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“Good food, real coffee, overrated”

The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Kisumu
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: International
Description: Laughing Buddha Lounge and Café started in June 2009 with a unique concept of a Vegetarian Café serving fresh Eggless Cakes and Pastries and a mouthwatering menu of foods from around the world, alongside a boutique Hookah Lounge Bar. In a very short time, Laughing Buddha, or fondly known as LB became a popular brand amongst residents and visitors to Kisumu. On the top of our signature treats are the Sizzling Brownie, Grilled Sandwiches, Milkshakes and Mini Desserts. What was once a dream project to fulfill an everlasting passion for food and fine dining has now been ranked in Top Three in well-known travel guides and websites.
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Description: Laughing Buddha Lounge and Café started in June 2009 with a unique concept of a Vegetarian Café serving fresh Eggless Cakes and Pastries and a mouthwatering menu of foods from around the world, alongside a boutique Hookah Lounge Bar. In a very short time, Laughing Buddha, or fondly known as LB became a popular brand amongst residents and visitors to Kisumu. On the top of our signature treats are the Sizzling Brownie, Grilled Sandwiches, Milkshakes and Mini Desserts. What was once a dream project to fulfill an everlasting passion for food and fine dining has now been ranked in Top Three in well-known travel guides and websites.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I frequent Kisumu from Siaya and take this time to treat myself to western-style-dining. The food here has never disappointed me, and the variety is most welcome after sticking to traditional Kenyan dishes. It's a great place to stop if you just want a hassle free meal, where they actually serve everything listed on the menu. Don't come here if you're in a hurry though, because service is usually slow. And, if the weather isn't pleasant, this probably isn't the best choice because most of the dining area is outside. Hawkers sometimes come try to sell their fruit/trinkets/newspapers while you're eating, which can become tiring. Be sure to try a milkshake or dessert when you're here though - especially the sizzling brownie! And if you happen to be in town on the weekend, the upstairs bar scene is a fun, safe place to hang out with friends.

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Thank KAdhiambo
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telcoke, Guest Relations Manager at The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. Please visit us again, we have moved to Tuffoam Mall. There’s something for everyone on our ‘Buddhalicious’ menu.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

I came often to this place when I visit Kisumu and although coffes and cakes are pretty good I have to warn you that the food is disapointing and the terrace is located at the ground level in a industrial-like urban area. Its perfect if after lunch you want to buy some hardware.

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Thank JaumeBenzungu
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telcoke, Guest Relations Manager at The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. Please visit us again, we have moved to Tuffoam Mall. There’s something for everyone on our ‘Buddhalicious’ menu.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

ExPat friends from CDC and I would hang out here regularly, at least once a week. The desserts are great, they have an espresso machine and staff with euro-sugar-milk-booze-espresso drink skills. I've been here a couple times for lunch. Everything is vegetarian, the sandwiches and pizza are good, and the prices are very reasonable. (The BBQ next door is also fantastic!)

Thank Serena K
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telcoke, Guest Relations Manager at The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. Please visit us again, we have moved to Tuffoam Mall. There’s something for everyone on our ‘Buddhalicious’ menu.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Went to this place about 20 times while staying in Kisumu! the milk shakes are amazing! not to mention the fudge brownie!

Thank ReneeML88
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telcoke, Guest Relations Manager at The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. Please visit us again, we have moved to Tuffoam Mall. There’s something for everyone on our ‘Buddhalicious’ menu.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Have enjoyed eating here several times . Staff are all friendly. food is good .
We would eat here again.

Thank USA142
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telcoke, Guest Relations Manager at The Laughing Buddha Lounge & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2015

Thank you for the kind words. Please visit us again, we have moved to Tuffoam Mall. There’s something for everyone on our ‘Buddhalicious’ menu.

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This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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