Luang Prabang (LP) doesn’t really cater for vegetarian/vegan eaters but you’ll manage at most restaurants. Since LP is a French-influenced city you can find French (fusion) cuisine, bakeries and a lot of deliciously looking cakes and other desserts. But a big chance the latter are not vegan, sorry! Read about how I experienced the city in this post.
WHERE TO EAT
I use the following categorization:
Vegan = fully vegan restaurant
Vegan friendly = vegetarian restaurant with vegan options
Veggie friendly = sells animals but has some vegan options
Vegan food stall (vegan) – $
Apparently after we left, a vegan-buffet food stall started at the night market. Sounds very good so enjoy!
HappyCow: Vegan food stall
Indigo Cafe (veggie-friendly) – $$
The first night we ate here because they have an all-vegan page in their menu. It was a bit pricy though and the portions weren’t so big. Food was ok but we didn’t felt the urge to go back. I felt like they mostly capitalize off the word vegan instead of truly understanding and wanting to offer animal-friendly food.
HappyCow: Indigo Cafe
Street food: Grilled veggies and fruit shakes – $
On the corner and the beginning of the night market (across the tourist information building) there is a stall where you could pick and mix veggies to be grilled. They will squirt quite some sauce on them afterwards, so be sure to see if you’d like that.
You can also get a lot of fruit shakes out on the streets. And with lots I mean almost 15 different ladies with their own stalls, all next to each other! Find your favorite or give them all a chance to win your fruity heart. Around 10000kip.
Fresh market – $
During the day you’ll find a market in the alleys parallel to the main road. Get your fresh vegetables here!
Throughout Laos, even more around rivers, you can find riverweed. It’s like dried seaweed but with a very different taste. See if you like it, it could be a taste you need to get used to! If you hike through villages or pass them by boat you might see the villagers prepare this snack. Smacking all the water out of them and then drying sheets out in the sun as seen in the picture here.
But at most restaurants you can always go for the veggie noodles, clear soup or fried rice without the egg.
For all places in Luang Prabang according to HappyCow see this link. http://www.happycow.net/asia/laos/luang_prabang/