM. Very good coffee. I am a regular there for my morning coffee & pastry. I can upload a photo.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Authentic French bakery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Morning, noon or night, croissants and pastries are sinful treats that many of us indulge in when on holiday. The selection of bakery items, as well as home made jams and ice creams was impressive. The cafe, a Luang Prabang favourite, is a lovely old house on the main road opposite a temple complex on the quieter side of the town. How nice it is to sit in such a wonderful old building and enjoy authentic French breads and pastries with a cup or two of smooth Lao coffee. Went several times.

Visited October 2012
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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place was a real treasure to find after cycling around Luang Prabang with wife sitting on the back seat. The cafe boasts sandwiches, tartines, feuillet, salads, classic French bread and 20 kinds of Viennese pastries and Danish.. The Caesar style salad herself had was easily the best (and biggest) we've encountered and the baguette with beef and potatoes with side green salad was superb. The coffee is good too. It's the place to eat or grab some goodies to take with you.

  • Visited September 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The best French pastries, croissants and espresso”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Most importantly, the espresso was very good. The crema was a little thin but the body of the shot was good. The initial taste was chocolatey, changing to wheaty. The espresso pulled at the Vientiane location of Le Banneton was more complex and had more character, but this shop pulled decent espressos on several occasions.
The croissants come as plain, butter, pan au chocolat, almond, ham and cheese.
We tried the plain and butter croissants; get the butter. The crust is nicely crisp and flaky. The inside is light, tender-flaky with a very slight butter taste. Overall, an A- rating and better than 95% of the croissants available in the U.S. Mousses, almond/blueberry tarts are very good, as well.
Only a few chairs have cushions; chairs at the Vientiane location are more comfortable for a protracted cafe sit.
Their large coffee is not that large but is also good. I saw a gofer from a luxury hotel stop by there to pick up an order. It is across the street from Wat Sop Sikkharam. It opens at 6:30 am. Unfortunately, it closes at 6:00 pm.

  • Visited September 2012
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Beijing
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“very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

very nice cafe with colonial ambiance, good bakery and main dishes. You can stop there for a snack or a meal anytime

Visited October 2011
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“Found this too late :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Chanced upon this cafe on a magazine. French bakery cafe located on the quiet end of sakkhaline road, where the alms-giving ceremony takes place in the morning. The opening hours (6.30am) suits travellers wanting a relaxing breakfast. Good ambience. Good variety of breads, tarts, pastries and home made ice cream. Good value. Non-pretentious.

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