I could spend days cafe hopping in Luang Prabang – there are so many lovely places to sit and people watch and read and draw and listen to music and relax. A few of my favourite places I found were:
Utopia – A zen-feeling, bohemian lounge by day, snazzy club by night, this is pretty much where a huge portion of travellers get together later on in the evenings for drinks. I passed the day away here reading by the riverside. They also offer yoga classes through Luang Prabang Yoga for 60,000 kip. You can take the class at Utopia, over looking the river for a beautiful view to keep focus, or follow them in town at Friends without a Border Visitor’s Centre.
Silk Road Cafe – There are two locations, one in the centre, and one out in their craft centre a few kilometres, walkable, from town. The one out of town looks out on the Mekong and is peaceful and quiet with papasan chairs and cats. They also play movies every Thursday night with a free tuk-tuk for transport from the centre!
Chez Matt – Wine! People watching! Need I say more?
Saffron – Look out at the Mekong and enjoy some baked goods and a coffee.
Novelty Cafe – Chill out and people watch on the main drag with some cheesecake and a really good latte.
L’Etranger – Located near Utopia, this cafe plays free movies every night, about 30 minutes after yoga finishes up – just enough time to wander over, order some dinner, and relax for the evening.