Indigo Cafe

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Sisavangvong Road, Ban Pakham, Town Center, Luang Prabang, Laos

Serves meat, vegan options available. Nice place in Pakham Village, frequented by tourists. Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, fresh juices. Has around 12 vegan dishes (including dessert). Serves a buffet from 8am-2pm on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Western, Buffet, Juice bar, Asian, Laotian, Non-veg

20 Reviews

First Review by walkingvegan

Lush Vegan Pizza Breakfast - Edit

Our vegan Pizza Breakfast (its not really Breakfast I’m not sure why they call it that) was amaaaaazing. So yummy that we had to go back a couple days later and have the same thing again. They 19,000 kip each which is the cheapest vegan option on the menu. The staff are kind of odd and like not friendly or smiley but I’m starting the feel like I say that about everywhere in Laos so maybe that’s a Laos thing and not a this cafe thing. An important thing to note is that they no longer have the separate vegan menu that is pictured in earlier reviews

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-16

Pros: Excellent food, Reasonable price

Cons: Unfriendly staff

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So confused - Edit

Long story short: they don't know what veganism means and even their dishes specified as 'vegan' aren't all actually vegan.

Went hIere to have dinner and got the menu from the waiter. When I asked him for the vegan options he gave me another menu where the vegan dishes where clearly marked.
I wanted to order the 'Red Beet Burger' but because it wasn't labeled vegan on the first menu I got I asked the waiter to be sure. He said the dish wasn't vegan because the bread has egg in it. I was confused because it says 'vegan'. I asked if all of their bread contained eggs and he confirmed that NONE of their bread was vegan. I pointed out a 'vegan' dish with bruschetta, he said that one was vegan. So confusing. I asked him if he could give me the burger with the bruschetta bread instead. After 10 minutes of discussing (him walking back and forth to the kitchen and calling his manager) he told me it's not possible.

The only dished left to choose from were salads and stirfried vegetables. This you can get in any other place for way better price.

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Confused about veganism - Edit

We went for the roof terrace view and after seeing a photo of a separate vegan menu on TripAdvisor.

This menu no longer exists, instead a handful of dishes are labelled as vegan - a salad and a mushroom stir-fry on the evening menu, and also a vegan bagel and vegan pizza on the early day menu. When we asked about a vegan menu the waiter pointed at vegetarian and fish based options. We played it safe, tried the vegan bagel but it was served with mayo. There was also a burger they said could be veganised but it came on a brioche bun with mayo on the side.

A bakery out front serves vegan banana bread muffins which are delicious.

Lovely location but a bit pricey and not great options, not a safe bet.

Pros: Great location, great view of night market

Cons: Don't know what vegan means

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Yep, cool and classy place. - Edit

Tourist prices, classy dining, fast wifi. Good place to hang. Food is great.

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Amazing pleace - Edit

Great place in the centre of the town, the tofu dishes were a little bit of a let down but the juices and sandwiches were incredible!

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Excellent - Edit

Going by some of the heavily negative vegan reviews here over the past 2 years, I can only guess they've picked up their act a lot. I've been working out of his cafe for several days and have found the vegan options outstanding, and that the staff 'get' what I want vegan-wise. It's super central, has a nice ambience, and friendly staff. As for overpriced, it's US$4-6 a meal, which is inexpensive anywhere, unless you're a super-cheapskate who wants excellent food, service and ambience for the price of skanky street food. Would give 5 stars but Harumph Cow doesn't allow it.

Pros: vegan options

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Vegan options - Edit

Very popular restaurant in the center of the town , it has some vegan options . Good quality . Service very slow . Little bit overpriced .

Pros: Good quality of food

Cons: Slow service

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vegan options - Edit

Excellent roof top location overlooking daily night market with really good vegan options. Good service and great food

Pros: location

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not cheap but very good - Edit

I had two vegan Lao dishes which weren't cheap but very good and spicy. Friendly staff. Many tourists. Good option for vegan lunch or dinner in Luang Prabang.

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good and not to expensive - Edit

We had the salad with coffeesauce (45.000) and the vegan noodle dish (35.000) and both were really good! it's more expensive than in other not touristy places but there you don't get vegan food.. the waiters are nice and we gonna come again!
only thing is that drinks are really expensive but just get yourself a juice after your visit on the other hand side of the street. (btw you can find vegan baguettes there as well for not more than 20.000)

Pros: not to expensive, really tasty

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worst restaurant in SE-Asia - Edit

The food was very expensive and there was not a lot to choose from. We ordered the noodle dish and it was disgusting. The plate was floating with oil and the tofu pieces were tiny and looked more like a decoration than actual food. We ended up paying around 100 000 kips for two meals and a bottle of water which is a lot.
The atmosphere is quite awful if you're not into that whole tourist scene. I recommend you eat cup noodles on your guest house floor rather than come here.

Pros: the waiter was nice

Cons: pricey , disgusting food, touristy atmosphere

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vegan baguette is a winner! - Edit

Lovely cafe in good location with friendly resident woofer, George. Prone to power cuts however! There are a number of vegan options but the vegan baguette is the stand out winner. Sadly only the predictable 'seasonal fruit' option for desert. Friendly staff.

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worst restaurant we've ever been to!!!@ - Edit

Stay away! we ordered vegan salad and they brought us a salad with mayo which is not vegan. we ordered spring rolls which were over fried like it was taste like burned fried oil. they practically served us oils with some veggies soaked in. it was so bad we give 2 dishes back and told them we can't eat it. just stay away it's ridicolous!!

Pros: NON

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lovely atmosphere and great food - Edit

Beautiful food, had no issues with ordering and receiving entirely vegan dishes. Free wifi when you buy something and a lovely coffee shop atmosphere with very friendly staff. Try the Indigo fried noodles with tofu instead of egg and you'll be in for a real treat!

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Pretty average - Edit

The vegan menu has some nice sounding options, we were a little wary because of past reviews but everything seemed vegan and they even accommodated for me just wanting "spaghetti bolognese, no meat" because my stomach was needing something a bit plain.

My pasta was actually delicious, the first real tomato sauce I've had out here (usually it's glorified ketchup) but the portion was a bit small and they put parmesan on the side of my plate - thankfully not on the pasta- even though I'd checked the sauce has no milk.

My boyfriend ordered the green curry with veg, and the "veg" was essentially a couple slices of mushroom and an entire onion!

We paid $10.50 (they accept card) for the two meals, a coke and a small water.

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They don't understand what VEGAN means... Beware. - Edit

My girlfriend and I decided to try this place after we found Vishoun closed. Upon first glance the menu looked really great and especially geared towards Vegans, like us.

We ordered 3 different dishes starting with the Fried Spring Rolls. On the "vegan" menu there are options for eggs so we tried to tell the server that obviously, we don't want any eggs or meat in our dishes. We pointed to the BIG WORD "Vegan" about 5 different times while ordering. He did not seem to speak any English at all.

After a few minutes, our spring rolls arrived. My girlfriend dissected one carefully to make sure that they didn't have any eggs. What appeared to be just cabbage and ginger also had some other gray stuff. She ate the first half and said it tasted fine. There were no eggs.

I was a little wary of the gray and thought while it might be tofu there could also be a mixup. I bit into my own and looked inside. Instantly, I had a horrible feeling sweep inside me as I tasted pork juice in my mouth. I looked inside my roll and found a gristly piece of pork staring back at me.

I flagged the waiter down and asked him what that was. He completely tried to ignore me and walk away. I spit my food out and brought it over to him. He said he didn't know what that was.

Finally, my girlfriend had to run to the bathroom and puke.

I asked to speak to a manager and an angry looking dude with cuts all over his face just said, "I'm sorry, we will replace it for free..."

I tried to tell him that you can not offer a "vegan" menu if you don't know what it means.

It was easily the worst dining experience I have had in my 12 years of being vegetarian. We left the restaurant and I tried to explain the gravity of the situation but they didn't care.

This place advertises and tries to capitalize off of vegan cuisine but literally has no idea what it is. The waiter told me later that he thought they only had one type of spring roll in the restaurant.

HE DIDN"T EVEN KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEG SPRING ROLLS AND PORK.

It saddens me that a place like this can thrive. They obviously care nothing for what they sell and don't accept any responsibility for their actions.

Please BOYCOTT this restaurant and stop them from profiting off of people who actually care about our environment.

Pros: none, beware, you can boycott

Cons: Vegan menu contains MEAT, No English, No Accountability

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One of the best options in town for vegans - Edit

As others have noted, Indigo has a vegan page in the back of their menu that features a small yet diverse selection of dishes labeled "vegan" that seem to be actually vegan (which is not always the case at some other establishments in town).

This headache-free vegan ordering would be reason enough for us to return to Indigo, but fortunately the food is really good, too, so it's a winner all 'round.

The spring rolls are the best we had in LP, though a bit on the small side.

The curry and salad were very tasty.

The passion fruit shake was divine, and generously sized.

None of their desserts were vegan during our visit (Feb 2015).

Free WiFi.

You order at the table but pay at the counter.

Enjoy!

Pros: Vegan page on the menu, tasty food at reasonable prices

Cons: No vegan desserts

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Great little spot in the center of town. - Edit

It was fate: walking in the pouring rain in my first day in Laos and a walk right up to a cafe, only looking for a warm coffee and the words "Vegan Menu" catch my eye and make my heart sing! Wonderful coffee, wonderful prices, and a great (totally separate) vegan menu. Had a great coconut ginger rice dish- can't wait to return!

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Some decent options - Edit

Some more expensive options (relatively speaking) than other mixed restaurants but with pretty small portions which may leave you feeling hungry. Service is very Laos, which doesn't bother me, but may frustrate you if you have questions to ask or need it in a reasonable space of time. A seperate vegan menu offering local and thai dishes as well as some more western dishes but rather underspiced/low heat for our tastes. Handy location at the western end of the night market with an excellent couple of coconut pancake stalls almost on the doorstep. 5000Kip for 5 pieces - get the freshly made ones. We preferred Same Same Restaurant/Guesthouse which we will try to do a review of. It is located a short walk away at the veg & fruit market to the north. The lady speaks excellent english and will adapt a meal to your tastes/requirements.

Pros: Tasty enough, Good location, More options than most places

Cons: Above average price & smaller portions, Slow if pleasant service

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Good food - but not very easy for vegans! - Edit

I've been there four times and had fried spring rolls, very good but small portion for 25000 kip. 2 other dishes on the pictures. The Jaew King (25000) has a very interesting "sauce" but it's almost boring, with the raw vegetables.
The Laab Mak Keua (35000 kip) is yummy!!
Other day I tried the Fried tofu with tomato is awesome, for 30000kip.

Not very friendly staff and they don't speak much english (just the very basic, but not enough for vegan questions)

Anyway, I was so excited to check the "Vegan Buffet" that they say they have on Sundays for 39000 kip (there are a sign on their door saying that). I've been there today and got very disappointed! Lots of egg, cheese and food that could not be vegan as well, such as pasta, breads and cakes. I tried to ask the staff and they didn't understand me, saying "It's all vegan". But it was clearly fried egg and cheese. I found a menu that described the buffet and confirmed that they use lots of non vegan things there every "vegan sunday". So... they don't know what vegan means!!
Anyway, I ate there because I didn't have any other option in a rainy day. They had some fruits, spring rolls and salad clearly vegan. Everything good, frustrating though.

Updated from previous review on Friday July 25, 2014

Pros: vegan menu

Cons: service, slow wifi, expensive

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